Are You Feeling Lucky?
By Mary Swift-Swan
The Bayport Alameda residential community is a
winner, but you have to be lucky to own one of the new homes.
Currently, interested parties must first visit the sales office to
receive a packet of instructions that detail the process of becoming
a pre-qualified buyer. Only pre-qualified buyers are allowed to
register for scheduled sales selection events-a ticket drawing
procedure that can open the door to becoming a Bayport Alameda
homeowner. So far, there are over 600 families who have
pre-qualified to purchase homes, and are eligible for the
lottery-type event. When asked about the lottery, Cheryl O’Connor, a
28-year real estate professional and Warmington Homes vice president
of sales and marketing, said, “In the past, we have used a lottery
on a few occasions, but not to this extent We have never had a
development draw the interest of so many well-qualified buyers. A
lottery is really the only fair way to sell these homes. “
of the 12 designs available, there are nine beautiful models
exquisitely decorated and open for viewing at 2248 Coral Sea Street,
off Atlantic Avenue in Alameda. Those interested are welcome to
explore the many different designs and imagine the new sense of
community and good life this residential community offers. The sales
office announces the homes and lots that are available for each
lottery. Deborah Garlick, the community sales manager at the sales
office in Alameda, said, “People know which lot or home they are
waiting for. They only attend the lotteries where a home they want
will be appearing.
Each release is from 3 to 20 homes with an average
closer to 10 homes. When we release 20 homes, particularly when the
larger designs are included, we see the largest groups.” If you’re
in the market for a high-quality family home, competitively priced,
and close to San Francisco, Bayport Alameda may be the community for
you. Are you feeling lucky?
a few hundred new homes have been built in Alameda in the last three
years. To purchase a home in Alameda, no matter what the condition
might be, has often turned into an auction on the front steps when
too many fully-qualified buyers try to tender offers for the same
property. Why is Alameda so desirable? In 1820, the peninsula of
Alameda was given as a land grant to Louis Peralta. In 1850, two
entrepreneurs leased a portion and began a fruit orchard for gold
miners’ consumption. They later bought the entire property for
$14,000. By1853, after selling lots for $80, three cities developed:
Alameda on the eastern end, Encinal in the middle, and Woodstock on
the west end. The towns grew quickly, and by 1872, they became one
city, Alameda. From the beginning, Alameda has drawn attention
because it’s flat, has long beaches, and is a lovely town for
walking and biking. Because there’s a great deal less fog than in
San Francisco, as well as protection from the strong winds of the
Bay by Yerba Buena Island, Alameda is much warmer, yet in summer
there are still cool breezes from the Bay. The Posey Tube, near the
new community, connects directly into Oakland’s Chinatown, and it’s
just a short distance to Jack London Square, BART, and the freeway.
Four bridges around the island cross over to Oakland, with one
leading directly to the Oakland Airport. The best form of
transportation, however, is by ferry to San Francisco and beyond.
Alameda has two ferry docks, one right next door to the new
community. There are also good schools for children, six yacht
clubs, and one of the highest per capita ratios of boats to people
in the state, next to Newport Beach. Happily, the crime rate is very
low. Alameda is a conveniently located small town reinventing itself
after the departure of the Navy.
Warmington Homes is one of the most active
homebuilders in California. They began in 1926, and by 1930 became
known as the builder for the stars in Beverly Hills and other
upscale areas in the Los Angeles basin. In the 1940s, they began
creating planned neighborhoods.
Approximately30,000 families own Warmington Homes
designed to meet the needs of many lifestyles in California and
Nevada. There are seven neighborhood projects under construction by
Warmington Homes in Northern California, including two by the Bay:
Richmond and Alameda. The star of all their current projects, and by
far the largest residential development among them, is Bayport
Alameda. It was a winner from the start.
and Warmington Homes are making history as the first to start
building as participants in the reformation and transformation of
the old Navy Base. They began by having four respected architectural
firms, Robert Hidey Architects, William Hezmalhalch Architects, HOVE
Design Alliance Inc.,and RNM Architects,”take a walk”along Alameda’s
charming established residential streets. They met the goal to
identify architectural elements of grace, charm, and architectural
style that make Alameda a sought-after address. For the new
community, the architects developed 12 designs and 32 elevations,
capturing the classic and diverse architectural designs of Alameda’s
is located next to the College of Alameda on one side and stretches
toward the Alameda ferry dock. The property utilizes the 87 acres of
land abandoned when the Alameda Navy Base was decommissioned in
1997. The long, seemingly interminable wait for the first new
housing options on the west side of Alameda is finally ending.
