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Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Oakland Wedding Venue
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, California 94605

Contact: Rebecca Bresso
Phone: 510/615-5555
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Why We Like This Place

Nestled in the East Bay hills, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate offers a lovely and secluded setting. Featuring a turn-of-the-century white mansion and a 50-acre expanse of lawn and trees, it evokes the serenity of a bygone era. The mansion was a romantic wedding gift from Alexander Dunsmuir to his bride on the occasion of their marriage in 1899. Its foyer is a formal, softly lit space for an intimate ceremony: The bride can make an impressive entrance as she descends the staircase, and a baby grand piano is always available to provide musical accompaniment.

The nearby Pond Area, with its weeping elms and delicate white gazebo, is the most popular site for ceremonies. Following the service, guests walk through the picturesque grounds to one of the various venues available for receptions.

Indoor receptions are often hosted in the unique and rustic Carriage House. Its quaint seating nooks and mahogany paneling add an old-fashioned quality, and whether you’re planning a wedding banquet, a conference of corporate executives or a western theme party, this place will bring out your creativity. Light cascades into the Garden Pavilion, whose large picture windows look out onto a treelined terrace. It’s a versatile space for ceremonies or receptions, and is particularly well suited for company parties, meetings and seminars. The Open-Air Canopy is an elegant, white canvas-roofed structure that enjoys views of the historic mansion and surrounding landscape in the distance. Designed with a carpeted floor, subdued lighting and a patio area, it’s perfect for receptions or gala events.

The grounds here are private, peaceful and beautiful throughout the year. Although this is one of the most exceptional sites in the Bay Area for a wedding celebration, Dunsmuir Historic Estate is also an excellent choice for other special events, daytime retreats, picnics and business functions.

Note: The City of Oakland has additional event venues for rental, including the Garden Center, Joaquin Miller Community Center and Morcom Rose Garden. For information on these and other facilities, please go to



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 4500

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 4500
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 550
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 4500


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Several spaces hold 20–150 indoors or 220–4,500 outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The estate can accommodate 100–250 seated or 200–550 standing guests indoors, and up to 4,500 seated or standing outdoors for concerts and large events. The Carriage House holds 65 seated theater-style or 65 seated for dining. The Pavilion accommodates 250 seated theater-style, 250 seated for dining or 550 standing guests. Tent space available.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, a nonrefundable $1,200 deposit reserves your date. Half of the rental balance is payable 6 months prior, the other half is due 30 days prior to the event. Use fees range $2,500–8,500 (depending on guest count) for an 8-hour time block and include a choice of 2 separate sites for the wedding or reception, use of some tables and chairs as well as setup and breakdown. Any additional equipment must be rented through Dunsmuir.

Fees for business functions and meetings vary depending on group size, room setup and equipment; call for specific rates.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: select from exclusive list
Kitchen Facilities: prep kitchen in Pavilion
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA, extra fee
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: on-street
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: mansion and grounds, pond
Other: mansion photos, $300/hour; mansion tours, $300/hour

Site Views

Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate


Alcohol: BWC, through caterer only
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required
Other: decorations limited; no rice, food or drink in the mansion

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, 8am–midnight.

Alternate Info: Dunsmuir Historic Estate Dunsmuir House and Gardens Dunsmuir House & Gardens

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