2616 Buena Vista Avenue
4 BR | 2 BA | 1854 SF | 621 SF Bonus Space | 6800 SF Lot
Listed @ $1,095,000
Built in 1929, this lovely Craftsman home is located in Alameda’s desirable East End, just steps from Edison Elementary School and only minutes from Bridgeside Shopping Center, Fruitvale BART, and the shopping and restaurants on Park Street. There are two homes on this expansive property, and the original home offers a formal living room, dining room, two bedrooms, one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen and laundry/mud room, while the guesthouse has an open living room/dining room, two bedrooms, one bathroom, office, kitchen and garage.
In classic Craftsman style, the asymmetrical stucco façade features a broad, covered front porch on one side and a series of windows on the other. Black wrought-iron railings frame the wide front steps that lead to the original front door. A lovely, drought-tolerant garden that features salvia, ornamental grasses, lavender, succulents and rosemary add to the home’s gracious curb appeal.
The home’s interior provides beautiful examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship in every room. The stunning oak floors in the formal rooms and bedrooms have been restored to their original beauty, and all of the rooms have original windows, door and window casements, wide baseboards, picture rails, and plaster ceilings.
A large, formal entry opens to the handsome living room, the focal point of which is a wonderful brick and stone fireplace with a unique Arts and Crafts design. The fireplace is topped with a sturdy mantel, and is framed by a pair of built-in bookcases with beadboard backs. A pair of original stained glass windows above the fireplace brings colorful, muted light into the room. Additional natural light is provided by an elegant picture window that has original double-hung windows on either side. A wide encased opening leads to the spacious, formal dining room that has a built-in corner hutch, and a more expansive built-in sideboard/hutch.
The home’s bedrooms are situated on either end of the hallway, with a bathroom in between. The hallway can be closed off from the rest of the house for added privacy. Both bedrooms are bright, sunny, and have lovely period details. The eat-in kitchen has many original features as well, and is spacious enough to create a dream kitchen for today’s modern needs.
A special feature of this lovely house is the private back yard that is separated from the guesthouse by a jasmine-laden fence and gate. The garden has a large magnolia tree, ferns, rosemary, and newer drought-tolerant landscaping.
The guesthouse is situated at the very rear of the property and has its own front and back yards. This two-level home features a large garage and office on the lower level, and two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living room/dining room on the second level. Details include original casement windows, bamboo floors in most rooms, and a porcelain farmhouse sink, butcher block counters and a vintage, usable Wedgewood gas stove in the kitchen.
2616 Buena Vista provides a unique opportunity to live in a quintessential Craftsman house while generating income from a second home on the same spacious property. Close to acclaimed public schools and public transportation, this home is a lovely example of all that Alameda has to offer.
Notable Features of 2616 Buena Vista Avenue:
Built in 1929
1111 SF (per appraisal)
Formal foyer, living room, dining room
Spacious eat-in kitchen
Original brick/stone fireplace
Original doors, windows, casements
Vintage light fixtures
Stained glass windows
Fenced back yard
743 SF (per appraisal)
621 SF of bonus space downstairs (per appraisal)
Open living room/dining room
Fenced back yard
Butcher block kitchen countertop
Porcelain farmhouse sink