Alameda CA Victorians --- wacky, blighted and sublime

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Alameda CA has the highest number of Victorians per capita in the world, so it's always a delight driving around looking at some of this island's Victorian treasures.

We do have an Alameda Historical Society. And we even have a Guide to Residential Design. But I am not sure what can be done to ensure that the remaining Victorians are saved and preserved, or what standards should be followed and/or enforced to ensure Victorian design remains classic.

 

Oversized Fountain

Just one block from the heart of downtown, and around the corner from City Hall is this Victorian whose owner installed a huge fountain that may look good in front of a large mansion, but not a Victorian this size.

Huge fountain in front of a Victorian

 

 

 

Black and White Painted Lady

This next Victorian which languished for decades was finally purchased by someone who lovingly restored it. The exterior paint, however, had mixed reaction. Some loved it. And some couldn't understand how they got away with this design. In the City of Love in the 60s, this would have been in great demand, especially if it's interpreted in psychedelic colors. But today?

Black and white painted lady

 

The Blight

But I guess we'll take the funky painting over this blight. Sad, sad story about how absence of permits for the multi-unit dwelling forced the owner to leave. He was in a long-term dispute with the city. The property owner, the city, and the residents who would like nothing better than to have this Victorian restored to its glory. See the investigative report on 1617 Central Ave  - Inspections from Hell.

Happily, the owner sold this to a reputable company who specializes in restoring such beauties. We are beyond thrilled and are looking forward to its transformation and restoration.

 

1617 Central - a Victorian blight

 

Victorian Jewel

Directly across from the Victorian blight is a Victorian beauty. Fabulous restoration, complete with gold-leaf accents. This is what Alameda residents would like to see as the epitome of Victorian homes in the island that prides itself on our Victorians. Thankfully, there's more of this type of beautifully restored Victorians than there are blights.

Alameda Victorian

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Rainer
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Chris Hardy
Elevations Real Estate, LLC www.BuyFortCollinsHomes.com - Fort Collins, CO
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What great photos and great post!!  I had no idea Alameda was the Victorian Home capital of the world!!  That fountain reminds me of the one that Billy Crystal received from Robert DeNiro in "Analyze This!"

Jun 07, 2013 02:59 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Chris --- that was my first thought, too, when I saw the huge fountain. I loved that fountain in "Analyze This"...but I loved having Tony Bennett sing live for the couple for their last dance :)

Jun 07, 2013 03:25 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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It gives a new meaning to "Old Glory"....gorgeous !

Jun 07, 2013 08:54 PM #3
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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Hi Pacita-I can even see the extraordinatary beauty in the totally blighted one. I would love to restore them! Such amazing architecture.

Jun 16, 2013 09:23 AM #4
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Sally and David -- this is one of the best reasons to live in Alameda.

Marco --- every time I drive by the Victorian restoration in progress, I keep hoping they'd do a tour when it's finished.

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