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AVAILABLE | East End Victorian | 3 bed 3 ba | 1564 SF | Listed at $1,250,000 | Guy Blume

1522 Pearl Street, Alameda 94501

Overview: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1564 square feet, 4,224 square feet lot space

High ceilings, original moldings and wood floors grace this beautiful Victorian located in the East End. The kitchen has been remodeled with marble counter tops and a walk in pantry. There is a master suite, upstairs loft, and high basement garage with bonus space. Park Street shopping and restaurants are nearby and it is an easy commute to SF/Oakland by car, BART or Ferry.

Listed for $1,250,000

Private listing off market.

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SOLD $925,000 | East End Craftsman Bungalow | 3 bed 1.5 ba | 1671 SF | Listed at $895,000 | Guy Blume

1371 Pearl Street, Alameda 94501

 

Craftsman Bungalow with Contemporary Stylings and Period Charm

Overview: 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms, 1671 square feet

Built in 1907, this cheerful blue-shingled craftsman bungalow cohesively pairs period details with clean, contemporary stylings—dramatic box-coved ceilings, original oak floors with detailed perimeter inlays, and classic vertically striped wainscoting meet fashionable living spaces with modern aesthetic light fixtures. Lined with wispy trees and colorful homes, its charming neighborhood unfolds onto vibrant Park Street and myriad boutiques, cafes, Alameda
theater and more.

From the street, a pathway leads past the lush green flora in the yard to the elevated and inviting front porch—picture lounging idly in the cool shade on a sunny afternoon. Inside, bright, open living spaces include:

-Spacious living/family room with six sunny windows; plantation shutters; and a rich red brick, mid-century fireplace popping from the freshly painted white and natural colored wall

-Dining room with double door entry, iron and glass contemporary chandelier, bay windows, and built-in cabinetry with unique lead-paned glass doors

-Large kitchen and breakfast area offering granite counters, a vintage floral tile backsplash, double sink, white glass top range, and a skylight to brighten the open space

-Two generous front bedrooms with hardwood floors, bay windows, built-in bookshelves, and walk-in California-style closets

-Third sunny and airy back bedroom taking full advantage of a wraparound deck and peaceful backyard sanctuary through sliding glass doors

-A mature Japanese maple, rosemary bush, lime tree and various flora augment the natural backyard with patio seating and barbeque space – imagine effervescent indoor-outdoor living and entertaining

-Extra-large downstairs bonus area (not included in square footage) perfect as a media room, art studio, or kids’ play space

-Full laundry room, tank-less water heater, and fresh paint throughout

With nearby top-notch schools, Park Street dining and shopping, South Shore Center, and Alameda beach and trails—plus easy access to freeways, Oakland airport, BART and tech shuttles—1371 Pearl is a tremendous opportunity to own a delightful home in a highly sought after neighborhood.

Listed at $895,000

Open House:

Sunday, October 29 2-4:30pm

Sunday, November 5th 2-4:30pm

 

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SOLD $1,080,000 | Single Level Bay Farm Home | 3 bed 2 ba | 1405 SF | Listed at $938,000 | Guy Blume

31 Cork Road, Alameda 94502

Single Level! Built in 1988, this single level has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, approximately 1405 square feet and sits on a 5598 square foot lot. Vaulted ceiling in living dining area, enhanced kitchen tile counter tops, newer linoleum bathroom floors, newer toilet, good size rear yard with wood deck. Close to transportation, SF ferry, walking trails, schools and shopping.

Listed at $938,000

Open house:

Saturday 10/14 2-4:30pm

Sunday 10/15 2-4:30pm

Sunday 10/22 2-4:30pm
Single Level Bay Farm Home
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SOLD $830,000 | Desirable East End Location | 3 bed 1 ba | 1140 SF | Listed at $799,000 | Guy Blume

1345 Fernside Boulveard, Alameda 94501

 

Desirable End End location! 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, charming bungalow home built in 1920, approximately 1140 sq. ft. on a 3,616 sq. ft. lot.

Enter through the glass enclosed front porch into the living room which has hardwood floors in the dining and living room, complete with stone hearth fireplace with bookcases and antiquated built-in cabinets.

