915 Grand Street
915 Grand Street | Gold Coast | Alameda
4 BR | 2.5 BA | 3,073 SF | 1,500+ SF Bonus Space | 7,500 SF Lot
Built in 1891 in Alameda's sought after Gold Coast, this stunning home is one of the finest examples of preserved Queen Anne Revival architecture in Alameda today. The house was designed and built by acclaimed architect A. W. Pattiani, an Alameda architect/builder who built many spectacular Victorian homes in Alameda, Oakland and Berkeley for his wealthy and discerning clients. A true showpiece of this short-lived architectural style (1890-1910), this beautiful Gold Coast home has been carefully maintained and lovingly cared for by current and past owners, resulting in nearly pristine architectural detailing that is as beautiful today as it was nearly one hundred thirty years ago.
The exterior of this handsome home showcases many of the architectural hallmarks associated with the Queen Anne style of the Victorian period. The house is set back from the street and surrounded by professionally designed, mature landscaping that is immaculately tended, yet not formal. The asymmetrical facade is characteristic of the period, as is an imposing, front facing gable, a monumental brick chimney, carved medallions, shake shingles with scalloped accents, and a prominent side sitting porch that both shelters and enhances the stately front door. The professionally landscaped front and back yards provide a pristine, lush environment to enjoy Alameda’s wonderful weather, while an electric driveway gate offers privacy and security.
Inside, a grand reception hall reveals a dramatic staircase leading upstairs, with turned spindles and intricately carved newels. The floor is a beautiful vintage oak with inlaid rosewood borders, continuing through most rooms in the home. To the left of the entrance hall sits a grand, formal living room that provides a wonderful example of the Queen Anne Revival's majestic style of embellishment for this very important entertaining room. Spacious and elegant, this room features a 10-foot coved ceiling, picture rails, and a wide baseboard. The room offers oversized, single-hung windows and curved bow windows, resulting in an abundance of natural light. A wood-burning fireplace has a classic, traditional mantel, and has a surround and hearth of simple, hand-fired tiles that foreshadow the Arts and Crafts movement to come.
The formal dining room is next to the living room through an open doorway with beautiful framing that conceals a functioning pocket door that was once used for privacy. The Victorian details in this large, lovely room mirror many of those in the living room, including a high, coved ceiling and plenty of tall bay windows that have the original "wavy" glass still in place. A wood-burning fireplace offers pride of place in the room, and has a simple white mantel with an elegant marble hearth and surround.
The newly remodeled kitchen/family room offers custom built cabinets, Calcutta quartz and stainless steel appliances that include a GE gas range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Bosch dishwasher and a sleek, wall-mounted professional, chimney-style range hood, which acts as the centerpiece of the kitchen with a stunning backdrop of tile that run all the way up to the ceiling. The large center island is topped with butcher block and offers additional storage and bookshelves, and a walk-in pantry has a Sub-Zero freezer and enough shelving to meet the demands and supplies of a large, busy kitchen. The 10-foot ceiling houses many recessed lights, and tall windows throughout this expansive kitchen and family room, providing sunlight as well as views of the lush backyard. The charming, main-level powder room is situated down the hallway, nearby to the entrance, in what was once a separate entrance porch. Now cleverly enclosed, this ingenious incorporation of a former outdoor space incorporates many original porch materials.
Four bedrooms are located upstairs, each full of unique charm and character. All of the bedrooms have a beautiful oak floor, an ornately carved ceiling medallion, and stately window and door trim that is original to the home. A bedroom at the top of the stairs to the left overlooks the front yard, and has a bay window accented with a solid oak window seat. A larger bedroom is next door, and has built-in bookshelves and oversized bowed windows that offer a view of a magnificent dogwood tree and other delights of the front garden. A pass-through door leads to the spacious master bedroom that offers bowed windows, a walk-in, cedar-lined closet, and an en-suite bathroom. Newly remodeled, this bathroom has a Carrara marble hex-tile floor, a private water closet, a double vanity topped with marble, and a large, glass-enclosed shower. The fourth bedroom is at the end of the hall with beautiful views of the backyard. A second full bathroom on this level has been freshly renovated, and has a hex-tile floor, elegant vanity, and white subway tiles on the tub/shower surround.
Just one of many distinctive features of this wonderful home is a third floor attic that is reached by a staircase located next to the fourth bedroom. This huge, semi-finished space has a separate room and the potential for an upstairs family room, rec room or spacious guest quarters.
915 Grand Street is an architectural jewel, both inside and out, and such an exceptional property in a Gold Coast location rarely comes to market. This spectacular home provides the opportunity to acquire a piece of Alameda history and a turnkey property that anyone would be proud to own.
Notable Features of 915 Grand Street:
Built in 1891 by A.W. Pattiani
Victorian Queen Anne Revival
3,073 SF (per appraisal)
714 SF useable attic space (per appraisal)
515 SF unfinished basement space (per appraisal)
7,500 SF Lot (per public records)
Formal living and dining rooms
Two remodeled bathrooms
One powder room
Spacious kitchen/family room, newly remodeled
Detached garage (approx. 360 SF per appraisal)
Victorian detailing includes:
Tall windows w/wavy glass
10-ft. coved ceilings
Two WB fireplaces
Oriel and bay windows
Oak floors with rosewood inlay
Original LR/DR pocket doors
Professionally landscaped yard/gardens