Sold $1,700,000 SOLD (List: 1.295M) - Single Family Home
Exceptional Alameda Home
Following a spirited life of travels on the open sea and exploring ports across the globe, Danish ship captain Peter Rasmussen and wife Lizzie Cook decided at last to settle on land in Alameda. Rasmussen, a decorated hero, built this Colonial Revival style home at 1333 Weber in 1908.
Throughout the generations, ownership of the home has passed fewer than a handful of times: first to Rasmussen’s oldest daughter Mildred and later to a cherished neighbor, then finally to the care of its most recent residents. Tasteful and modern, the home’s updates honor its maritime lineage and preserve its rich, fascinating history.
One of the most enticing features of this 4 bedroom, 3 bath cottage is its circular main level floor plan. Rooms open invitingly into one another, creating a flowing and warm atmosphere. The wide foyer, with its 1930’s Spanish style chandelier and ornately framed mirror (an original piece), provides a first taste of the home’s worldly charms.
Adjacent to the entryway, the main living space features a leaded glass bay window looking out onto the front yard and neighborhood. Oak hardwood flooring with mahogany inlay runs underfoot, while 10-foot coved ceilings rise overhead. A coal burning fireplace (now decorative) features a tiled hearth and a detailed bronze relief, while just above the mantle shelf, a pair of century-old brass piano candleholders adorn the wall.
The library is a comforting space, with corner windows, beautiful tall bookshelves, and dual closets framing the passage to the dining room.
A long and spacious room, the formal dining area is fit for the most splendid of gatherings. A bay window brightens from the far end, while an elegant chandelier and surrounding wall sconces—all 1930’s Spanish style—add ambiance. Mirroring each other on opposite walls are built-in China cabinets with leaded glass doors. Cupboards and drawers below provide additional storage, as does a storage space within the bay window seat. High wainscoting gives the room a sense of both conviviality and dignity, as does the gray brick fireplace. Resting on the cast iron grate within is a teakettle belonging to the original Rasmussen family.
The kitchen, situated just off the dining area, is a remarkable space: twenty-eight feet long, granite countertops, broad central island with overhead pot rack, and plentiful cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting. A stainless steel backsplash and all stainless steel appliances are featured, including a hooded Bertazzoni range. An informal and cozy eating nook is situated in one corner, while at the far end, light streams through French doors opening directly to the covered balcony overlooking the backyard.
In the main hallway, an original hanging lantern reflects the nautical taste of its once-seafaring owners. This passage, leading to both the master and additional bedrooms, provides great built-in opportunities for storage.
The master suite features a new bay window and dual added wardrobes, while the full bath is tiled in light gray marble and has been updated with all modern fixtures. All three of the home’s bathrooms, in fact, are equipped with heated floors.
A nearby bedroom trimmed with bead board wainscoting includes added storage, and offers corner views of the backyard. Farther down the hall, another bedroom offers possibilities as a nursery, a guest room, or private home office.
The full hall bath has beautiful hex tiled heated flooring, a custom-built glass-paned shower with subway tile, and all modern fixtures.
The home’s lower level den offers a great area for gathering, entertainment, or potential au pair unit. Built-in shelving, recessed lighting, and French doors opening into the backyard give the room a bright, playful feel. A spacious bedroom features a wall-length built-in bookshelf and an enormous windowed walk-in closet. The full bath has all modern features, Travertine tile, heated floors, and a lovely wooden countertop.
Also downstairs is a wonderful blank canvas—a large, unfinished space spanning the full width of the house. With a newly poured concrete floor, the area is about 1100 square feet of exciting expansion potential.
Brightly blossoming dogwood trees frame the front yard, planted by the second family from the Carolinas. The side and back yards are rife with vegetation and areas for gardening, entertaining, and quiet relaxation. With six raised beds, an orange tree (a central character in the neighborhood marmalade tradition), a lime tree, a lemon tree, espaliered fig, “fruit salad” tree (producing apricots, peaches, and plums), you’ll enjoy productive seasonal harvests. Hearty vines thrive across multiple arbors and lattice. A brick patio and bench with a nearby fountain offer a private contemplative spot, while a raised wooden deck at the back of the yard provides built-in benches for intimate gatherings. A lamppost, additional fountain, and archway complement the inviting surroundings, while portholes on the rear gate add a touch of whimsy.
An extended driveway offers tandem parking and leads to a detached single-car garage. Additional features of the house are a dedicated workshop with storage, workbench, and refrigerator, and upstairs laundry with Whirlpool washer and dryer.
Here, neighbors look out for one another. They share fruit from their gardens and pride in their communities. With great schools and parks nearby, 1333 Weber offers style, warmth, and an honored legacy.
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