Recently updated kitchen includes over $20,000 in upgrades, tile floors, built in shelves and drawers, designer tile back splash, Samsung 5-burner gas stove, Amana refrigerator, Frigidaire dishwasher, white porcelain farm sink, stainless steel vent hood. The bathroom received over $5,000 in upgrades including penny tile floors and subway tile shower walls over tub. Delightful back yard has paver stone patio and green lawn and several fruit trees. Laundry room with washer and dryer (included). Tool shed and long driveway for multiple cars or RV/boat off street parking.

Close to transportation, Lincoln Middle School, parks and shopping.

Listed at $799,000

Open house:

Saturday, October 14 2-4:30pm

Sunday, October 15 2-4:30pm

Saturday, October 21 2-4:30pm

Sunday, October 22 2-4:30pm

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SOLD $600,000 | Modern Alameda Condo | 2 bed 2 ba | 994 SF | Listed at $575,000 | Guy Blume

Modern Alameda Condo – Steps from the Beach

339 Broadway #212, Alameda 94501

 

Overview: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Approx. 994 square feet, and one-car carport parking

This bright and modern top floor condo with a private deck enjoys lovely views of the Alameda Lagoon. Just a block away are miles of running and biking trails along the water’s edge. Evenings will surely include sinking toes into the sand and watching tangerine sunsets unfold over the San Francisco skyline.

Inside, the attractively updated condo features:

● Updated kitchen

● Large living room with broad sliding glass doors drawing natural light into the unit

● Master suite with fully remodeled bathroom

● Well-sized second bedroom with closet and adjacent full stylish bath

● Oversized balcony with a panoramic view of the lagoon

In the condo community is a long grassy lawn for play and a pool for sunny days lounging and splashing in the turquoise water. Also included is an elevator to the top floor. Multiple laundry rooms are available outside the unit and are free of charge to use.

Nearby schools include, Frank Otis Elementary School, The Child Unique Montessori School and Alameda High School. The closest grocery stores are Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Encinal Market. Nearby coffee shops include, Panera Bread, Starbucks and Bagel Street Cafe. Nearby restaurants include, the highly acclaimed Trabocco, as well as MOD Pizza and Sushi House. Nearby parks are Krusi Park, Jackson Park, Towata Park and Tillman Park.

Listed at $575,000

Open house:

Sunday, September 10th and 17th, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm

Modern Alameda Condo

 

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SOLD $1,205,000 | East End Home | 3 bed 2 ba | 1829 SF | Listed at $849,000 | Guy Blume

1549 High Street Alameda, CA 94501

 

Built in 1911, this 3-bedroom home with over 1800 sq.ft. on a corner lot, is on the market for the first time in nearly 60 years. Refinished wood floors, stone fireplace, newer paint, dual pane windows, light fixture, dishwasher. Century old detail with brass elements and Art Nouveau stained glass. Foundation raised in 1961 to allow an approx. 6-foot high cement full basement. Back yard. Roof and chimney replaced in the last 20 years. Potential to add master bathroom, convert the unfinished tall attic space or dig out the basement to add another 800 sq.ft. or ADU.

What I love about this home:

I love the size, shape and overall uniqueness that this house offers. Right from the start the house looks like a cross between Victorian and Craftsman. Inside there are push button light switches and brass plates, lead glass windows, Art Nouveau stain glass, original brass cabinet hardware and light fixtures throughout mixed with updated contemporary light fixtures as well. The kitchen is begging for French doors that open to a patio deck while the upstairs oversized bedroom could easily accomodate a private bathroom. The gumwood walls and beams in the dining room create an old time setting while the elegant gray and white painted living room with coved ceilings is simply gorgeous. The tall attic could be transformed into more useable space as could the six foot high basement. Throw in that the house is in Edison School and Fernside District, this house will certainly attract a lot of attention. Please note that there is only one full bathroom inside the living space while an extra working toilet is in the basement. 

Open House:

Sunday 7/9 2-4:30pm

Sunday 7/16 2-4:30pm

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SOLD $849,000 | Waterfront Condominium | 2 bed 2 ba | 1419 SF | Listed at $849,000 | Guy Blume

107 Bay Park Terrace Alameda, CA 94502

 

Waterfront Condominium on Bay Farm Island

Overview: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, approx. 1419 square feet, 1-car garage, rear patio

Overlooking the Bay from the tranquil Brittany Landing gated community is this wonderful condominium featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a view of the green belt. Imagine evenings on the back patio savoring vivid views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline across the shimmering water, walks and bike rides on the endless paved trails right out the door, or barbecuing and lounging by the community pool on a sunny Sunday afternoon—simply exceptional living and lifestyle.

