Sunday, May 20, 2012

House Tour

I am going to show you a unique Alameda property that belongs to our friend, Sheila, and has been in her family since 1964.

(Mom and Sheila)

Alameda is full of beautiful classic homes and this one is no exception...

What makes it extra  special is that it is part of a select group of homes that were built overlooking the Oakland Estuary.

Believe it or not just across the estuary is the Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders and The Oakland A's.

(Sheila and her dog Fuzzy)

It is also a prime viewing spot for the 4th of July Fireworks display put on every year by The Oakland A's.

Sheila's mother passed away in 2008 and she and her husband have been restoring the home and getting it ready to put on the market.

Last week she invited us over for a special preview!

It's obvious that a lot of love and care went into updating this lovely home and getting it move in ready for the next lucky family.

There are gorgeous hardwood floors throughout.

This is a photo of Sheila's gorgeous mother, which I thought was a lovely touch, sitting on the bookshelf in the den/office located just off the entry.

The updated kitchen and dining room beyond.

 Many of the homes built in Alameda in the 1930's, and 40's had these cozy split level floor plans with the bedrooms tucked upstairs.

 At one point Sheila's mom bumped it up another level to accommodate a private master bedroom and bath.

All of the bedrooms are a nice size and have lovely large windows showcasing the water view out back.

The original bathroom is intact and looking pretty good I might add.

Here are the stairs leading to the bottom level where there is a large paneled family or great room  complete with bar for lots of entertaining and large windows which look out to the fabulous yard and water views.

There is also a combination garage, boat house, and large room for an office or gym.

This is the room that opens to a lovely deck.
Great place to work or get in a work out!

Below is the boat house.

This is the view looking towards the High Street Bridge that connects Alameda to Oakland.
(Alameda is an island off the coast of Oakland in case you didn't know... some people like to call it the Isle of Style :)

Many of the people who live on the estuary  have boats as you can see.

These are the steps leading down to their dock.
Sheila's husband Bill just restored the gangplank last week... doesn't it look great?
The building you see just across the way is the newly constructed home of the Oakland Strokes Crew Team.
Cal Berkeley's crew facility is located further down the estuary to the left.

Sheila loves to come over in the afternoons to watch the kids when rowing practices are in full swing.  Her grandson recently asked her why they didn't wave...  she laughed as she explained why they couldn't.

She and Bill are in the final stages of sprucing up the landscaping in back.

They've got the pond working again and are busy adding new plants and flowers to the garden beds.

My mom and I have always wanted to live on the water in Alameda...

Can you see why?

 It's like being on vacation every day!

I have a feeling this house won't last long!

Thank you Sheila for sharing your mother's lovely home!

You've done her proud!! 


Sheila and her husband have decided to put their home on the market and buy this one!
 (Maybe you all influenced her :)



Nita Stacy said...

Oh...this is my kind of house and right on the water too. Someone is going to by this and LOVE it. Perhaps you should.

Shorely Chic said...

Wish we were out there, would love that little (big) gem!

Shorely Chic said...

Wish we were out there, would love that little (big) gem!

Acquired Objects said...

Can you imagine living in a home for so long? Shelia's Mom must have really loved the place. It's beautiful and those windows with views are to die for. Thank you to you and Shelia for sharing this wonderful home.


Mary Ann Pickett said...

Feels like very good karma in that gracious home.

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

A beautiful home and restored with so much love. You are right, a buyer will snap it up in no time

Wishing Sheila much success and joy
Helen x

jeanette from everton terrace said...

What a great place and an idyllic location for sure. The floors are fabulous.
We lived in a 1920s house when I was in high school. My bathroom had the original tile, much like this one, it was turquoise and black, so fabulous.

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Darling house! What a fabulous view. Love the built ins and original bath. Whoever gets this place, is very lucky!


Beach House Living said...

Oh my goodness. I am in heaven. I want to live there.