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Condo inside Oakland’s Cathedral Building asks $1.6M

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The “Wedding Cake” has a rare, full-floor opening

The exterior.
Photo by Lucas Fladzinski, courtesy of Caldecott Properties

This Gothic Revival specimen, brimming with whimsy in downtown Oakland and nicknamed the “Wedding Cake”, is most noted for its ornate appearance adorned with terra cotta spires at top. Designed by Benjamin G. MacDougall, the 14-story piece was finished in 1913 and initially known as the Federal Realty Building.

Today the thin tower is home a couple of design firms, as well as several floors of private residences. And it’s a red-letter day whenever a unit inside the building hits the market. Well, today is that day.

Taking up the entire fifth floor of the Cathedral Building, this condo features two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 2650 square feet. The unit is entirely contemporary with an open floor plan, solid concrete walls, dedicated elevator, marble countertops, and more.

The shared roofdeck features a pergola, citrus and olive trees, and a southwest facing hot tub.

Most recently, the flatiron building was featured in the 2018 film Sorry to Bother You about a telemarketer who, among of things, moves into his dream home inside the Cathedral Building. Also of note, the Zio Zigler mural on the north-facing wall, commissioned by the United Nations Foundation in 2015.

Asking is $1,600,000 through Conner Applegate of Caldecott Properties.

Tapered living room.
Kitchen with views of downtown Oakland.
Hallway with Chevron patterned flooring.
One of two bedrooms.
Shower in bathroom, which comes with a window, a rare high-rise treat.
The grand lobby.