Home Features:

— Great room combines the entry, dining and living areas, modern chandelier, and large windows with shutters; fireplace with tile surround; audio video alcove perfect for setting up a TV and sound system.

— Full kitchen featuring tile counters; refrigerator, electric range oven, microwave with vented hood, dishwater, large pantry and eat-in breakfast nook.

— Floors consist of tile, carpet and linoleum.

— Spacious master bedroom and adjacent master bathroom with dual sinks.

— Good storage with hallway coat closet and separate hallway cabinets.

— Both bathrooms have updated water fixtures with shower over tubs.

— Laundry room just off the kitchen has hookups for water and electric.

— Garage door is new fronting a one car garage with storage shelves.

All within minutes of the home are Shoreline Park, highly rated Earhart Elementary School, Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center, Chuck Corica Golf Complex; Oakland International Airport and more! The breathtaking views, detailed home design, and superb location join to make 107 Bay Park Terrace a unique and magnificent opportunity.

Listed at $849,000

Open House:

Saturday 6/24 2pm-4:30pm

Sunday 6/25 2pm-4:30pm

Sunday 7/2 2pm-4:30pm

Sunday 7/23 2pm-4:30pm

 

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SOLD $1,155,000 | Multi-Use Victorian | 5 bed 4 ba | 2825 SF | Listed at $1,188,000 | Guy Blume

1214 Oak Street Alameda, CA 94501

5 bed, 4 bath multi-use Victorian for sale in Alameda

This multi-use Alameda Victorian, zoned for commercial & residential use, features large, bright rooms across two levels. A tremendous opportunity to own a property one block off Park Street, the location is ideal, with boutiques, cafes, and the beach right nearby.

The property may be converted back into a 2-level home or continue to be used as a commercial space. Recent building updates include a newer foundation, updated wiring and plumbing; it’s sewer lateral and auto gas shut-off compliant, and is set up with two meters to operate as separate units.

Lower-Level Commercial – Currently operating as a day school, the space includes 1,390 sq.ft. Two bedrooms, two baths and a kitchenette. Welcoming courtyard with three-foot iron gate.

Upper-Level Home – Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,435 sq.ft. The living space exudes charm the moment you walk in the front door. The large front living draws natural light through tall bay windows. The dining room features an original medallion pendant and chandelier. Two large bedrooms, one a master suite with a full bath, provide spacious escape for quiet slumber. The hallway bath has new sink, toilet, and tile floor. The spacious kitchen and breakfast area feature maple cabinetry, a new stove, microwave, and dishwasher. In the connected laundry room and pantry is a lovely touch of detail—an original stained glass door.

Converted detached garage – studio, kitchenette+bath. Per City Planning of Alameda: Accessory Dwelling is not permitted when property is a duplex. However, Accessory Dwelling is possible with single family homes.

Listed at $1,188,000

Open House:

Sunday June 25th 2:00pm – 4:30pm

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Ultimate Toddler/Preschool Indoor Activity Guide to Never Leaving the Island

I love taking my toddler to one of the many playgrounds and parks in Alameda (look out for a playground guide, coming soon!), but it’s nice to add variety to the week and it’s even nicer when we don’t have to cross a bridge or tunnel. Although summer is quickly approaching, we know that doesn’t necessarily mean sunny warm days 24/7 here in the bay. Whether you are looking for some fun indoor drop-in activities to mix things up during the week, or you are interested in signing your little one up for a dance, music or sport class, look no further. Here is your ultimate indoor activity guide to never leaving the island! These are all great indoor options in Alameda for your toddler or preschooler to play and explore — ending with a nice, long nap if all goes well.

 

Academy of Little Stars 

Starting at 3 years old, our youngest dancers are introduced to ballet, tap, tumbling and hip hop in a fun and nurturing environment. Classes consist of games and activities that help with rhythm, balance and coordination. Appropriate dance wear is required for participation, and includes a leotard, ballet skirt, tights, tap shoes, and full suede sole ballet shoes. How adorable! Classes are one hour in length.

When: Various day and time options, see website for more details

Where: Dance 10 Studios, 900 Santa Clara Avenue

Cost: Annual registration fee of $30; $70 per month for one class a week; $128 per month for two classes a week

photo from Dance 10 Yelp

Learn more about Academy of Little Stars.

