A sublime and inviting home on one of the best-loved blocks in all of Alameda, 1700 Dayton Avenue is a supremely elegant 4BD/3.5BA 1920’s New England-style home brimming with splendid interior detailing, radiating an irresistibly convivial warmth and charm. Located on Alameda’s celebrated Palmera Court near Franklin Elementary School and Franklin Park, this superb 2911 square foot home effortlessly embodies all of the classic style and generous spirit that make this pocket of Alameda the envy of the entire East Bay.

This lovely home cheerfully greets you with its manicured boxwood hedges and sparkling brick and white facade. Once inside, you will find yourself in a spacious and inviting foyer opening onto a series of exquisitely proportioned common areas. From practical features such as vintage-style built-in shelving and cabinetry to decorative ones such as the spiraled newel post, low wraparound wainscotting, arched doorways, stately crown mouldings, ornamental woodwork, multi-pane windows, french doors, plantation shutters, hardwood floors, vintage ceramic black-and-white checkerboard floor, and the box-beamed ceiling, this home makes every space special.

This is the ideal home for entertaining. Flooded with natural light and anchored by a stately fireplace, the vast formal living room easily accommodates large parties or a grand piano, while the elegant formal dining room’s multi-pane windows gaze serenely out to the rear garden. The phenomenal sun porch opens to the garden, as does the newly refreshed cook’s kitchen. The breakfast area is no mere nook, but an ample room whose bar closet features a wine refrigerator, sink, and counter. Cleverly placed built-in cabinets in the short kitchen hallway smartly maximize space, while a versatile corner butcher-block counter/bar is the perfect place for friends and young ones to gather and enjoy meals and celebrations together. Wraparound quartz counters, a trash compactor, and other modern touches keep the kitchen light and contemporary while still honoring its timeless spirit.

This home boasts a multitude of other charms in addition to its gorgeous common areas. Its four spacious bedrooms include a guest room/office with built-in desks and the wonderful owner’s suite, which features a large modern bath and extensive walk-in closet and dressing room area. Outside, the enclosed rear garden boasts a basketball hoop and built-in gas grill with extra burner. The lovely detached single-car garage, built to match the style of the house, makes the perfect studio or garden lounge and offers ample ground-level and attic storage. And the basement off the kitchen conveniently houses the washer/dryer and extra storage area.

Astonishingly, 1700 Dayton’s neighborhood is just as extraordinary as the house itself. Known for its exceptionally convivial spirit, year-round neighborhood events, holiday celebrations, close proximity to Franklin Elementary School and Park, and more, this tiny and sought-after area attracts a devoted and tight-knit group of residents from near and far. With all of Alameda’s countless restaurants, shops, amenities, parks, beaches, and other attractions just moments away, the very best of Alameda - and the East Bay - is yours.


Highlights at a Glance:

  • Elegant 4BD/3+BA 1920’s New England-style home in the heart of Alameda’s Palmera Court near Franklin Elementary School and Franklin Park
  • Exceptionally convivial and sought-after neighborhood hosts year-round neighborhood events, holiday celebrations, and more
  • Lovely 2911 square foot home with manicured boxwood hedges and sparkling brick and white wood facade
  • Ideal home for entertaining
  • Exquisitely proportioned common areas full of magnificent details, including vintage-style built-in shelving and cabinetry, fireplace, spiraled newel post, low wraparound wainscotting, arched doorways, stately crown mouldings and ornamental woodwork, multi-pane windows and french doors, plantation shutters, hardwood and vintage ceramic black-and-white checkerboard floors, and a box-beamed ceiling
  • Vast formal living room is flooded with natural light and easily accommodates large parties or a grand piano
  • Elegant formal dining room’s multi-pane windows gaze serenely out to the rear garden
  • Phenomenal sun porch opens to the garden, as does the newly refreshed chef’s kitchen
  • Breakfast room with bar closet featuring a wine refrigerator, sink, and counter
  • Updated cook’s kitchen features quartz counters and subway-tiled backsplashes, a trash compactor and other modern appliances, new gas range and oven, new sink, and corner butcher-block counter
  • Owner’s suite features a large jetted tub, rain shower with secondary shower head, and extensive walk-in closet and dressing room area
  • Enclosed rear garden boasts a basketball hoop and built-in gas grill with extra burner
  • Lovely detached single-car garage, built to match the style of the house, makes the perfect studio or garden lounge and offers ample ground-level and attic storage
  • Convenient basement off kitchen houses washer/dryer and offers extra storage
  • Updated plumbing and 200-amp wiring
  • Dual-zone central heating
  • Built in 1925

From the Seller

1700 Dayton is so much more than an address!

Over the past 31 years, our family has learned first-hand that buying a home in our neighborhood is not just about the design and beauty of the house or its bed/bath count; it is about the connection to and enjoyment of the neighborhood and the people who live here.

