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Buyer Snaps Up $1.5 Million California Home
Nov 25, 2022
Buyer Snaps Up $1.5 Million California Home San Francisco
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Abstract: The well-preserved 2,318-square-foot home with a major league architectural pedigree quickly found its new owner.

Kate E. McCaffrey of Compass and Julia Brady jointly listed the property in Alameda, California, in October for $1.495 million.


The house was designed by Julia Morgan, best known for her work at Hearst Castle, with minimal changes from the original 1925 design.


Morgan was the first woman to be accepted to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Later, she became the first licensed female architect in California.


During her prolific career, which involved some 700 projects, Morgan designed seven residences in Alameda - all of which still stand today.


The house has had only four owners - including the seller, who bought it in 2000 for $520,000.


"She's lived there for 20 years," Brady said." She definitely grew up in the house and has taken great care of it. The house is almost exactly the same as it was before."


The house was built for two sisters who lived together (apparently without guests) and had only two bedrooms and 1.5 baths.


While the property's footprint may be relatively small, its location is significant.


"Gold Coast is the most coveted neighborhood in Alameda," says Brady." You can see more big houses here-historic and [with] a lot of character. It's a very well kept area."


Original elements include an entrance hall, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, and an enclosed sun porch connected to one of the bedrooms. The 10-foot ceilings on the first floor are also original.


The previous owners converted the garage into an office, added living space, hardwood floors and a half bath.


The outdoor space has been upgraded to maximize the property's entertaining qualities. A pergola large enough to shade the dining table and grill was incorporated into the exterior design. A picturesque pond and waterfall swirl in the backyard.


Original drawings are included with the sale as a guide for future restoration.

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Buyer Snaps Up $1.5 Million California Home