 

AquaBaby or AquaRec

Year round drop-in recreational pool time for families of all ages in this beautiful indoor pool. AquaBaby is for babies and toddlers up to 2 years old, and is a great way to experience pool time in a calm, big-kid-free environment. AquaRec is for all ages. There are lockers, showers, and family changes rooms with changing tables. My little one loves splashing and kicking around, and this activity almost always guarantees an extra long nap.

When: Mondays and Fridays 10am – 2pm for AquaBaby, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 2pm for AquaRec

Where: AquaTech Swim School, 2203 Mariner Square Loop

Cost: $8 per swimmer for AquaBaby; $10 per swimmer for AquaRec

photo by Mei-Ling Jenks

Learn more about AquaBaby or AquaRec.

 

Bladium’s Fun Zone

Enjoy free Wi-Fi while your kids have a blast running, jumping and sliding around on the indoor playground of inflatables and turf fields. For kids ages 18 months to 6 years old.

When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am–3pm (summer excluded)

Where: 800 West Tower Avenue

Cost: Family Club Members: $6; Youth Sport Members: $7.50; Non-Members: $9

Learn more about Bladium’s Fun Zone

 

Blue Moon Learning Center

A gathering space on the West End for children and families, offering both classes and an indoor play area. The play area is equipped with an indoor play structure, fun educational toys, craft tables, reading space, and the always popular train table. It’s tiny, but cozy and clean, and a great option for an indoor activity. Children must be accompanied by an adults. Pick up some donuts at Lee’s on your way out, as it is located in the same plaza.

When: 650 Central Avenue Suite B

Where: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: $6 per child, babies under one are free.

photo from Melissa Neveu

Learn more about Blue Moon Learning Center

 

Community Sing-Along

Infants and toddlers, along with their parents and caregivers, join in 45 minutes of parent-led singing, dancing, shaker play, and parachute time. On Monday, this program is before library open hours. Please enter from the rear parking lot, garden entrance. We love to pair this with a coffee date at The Beanery down the street.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:15am – 11:00am

Where: Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street

Cost: Free!

photo from Melissa Neveu

Learn more about Community Sing-Along.

 

Dance With Me

Play with your child during this fun-filled 45-min class full of creative movement, songs, stories and basic dance to engage the the body and mind of your preschool aged child. Perfect for children 3-4 years old, babies in arms are free!

When: Fridays 10:30-11:15am

Where: Rythmix, 2513 Blanding Avenue

Cost: Option of drop-in rate or paying for a full monthly session. Drop in -$15 for one child; $18 for two children; $20 family rate (four or more). Full session – $85 one child; $100 two children; $115 family.  

photo from Dance With Me Facebook page

Learn more about Dance With Me.

 

Family Yoga

Have your little one enjoy the benefits of yoga through music, storytelling and games! Family yoga is ideal for EVERYONE. Anyone ages 2+ is welcome to learn the FUNdamentals of yoga through a child’s perspective. Reep in the benefits of yoga and give your child a foundation for a healthy well being through yoga!

When: Sundays 10:30am – 11:15am

Where: Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street

Cost: $16 drop-in rate, class packs available for a discounted rate (Family Yoga classes include 3 family members per class admission. Additional family members welcome for an additional $5)

Learn more about Family Yoga.

 

Mama Goose Story Time 

Enjoy 20 minutes of age-appropriate stories, songs and finger play with your babies and toddlers. This story time is geared towards children 1-3 years old. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in the activities. 

When: Saturdays 10am

Where: Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street

Cost: Free!

Learn more about Mama Goose Story Time.

 

Lil’ Kickers

A true child development program that helps kids become confident, well balanced and happy with their performance. These indoor soccer classes are child-centered, comprehensive, non-competitive and creative. Children can start at 18 months with parent or caregiver participation. And the uniforms? Too cute.

When: See website for more information on kick-off times and dates

Where: Bladium, 800 West Tower Avenue

Cost: $16.50 per class or $214.50 per 13-week session

photo from 510 Families

Learn more about Lil’ Kickers

 

Lil’ Sluggers

This child development program was created to introduce children ages 2-6 to the game of baseball. Classes develop important baseball skills such as throwing, fielding, hitting, and baserunning. Lil’ Sluggers provides an environment for your child to grow as an individual while having fun with baseball.

