One of Oakland’s premier rental venues for spectacular events. Whether you’re planning a grand wedding, an intimate party or a large social gathering we offer the perfect mix of elegance, experience and creativity. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate’s serene atmosphere, quality services, and professional staff make it a perfect location to host your corporate retreat, wedding, reception, dinner party, or any other type of social event. Built in 1899, the Estate features a 37-room Neoclassical Revival Mansion set upon 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.


Mansion Tours



Join us for a docent lead, Edwardian period historical tour of the mansion on Wednesdays beginning at 11:00 am.


Join us for a self guided tour of the mansion on Fridays beginning at 11:00 am.

Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $6

Estate Grounds


We’re open Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00am to 4:00pm. Whatever your age, the Dunsmuir is the perfect place for your family adventure. Make memories that last a lifetime while exploring the  estate grounds. It is one of the City of Oakland’s finest historic sites located in a crescent-shaped valley near the southeastern city limits. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, State Register, and is protected on the local level by being designated as a City Landmark.


Golden Gate Park’s landscape architect, John McLaren, is said to have assisted the Hellman’s in designing the Dunsmuir gardens. A wide variety of trees, including Camperdown Elms, Bunya-Bunya and Hornbeam, still grace the estate’s gardens and expansive meadows. In addition, the Hellman estate contained: a golf course, formal croquet court, and tennis court, swimming pool with Mission-style bathhouse, glass conservatory with grotto, an elaborate aviary, formal garden maze, and Japanese garden.

On the southern portion of the property, farm buildings stand recalling the time when chickens, cows, and vegetable gardens were here to supply the family’s needs. 


Beginning at the Peralta Oaks entrance you will see: 

  1. *Dinkelspiel House,built for Florence Hellman and her husband, Loyd Dinkespiel. A knotty pine recreation room. garages and chauffeurs quarters.
  2. Gazebo & South Pond The Pond once was a sanctuary for migrating mullards 
  3. Pavilion, built on the site of the estate’s tennis court, now an event venue that transforms to reflect whatever event is taking place. 
  4. The Dunsmuir Mansion, Built in 1899 with 37 rooms and 12 fireplaces. It contains 16,224 square feet of living space. 
  5. *Pool & Bathhouse – Built and utilized by both families. 
  6. Conservatory and Grotto, Huge glass greenhouse ( now gone) were used.  The wooden building is a potting shed with a mushroom cellar.
  7. Chicken Coop and Broader house
  8. Milk House
  9. Souther Farm Shed
  10. Carriage house
  11. Stable 
  12. Coal Shed 
  13. Covington Gate 


Estate Rentals

Every client works with a reservations clerk who will liaise with you and oversee all details from start to finish. On the day of your event, you’ll also have the services of an event coordinator ready to solve last minute glitches and ensure everything runs smoothly.



Enchanting and elegant  for small weddings, receptions, or other small outdoor gatherings. 100 guests.


Entertaining at this s elegant spot will give your guest a magnificent view of the great meadow 50 guests.


Sequestered on a wooded hillside overlooking the South Pond and Gazebo area. It is the perfect setting for everything from receptions, seminars and workshops, retreats to holiday parties. This unique facility encourages the festivity of large parties, dancing, and entertainment; it is surrounded by windows, beamed ceilings, red oak paneling, patina floor, Wi-Fi,and a beautiful terrace. 200 guest and an additional 100 guests may be seated on the outdoor terrace.


The estate is available for a broad spectrum of events:

  • Performances & Concerts
  • Special Events, Outdoor Fairs & Festivals
  • Weddings & Receptions
  • Corporate Meetings, Employee Appreciations, Workshops, & Retreats
  • Movie Screenings, Filmings, & Photography Sessions
  • Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Anniversary Celebrations, Family Reunions, & So much more!