Sold $1,900,000 SOLD (List 1.395M - a $/sq ft record for Alameda's Gold Coast) - Single Family Home
An elegant and historic home, 1306 Bay Street is a rare offering on what is arguably the most coveted block in the heart of Alameda’s Gold Coast. Built in 1925, this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home embodies a graceful marriage of the architectural richness of its period with the comforts of modern living. Fine attention to detail and harmonious scale enrich every experience in this light-filled home with its high-arched windows, built-ins and period details.
1306 Bay also plays a role in the rich history of the island, as the home of Warner and Norma Croll, an historic Alameda family. The Croll Family came from Austria in the early 1900’s to run the famous Neptune Beach, Hotel and Boxing Gardens in Alameda. Neptune Beach, a grand destination with a world famous swimming pool and amusement park, opened in 1917, famously billed the “Coney Island of the West.” The Croll Hotel, which still exists today at 1400 Webster Street, hosted prize boxers, actors, politicians, professional baseball players, and beauty pageant contestants to name a few.
Until now, 1306 Bay Street has been a centerpiece of the Croll Family hosting large family gatherings, community events and fundraisers. The home awaits the next chapter of its rich life inviting its next stewards to enjoy its heritage and escape to a place equally suited to comfort, relaxation and entertaining.
Highlights at a Glance:
• 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home on coveted Bay Street in Alameda’s Gold Coast
• Built in 1925
• 2,336 square feet
• Elegant sun room off living room
• Breakfast nook off kitchen
• Bright, formal living and dining rooms
• Basement downstairs with laundry
• Lovely backyard with tranquil garden and brick patio, ready to entertain
• Detached garage and tandem driveway parking
• Covered outdoor workshop space behind garage
• Located near Alameda’s finest amenities and must-see destinations including beaches, bike paths, Park Street, and wonderful Franklin Park, School and community pool
1306 Bay welcomes you with classic brick steps leading to an elegant arched front door, a detail you see echoed throughout the living spaces. The living room is a grand, light-filled parlor centered around a brick mantle fireplace casting a warm and inviting glow to social gatherings. The formal dining room adjacent repeats the arch motif in its pass-thru and its rich built-in cabinets and shelves.
Beside the dining room is a lovely sunroom, an ideal media room or home office. A side door from the driveway makes a perfect path to bring groceries from the car to the kitchen.
The updated kitchen retains the original detailed built –in cabinets with modern fixtures and amenities. Here you will find brand new quartz countertops and stainless appliances including a gourmet Dacor range, Bosch dishwasher and Kitchen-aid refrigerator. A sunny breakfast nook is adjacent surrounded by windows as well as a petite built-in china cabinet with glass knobs and fine detailing. A partial bath completes the main level.
Up an elegant staircase, you’ll find three bedrooms — each unique in its historic detailing while enjoying views of the surrounding gardens. The master bedroom features a fabulous walk-in closet with a window that illuminates the space. Another bedroom has an intimate dedicated outdoor balcony that looks over the back yard and is a wonderful place to soak up the sun and relax. The full bath on the bedroom level boasts original white honeycomb tiling and a tub separate from the shower.
An unfinished, full basement sits below the home and offers a laundry area and open workshop/storage space awaiting your imagination.
Outside, the large backyard is a landscaped and well defined, open space with verdant landscaping. There is a mix of brick and concrete patio and paths, lawn, open yard, and garden beds. Edges are defined with mature trees, shrubs and flowers. The long driveway leads to a garage toward the back of the property, and behind the garage is a covered outdoor workspace with shelves for storing tools and gardening supplies.
With rich period architectural details and modern amenities, 1306 Bay brings the magic of the history of the island of Alameda to the present day; a wonderful home from which to enjoy the Bay Street community and the splendors of Alameda’s premier historic neighborhood.
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