When: See website for more information on opening days

Where: Bladium, 800 West Tower Avenue

Cost: $16.50 per class or $181.50 per 11-week session

photo from Bladium Alameda Kids Facebook page

Learn more about Lil’ Sluggers

 

My Play Place

A community of toddlers and parents playing together, geared for children 16 months to 3 years old. Each two hour class includes free play, circle time, snack and story time, plus a goodbye song. This is a great transition to preschool, as your child gets used to classroom routines, socializing and exploring, with the safety net of a parent or caregiver right there.

When: Monday – Friday 9:30am-11:30am (attend class once or twice a week)

Where: 1706 Lincoln Avenue

Cost: $100 per month for one day a week, $180 per month for two days a week

photo from Vanessa Mercado

Learn more about My Play Place

 

Music Together

This mixed age music class works from birth through age five, which follows child development researchers, grouping children of a variety of ages in one class. Curriculum includes a mix of original songs and traditional tunes from the folk, jazz, and world music traditions in a variety of tonalities and meters. The range of styles provides children with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing music skills and understanding. Children participate at their own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. Each class is 45 minutes in length.

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays 9:30am or 10:30am (see website for session start dates)

Where: Home of Truth, 1300 Grand Street

Cost: $228 for 10 week session

photo from Barbara Saramak

Learn more about Music Together.

 

Ruby’s Tumbling 

Weekly tumbling classes with parent participation (up through 3 years old) in a fun and friendly environment. Students will learn to improve their balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and develop self-confidence. Classes are 45 minutes in length. The perfect spot to expel some energy!

When: Various day and time options, see website for more details

Where: 2333 Clement Avenue

Cost: $60 per month for one day a week

photo from Mei-Ling Jenks

Learn more about Ruby’s Tumbling

 

The Music in Me

Join Alameda’s favorite kids music duo, Jenn and Steve of the Dilly Dallies, as they lead Laurie Berkner’s The Music in Me, a program to capture the natural musicality in every child and open the door to playfulness, joy, and the organic qualities of making music. Kids will learn about melodies and rhythm by using their voices, bodies, percussion instruments and other props to engage their imaginations. Class is geared for children 1-5 year olds, and caregivers must stay with children at all times. Each class is 45 minutes in length.

When: Current session just wrapped up (check website for future session start dates)

Where: TBD

Cost: $138 for 6 week session

photo from The Music in Me

Learn more about The Music in Me.

 

Twirl 

Alameda’s newest creative indoor play space has quickly become a favorite in our family. There is a large play structure in the middle of the room, along with a train table, basketball hoop, and play exhibits in wall nooks surrounding the room. Each nook is dedicated to a different activity, such as a bakery, car ramp, LEGO build wall, or astronaut ship. The exhibits are rotated out each quarter so the kiddos don’t get bored. There is also an open art studio with activities set up at each table, as well as a shelf of reusable materials and art supplies for unleashing your creativity.

When: Saturday-Wednesday 10am-2pm, Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm

Where: 1424 Park Street

Cost: $12 per child, siblings are $10 (children under 12 months old are free with paid sibling)

photo from Melissa Neveu

Learn more about Twirl.

 

Wee Play

Drop-in playtime for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years offered through the Alameda Parks Department. Activities include developmental and exploratory play, music time, and coloring. They are minimally structured which allows children to enjoy and explore on their own terms. Volunteer to set up or clean up and receive free entrance for that day!

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-1pm

Where: Alameda Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Avenue

Cost: $6 drop-in per day per child OR $60 drop-in card for 12 visits

photo from Maria Struve

Learn more about Wee Play.

 

We hope this list of indoor activities for your toddler or preschooler gave you some ideas of places you haven’t tried out before. There are so many options right here in Alameda, that we don’t even have to leave the island! Another great resource for fun activities to check out is the Alameda Family Collective – this is a wonderful place to connect with other families, and actually how I met local mamas when my toddler was first born. From first hand experience, I will say that it’s definitely more fun to explore these indoor activities with friends!

