The Crown Prince of the East Bay.
Combining Gothic Revival Splendor and Industrial chic, the Cathedral Building Penthouse offers approximately 2100 square feet of privacy and glamour. Exit the New York style security elevator which opens directly onto your private landing. On the main floor, find three bedrooms and two full baths, and an all stainless steel chef's kitchen ideally arranged for entertaining. High, vaulted ceilings showcase the fascinating architectural details of the original 1914 space.
Upstairs, the custom built staircase leads to an enormous, vaulted concrete attic space, up under the blue tile roof at the very top of this landmark building. Uses limited only by your imagination. Would make an ideal Media room, start up business, recording studio, fourth bedroom, office, private club like lounge space...or the west coast headquarters of Stark Industries.
From there, another custom stairway leads to the breathtaking private roof deck, with exhilarating 360 degree views of the entire bay, downtown Oakland, the hills, and estuary. Truly one of the most unique and special properties anywhere.
Gertrude Stein was wrong. There is a there, here. Downtown Oakland is home to the skyscrapers of giant health care provider Kaiser Permanente and Clorox, and high tech startups like Internet radio station Pandora. Not to mention supporting sports franchises Oakland Raiders, the Warriors, and the A’s.
Oakland’s heritage as a port city can still be found in its immigrant communities, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Latino. These vibrant enclaves offer authentic cuisine at affordable prices. Of note, Le Cheval a Vietnamese restaurant that’s become a neighborhood institution and a favorite with notables like former California Governor Jerry Brown.
Downtown Oakland entertainment scene includes the massive Paramount Theater on Broadway, and the Fox Theater, both recently restored to their original Art Deco glory. These former movie palaces now feature symphony performances, ballet, rock acts, soul reviews and showings of classic movies. A new ordinance adds new life to nightlife, permitting restaurants and café to feature live music and DJs. For the gallery goers, the Oakland Art Murmur sponsors First Fridays, a gallery walk that includes more than 20 galleries within walking distance.
Newly developed condominium projects with all of the modern conveniences are the majority of the housing in this most urban area of Oakland. Living in downtown Oakland offers the chance to walk to work, or ride a new shuttle that links Uptown Oakland with Jack London Square. For those who commute into San Francisco, BART offers a quick trip under the bay.