Built in 1893 by renowned English architect Ernest Coxhead as the summer home for the Whittell family, 1272 Caroline’s early Arts & Crafts style whisks you away to a hidden European villa. This exceptional 4+BD/2.5BA 4,501 square foot home is tucked away discreetly off the street, making it a uniquely private Alameda Gold Coast home.

Coxhead beautifully blends period architectural styles in 1272 Caroline’s interior.  As you make your way through the home’s dramatic oak entryway from its formal paver drive, you are immediately awed by its stunning light-filled foyer, with elaborate original wood paneling, Corinthian columns, high ceilings, crown moldings, stunning domed ceiling, and ornate grand staircase. From there, you are drawn through dramatic double doors into an expansive and exquisite living/dining area that is flanked by ornate wood carved fireplaces features; crown moldings and coved ceilings further distinguish this architectural jewel.  Light streams through a massive picture window which is shared with a generous and tranquil solarium, drawing you to a formal garden framed by redwoods and featuring fountains, a brick patio, and a charming children’s playhouse, mature roses, ferns, and fruit trees.

Back in the home’s remarkable interior, on the entry level you will also find an updated eat-in kitchen with a distinctive parquet floor, 6-burner Wolf gas range, sub-zero refrigerator, and pantry; a half-bath with original painted porcelain sink inset into a marble vanity; and an executive office/library.

Ascend 1272 Caroline’s magnificent staircase and still more architectural marvels await. Spacious twin suites span the full length of the home and are graced by high ceilings, crown moldings, fireplaces and bay windows; between them are identical walk-in closets and private rooms with marble vanity sinks. A shared hallway bath boasts luxurious upgrades, including a custom, marble-topped fiddleback-cherry vanity with dual sinks, deep jetted tub, and glass and Carrara marble-lined shower. The second floor also includes a guest en-suite bedroom with  step-in shower, as well as a spacious laundry room with marble-top sink.

Reachable by a charming stairway, the expansive third level of 1272 Caroline includes a spectacular, light-filled ‘bird’s nest’ office with bay views, two bonus areas and attic storage.

A 3-car garage complements the home and has attic storage and EV car charger.

Read more about the history of 1272 Caroline Street:

Early Ernest Coxhead Creation in Alameda Hits the Market” (SF Chronicle, September 2014)

Fredric Yates” (artist, painter of work in stairway)

Highlights at a Glance:

  • Show-stopping, historic Alameda Gold Coast home
  • 4+ BD / 2.5BA
  • 4,501 square feet
  • Original architectural and design features
  • Dramatic foyer with elaborate trim and paneling
  • Hardwood and parquet floors
  • Expansive living/dining area with two elaborate fireplaces
  • Solarium
  • Updated eat-in kitchen with Wolf gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher
  • Two bedroom-suites with fireplaces, walk-in closets, vanity rooms
  • Luxurious, fully updated shared bath with marble details
  • Guest bedroom with private bath
  • Office/bedroom with bay views
  • Second level laundry room
  • Office/library
  • Multiple bonus and storage areas
  • Formal garden with fountains, patio, and children’s playhouse
  • Dramatic paver driveway with 3-car garage
  • Built in 1893



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.


Open Houses:
Sunday, January 13th and Sunday January 20th, 2pm-4pm

Brokers Tour:
Tuesday, January 15th, 11am-1pm

Additional Showings by Appointment:

Contact David Gunderman
510.205.4369 mobile
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David Gunderman

David Gunderman

Real Estate BrokerThe Gunderman Group / Alain Pinel RealtorscalDRE# 01313613510.205.4369

Andrew  Gunderman-Raskopf

Andrew Gunderman-Raskopf

Real Estate BrokerThe Gunderman Group / Alain Pinel RealtorscalDRE# 01394348510.205.3575