Sold $1,060,000 SOLD (List: 749K) - Single Family Home
Ultra-Charming Spanish Mediterranean Steps from Solano Avenue
Named after one of the East Bay’s most notable builders of the last century, this “MacGregor home,” a Spanish Mediterranean-style property in the heart of Albany, embodies the dynamic balance of old-world warmth and modern elegance.
Amid the residential tranquility of Santa Fe Avenue, the cheerful ochre-toned stucco and Spanish-tiled roof of this 2+-bedroom, 1-bath home invite from behind a garden of olive trees and lush desert landscaping.
The rich, golden glow of hardwood flooring and wide archways meets the eye in the home’s immediate interior, where a sense of radiance and visual delight draw one ahead into the adjacent main living area. Exposed beams and artful wrought iron trusses adorn the gabled ceiling, while a magnificent pointed arch window at the far wall floods the room with light and wide views of the outdoor foliage. Surrounding wall sconces provide a touch of rustic charm, and the room’s centerpiece, a beautifully tiled Spanish-style fireplace, makes the room irresistibly enticing.
It’s the simultaneity of intimacy and openness that give the home its allure—exemplified perfectly by the nearby dining room and remodeled kitchen. New French doors at the rear of the kitchen usher in light and air throughout the lower level, coloring the tiled and wooden countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, Bosch dishwasher, contemporary overhead light fixtures, cabinetry, and informal dining area with luster, awash with feelings of contentment and vitality.
A raised wooden deck just beyond overlooks a private lawn where bougainvillea and other plentiful greenery create a serene utopia. The secluded space—which includes a raised garden bed, fully mulched and landscaped border, and outdoor seating area—offers wonderful opportunities for tranquility and entertaining.
The carpeted downstairs family room, with wooden sliding doors opening directly into the back yard, also affords an ideal space for gathering and relaxing.
On the home’s uppermost level, a Juliet balcony faces eastward from a lovely, cheerful bedroom. The hallway bath features a pedestal vanity, wooden cupboards, and intricate floor tilework. Uncharacteristically large for the style of its time, the carpeted master bedroom boasts a spacious closet and corner views.
The home also has an attached single-car garage with washer and dryer, ample storage and off-street parking.
In addition to exuding sweetness, buoyancy, character, modernity, and ease, 814 Santa Fe has the added appeal of its fantastic location: not only is the property a stone’s throw away from the vibrancy and amenities of Solano Avenue, you’ll also find great parks and schools nearby. A proud piece of Albany’s story, this home is ready to provide for its next chapter.