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SOLD $691,000 | Contemporary Bay Farm Townhouse | 3 bed 1.5 ba | 1280 SF | Listed at $599,000 | Guy Blume

1124 Fontana Drive Alameda, CA 94502

3 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms, Approximately 1280 square feet, 2-car garage

 

This contemporary townhouse located in the Casitas, offers cheerful, open living spaces and brilliant Bay Farm island living. A hop, skip, and jump out the front door brings the Harbor Bay Ferry, community pool, tennis courts, Harbor Bay Landing shopping center, Chuck Corica Golf Complex, express buses, and miles of hiking and biking paths along the Bay—where one can witness each season reveal a new shade of sky over the peninsula and San Francisco. The views are gorgeous.

Home Highlights

  • Cohesive kitchen design with gray speckled granite counters, maple cabinetry, stainless steel Frigidaire fridge, and a modern hood above the glass-top range
  • Large living room centered around a wood-burning fireplace with modern tile and painted block surround
  • Dining area with adjacent sit-up kitchen bar
  • Broad glass living room doors and windows drawing natural light
  • Patio dining and barbecue area with healthy red Japanese maple
  • Half bath, coat closet, and spacious laundry room complete the first level
  • Three well-proportioned upstairs bedrooms situated to keep loved ones close
  • Master bedroom featuring walk-in closet with organizer and wide glass doors framing the flickering leaves of the vibrantly green tree outside
  • Upstairs bath beautifully contrasting the soft hues of travertine tile and the marble dual-sink vanity with walnut finished cabinetry and stainless steel fixtures
  • Throughout the home are new doors, fixtures, double-paned windows, laminate flooring with a red-oak finish, and fresh interior and exterior paint

With it social floor plan, updated design, and exceptional nearby amenities, this townhouse hits a home run. Furthermore, since it’s on the district line, 1124 Fontana can choose from two topnotch schools—Bay Farm or Amelia Earhart Elementary. The demand for this home will be high, so call or email for a viewing today!

Listed at $599,000

Open House:

Saturday 4/22 2-4:30pm

Sunday 4/23 2-4:30pm

Saturday 4/30 2-4:30pm

 

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An EPIC day at the Antique Faire | Finding Furniture, Upcycles and Vintage Clothing

The Alameda Antique Faire is a treasure trove of fantastic finds, vintage treasures and upcycled garbage art.  There are regular booths that are there without fail each month and then there are some others who’ve jumped at the opportunity to sell their wares. After one thwarted (rained-out) attempt, I made my way, this past weekend, out to Alameda Point for the Antique Faire.  I wish I could say that I did it monthly without fail, but really, I only get out there a couple of times a year. 

This time, I shared my experience with my dear friend and neighbor, Goose Cooper.  She is a kindred spirit and willing to get up early (7am on Spring Forward Daylight Savings Day no less) which is when the best stuff is still around, apparently.  Neither of us had particular items in mind, but I’m always on the lookout for vintage textiles and Goose, interestingly, is really into “stands” – things that you put things on.  

After fortifying myself with a cup of tea and a breakfast burrito, we charged forward, deciding on our “method”.  Lots of people have a specific way they like to approach the vastness of the airfield runway where the Antique Faire takes place.  Start from the front, going down each aisle, go directly to the back and make your way forward, or meander aimlessly by going to where you are drawn.  We chose the “go-to-the-back” method with a little meandering thrown in.

This week, there were fewer vendors and shoppers than normal, because the Faire got rained out the week prior. This was an “off-week” or unscheduled week for the Faire to happen and some vendors had other commitments while some faire-goers, I imagine, had no idea it was happening.  We both decided it was better because of it.  Fewer things to distract us, I guess.  

I was really impressed by the “Junk” art this time around.  Some favorites were these creatures made from car parts that look like robots and planters made from doll heads. We saw a stand-up organ that rolled around on a brass base.  I did see a vintage 20’s dress or two, but the condition and size did not work for me.

There are many booths at the Alameda Antique Faire that span several spots with upholstered and refinished chairs and furniture.  These might not appeal to all Antique enthusiasts, but their booths are very pretty and well appointed and in my opinion, a feast for the eyes.  In most cases, they’ve rescued something from the trash and gave it new life.  It always makes me feel I wish I had a second house to put it all in!

During our meandering, we also talked with some of the dealers and met two women who run market tours in the south of France (www.letrip.org) in addition to selling antique posters.  What a dream – going to Antique/Vintage markets in France!  There was also a booth called Filthy Gorgeous that had an amazing array of well-priced vintage items and these really cute paper feathers.  Goose ended up making her purchase HERE. And we decided to take a trip to Benicia where their store is located, for further hunting in the future.   

