While the island city of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, is renowned for its abundance of beautiful Victorian-style homes, the East Bay town isn’t lacking in picturesque properties in other period styles. Among its most charming residences are a collection of Storybook cottages in a vintage bungalow court known as Stonehenge Village.
Located in Central Alameda a few blocks south of the marina, Stonehenge was designed in 1928 by architect Walter W. Dixon. A San Francisco native, Dixon apprenticed with the prestigious firm of Bliss & Saville, designers of the swanky St. Francis Hotel, before moving to Oakland where he established his own practice. In partnership with builder R.C. Hillen and other developers, Dixon designed lavish estates along with what he referred to as “modest mansions” — homes within reach of middle- and working-class people — in numerous courtyard complexes around the East Bay.
One such modest mansion in Stonehenge is now on the market with an asking price of $962,000. Measuring 1,305 square feet, it has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, a formal dining room, an updated kitchen, a storage area, and an attached garage. Among its appealing character features are barrel ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, original light fixtures, hardwood floors, and oversize picture windows with leaded glass detailing.
Along with a small amount of private outdoor space, Stonehenge residents enjoy a common courtyard and lush gardens replete with a waterfall, pond, bridge, and a large carved-stone fountain.
The whimsical property is listed with Karen Lithgow and Troy Staten of Compass.