On the corner of a tree-lined street in Alameda’s coveted Gold Coast, 825 Paru is an expansive, architecturally rich 5BD/2.5BA Craftsman, grand in scale and beautifully proportioned, with 4353 square feet of living area, multilevel patios in the private rear yard, and a rare detached two-car garage. Resting on a large lot and framed by a charming wrought iron fence, the home’s brick walkway leads to traditional front steps and a covered front porch ideal for weekend coffee and greeting neighbors out for a stroll.
Imbued with timeless elegance, the main level features gleaming hardwood floors, soaring coved and coffered ceilings, vintage sconces, and period built-ins with leaded glass doors. This level includes a spacious living room with an artisan stone fireplace, a gracious formal dining room, and a remodeled chef’s kitchen with a professional-grade Wolf range set into a wide brick alcove, a SubZero fridge, prep island, and hand-milled custom oak cabinetry. Natural light pours through multipane walls of glass into the adjacent breakfast room, and glass doors open onto the brick patio - perfect for alfresco dining.
Upstairs, the spacious primary suite features a coved ceiling, walk-in closet, and double-hung windows overlooking the front lawn. The adjoining bath has been updated with tile wainscoting, corner tub, and walk-in shower. Four additional sun-washed bedrooms - one ensuite - offer abundant space for family and guest rooms, and a study or den. Also on this level is a grand library landing with spiral staircase leading to the full finished attic – a bright recreational space offering multiple seating areas that might serve as a yoga studio, media center, game room, and/or home office.
The gorgeous rear yard is an enchanted garden with brick patios shaded by mature Japanese maple and bordered by planting beds of verdant bushes and shrubs. A charming outdoor fireplace anchors a backyard conversation area and serves as inspiration for a barbeque or outdoor pizza oven.
Ideally situated in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood, the home is near Franklin Park and School, Park and Webster Street amenities, the SF ferry, and other public transportation. Elsewhere in the city, the small-town sensibility of Alameda is evident in its twice-weekly farmer’s market, picnic areas and summer concerts at Crab Cove, Crown Beach with its annual sandcastle competition, the longest 4th of July parade on the west coast, and twice-yearly art and wine fairs.
Laundry room with washer and dryer
Central air conditioning
Dual zone heat
Partially finished basement with utility sink for potential workroom or additional storage