Sold $1,030,000 SOLD (List Price: $895,000) - Single Family Home
A delightful and stylish 2BD/2BA Craftsman Bungalow in Alameda, 772 Santa Clara is a feast for the senses, boasting a host of original details including Klinker brick fireplace and finishes, built-in wood cabinetry, coved and beamed ceilings, picture rails, and glowing wood wainscotting. A multitude of harmonious upgrades include updated kitchen and baths, a finished basement space, a rebuilt porch, and solar panels. Citrus trees, roses, and planting beds frame a gorgeous backyard patio and lawn. All this and more are conveniently located moments from Crab Cove, Crown Beach, Washington Park, Webster Street amenities, the SF ferry, and multiple bus lines for travel to Downtown Oakland and across the Bay.
As you approach, Klinker brick finishes flank the wide steps leading to the generous front porch – have a seat on the charming porch swing, put your feet up, and wave at the neighbors as they go by.
From the porch, the entryway reveals the high ceilings and open floor plan typical of the period. The living room beckons with its hardwood floors and wainscotting, coved ceiling, and wood-framed windows with the original glass. Lovely sconces glow above the original Klinker brick gas fireplace. On the other side of the entryway, the living room extends into a sitting area that could easily be converted to a home office
Pass through two gleaming wood pillars into the formal dining room with wood-beamed ceiling, lovely pendant light, and original built-in cabinetry with glass-paned doors. A built-in bench with storage sits beneath a row of windows that catch the afternoon sun.
Adjacent to the dining room is the updated eat-in kitchen, remodeled with the architectural style in mind and incorporating some of the original cabinetry. Modern additions include an island with breakfast bar, butcher block countertops, farm sink, pop-out mixer stand, Miele Optima dishwasher, and a stunning Heartland Legend gas range and hood. At one end of the kitchen, an inviting sunny breakfast room with bay window and built-in bench seating overlooks the spacious backyard. Between the kitchen and breakfast room, a glass door leads out to the backyard.
Craftsman-style homes of the early 1900s were often built with only one bathroom – an inconvenience in modern times. Here, a second bath has been added, creating a stylish owner’s suite. The bedroom features coved ceilings, huge closet, and French doors that open onto the bath. A skylight brightens the bath, and mirrors at either end reflect the light. The deep shower over tub is set into a slate-walled alcove with a slate surround that matches the floor, and a stone-topped vanity provides storage. Outside the owner’s suite, additional storage is provided by the original linen closet with the horizontal drop-down doors typical of the era.
The oversized windows and high coved ceiling give the remaining bedroom a sense of tranquility, and the adjoining updated bath features a delightful clawfoot tub with a rain showerhead and pedestal sink.
The substantial, enclosed backyard is a delight. The verdant lawn and large concrete patio would be perfect for neighborhood barbecues, a children’s play area, or both. Mature landscaping includes citrus trees, roses, and flowering shrubs, and planting beds, and a shed provides room for gardening equipment or barbecue tools.
A finished basement room with recessed lighting and windows features built-in shelves and cabinets, making it ideal for use as a playroom or workroom. Also in the basement, you’ll find a laundry room with W/D and plenty of additional storage.