A rare gem available only from Nov. 20, to January 10th. Less than fifty feet from the tidal shoreline, this fully wheelchair accessible, three bedroom, two and half bath, spacious, clutter-free, artfully designed home, with central AC and a wheelchair elevator offers stunning sunsets, unmatched bird watching, and view of the Santa Cruz mountains and the SF city skyline. It's close to a vibrant shopping center with nine restaurants, and dozens of place to shop.Two ferry terminals, 8 and 15 minutes away, bypass congestion and provide peaceful , scenic 15 or 25 minutes rides to the City (SF).
The street side of our home is deceptively unadorned, but the water-side is a different story. A wall of glass windows with 8' of opening doors leads to the large, ipe deck that tempts one to sit for hours and stare at the views -- and grill up dinner while you do so.
On the main floor, the open concept living-dining-kitchen space means the view is always available. The dramatic gas fireplace, electric piano, Celtic harp, and drum, invite you to settle in for a night of music. A 50" flat screen TV, with cable and DVR as well as roku, means you are in control of what you see and when you see it. Want to watch a movie? On Demand is available, just pay us when you leave. A good cook's fully stocked kitchen features a wide peninsula, the perfect place for morning coffee and watching the birds' soap opera unfold, or lingering with your crossword puzzle. The oversized, main floor powder room, feels more like a little art gallery than a bathroom. High speed Internet access is available throughout the house.
Upstairs the master bedroom with walk in closet features its own wall of glass that opens onto a tiled deck, expanding the views even more. The travertine master bath has a roll-in shower, heated bidet, and copper wainscoting. The second bath is a stone, zen oasis with deep soak, air jet tub and adjustable height shower. The third bedroom with queen bed and writer's desk features a mounted flat screen TV. The attached garage, with windows for natural light has been modified to serve as a bonus room, with a fold down sofa and flat screen TV. Oversize washer and dryer are also in the garage.
HERE ARE THINGS WE'VE DONE FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
You don't need to go outside the house to be transported from floor to floor. This elevator moves between the bottom of the stairs and the master bedroom.
Sustainably harvested Ipe runs from the side yard to the oversized, waterfront deck, which opens directly into the living room (your entrance); a tiled ramp leads from the entry walkway to the front door, and oversized powder room, with another small ramp down the one step into the bonus room and laundry; a hardwood ramp bypasses the one step from the master bedroom to the upstairs tiled patio.
Master bedroom: A Sleep Number queen mattress with adjustable head position and pressure that separately adjusts for each side, means whatever your preferred combination of hard vs softness, you can have it. Transfer onto a firm surface, then soften it for sleeping. Second bedroom: Tempur-Pedic mattress includes a massage function and allows both head and foot to elevate.
Master bathroom has roll in shower and chair, toilet has heated bidet, travertine vanity is designed for wheelchair to roll under. Oversized powder room has heated bidet, with wheelchair height Toto toilet, and slide-under quartz vanity. Handicap bars in every bathroom
There are remotes for: bed adjustments in 2 bedrooms, lights in master and second bedroom, retractable awning on deck, opening skylights in bathroom and stairwell, and three flat screen tv's.
Bike pump: for blowing up wheelchair tires
Other assistive devices: Refrigerator, dishwasher and sliding doors all have leather "reins" to be opened by service dogs. SERVICE DOGS are most welcome; they even have a custom mahogany home under the stairs. They are the ONLY ANIMALS ALLOWED.. Certification papers from Assistance Dogs International must be faxed in advance. (Internet or private certification does NOT count.)
Things to do from here:
Alameda is the perfect place to enjoy both nature's beauty and city's convenience
Kids run freely on the dirt walking path, catch crabs by the dock, chase lizards and occasionally see a garden snake.
You can walk for hours along the water on a paved trail, without ever crossing a street
Fish from the public dock just a few feet from the house, or fly a kite from there
Try your hand at windsurfing or paddle boarding, just a mile down the road
Bike the extensive system of trails that run along the Hayward regional shoreline
Golf the popular municipal course, 18 holes or par 3 ( 18 more under renovation)
Take a 15 or 25 minute ferry ride to San Francisco, where the Ferry Building is its own destination and a foodie's paradise
Walk a few blocks to the South Shore Center, to eat, shop, or be pampered,
Enjoy a movie an Alameda's historic, perfectly restored, art deco theater
Visit the one of a kind pinball museum,
Or the Hornet, WW II floating naval museum
Enjoy a tasting tour on Spirits Row at the old navy base.
Stroll Park Street downtown and remember what an old fashioned downtown feels like
Then come back to the perfect place to relax, recharge, and start it all again!