Pacific Union GMAC Represents Award-Winning Condos in Oakland

Posted by Karen Monroe — July 13, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO – (July 14, 2008) – For designer waterfront living, the 74 condominiums and live-work lofts at 200 2nd Street near Jack London Square in Oakland are the hottest properties in town. “We built these condos like custom homes,” said developer Mark Seiler, principal with Metrovation, the firm that created the homes with award-winning San Francisco architect, David Baker. “The finishes are very high end. Even in these tumultuous times, our homeowners have been very happy with the investment they’ve made at 200 Second,” said Seiler.Pacific%20Union%20GMAC%20Real%20EstateWinner of the prestigious Gold Nugget Award at the 2007 Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference, the unique condos and live-work lofts represent the best in design-conscious, urban infill living. More and more amenities are being added to the pedestrian and commuter-friendly neighborhood. Located in the historic Waterfront Warehouse District of Oakland, just a block from the planned Jack London Market under construction, the neighborhood also boasts 30 restaurants, including Soizic and newcomer Mono. An organic wine bar is coming in September to the ground level of 200 Second Street.Model homes are listed exclusively with Toni Hanna of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate, Montclair office. “There are end units, and upper floor homes with a lot of upgrades,” explained Hanna. “This is really boutique living, from the same team who brought us the very successful luxury destination Hotel Healdsburg and Spa,” said Hanna, a well-established top producer serving the East Bay urban real estate market.The building was crafted with an extreme attention to detail and has earned the respect and admiration of many top architects, designers and publications. At least 10 of the units at 200 Second Street were purchased by architects and designers. “It’s anything but cookie cutter,” noted Realtor Toni Hanna. “It’s rare to find new, upscale condos that are all on one-level. Designers really appreciate the spacious feeling.” Features include architect Baker’s signature slightly angled or curved walls, solid core bamboo doors, nearly 9’ ceilings, abundant use of natural light, and efficient layouts for maximum flow. Other distinctive highlights include German Studio Becker cabinetry and closets, extra layers of insulation associated with high-end construction, imported Doussie hardwood floors in select homes and outdoor spaces for many of the homes. The developers also went to great expense to underground PG&E lines for a clear outdoor look.Among those homes immediately available are a luxury, two bedroom + den, two and a half-bath home with spacious master suite for $799,000; a junior one bedroom with partial water views for $375,000; and a hip live-work loft priced in the $400,000s.Green features in the building include a developer-subsidized City CarShare vehicle for exclusive use of residents, with a paperless reservation system. With the price of gas and environmental concerns both at an all-time high, this is a real perk of living at 200 Second.Metrovation, with offices in the Jack London neighborhood and SOMA, and Baker, the famed award-winning architect who pioneered architecture using sustainable, community-oriented principles, and who recently appeared as the cover story in Dwell Magazine, have created an ideal destination at 200 Second Street.On the transportation front, 200 Second Street is conveniently located near highways 880/580 and 24, Lake Merritt BART, Amtrak and the SF Ferry. Timing is everything, and once the amenities under construction are completed in spring 2009, the concept of urban infill will be more fully realized. 200 Second Street is a great opportunity to get into the neighborhood now.“With recent changes in the real estate market, 200 Second is currently one of the only new construction options in this part of Oakland,” commented Hanna. “This is South Beach style, at Oakland prices.”For more information, visit To request an appointment, contact Toni Hanna at 510.366.4415 or Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished four star International Property Award in association with CNBC Europe and the London Daily Mirror for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit

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