Majestic 1927 Mediterranean on the Waterfront

720 Palmera Court


Alameda, CA

$ 3,850,000






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720 Palmera Court

Preservation and restoration exalt this expansive, altogether glamourous Mediterranean Revival. Set on a circular court graced with vivacious architecture of the twenties, its level, manicured grounds border a lagoon and extend to the home’s private dock. In an optimal layout, exquisite interior spaces open throughout the main floor to terrace and garden and to balconies from the second floor, where five bedrooms and four bathrooms include the lavish multi-chamber primary suite. Comprehensive updates of kitchen and bathrooms befit the home’s time-honored architectural artistry.

Mediterranean extravagance originates with the façade, which features terra-cotta roof tile, fancifully scrolled gold-leaf-embellished window grills, and an accentuated arched entry. It gives way to a foyer that proclaims the interior’s grandness and pristinely preserved elegance. Terra-cotta floor tile and a coffered ceiling bring geometric allure under foot and overhead. Original wall sconces and curtain rods reveal radiant restoration. The first of many connections to the exterior, a set of Palladian French doors opens to the terra-cotta terrace, covered in part and garnished with columns. Fringing it, garden beds and a pair of soaring palm trees gracefully contour a long stretch of level lawn. Overlooking the water, a deck with fireplace forms a picturesque dining spot.

Architecturally enchanting, the living room combines a honeycomb-patterned coffered ceiling, period fireplace, and windows on three sides that supply abundant natural light, garden and water views. Among them, a Palladian window stretches floor to ceiling, and two sets of French doors flow to the loggia-style terrace. Similarly, the dining room reveals bold proportions and two sets of French doors. Adjacent to each of these grand-scaled rooms lies a cozy, inviting space; a library lined with bookshelves and charismatic provincial wallpaper original to the home, perfectly preserved, and a petite family room that doubles as an office.

The kitchen constellation comprises a copiously equipped butler’s pantry, and breakfast area with electric fireplace and garden access. Teak flooring replicates original main-floor hardwoods, and Cararra marble counters meet glass-mosaic backsplashes. A Thermador suite of appliances and Gaggenau wine cooler intermix.

Atop a curved staircase with wrought-iron balustrade, oak flooring underpins a broad landing. Five bedrooms fan out; two feature custom built-in desks and bureaus. Within its own hallway, the primary suite unites a water-view bedroom with balcony, marble-floored sun room well suited as an office, vanity room plus walk-in closet, elaborately appointed with built-ins and marble-topped bureaus. In the luxurious primary bathroom, a statement-piece soaking tub harmonizes with a pair of oval vessel sinks. Marble, inset with glass-mosaic tile, flows seamlessly to a curbless shower containing rainfall and body-spray features and to an enclosed toilet chamber. Transformations convey vintage cachet in additional bathrooms; an iconic gray-veined marble scheme in one, iridescent glass tile in another, classic white fixtures in the fourth full bathroom, and a large powder room occupies the main floor.

Offering plentiful storage, a two-car detached garage lies at the end of the gated brick driveway, and the basement spans much of the home’s broad footprint.

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Anthony Riggins, Realtor
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Anthony Riggins, Realtor
Anthony Riggins

Realtor® Associate
Sotheby’s International Realty
CalDRE# 01372885
(510) 693-7931
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