An Oakland mansion where Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong lived and recorded some of the band’s songs has hit the market for $7.25 million, according to real estate firm Compass.
The 6,911-square-foot French Normandy-style home sits on the site of the Red Gate Mansion, a 1911 Julia Morgan-designed estate that burned in the 1991 Oakland fire.
In 1997, Armstrong hired noted architect Mark Becker to custom-design the bright and luminous five-bed, six-bath home overlooking Rockridge neighborhood, according to Compass.
“Private and gated, the home sits on a generous half-acre lot with grace and balance,” according to the listing. “Using the original Red Gate brick steps, the patio and porch are a lovely entrée to this enchanting home. The foyer is dramatic and engaging; the high ceilings, curved staircase and vintage chandelier set an inviting tone, and hint at a Spanish Mediterranean influence.”
More than $1 million in restorative masonry went into building the stately front steps.
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The residence comes with a two-room professional recording studio and three soundproof practice booths, offering top-tier production potential behind a discrete sound-proof door. The modern studio fits in with the rest of the home’s traditional space.
“A recording studio and original flyers from the band’s early days at iconic 924 Gilman create an edge among the historical elegance,” according to Compass.
The property has unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline.
The living room features more than 300 square feet, with windows on three sides and gorgeous tree-filled outlooks and panoramic views, a beautiful fireplace and an oversized bay window seat. A private library/office boasts wraparound windows and built-in bookcases. Both rooms have access to a private terrace that overlooks the pool.
The dining room’s French doors open to the front porch, where there are expansive views of the bay. Antique light fixtures throughout the house were sourced from the storied flea market at St-Ouen, near Paris.
The terraced yard is beautifully landscaped and affords some amazing views.
“The patio, with its fire pit, is an ideal spot to savor the sunsets or count the stars,” the listing states.
Upstairs, two bedrooms share a bathroom and a third bedroom has an en suite bathroom. All have angled ceilings and bay views.
The luxurious master suite offers views in two directions that capture the length of the bay. It comes with a private balcony, fireplace, a Fortuny lamp, built-in nooks and and a coved inset for the bed.
The lower level has a guest suite with a private bathroom and media room with a wet bar. French doors lead out to a private yard