WHAT IS A DUET? Get to know residential duets in Bayview Estates in Alameda CA

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What is a duet? You’ll find residential duets in Bayview Estates in Alameda CA

What is a duet? In general parlance, it means one performance by two voices or two instruments.

In real estate, a duet is defined as two individually owned homes in one building structure. Sort of like a townhouse or condo, except you only have one neighbor separated from you by one common wall. And unlike a duplex, in a duet each unit is individually owned.

Bayview Estates are an enclave of duets in Alameda CALagoon view Bayside Estates Alameda CA

Bayview Estates in Alameda CA feature many of the main island’s duets which are a blend of one-story and two stories, and where many of the duets are waterfront properties.

Built in 1964, these duets are very popular for several reasons

  • Many units are waterfront -- either facing the San Francisco Bay or the man-made lagoon
  • A mere block from the beach on San Francisco Bay with fabulous views of San Duet in Bayview Estates in Alameda CAFrancisco
  • Near Alameda’s favorite shopping mecca by the beach, the South Shore Shopping Center
  • It’s on the east side of town, fancied by locals and others because of highly-ranked schools (according to the Alameda Academic Performance Index) and proximity to downtown amenities
  • All the homes have attached garages
  • Low maintenance  due to small-sized yards and patio areas.
  • Some have boat docks for leisure boating (kayaks, paddle boats, canoes).Bayview Estates Alameda CA
  • Easy access to public transportation since Otis Drive, another block away, has all the public bus routes including express bus to San Francisco


Highest priced duet

In recent history, the highest sales price for a Bayview Estates duet was for a unit with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2244 sq feet of living space which sold for $940,000 at the peak of the market in mid-2006.

Configurations and sizes

Bayview Estates feature several plans, and through the years, many homeowners expanded and increased the square footage of the original plans. Sales records show the following configurations and square footage:

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1307 sq ft, one level
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1331 sq ft, one level
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1395 sq ft, one level
  • 2  bedrooms, 2 baths, 1660 sq ft, one level
  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1672 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 1716 sq ft, two-story
  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1720 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1725 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1780 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1804 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1824 sq ft, two-story
  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1826 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2000 sq ft, two-story
  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2023 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2244 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2272 sq ft, two-story
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2300 sq ft, two story --- this appears to be the largest model, and the measurement is per the appraisal report

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I have not ever heard that word applied to real estate....here...if there are "two together" it is just called a "side by side"...I like duet better....snappier...shorter and descriptive.

Mar 05, 2012 08:32 PM #1
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
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Bayview Estates sounds like a great place to live and relax while watching the water.  Just the thought of living on or near water is music to this desert rats ears my friend.

Mar 06, 2012 01:30 AM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Pacita,You offer a great definition of a duet. We certainly hear the term much more frequently here in the bay area. Many agents ask me ... "What is a Duet?" I'm still surprised by the number of agents who don't know what a duet is.

Mar 06, 2012 02:26 AM #3
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Sally and David -- when I became a realtor, I didn't know what a duet is either, and on our MLS, it wasn't a classification until recently. Some people have also described it as a "couplet" in the remarks -- but that was before we had "duet" as a classification.

John --- this area is amazing. There's even a large viewing deck by the water for bird watchers. Last weekend, the weather was so fabulous the place was teeming with joggers, beachcombers, etc. The day so beautiful and we had great and clear views of San Francisco without the fog.

Kathleen --- we have quite a few of these duets before there was even a name for it. Since Alameda has very little land, it's a popular option.

Mar 06, 2012 02:43 AM #4
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