847 Santa Clara Ave. | Central Alameda
4 BR | 3 BA | 2,245 SF | 2,657 SF Lot
Listed @ $895,000

Built in 1890 for prominent Alameda citizen Thomas O. Leydecker and his family*, this beautiful example of Victorian Queen Anne architecture still stands today in all of it’s splendor. Converted into a multi-family home at some point in it’s long history, this home nevertheless continues to retain many original features, now shared between those who are lucky enough to live within these walls.

The classic Victorian Queen Anne exterior features a steeply pitched roof, extensive brackets and ornamentation on the façade, and classic columns that support a second floor porch with a spindle railing. The house features an asymmetrical façade with prominent, oversized bay windows that were typical of this period and style, and a front yard with a simple wrought iron fence that further complements the styling of this home. The house has recently been painted with colors of the period, and now shows off the home’s ornately layered decoration.

847 Santa Clara Ave. now consists of two ground floor apartments, with a third apartment on the second floor. Apartments A and B on the first floor have a “railroad” design with a series of rooms that are accessed from a hallway that runs the length of the apartment from the front door to the back door. Both of these elegant apartments feature a living room, one bedroom, one bathroom and kitchen. Apartment C, upstairs, is the largest of the apartments, and offers a formal living room, dining room, spacious kitchen, a large bathroom, and two bedrooms.

Each apartment has many of the elegant finishes that make Victorian homes so special. Ceiling height varies between apartments from nine to eleven feet, accented by stately plaster ceiling medallions. The vintage windows are very tall for extra natural light, and many still have decorative divided panes and the original ornate window surrounds. Other features include hardwood floors, wide baseboards, beadboard wainscoting, updated kitchen counters, new bathroom vanities, clawfoot tubs, tiled kitchen/bath floors, and fresh paint in the entire interior. Apartments A and C offer architecturally striking bay windows in their living rooms, and each apartment has a wonderful vintage front door—each one is unique. Many of the light fixtures inside and out are new, adding a touch of whimsy to these classic Victorian rooms. An added feature of the house is a backyard that is large enough for all three units to share. Apt. A has a private, fenced patio garden, and B and C share a larger patio. The backyard can be easily accessed from each apartment.

Located almost across the street from a well regarded magnet arts elementary school, and down the street from Crown Memorial Beach, tennis courts and parks, this home has a wonderful location within Alameda. Commuter options are many, including the AC Transit bus to San Francisco at your front door. The Posey Tube provides easy access to Oakland, and the SF Ferry, BART, and Oakland International Airport are ready to take you to wherever your work or interests require.

This unique home offers the owner many options that include living in one of the units and generating income from the others, using one apartment for a family member, or renting all three units to optimize the return on investment. The property may also have zoning that would allow for work/live scenarios as well! This beautiful piece of Alameda history retains her gracious stature, and provides a unique real estate opportunity.

*Source: Documentation of Victorian and Post Victorian Residential and Commercial Buildings City of Alameda 1854 to 1904. Researched and Compiled by George C Gunn, Curator, Alameda Historical Museum. Published 1985 Revised 1988


Notable Features of 847 Santa Clara Ave.

Built in 1890

Multi-family home (three vacant apartments)

Victorian Queen Anne Cottage style

High ceilings with center medallions

Plaster walls/ceilings

Hardwood floors

Tall, vintage windows

Original doors/hardware

Beadboard paneling

Clawfoot tubs

Vintage pocket doors and French doors

Washer/dryer in each apartment

Updated kitchens/bathrooms

Updated plumbing, electrical

New light fixtures

Separate utility meters

Central Alameda location

Close by a well regarded magnet arts elementary school

Close to schools, AC Transit, downtown Webster St., Posey Tube

Possibility for live/work use


Apartments A & B:

Ground floor

Living room





Apartment C:

Second floor

Living room

Dining room

Two bedrooms


Spacious kitchen

Private front porch


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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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