Property with ties to Oakland’s first black mayor for sale for $5M

An Oakland compound once owned by Steven Wilson, the son of Oakland’s first black mayor, Lionel Wilson, has been listed for $5.25 million.

An Oakland compound once owned by Steven Wilson, the son of Oakland’s first black mayor, Lionel Wilson, is for sale. (Compass) 

The gated property — dubbed the “Grand Lake Villa” — includes two homes, a pool house and a lush lawn area. The main villa is 3,620 square feet with five bedrooms and three bathrooms; the second villa is 1,985 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Other highlights include a solar-heated pool, a wine cellar in the main villa and a manicured garden with water fountain and bird bath.

An Oakland compound once owned by Steven Wilson, the son of Oakland’s first black mayor, Lionel Wilson, is for sale. (Compass) 
An Oakland compound once owned by Steven Wilson, the son of Oakland’s first black mayor, Lionel Wilson, is for sale. (Compass) 

Built in the 1920s, the home was originally commissioned by Clara and Adolph Jahnigan, parents of opera singer and actress Bernice Claire. The current resident of the home is Mario Guariso, an Italian-American film, television and theater actor.

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