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Full-floor home inside Oakland’s historic Cathedral building asks $1.78M

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This Gothic Revival-style tower is one of the Bay Area’s finest

Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of the Grubb Company

Boots Riley filmed Sorry to Bother You here in 2018. Zio Ziegler painted a mural on the facade of the building. A roof studded with terra cotta spires, giving the slender tower its wedding cake-like signature look. There are many reasons to love the Cathedral Building in downtown Oakland.

Another reason: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit inside the historic building lands on the market, asking a cool $1.788 million.

The third-floor home, which takes up the entire floor, was purchased as an empty shell and renovated using all new materials. Measuring approximately 2,500 square feet, 1615 Broadway, unit #3 features an elevator that opens right into the entryway a custom David Polka mural, a kitchen island, custom lighting and cabinetry, a staggering 37 windows, and a circa-1913 elevator call button repurposed from a Cleveland men’s clothing store. Dashing.

Designed by Benjamin G. MacDougall, the 14-story building was finished in 1913—when it was initially known as the Federal Realty Building. It was one of the first Gothic Revival-style skyscrapers west of the Mississippi, noted as the Flatiron Building’s West Coast cousin.

The listing is through Gretchen Roethle of the Grubb Company.