The Bellevue-Staten Building (informally known since the mid-’80s as “the Ghostbusters building” due to its faint resemblance to the high-rise featured in the Sigourney Weaver blockbuster) near Lake Merritt in Oakland is one of the finest buildings in the East Bay. Period.
Designed using both Art Deco and Spanish Colonial styles by architect Herman Carl Baumann, the circa 1929 building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1991.
Today an 11th-floor unit inside the lakeside structure lands on the market. And what a pad it is!
This one-bed, one-bath, 1,160-square-foot home comes with parquet hardwood floors; wood trim; archways; plaster mantelpiece; and bathroom with original sink, bath, and tile work.
The building also has 24-hour concierge and valet parking. And, please, do clock that lobby with intricate detailing and soaring, coffered ceilings. In a word, spooktacular.
HOAs come to $1,400/month, according to Redfin. Asking is $799,000.
- 492 Staten Ave [Douglas Jones, Highland Partners]
- Oakland [Curbed SF]