Rare, exquisitely preserved Queen Anne in West Oakland listed for $1.175M


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    An iconic 1890 Queen Anne in West Oakland known as the Hume-Willcutt estate is an Oakland Historic Landmark.

    An iconic 1890 Queen Anne in West Oakland known as the Hume-Willcutt estate is an Oakland Historic Landmark.


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  •  Rare, exquisitely preserved Queen Anne in West Oakland listed for $1.175M

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An iconic 1890 Queen Anne in West Oakland known as the Hume-Willcutt estate is an Oakland Historic Landmark.

An iconic 1890 Queen Anne in West Oakland known as the Hume-Willcutt estate is an Oakland Historic Landmark.



Photo: Open Homes Photography


Preserved Victorian homes are becoming a rarity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The exteriors are often restored to their original glory, but the interiors are more often gutted, the original redwood windows replaced, the moldings pulled off and everything painted white.

A largely intact grand Queen Anne on a double-lot in West Oakland listed for $1.175 million comes as a pleasant surprise to those who appreciate historic architecture. It looks much the way it did when it was built built in 1890.

With an exterior out of storybooks, 918 18th St. is adorned with intricate gingerbread trim, a peaked gable and a turret topped by a witch’s hat roof. The home is 3,000 square feet with four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Inside, you’ll find most of the architectural details have been preserved.


“The chandeliers are all original, and there are five fireplaces,” says listing agent Daniel Clark of Compass. “There’s wood-pressed wallpaper that has never been painted over, and all the walls and windows are natural redwood. There’s a stained-glass window in the grand staircase. It’s quite exquisite.”

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While the floor plan has never been changed, it has an open feel for Victorian architecture, which often features small compartmentalized rooms.

“There are two parlors that feed into each other with redwood sliding doors and they also feed into the dining room,” says Clark.


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Media: Katie Wood / SFGATE



While the O’Keefe and Merritt stove remains in the kitchen, the cabinets and countertops have been replaced and appear dated — not because they’re over 100 years old but because they were probably added in the 1990s.

The property was designated an Oakland Historic Landmark in 1983 and is officially known as the Hume-Willcutt House. It’s named for Lizzie Hume, who briefly lived there after it was built, and the man she sold it to, Joseph L. Willcutt, an executive with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Due to its landmark status, a new owner would need to maintain the home’s historic architectural integrity.


Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/918-18th-St-Queen-Anne-Oakland-Hume-Willcutt-13726748.php

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