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Alameda Arts and Crafts style home asks $2.39M

Ernest Coxhead-designed home comes with two-story foyer

Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of David Gunderman, Alain Pinel Realtors

Hidden from the street on Alameda Island sits a European-style home designed by Ernest Coxhead, a preeminent architect of the California Arts and Crafts movement.

Featuring four beds, two and a half baths, and 4,501 square feet, 1272 Caroline, built in 1893, stood out even then as Coxhead bypassed the Victorian design trend popular in the Bay Area at that time. The most alluring part of this house, which has been recently restored, is the oak entryway replete with wood paneling, Corinthian columns, high ceilings, crown moldings, domed ceiling, and—deliriously—a grand staircase.

Other highlights here include a dining room flanked by wood carved fireplaces, a solarium, picture windows, a library, a three-car garage, a children’s playhouse, and a garden with roses, ferns, and fruit trees.

Coxhead created the home for real estate and railroad magnate George Whittel and his family, who used it primarily as a summer home. The home returns to the market asking $2,395,000.