If you’ve come around these parts a time or two, then the house tour below might look familiar. It was actually one of our most popular tours of all time – and it’s rather easy to see why. A stunning historic Victorian located in the Bay Area’s Alameda neighborhood, the century-old abode marries historic detail, modern traditional design and eclectic touches to make this home truly one of a kind.
And now the house is for sale. Its owners are relocating to Copenhagen (my dream!) and they want their labor of love to go to highly appreciative hands. Could that be you?? If you need convincing, just scroll. If I didn’t love my house so much I’d seriously consider moving!
The home’s front room maximizes original details like gorgeous hardwood floors, brick fireplace and decorative moldings. Custom shelving, black accents and a modern pendant balance all the historic architectural elements.
I love seeing modern art mixed with vintage pieces. Can you believe that 1910 piano was found on Craigslist?!
The formal dining room is anything but stuffy. An oak trestle dining table is flanked by both vintage chairs (salvaged from the old Sunset Magazine offices!) and modern white options. More black pops up in the sideboard and ceramics. The floor-to-ceiling drapery softens the room, while the photographic print and the Troy Lighting Silhouette pendant add a modern pop.
This is the kitchen that broke Pinterest. Its scale, double height storage, statement lighting – this kitchen ticks all the design boxes.
Dramatic 11-foot ceilings offer dizzying height and eye-catching storage (cookbook collection envy!) complete with a library ladder to access it all. There’s a beautiful mix of finishes and textures in the kitchen including glossy Fireclay Tile that wraps all the way around to the eating nook, open shelving that the owner DIY’d with pipe and pine boards, a shiplap ceiling, marble countertops and brass fixtures. The kitchen takes on a bit of craftsman feel, but it keeps an elegant yet eclectic vibe, connecting the space with the feel of the rest of the house.
Gotta love a glam powder room moment. The tile is Kelly Wearstler for Anne Saks.
Upstairs in this 2,400sq foot home, you’ll find four bedrooms and two of the house’s three baths.
The love of print, pattern and texture extends into the master bedroom, where you’re enveloped by a modern toile wallpaper in black and white. The traditional feels is balanced with a mid-century accent chair, lucite side tables, and an oversized swing arm lamp.
But the piéce de résistance has to be the walk-in dressing room of every woman’s dreams! Designed using the TCS Closets from the Container Store, you will never fight over closet space again. The glass enclosed storage for shoes and pieces worn less often is just brilliant! No need to worry about dust on your shoes.
A day bed helps the guest room work double duty, while a window seat offers extra storage.
I love the mix of marble and tile in the family bath. The brass fixtures offer an eye-catching accent to the softer hues and contrasts perfectly with the sink that was salvaged from the downstairs bathroom.
The shared kid’s room offers plenty of space for everyone to spread out, with its own walk-in closet built out using a Container Store storage system to make sure there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.
This house does a beautiful job paying homage to a classic Victorian’s historic details while making it feel completely functional for today’s family life. It’s also just a visual feast. I find myself going back and discovering some new detail in every single room. While I’ve loved (survived!) my own gut-renovation, the idea of a living in turnkey house, jam packed with personality, gorgeous finishes and crazy amazing detail is very very appealing.
Are you interesting in calling this beautiful specimen of a house your home?? Check out the listing RIGHT HERE.
photography by thomas j. story for sunset magazine