Alameda Antique Faire

In the end I came away with some treasures that I didn’t anticipate finding – A wool hat, an embroidered jacket and a pair of (not quite as old as me) vintage Joan & David spectator oxfords – nearly a whole outfit!  And Goose bought a round garden stand with a lovely “old” patina and casters. So fun and I can’t wait to come back!  

This guest post was written by the talented, Jennifer Serr of the Sewing Room. The Sewing Room is a unique sewing workshop and boutique situated just off Park Street in the quaint town of Alameda, CA. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.  She also has an amazing newsletter that talks about vintage fashion, antiques and more. Sign up to get all these great stories in your inbox today.

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New Alameda Eats | Poke Koma

Poke (pronounced poh-keh), a trendy Hawaiian staple of chopped, seasoned raw fish, has made its way to our own island town. Located on Park Street, Poke Koma in Alameda is a bright and open space offering customizable poke bowls. If you are looking for an exciting, fresh way to have a meal on Park Street, this will not disappoint.  Not only is this a fun way to eat, the fresh and healthy food is fantastic.

We hope you find that this guide inspires you to try this innovative and delicious restaurant.

Owners, Lily Dip and Billy Fong, opened the restaurant back in September partly due to a love of Hawaiian culture and food. They were seeing the poke trend popping up everywhere and with their experience owning and operating Zen Asian Fusion Tapas & Lounge, they felt they could bring a unique twist to this popular style of food for Alameda.

Business has been picking up, with a noticeable boost when the weather is warmer. Weather aside, Dip says that Poke Koma has become a popular lunch choice for both adults working in the neighborhood and high school students from Alameda High School.

So, how do you order a poke bowl? Walk up to the counter and order from right to left. Don’t worry, if you get confused, the employees are very friendly and willing to help lead you through the steps.

How to Order

Step 1: Choose your size. You have a choice between regular ($10.50 for 3 proteins) or large ($13.50 for five proteins).

Step 2: Choose your base. Traditional poke bowls are made with sushi rice, but you have additional choices including brown rice, spring mix or crab chips.

Step 3: Choose your proteins. Choices include ahi tuna, yellowtail, salmon, shrimp, octopus, spicy tuna, crawfish and scallops. The most popular protein at Poke Koma is also the most traditional choice for poke bowls – ahi tuna.

Step 4: Choose your flavor. You have a choice between mild or spicy. Both flavors include soy sauce, ponzu, sesame oil, ginger, white onions and cucumbers.

Step 5: Choose your toppings. Choices include crab salad, avocado, masago (fish eggs), furikake (Japanese dry seasoning), wasabi, jalapeños, seaweed salad, green onions, pickled ginger, fried shallots, and wonton strips. You can pick as few or as many as you feel like. All toppings are included in the price, including avocado!

Step 6: Sauce it up! Choices include spicy aioli, creamy wasabi, lemon ginger aioli, baja jalapeno and teriyaki. Pick one sauce or even a combination. The most popular combination is spicy aioli and teriyaki, which creates a nice sweet and spicy balance.

I ordered a regular size poke bowl with sushi rice, ahi tuna, yellowtail and salmon. I’m pretty sure I asked for all of the toppings, too. The poke bowl was truly delicious, and a healthy meal option that is still quick to grab- always a plus for a mom with a toddler running around! A regular size was plenty for me, especially because I am always interested in saving some room for dessert. Poke Koma offers Hawaiian shaved ice, which is a nice refreshing way to end your meal.

In addition to dessert, customers can purchase spam musubi at the counter to accompany their poke bowl. Spam musubi is a traditional Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed, but Poke Koma also offers musubi specials, such as pork belly musubi and terriyaki chicken musubi. Dip also recently added Hamachi Kama, as a special, which is the collar of yellowtail fish. It is the most juicy and fatty part of the fish and highly recommended.

What’s next for Poke Koma? Dip says they hope to add more hot appetizer items to the menu, as well as more beverage options, including beer, wine sake and craft sodas. They are also working on stamp cards, and eventually hope to expand to Oakland. Many exciting things on the horizon, and I, for one, cannot wait!

Poke Koma

1354 Park Street Alameda, CA 94501

Open daily 11:00am – 9:00pm

(510) 227-5519

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