The island of Alameda used to have a different shape. Its southern coast line, now known as South Shore, was man-made by filling a marshy area with silt and dredged up soil. An inland lagoon was preserved, presumably to placate the owners of many beautiful, large mansions that would otherwise have lost their coastal views. The area by the lagoon is known as the Gold Coast, and magnificent homes on tree-lined streets are abundant. I went for a walk in that neighborhood on this lovely Fall day, and thought I'd share some of the houses (and beasts) I saw.
Here's a gorgeous house owned by Alameda's internationally renowned opera singer, Frederica Von Stade.
Because of the area's relatively low traffic, especially on the north-south streets, you often run into furry inhabitants as well. Here's Mocha, a lovely, ancient kitty whose terrifying claws don't retract:
Mocha shares the street with a 8,020 square foot behemoth at the lagoon end of Hawthorne Street:
This property's ample grounds are home to a number of squirrels:
A relic from Alameda's past, perhaps, still stands on the sidewalk on St Charles Street:
Nearby Alameda Avenue also hosts its share of gorgeous homes. This lovely, sober green Victorian stands proud next to a, erm, less proud looking home:
Right down the street is an interesting experiment in vintage home exterior wall coverings, the wood siding-stucco-paint combo:
Here's one of my favorite homes, a massive, 13-bedroom, 3-story Victorian at 1000 Paru Street, near Franklin Park:
I'll close with a feisty little guy who was gracious enough to pose for the photographer: