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Perched on a corner lot in Alameda’s East End sits 3000 San Jose Avenue, a delightful, light-filled, split-level Art Deco home. Featuring a cheerful eat-in kitchen, spacious living and dining rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors, and charming period details, this is Alameda’s East End at its best. Other amenities include a one-car garage with internal access, arched doorways, period built-ins, and a white-picket fenced rear yard. The home is ideally located on the corner of San Jose Avenue and Court Street moments from Otis Elementary/Krusi Park, Encinal Market and the High Street Bridge. Its proximity to the Alameda ferry system, transbay buses, Bart and the Oakland Airport makes commuting and travel a breeze.
The moment you step foot onto the front walkway of 3000 San Jose, you notice the stunning arched porch that frames a beautiful, solid wood door. Upon entry, you are met with another arched doorway that leads you into the art deco-inspired eat-in kitchen. The breakfast nook is neatly situated in a bay window. New hardwood floors and cheerful yellow counters and backsplash complement a Verona 5-burner electric range with double ovens, surrounded by ample storage.
The front living room expands before you with high, coved ceilings, a large picture window and tiled fireplace flanked by stained glass windows. An arched built-in bookcase is niched into the corner adding to the overall character of the room.
As you move further, you enter a formal dining space that is conveniently connected to the kitchen. The coved ceilings are accented by the modern light fixture, original wood trim and glass paneled door that keeps the space private from the rest of the living quarters.
As you make your way up the split staircase, you enter the living area which boasts three bedrooms on one level and a shared bathroom. The rear two bedrooms have windows on two sides while the third boasts an oversized closet. This level’s shared split bath includes a separate water closet with art deco tile and wainscoting. The main bathroom has ample storage, a shower over a vintage tub, and a two-station vanity.
As you make your way downstairs to the basement level, you will find a dedicated laundry area with washer and dryer. Exploring further, you enter the 1-car garage that has built in cabinets and a work table as well as a half bathroom.
Walking through the side door, you immediately notice the brilliant pop of color that is mature bougainvillea complimenting the arched pass-through to the backyard. A potting station is tucked into the covered patio. Just beyond the double arches, you enter a fenced-in garden that enjoys a mature Meyer Lemon tree and areas for entertaining and gardening.
Custom remodeled with an eye to its historic pedigree, 3246 Liberty is a 4BD/3BA classic Brown Shingle Craftsman featuring the gracious rooms, high ceilings, finishes, and hardwood floors typical of the period. The home includes a formal dining room, modern chef’s kitchen with walk-in prep/pantry, family room, light-filled primary suite, ground floor en-suite guest bedroom, and sun porch/playroom shared by the two secondary second floor bedrooms. Panoramic, z-fold glass doors open from the family room onto a wide deck and lushly landscaped back garden, and a detached garage has been remodeled to house a finished home office. Located in the East End neighborhood of Alameda, the home is moments from Edison and Lincoln schools, Lincoln Park and Pool, Park Street shops and restaurants, beaches, cafes, and parks. For commuters, the home is also near the SF ferry and other public transportation options including the Transbay bus lines to Oakland and San Francisco.
Take your morning coffee out onto the traditional clinker brick porch, and enjoy the beauty of the front garden overflowing with succulents, grasses, fig, and trumpet trees, have a seat on the charming porch swing, put your feet up, and wave at the neighbors as they go by.
The spacious living room includes a modern inglenook anchored by an original clinker brick fireplace flanked by a built-in desk and a window seat overlooking the front porch. A gracious bay window with sunny window seat enfolds the adjacent formal dining room with its elegant box beam ceiling, original clinker brick fireplace, and built-in cabinetry.
The heart of the home is an expansive great room of kitchen, dining area, and family room. The custom chef’s kitchen - built by and for people who love to cook - has been stylishly remodeled with stone countertops and Heath tile backsplash, abundant custom cabinets, and distinctive pendant lights above a large stone-topped island and breakfast bar. The discerning home chef will appreciate the professional-grade Bertazzoni gas range, JennAir fridge, and Bosch dishwasher, as well as the walk-in pantry and prep area with custom cabinets and butcher block countertops.
