2053 Buena Vista Ave. | Central Alameda
3 BR | 1 BA | 1,788 SF | 7,400 SF Lot
Listed @ $849,000

Built in 1910, this gorgeous Craftsman home is loaded with vintage charm and architectural details, and offers a large, formal foyer, formal living and dining rooms, three bedrooms, one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, laundry room, large basement and detached garage. The house is located just 4 blocks from Henry Haight Elementary School, 2 blocks from McKinley Park & 6 blocks to downtown Park Street with many shops and restaurants and provides easy access to I-880, SF Ferry, bus lines & BART.

Featuring a distinctly Craftsman exterior, the home has painted wood shingles, and a wide and a low-pitched roof with an ornamental dormer window. A wonderful, architecturally significant, covered front porch is located on the side of the house, offering protection for the stately vintage front door.

Inside, the grand, formal entry features beautiful oak floors and Craftsman door trim, and serves as a formal transition to the rest of the elegant home. The room is situated between the formal living room and dining room, both of which can be closed off from the foyer by large pocket doors.

The impressive formal living room features high ceilings, picture rails, wide baseboards, and a boxed bay window that offers views of the beautiful maple tree. The centerpiece of this lovely room is the fireplace, which is a true Craftsman jewel and has a surround and hearth of beautiful yellow and green faience field tiles, a gorgeously carved wood mantel, and a Victorian ornamental cast iron firebox cover.

The large formal dining room has a second fabulous fireplace with a more simple, traditional Craftsman mantel with columns, dentil moulding and curved support brackets. The surround and hearth has soft apple green tiles with a Greek key border that are in perfect condition, and the firebox has an ornate Victorian cast iron cover. The sunlit room has traditional bay windows, and an original built-in Douglas fir hutch with columns, a pass-through to the kitchen, and beautiful frosted glass panes.

The home’s three bedrooms are located along a central hallway. Two of the bedrooms are generously sized and offer many vintage details, and a third, smaller bedroom is perfect for a nursery, guest/au pair room, or home office. The updated bathroom is centrally located between two of the bedrooms in the hall, and includes a cast iron claw tub, hex tile flooring, new subway tiled shower stall, and a vanity with loads of storage space.

A special feature of this house is the expansive backyard, a wonderful space in which to relax, garden or entertain. The private yard has two magnificent Japanese maple trees in addition to orange, avocado, cherry, lemon, and peach trees - an urban orchard!  

2053 Buena Vista provides the opportunity to own a beautiful example of Arts and Crafts design while taking advantage of Alameda’s top-ranked schools, small town feel, and easy access to Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. This home is a jewel!


Notable Features of 2053 Buena Vista Avenue:

Built in 1910

1,788 SF (per public records)

7,400 SF Lot (per public records)

Spacious foyer

Formal living and dining rooms

Three bedrooms

One bathroom

Eat-in kitchen

Laundry room

Large basement with interior access

Detached garage

Craftsman door and window trim


Refinished matchstick oak floors

Pocket doors

Two Craftsman fireplaces

Vintage 5-panel doors

Wide baseboards

Picture rails

Dual-pane windows

Large, fenced backyard

Close to schools, downtown Park St., SF Ferry access & BART



Alameda was once a peninsula connected to the Oakland docks. In 1902, a canal was dredged to enable easier shipping access, and that turned Alameda into an island. A little off the beaten track, Alameda has a laid-back vibe all its own. Despite its 80,000 residents, there's still a small-town feeling in Alameda. A 4th of July Parade, complete with horse-drawn carriages, embodies the small-town feel in Alameda, which has preserved much of its Victorian housing stock, cottages, and central, walkable shopping district along Park Street. The Alameda Theater on Park Street was restored to its art deco glory. Civic pride runs high here; formerly the Carnegie Library, the Alameda Free Library was transformed into a multimillion-dollar showplace that earned a Silver LEED certification. Kids play soccer on former parade grounds of the converted army barracks. Crown Memorial State Beach and Shoreline Drive attract wind surfers. 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.


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