4053 Harlan street
This wide-open, top-floor, live/work space is rare in the iconic Besler building. Soaring ceilings and expanses of windows flood the unit with natural light.
The beautiful timber ceiling is a focal point of the unit, adding an element of natural warmth. The open kitchen and dining areas merge with living space, and an additional cozy loft can be used for lounging, sleeping, or extra storage.
A true loft experience in a historic live/work building.
1 BR* | 1 BATH* | $595,000
(* per public records)
THE BESLER BUILDING – Emeryville, Ca.
A storied, iconic, and unique space. One of the first warehouse conversions in the Bay Area.
The historic Besler building in Emeryville may be the first warehouse conversion in the Bay Area. Built in 1923 on a wheat field, it started as as a brick-and-concrete manufactury for steam boilers and fog-generators used during WWII. Before it was converted to artist studios several decades ago, it was part of the development of a “modern” steam-powered passenger vehicle—a 1969 program sponsorded by GM. Sadly, steam-powered cars never caught on. Over time, the studios were sold to the artists and re-invented as live/work spaces, which they remain today.
With exposed brick, concrete floors and pillars, dramatic floor-to-ceiling casement windows, and stunning timber ceilings on top floor units, this is one of the few legal live/work buildings in the East Bay. You’ll find surprising quiet and privacy in which to work, create, and live among artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, tech and medical workers, etc. There are no shared studs in the walls and ceilings for ultimate peace and quiet.
The giant freight elevator, off-street parking, security system, and fascinating history all contribute to the allure of the coveted Besler building. Located in the bullseye of the burgeoning Emeryville tech/bio-tech corridor, there are numerous amenities and transportation options nearby, including a Transbay bus stop right out the door! With Pixar at the end of the block, Novartis, Home Depot, IKEA and Peets Coffee HQ around the corner, cafes, breweries and BART just moments away, this is city living in at its most convenient and exciting.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD — Emeryville
Give up your car(s) and experience SOHO-style, urbane living on the Emeryville/Oakland border.
Centrally located and a heartbeat away from the Transbay bus line to the Salesforce Terminal in SF, a world of amenities is at your doorstep. Excellent access to shopping, dining, major employers and startups, activities, and sights and sounds of the neighborhood — from vegan donuts, restaurants, and craft beer, to classes in yoga, pilates, technology, knitting, and cooking; from yarn and cupcake shops to an historic library, numerous schools, and destination diners.
You can catch the free Emery-Go-Round to BART or to the nearby Emeryville Marina, which offers unsurpassed Bay views for jogging, stroller-ing, biking or sight-seeing.
Fast becoming an East Bay epicenter for technology, medical and bio-tech, Emeryville hosts countless companies and facilities — Pixar, Novartis, Stanford Health Services, Leapfrog, Peet’s Coffee Headquarters, ClifBar, Aspera, GraceNote, Tubemogul, TechValidate, Bhava, Relola, Rocket Software, Greensmith Energy, Blackbaud, Intelligrated Systems, Innovative Interfaces, Atomic Productions, et al.
This neighborhood is at the vanguard of a smart and spirited evolution to a new tech hub.
Partial list of nearby amenities:
Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy
Bay Street Shopping Center (Apple, Gap, AMC Theatres, etc.)
Berkeley Bowl West
Branchline Bar + Kitchen (my favorite)
Can’t Fail Cafe
City Sports Club
Counter Culture Roastery & Training Center
Doyle Street Café
Escuela Bilinguale Spanish Immersion School
Emeryville Community Center and Pool
Emeryville Public Market Food Hall
Emeryville Senior Center
Honor Bar & Kitchen
Ike’s Place Sandwiches
James and the Giant Cupcake
Kitchen on Fire Cooking School
LePort School Emeryville
Novel Brewing Company
Oakland Library Golden Gate Branch
Paradise Park Cafe
Pepples Donut Farm
Remedy Hair Salon
SAE X’pression College
Square One Yoga
Stanford Avenue Park
Stanford Avenue Native Plants Garden
Stanford East Bay Medical Center
Studio 74 Pilates
Summer Summer Thai Kitchen
The Bureau 510 Restaurant & Bar
Townhouse Bar & Grill
Urban Fitness Oakland
Yu Ming Charter School
My approach to my real estate practice is a combination of high-touch service, hard work, uncompromising presentation, and a passion for finding a home that’s right for you.
For over twelve years, I’ve been helping people buy and sell homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. But it’s also my background in brand and marketing communications that proves to be a valuable asset for my clients.
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In 2012, I helped my buyers succeed in purchasing the most significant and valuable listing in Berkeley that year — a landmark Victorian estate that was viewed and pursued by buyers from around the country. That same year I received the Rookie of the Year award at The Grubb Company, and received the Platinum Circle Award — as a top producer — every year since. I moved to COMPASS in 2018 to bring the best of technology to home buyers and sellers alike.
Since moving to the Bay Area from Seattle in 1988, I have witnessed a cultural evolution in the East Bay — from a place that people once shied away from, to a blooming, bustling place where everyone wants to be. I relish this renaissance, and the thought of people enjoying strolls through their neighborhoods, admiring their neighbors’ shiny front doors and crisp picket fences, and contributing to a place that has become a true destination.
Maybe I’ll see you there. :-)