Salesforce exec’s Victorian home in California, built in 1895 for $10K, lists at $3.5M

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A 19th-century Queen Anne Victorian mansion on a half-acre lot in the East Bay is available for $3.450 million — complete with soaring ceilings, intricate woodwork, a grand staircase and 8,000 square feet of living space.

The Alameda, California, mansion cost less than $10,000 to build in 1895, according to Sotheby’s International Realty, which holds the listing.

Spread over four levels, there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. During its 128-year lifespan, the stately residence has undergone several architectural changes and extensive restoration.

A tower overlooking the street was restored using archival photographs, and the home’s outer stucco layer was removed to reveal preserved, original fish-scale siding.

A sense of the charm of another era arises from the impressive front porch, elegant entry foyer with quarter-sawn oak built-ins and boxed ceilings.

“This magnificent historical property seamlessly combines old-world charm and modern luxury to create a truly exceptional living experience,” the property listing states.

A spacious gourmet kitchen contains modern appliances and expansive pantry. The estate has two other fully-equipped kitchens.

The large, elegant dining hall features boxed ceilings and a fireplace.

The second floor features three bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. The additional bedrooms are located on the third level and downstairs.

The study has wooden built-in bookcases and an intricate stained-glass window.

Alan Teague, an engineering executive at Salesforce, bought the home in 2008 for just over $2 million, according to Property Shark real estate data.

“I view myself as the current steward of this amazing property,” Teague said in a video about the home.

Because of its large rooms, he describes the Victorian as more of a San Francisco-style mansion than an Alameda mansion, which tend to have smaller spaces.

In 1953, the former homeowner converted the main house into three units, according to Sotheby’s International Realty.

“This probably saved the house from demolition as all of the other mansions on this block were torn down to build multifamily residences,” according to marketing information on the home provided by SIR. “Luckily, the modifications to the house were mostly minimal.”

For the second floor unit, a kitchen was added over part of the front porch and a washroom was converted into a bathroom. The stairs to this unit and its front door were added sometime in the 1980s or 1990s.

Meanwhile, the ballroom in the basement was converted into a two-bedroom unit. In this unit, the lower half of the stairs to the ballroom were removed from the first floor, allowing for the creation of a kitchen.

The property also has a large backyard for outdoor entertaining.

Dev Parikh Group of Sotheby’s International Realty San Francisco Brokerage is the listing agency.