Sunset Idea House Scheduled to Open Aug. 19

July 28, 2016 | By | Comments (7)

A rendering of our Bay Area idea house

If you haven’t already heard, Sunset’s 2016 Bay Area California Idea House is nestled near our new headquarters in the East Bay. The top to bottom modern build, an unprecedented collab with some of the region’s most sought after design talent, is just weeks away from opening its doors to the public.  

The contemporary shell designed by Robert Nebolon Architects consists of 4,000-square foot spread out over five floors. The sprawling space includes four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a game room, wine cellar, artist studio and some five decks that provide sweeping vistas of the San Francisco Bay.

Once inside, Geremia Design will treat visitors to warm and innovative interiors. The team, lead by Lauren Geremia, connects the space with the community through thoughtful craftsman details, artisan furniture and handmade accessories paired with a rich color palette that reflects our love of wine and farm-to-table meals.

The Sunset Idea House, located at 540 Gravatt Road in Oakland, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19 through Sept. 25. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased via eventbrite or onsite during tour hours. A shuttle bus transport visitors from two adjacent parking areas.

If you can’t wait to see inside, follow Sunset on Instagram for updates as we inch closer to the opening.


  1. Ercillor

    It is a great design’ simple and attractive. Amazing how so many have negative criticisms… Envy?

    March 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm
  2. audrey roll(-preissler/Shapiro)

    Any elevator(s) inside to assist with groceries etc……also, is there a garage on the ground floor? (We designed a smaller version years ago which is still in existence in Foggy Bottom Washington, D.C. and another innovative home is on a hill in Jackson Hole, WY which
    features the bedrooms on the lower floors to accomodate the magnificent view of the Tetons w a lift to take the groceries up to the top floor…..
    audrey roll

    August 26, 2016 at 2:07 pm
  3. Michelle Derviss

    Watching this house being built from the ground up was fascinating. It appeared more like a well engineered skyscaper being built when we saw the massive steel beams being secured into the earth.
    Parking will have to be somewhere down in the lowlands. The neighborhood streets are narrow and steep. I haven’t heard where the shuttle bus locations are going to be, but they will certainly be required.
    I had a sneak peek at the interiors and they are stunning !

    August 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm
  4. mark krall

    Gravatt Road, or Gravatt Drive? Google Maps only shows Gravatt Drive, so where is this house located?

    August 4, 2016 at 11:54 am
  5. Bob C.

    I guess my question would be, Where do you park?

    August 4, 2016 at 12:18 am
  6. William Leong

    Any new engineering feats to withstand earthquakes? Looks top heavy and not really integrated into hillside.

    August 2, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  7. Eugene Ciancanelli

    It looks like they built this “dream house” on or very near a fault in the Bay area. I hope it was engineered properly.

    August 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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