1729 Cornell Drive | Fernside | Alameda
3 BR | 2.5 BA  | 2,024 SF | 4,802 SF Lot
List Price  $1,195,000

This stunning Tudor Revival home was built in 1928 and owned by one family for more than seventy years before being acquired in 2014. The present owners understood the home's wonderful potential, and have carefully and tastefully brought this showcase Fernside home into the 21st century while respecting both the history and original design of the house.

Situated on a large and visible corner lot, the house offers wonderful curb appeal with picturesque Tudor styling that includes multiple crosshatched gables, a striking asymmetrical design typical of Tudor architecture, and established, colorful landscaping. A small covered porch shelters the original arched front door, a paneled, solid wood beauty that has a speakeasy window, iron nailheads and brass hardware.    

Inside, a formal foyer offers the visitor an introduction to the exquisite detailing that is present throughout this lovely home. A coat closet on the right has a beautiful stained glass window, and an intricate, raised foyer ceiling showcases elaborate mouldings that are simply beautiful. To the left, the step-down living room is a room that was undoubtedly designed to impress. The spacious room is formal yet not imposing, and filled with an abundance of natural light from the many architecturally impressive windows. This handsome room features a beamed, eleven-foot cathedral ceiling, an oak floor, and a monumental plaster fireplace decorated with a raised coat of arms medallion.

The gracious formal dining room across the hall is the perfect size for entertaining a few guests or many friends and family. Original features include French doors, an oak floor, crown moulding and windows that overlook the front garden. Like the living room, this is a room that is inviting and warm but without pretension.

Considerable thought was given to the kitchen's recent and extensive remodel. The present owners wanted to retain the spirit of the original house in the finished design, and succeeded brilliantly in creating a 21st century kitchen that blends seamlessly with the rest of the house. White, custom cabinets are enhanced with elegant hardware and perfectly complement the porcelain farmhouse sink. The new oak floor matches the home's original floors, and earth-toned granite counters  beautifully offset the white subway tile backsplash. Premium stainless steel appliances include a Samsung French door refrigerator, a Samsung Chef Collection five-burner gas range, a built-in microwave and a paneled GE dishwasher. This lovely space includes a breakfast nook that includes bay windows, and can easily accommodate a table for four or more people.

A spacious first floor bedroom offers privacy for guests as well as the option of a main floor master bedroom. This bright, sunny room includes a vintage oak floor, a large closet with an airing window, crown moulding, and a pair of windows that provide a wonderful view of mature, blooming camellia trees.. A first floor bathroom is right next door, and features a window for natural light, a sweet Deco-style vanity, a linen closet, and a shower over a deep, cast iron bathtub.

A second bedroom is upstairs, situated at the top of the stairs. This sunny, generously-sized room overlooks the lush backyard, and has a large closet with an airing window, an oak floor, and crown moulding. The master bedroom is at the end of the hall, and offers an ensuite bathroom that is a vintage tile-lover's delight with a 1940s mosaic tile floor and a colorful tile surround in the shower. The room is very spacious, and has built-in closets that are large enough for more than one wardrobe, an elegant oak floor, and four tall windows that face the front of the house. A pair of oversized windows look out to a magnificent orange tree that is close enough to pick fruit from your bedroom, and to enjoy the fragrance of sweet orange blossoms in the spring.

A finished lower level laundry room offers direct access to the backyard, has plenty of windows for bright, natural sunlight, and offers custom cabinets and granite counters. A half bath here has updated amenities, and an attached, two-car garage is a rarity for the age of the house and has a new, handsome garage door.

1729 Cornell Drive is an exceptional home in a highly desirable Alameda neighborhood. Pride of ownership is evident everywhere in this lovely home, and rarely does the opportunity arise to acquire a turnkey property that has been so beautifully preserved. This is Fernside at it's best!

Situated in the coveted Fernside HOA, within the East End of Alameda, this home is an easy walk/bike ride to Alameda's award winning schools, parks, and just minutes from the beach, South Shore Center and downtown Park Street. Transportation options include easy access to the SF Ferry, I-880, Oakland Airport, BART and tech shuttles.


Notable Features of 1729 Cornell Drive:

Built in 1928

Tudor Revival architectural style

2,014 SF (per appraisal)

4,802 SF Lot (per public records)

Formal living and dining rooms

Three bedrooms

Two bathrooms

One powder room

Remodeled, eat-in kitchen

Laundry room

Original decorative mouldings

Living room w/ beamed cathedral ceiling

Monumental fireplace

Vintage oak floors

Bay windows

Granite kitchen counters

Custom kitchen cabinets

Premium stainless steel appliances

Semi-finished attic

Attached two-car garage

New roof

New garage door

Upgraded electrical/plumbing

Smart home technology (lights, thermostat, sprinklers, garage door, security alarm)

Close to top performing schools, Lincoln Park, Nob Hill Foods + South Shore Center

Easy access to BART, major freeways, tech shuttles, SF Ferry


Open Houses:
Sunday, February 17 @ 2- 4:30pm
Sunday, February 24 @ 2 - 4:30pm

Brokers Tour:
Tuesday, February 19 @ 11am - 1pm

Offers Due:
Tuesday, February 26 @ 10am

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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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