Futuristic East Bay Estate Fetches $20.5MJanuary 6, 2016
The modern 14,000 square-foot Berkeley/Oakland Hills mansion which sits atop a ridge at 6889 Devon Way and is visible from Highway 24 has just traded hands for $20.5 million having been listed for $21 million early last year.
Built for Robert Felton, an OG tech entrepreneur and engineer, the four-bedroom home with a 2,000-square-foot living room took three years to complete and was inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The oversized 8-car garage below was constructed with massive steel beams to obviate the need for navigating pesky columns.
There’s a proper wine cellar for 2,500 bottles and a medieval-styled tasting room.
Solar panels heat the 60-foot lap pool.
And the property’s 46-kilowatt solar array can power most of the home’s electrical needs.
Comments from Plugged-In Readers
Looks very “1990’s” for a “futuristic” home.
Yeah, not sure what future it was but it probably passed us already. The overhead picture reminds me of Jabba the Hut’s Palace…
Seems more akin to Marin Civic Center…
At first I thought that was a lake behind the house but from satellite I see it is a massive parking lot, weird.
They’ve had large events there and the “parking lot” is more like something you’ll find at a Napa winery than BART.
Berkeley/Oakland Hills? Looks like it’s solidly IN Oakland (unlike, say the Claremont Hotel which is Oakland, but accessible thru Berkeley). It’s already been sold, no reason to sex up the address to pander to the Nothing-good-ever-happens-in-Oakland Crowd (they can always satisfy themselves that it would have drawn 3X as much if it were on that fair western shore).
It is in Oakland, the Claremont Hills neighborhood to be exact.
The living room looks like a giant echo chamber.
Fugly tasteless dreck.
Like someone with too much money and a designer willing to spend it…
You spend a $1M+ on the garage and you’ve got a 20 year old Lambo? This guy was living the 90’s dream…
How old is your Lambo?
Some of those old ones are actually worth more than the new ones… perplexing, I know.
Modern on the top, medieval on the bottom – it’s the mullet of expensive tech houses.
Ha – entry in best line of 2016!
This site needs a thumbs-up feature.
With money, a determined client, a hungry architect who opened a book on Frank Lloyd Wright and this is what you get.
Looks like something George Lucas would try to build at Crissy Field.
Say what you want about the design but this is less than a million an acre. This place has more tangible, durable value than a comparable $20M city center unit perched on reinforced pillars hundreds of feet in the air.
I hope that if I ever have $20 million to spend on a house, I can do better this. It was “dated” a day after it was built. Not horrible, but not something that is aging well. Contrast this with many of the great English Country Homes.
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