This historic Victorian Mansion appears in dozens of catalogs, including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and other national brands. It is just beautiful, with grand rooms, and 12 foot ceilings. The grand space is full of gorgeous original art, fine furniture and oriental rugs. At least some of the furniture has changed since these pictures were posted. The kitchen is large, including a restaurant size sink, all very useful for big meetings.
Please plan to clean up after yourselves, or cleaning services can be provided for a fee, if you let me know in advance.
The Victorian House is elegant, well-furnished and has nice artwork and other decorative treatments. The host, however, was difficult to work with, because he chose to book 3 events (including my event) at this property that were within 1 to 2 hours of each other. The result was that cleaning was not completed by the time my rental began and cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaners and brooms were still in the main corridor after guests began to arrive. The host knew that the booking of these events so close together would be problematic as he asked me (once my booking and payment were complete) if I would allow his cleaning staff to clean upstairs during my event. As I paid the full hourly rate of $300 per hour (even though I only needed the first level of the house), I told him that we did not want cleaning staff to be walking through the parts of the house that we were using. He became persistent and demanding about allowing the cleaning to take place, saying I did not appreciate how large the venue was, that it was unlikely I would hear the cleaning staff, etc. It was a very unpleasant experience dealing with him.
The house was an extraordinary space for our event. There are lots of rooms and spaces for people to gather as well as a large salon that held 20+ people at once in a circular format. It is beautifully appointed with amazing art on the walls. The neighborhood is a "transitional" Oakland neighborhood. It was surprising to find such a magnificent restored historic house in a neighborhood that has a mixture of funky places but also other large historic homes. We did feel safe in the neighborhood and the house is gated. And it is a quiet residential neighborhood. The host was great to work with and communication was easy. I would use this house for just about any large event.