Magical & Grand Compound with a Victorian Mansion
- 8 Beds
- 5 Baths
- 2 Half Ba
- 7,061.00 Sq. Ft.
- 15,400.00 Acres
- Family Room
- Prime Location
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.****
History of the DeRome House*
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 Town of Klinknerville
The developer Charles Klinkner, an eccentric entrepreneur who made his fortune in rubber stamps, purchased a 154 acre tract of dairy farms on the outskirts of Oakland in 1885 and named the area “Klinknerville.” He quickly laid out lots and built exclusive homes. Klinkner promoted this real estate venture and his rubber stamp business by driving along San Pablo Avenue in a wagon drawn by jackassess he painted pink, yellow, and polka dotted; nobody could miss him or his wagon extolling the virtues of the town. In an 1888 interview, he was quoted as saying, “I would much rather drive horses but jackass advertising pays me big money.”
The Foundry and Louis DeRome, First Owner
In 1885, Klinkner sold the plot on which this house was built for $2,000 gold coin***** to Louis DeRome, a partner in a San Francisco brass and bronze foundry who built a seven-room Victorian house on the property the following year. In 1901, the house was raised to add a new first floor, transforming it into a spacious 14-room home. “Whimsical monumentality” is the phrase the Oakland Landmarks Preservation Board chose to describe the effect of this early remodeling.
After the 1906 earthquake, DeRome moved his foundry to the property. Many well-known bronze monuments were cast here, such as the Donner Monument at Donner Lake and the bronze doors at the Doe Library at UC Berkeley, as well as the home’s unique bronze front door.
*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.
*****Information sourced from previous marketing materials and a 1985 paper ““A Victorian Town is Born” by Guillermo Otero.
******Documents from DeRome family.