We had been in the Gold Coast for five years prior to the Dayton home and were looking for a location where we could integrate ourselves comfortably into the community and neighborhood. The Dayton house was the perfect size and had a warm and inviting interior: exactly what we wanted for our family.

We purchased the home and moved in a few months later. When we arrived, we noticed that the yard had been watered and kept alive. The following day, neighbors came over to tell us that they and others had been watering it for us. We knew immediately that we would love living here.


Over time, we made improvements that enhanced the personality of the home. The home’s American Colonial design is unusual for Alameda, so those familiar with the Northeast often enjoyed what we did to accentuate the home’s unique personality. We painted all of the wood trims white, the shutters dark green, and the front door red. This work was truly rewarding, as many adults would come by at Halloween with their children to tell us that it was their favorite home in the neighborhood.

The 3-foot boxwood hedge around the yard frames the house perfectly. After nearly 40 years, it is full and well-trimmed and protects the yard. Whenever we mention our hedge, people immediately know which house is ours.


The Dayton Avenue/Palmera Court neighborhood is one of the most convenient in all of Alameda, with two entry points off Grand Street. This house is known not only for its eye-catching design, but also its coveted location in the Palmera-Dayton Cul-de-sac.  No two homes in this wonderful neighborhood are alike. Once families move into the neighborhood, they tend to stay. This neighborhood offers friendship, support, and kindness. Our two daughters were born on Dayton and grew up here. They have both told us that living here was the foundation of their success in elementary school, college, sports, and performing arts.

When our daughters were teenagers, our home became the go-to place for Friday evening spaghetti night. In winter, our daughters’ friends would come over every week and sit by the fire and watch TV until the pasta and garlic bread were ready. They never tired of it.

Likewise, in the spring and early fall, they would come over to eat and take walks or ride bikes to the beach just a few short blocks away. Some of those same girls stop by even now to say hello if they are in the neighborhood, and they always comment on how friendly the house is and how coming over on Fridays was such a wonderful way to end the school week. Many happy memories were formed here.

This home’s layout offers many benefits. You can easily find solitude in different parts of the house, yet still be within earshot of each other. The stairway down to the living room looks particularly regal during the holidays. Reading a book in the sunroom feels like curling up in the quiet corner of a bookstore.

Living in this neighborhood offers some particularly special benefits and experiences:

  • Holiday Season: The entire neighborhood of 24 homes gathers together to coordinate the lighting of each house, the lighting of the lampposts, and the installation of a tall holiday “tree” at Palmera Circle. A large group of neighbors (adults and children) gather to fill luminaria bags with sand and candles. On December 24th and 25th, the luminarias are lit for all to view in the late afternoon and evening. It is truly wonderful.
  • Independence Day (4th of July): The annual Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade travels past the house each year with music, horses, floats, antique vehicles, and more. Neighbors place lawn chairs on the curb and prepare for two hours of nonstop enjoyment.  In the morning, people invite each other over for coffee, orange juice, and pastries; in the afternoon after the parade, hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, and soda. These rituals foster community and bring neighbors together in a truly beautiful way.
  • Halloween: The late afternoon and evening of Halloween are full of excitement and joy throughout the neighborhood, with unique costumes, happy children, and home decorations delighting children and parents alike. It is a safe and joyful place to be each year.

Everyone in the neighborhood knows one another. The adults watch out for the children and the children connect to make lifelong friendships with neighboring families. Our grown daughters have spent their lives in this neighborhood. They are still friends with the children that they played with back when they were 5 and 6 years old. After all these years, they are still in touch with parents in the neighborhood, several of whom wrote them glowing references when they were applying to college and high school.

Our daughters are better people because of their time on Dayton Avenue. In many ways, we are as well.





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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David Gunderman

David Gunderman

Real Estate BrokerThe Gunderman Group / Alain Pinel RealtorscalDRE# 01313613510.205.4369

Andrew Raskopf

Andrew Raskopf

Real Estate BrokerAlain Pinel RealtorscalDRE# 01394348510.205.3575