1541 B Santa Clara Avenue
1541-B Santa Clara Ave. | Alameda
2 BR | 1 BA | 1,134 SF | 3,120 SF Lot
Listed @ $695,000 | HOA Dues $338/Every 2 Months
In the mid-1920s, architect W.W. Dixon and developer R.C. Hillen joined forces in Alameda to create Stonehenge and Stoneleigh villages, developments with whimsical houses designed in the storybook style that was quickly gaining popularity in California. Storybook design was meant to copy houses found in storybooks and fairytales.
Stonehenge Village is a grouping of single-family homes, and no two houses are the same inside or outside. A rustic Carmel chalkstone arch announces Stonehenge and you enter the development through a vintage wrought-iron gate. The houses surround a beautiful courtyard that has stone walking bridges over small fish ponds filled with water lilies, regal elm trees and palm trees, and dense, lush foliage. Birdbaths and stone water fountains line the paths and form gathering places in this idyllic spot that has been tended meticulously.
1541-B is an English Tudor cottage with accentuated gables, a half-timbered façade, stucco walls, and a wood-shake roof. A stone walkway leads to the house, and the vintage front door has a speakeasy and a brass, lion’s-head doorknocker. Carmel chalkstone forms an arch around the front door and provides foundation cladding to create a country cottage look. English ivy lines the front walkway, and complements the many large camellia bushes that provide spectacular color in midwinter.
Inside, a dramatic, spacious living room includes a high, vaulted ceiling and a rustic stone fireplace. The room has plaster walls, beautiful hardwood floors, and large, divided-light windows that offer views of a working stone fountain and the spectacular courtyard greenery. A breakfast room/dining room is across the entrance from the living room, and features a continuation of the hardwood floors, plaster walls and ceilings, an antique chandelier, and more views of the lush, tranquil courtyard.
The cozy kitchen has douglas fir flooring, and has been recently updated to include a brilliant white tile, full-height backsplash, re-glazed counters, and a new GE, stainless steel range. Interior access to the garage is through the kitchen, and a separate backdoor leads to a quaint stone patio.
An elegant, vintage wrought-iron banister accompanies the stairs to the second floor, and provides a beautiful visual from the living room. The home’s bathroom is situated at the top of the stairs, with a bedroom on either side. The sunny master bedroom is on the left, and has plaster walls, crown moulding, refinished hardwood floors, and two double-hung windows. The second bedroom features new sconces, crown moulding, double-hung windows, and hardwood floors.
Both Dixon and Hillen would likely be pleased to know that, more than eighty years after completion, the homes in Stonehenge and Stoneleigh are still very much cherished by their owners and the grounds, more than ever, resemble a fairyland. Rarely does the opportunity arise to own an historically significant, Dixon-designed home in such a special setting. The opportunity is here.
Notable Features of 1541-B Santa Clara Avenue:
Stonehenge Village Development
Built in 1929
1,134 SF (per public records)
3,120 SF Lot (per public records)
Formal living room
Two flagstone patio areas
Vaulted living room ceiling
Refinished wood floors throughout
Fresh interior paint