Filled with natural light, the adjoining dining area includes built-in corner bench seating with storage, and the spacious family room features a wall of display shelves and cabinets that might serve as a media center - a place for lounging around with popcorn and Netflix on a rainy day. In better weather, one wall of the family room is panoramic glass doors that fold open for extraordinary indoor/outdoor flow.
Also on this level, an en suite bedroom features a custom built-in captain’s bed and a built-in desk with open shelves above. The adjoining full bath includes a shower over a soaking tub with frameless glass door, and a large vanity with ample storage space.
Upstairs, the primary suite at the front of the home is a spacious gable room with beamed cathedral ceiling and a trio of wide windows overlooking the tranquil neighborhood. Beneath a luminous skylight, the adjoining luxurious split bath includes a large walk-in shower with frameless glass door and a wide modern vanity with dual vessel sinks and elegant tile backsplash. A huge walk-in closet/dressing room includes organizer shelves and modules.
Two additional bedrooms each include a large closet with custom shelves and organizers, and each features a charming barn door that opens onto a wide, light-filled room that might be configured as a sunroom, exercise studio, or home theater. Also on this level, a convenient laundry area eliminates the need to carry laundry up and down stairs.
The rear garden is a beautifully landscaped retreat ideal for alfresco entertaining with a patio, barbecue platform, and an expansive deck hardscaped with bench seating and planters of blueberry bushes. The lush lawn is surrounded by mature trees and a profusion of succulents, grasses, and shrubs as well as an organic vegetable bed. The detached garage has been rebuilt with a new foundation and finished for use as a rec room or home office. espaliered tree,
The home is located in the Island city of Alameda where a small-town sensibility 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 in the country, and twice-yearly art and wine fairs.
Alameda began as a peninsula just south of Oakland and is now an East Bay island with a laid-back feeling all its own. You will find a variety of homes and condos for sale in Alameda including cozy apartments, spacious single family homes that have been fully renovated, and gorgeous luxury mansions where no expense was spared. With more than 10,000 buildings constructed before 1930, there is a rich and varied architectural heritage in the area playing a role in Alameda's real estate market conditions. Historic Queen Anne's, more than 1,500 ornately decorated Victorians, and California Craftsmans are some of the most desirable homes here along its tree-lined streets. Although Alameda is a little off the beaten path, the city has a laid-back vibe all its own. One of the unique elements of Alameda is its population: with only 80,000 residents, the population density is less than half of San Francisco, and similar to the density found in Oakland. Alameda is incredibly walkable. When locals want to explore the various shopping, landmarks, museums, and dining, they usually head to Park Street. Start your day with a visit to the Alameda Museum. Since 1948, the museum has preserved the rich history of this unique island city and offers both locals and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the great island of Alameda. After a day at the museum, there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from, including: Monkey King Pub and Grub: Featuring a unique mix of Asian-fusion cuisine, crafty cocktails, and delicious draft beer, this is also a great happy hour hangout. La Penca Azul: A family-owned favorite for over 25 years, they are also well- known for their taco truck. Original Red Onion: If you love great, locally-sourced food in a family-friendly atmosphere, you will absolutely love this restaurant. Civic pride runs high in Alameda, and many of the city’s older buildings have been fully restored or repurposed. The Alameda Theater on Park Street was restored to its art deco glory, while the Alameda Free Library was transformed from the Carnegie Library into a multimillion-dollar showplace that earned a Silver LEED certification. Alameda is also a great place for outdoor activities. Robert W Crown Memorial State Beach is the perfect place for wind-surfing and taking a morning run near the beach. Alameda is a great place to live if you love a vibrant atmosphere with plenty of festivals and activities to enjoy. One of the trademark events in Alameda is the 4th of July Parade, which features horse-drawn carriages and truly embodies the small-town feel of Alameda. Other popular events and festivals in Downtown include a Spring Festival in May and a Classic Car Show in October. No matter the time of year, there is always something fun happening in Alameda.