Listed by Kathleen Wilson at Red Oak Realty, this magical 7,061 sq. ft.* compound is unlike any other property out there. It spans a 15,400 sq. ft. lot** that is dominated by the magnificent 1885 Victorian “DeRome House” mansion. In a separate building, there are two Dwell-style live/work lofts built in 2003. The DeRome Foundry Lofts are defined by sleek, updated kitchens, polished concrete floors, and high ceilings. This rare compound offers endless potential for the creative type who needs space and inspiration to turn their dreams into reality.
The mansion was built for Louis DeRome in 1885, a pioneering San Francisco bronze foundry owner. It is a Victorian wonderland on three floors, with seven bedrooms*, 5,356 sq. ft.*, a billiards room, and attic atelier reminiscent of a Paris hideaway. Notable period details include over 80 arch-top windows, Corinthian columns, 4 fireplaces, a romantic front portico, a stunning bay tower with a witch’s cap roof and 7 gables — each adorned with a bronze metallic spire and drop-finial. The artist/musician owner has meticulously preserved these original architectural accents, while also promoting a contemporary sense of whimsical fun as evidenced by the jewel box colors inside and out. This home is both historic and hip, grand and playful, stunning and welcoming.
A custom corten steel fence and entry gate with rust patina usher you into the two lofts at 5925 and 5927 Herzog. Each unit has French doors to its own private garden space. The one-bedroom unit is 1,060 sq. ft.* and the studio unit is 645 sq. ft. plus an additional 285 sq. ft.* indoor/outdoor living room.*
The expansive shared grounds feature sunlit paths, butterfly gardens, fruit trees, and multiple gathering spaces. Collaborate on a project, host larger events, or consider adding an ADU: the possibilities are jaw-dropping.*** And for the adventurous urban farmer, the goats, Tulip and Banjo, who currently live there are willing to stay on.
All of this can be found in the thriving Paradise Park/NOBE neighborhood, with vegan donuts, gourmet cupcakes, local breweries and neighborhood cafes just out your front door. The compound’s eclectic garden setting feels worlds apart, but it’s only moments from the top amenities of Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley. Convenient commute by bike, car or public transit to downtown San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Not to mention that Pixar is a mere 1 mile away.****
*Approx. per Joe Barnes floor plan, bed/bath count differs per public record.
**Approx. per public records
***Buyer to verify with the city. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.
****Per Google Maps.
Listing Agent: Kathleen Wilson
Advertised 135 years ago by Charles Klinkner as “a charming rural retreat in the country but in sight of the city—a most accessible seclusion,” The DeRome house retains much of its original flavor.
The massive lot allows plenty of room to gather, collaborate, host and make/build and was beautifully landscaped in 2019 in preparation for sale.
Three veggie beds and a goat enclosure add character to the home.
Rust patina front door of one of the two live/work lofts.
High ceilings and a wall of windows brings plenty of light into the live/work lofts on the property.
The sleek, updated chef's kitchen inside one of the live/work lofts on the property.
Built-in bookshelves flank the artisan-painted brick fireplace and mantel of the magnificant living room/parlor.
Over 80 arch-top windows grace this stately mansion.
The home boasts dramatic entryways, each with their own massive pocket door.
The formal dining room, currently used as a billiards room, features two built-in cabinets, a decorative fireplace with brick detail, and a custom light fixture made out of gramophone speakers.
A hand-hammered Japanese copper soaking tub graces a full bathroom downstairs.
A spacious breakfast room overlooks a beautiful garden could serve as an additional dining room, with a brick fireplace, embossed wallpaper and coved ceilings.
Soapstone counters, custom butcher block island, dual ovens and a deep, large copper sink are some of the features of this chef's kitchen.
One of the many staircases in the main house.
The family room is large enough for a house concert, dance party or yoga class.
A corner tower bay window fills the room with natural light.
One of the many bedrooms.