Property Crush

Peek Inside the Sweetest 811-Square-Foot Victorian Cottage

published May 18, 2023
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California Bay Area Victorian cottage: exterior
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Thanks to my childhood playhouse, Victorian architecture will always have a piece of my heart. And although when I think Victorian, I often think of a stately manse, like the life-size version of my Playmobil model, I’ve never really pictured myself living in a giant house. So this adorable California cottage, built in 1890 and with the charming trappings of Victorian design, is a splendid solution.

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The Details

  • Where: Alameda, California
  • Price: $849,000
  • Size:  811 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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A low picket fence and cobalt blue front door attribute to the curb appeal, while inside, soaring ceilings, white walls, and fir floors create a bright, blank slate for your home decor style. A broad bay window carves out a sun-soaked enclave in the living room, perfect for converting into a reading nook or fancy area for your bar cart and colorful glassware.

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Two bright bedrooms are canvases waiting for your maximalist decor dreams (think: leopard print throws, velvet drapes, and romantic headboards). The bathroom, meanwhile, maintains a clean and simple look with a black-and-white tiled floor, white tiled walls, and a corner shower with a semicircular glass door.

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I love the dining room for its decorative mantel, but I adore it most of all for the high-up shelves that wrap around the room, making ample opportunity for aesthetic vignettes of decor: Display your favorite old books, porcelain pieces, or dark academic candlesticks.

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The adjoining kitchen features a lovely vintage gas range, plus a butler’s pantry with lots of shelves and a porcelain sink and drainboard for washing up the old-fashioned way. 

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