Originally built in 1920 as the Phoenix Iron Works, the Jack London Square structure was converted into condos in 1999. And they’ve held up well over time.
Their look inside is decidedly contemporary, but the real treat are the views of the container cranes at the Port of Oakland.
Perhaps “treat” isn’t the right word. A cool point of interest, perhaps, especially for locals who have unofficially rechristened the cranes as the Oakland AT-ATs.
Lore had it that the cranes provided the inspiration for the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. (There is even a popular hoodie that doffs its hood to the tale.)
Alas, the story is fictitious.
“That’s a myth,” George Lucas told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub back in 2008. “That is definitely a myth.”
Nevertheless, they are known to many as the AT-ATs. And this one-bed, one-bath loft at 737 Second Street comes with views aplenty of the steely, industrial creatures.
Featuring two floors, and 1,325 square feet, and a private roof deck, it’s asking $835,000.
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