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Office & Retail Space

Sanford Building

The Sanford Building is located on the corner of Broadway and 8th Street.

Total Square Footage: 8,307

Number of Suites: One office suite on the 2nd floor and two retail spaces on the ground floor.

The Sanford Building is one of the oldest masonry buildings in Oakland.  The second floor is unique with exposed brick and great natural light.

The retail level is home to Starbucks and The Trappist, A Beligian & Specialty Beer Pub


  • 24-hour security
  • Upgraded infrastructure – Earthquake retrofitted, façade retrofits to maintain original architecture
  • Ambassador Service
  • On-site attended parking lot and secure garage
  • On-site property management
  • Online work order system
  • Lighted tree-lined streets surrounding property
  • On-site free conference room for tenant use
  • Club One Fitness Membership monthly discount

Interesting History

The oldest masonry building in Oakland, The Sanford was completed in 1865, during the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Its builder, Edmond P. Sanford, was a pharmacist who established his shop in this building. A year later he sold the structure for $10,000 to Alexander Martin, who resold it to a San Francisco high school teacher, Ellis Holmes, for $11,000. One of the The Sanford’s earliest tenants was the City of Paris dry goods store, owned by Hess, Winterton & Co. Hesse was reported to have drowned at sea while on a buying trip to France. This dry goods store was one of several that located north of 7th Street following the local railroad’s opening in 1863. Ye Olden Oakland Days recalled: “These stores were larger and more citified than the old ones (south of 7th Street) having show windows, carved fixtures, etc. They also required their clerks to wear white shirts and to shave frequently…”