Bayport is proving to be well worth the wait. The property, when
fully developed and finished in 2008, will provide 485 homes, five
parks, and an elementary school. When asked if they are interested
in additional projects, Cheryl O’Connor said,”We’d love to have the
opportunity to stay in Alameda and expand on what we’ve done.”
by Warmington Homes was awarded the 2004 Residential Development of
the Year by the East Bay Business Times on October 8th. Deborah
Garlick, who has sold homes for over 24 years, said, “I don’t think
any other builder in the BayArea is building anything like this land
plan. You might call it neo-traditional single family urban edge. It
is very unique in the proximity of San Francisco. There is an
11-acre site in the middle of the new community and seven acres of
that has been set aside for the Alameda Unified School District to
build an elementary school for K-8.
The variety of designs and intermingling of
elevations plus lush landscaping give the new development a look
that is consistent with Alameda’s more established neighborhoods.
The intermingled elevations ensure individuality on each street.
Included among the 32 elevation styles are Monterey Bungalows,
traditional designs with Victorian elements, Italian, French
Country, English Cottage, and Spanish and American Colonials.
Ms. Garlick said,” Many people literally oooh and
ahhh when they see that the homes have yards. The inside and side
courtyards are also very popular, along with front porches.. Being
able to go outside on your own property to enjoy Alameda’s fine
weather is greatly appreciated.” Floor plans range in size from
2,035 to 3,780 square feet.. Homes have three bedroom/two bath up to
four bedroom/three bath floor plans with options to have ground
floor front offices, top of the stairs lofts or master bedroom
retreats converted to add more bedrooms and baths.
felt this neighborhood needed exceptional exterior greenery. They
created an impressive amount of landscaping in the five parks,
planting trees to line sidewalks to encourage people to walk, plus
adding grassy areas to soften street corners. All of the garages
open onto alleyways between the homes to keep the streets free of
driveways, reduce traffic, and keep the neighborhood pedestrian
friendly. All homes must be owner occupied, no exceptions. Bayport
is a neighborhood to live in.
homes, first released in July 2004, started in the mid $600,000 to
$800,000 range and are currently priced at $730,000 to $980,000. The
first 16 lucky sales event winning families living at Bayport have
already seen an increase in the value of their homes. A total of 85
homes have been sold with more families moving in as their homes are
completed. Ms. Garlick said, “There will be new homeowners living
here in all of the home designs as the first of the largest homes
will be finished by the end of November.” After purchase, the
average wait to move in is seven months.
purchased, each home is personalized by the lucky new owner’s choice
of tile colors and designs, wall colors, and carpeting. The
Warmington in-house interior design firm, The Chateau, takes new
owners through a complimentary three-hour consultation to make their
All homes have Andersen Windows wood-clad custom
windows installed throughout the homes. Warmington Homes ordered
20,000 of the Andersen windows, a brand typically found only in
custom homes. The attention to quality and detail is also evident in
the high-end appliances and Kohler faucets as well as the many
upgrade options available.
the Harbor Collection is the smallest in square footage, starting at
2,035 square feet, its open design makes these homes seem large. The
largest homes are in The Pointe Collection and go up to 3,780 square
feet. One of the three Pointe’s designs wraps around an interior
patio. The floor plan for these homes makes even a large home seem
O’Connor said Bayport is such a unique community with the
neo-traditional designs and elevations.” Neo-traditional is the term
used by Warmington Homes to describe their intention to bring the
area’s historic classic home style forward into finely crafted homes
with today’s needs in mind. There is attention to detail and high
quality all the way through. For homebuyers, the result is
refreshing. The sales selection event procedure, though a challenge,
is much more fair than an auction where prices go into
Several sales selection event dates are coming up
in the next few weeks. To qualify, potential homebuyers must visit
the Bayport sales office to receive the sales procedure and
pre-qualifying instructions. Only those who pre-qualify may attend a
sales selection ticket-drawing event.
For more information, go to www.bayportalameda.com, or contact the
Bayport sales office at (510) 814-8607. The office is located at
2248 Coral Sea Street in Alameda. Hours are daily 10-5; Monday 2-5.