“People that had some interest in the property are back making a decision about whether they want to make an offer or not,” Green said. “You either participate or the house is gone. The sense of urgency as well as reaching a broader pool of people is what attracted us to the auction process.”
There are people from all over the world that specifically watch the luxury property auction market, she said, and she also wanted to get the word out to those people.
The main house spans 11,447 square feet, with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a media room, a 500-bottle wine cellar, and walk-in closets that store more than 400 items. It’s all surrounded by sweeping views of Mount Diablo.
There’s lots of design pedigree within the walls. Renowned Beverly Hills architect Brian Tichenor of Tichenor Thorp designed the estate and is known for having a hand in buildings like the Los Angeles Times headquarters in Los Angeles and the interior of the Cecil B. DeMille estate in Los Feliz.
There’s also a one-bedroom carriage house, a one-bedroom “tennis house,” an outdoor kitchen and bar, a pool, a tennis court and a 14-car garage on the grounds. Two gates protect the property.
322 Lark Lane is within walking distance of downtown Alamo, a suburb about 30 minutes east of downtown Oakland.
“It is rare to see an estate of this quality check all the boxes for today’s lifestyle,” Green told SFGATE in April. “The ability to retreat to privacy, while remaining part of a true community, less than a mile away, is extraordinary.”
The auction concludes Aug. 22. Interested bidders must register and contribute a $100,000 refundable deposit.
Real estate reporter Anna Marie Erwert contributed to this story.