Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

East Bay




The Dunsmuir Mansion, designed by San Francisco architect, J. Eugene Freeman, is located in the rolling East Bay foothills and features fruit orchards, farms, and vestiges of the Spanish rancho days. The 37-room mansion features a Tiffany-style dome, wood paneled public rooms, 10 fireplaces and inlaid parquet floors within its 16,224 square feet. The Dunsmuir gardens hosts an expansive meadow as well as a wide variety of trees, including Camperdown Elms, Bunya-Bunya and Hornbeam. Sequestered on a wooded hillside overlooking the South Pond and Gazebo area, the Garden Pavilion is the perfect location to exchange your vows. For your reception, a number of sites are available including the Carriage House with its rustic mahogany-paneled Great Room. The expansive meadow reminiscent of English Country Estate provides a tranquil setting for a memorable celebration with your friends and family. The Dunsmuir Mansion, designated as a Historic Landmark by the City of Oakland, combines rich history with a unique setting that will enchant your guests.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Mansion, Private Estate, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 60 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,300 to $5,500 for ceremony and reception and includes 8 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony only wedding ranges from $500 to $3,800. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $300/hr. A refundable security deposit of $1,200 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate is estimated at between $12,694 and $22,831 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Dance floor
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Public parking

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
No rice, birdseed, glitter, confetti, sparklers, animals