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For Just $2.2 Million You Could Live Above a Chocolate Factory

Scott Lucas | June 17, 2014 | Story Real Estate

It's the little things in real estate that count. What's the micro-climate for fog on this street? Are dogs allowed? Is the condo perched above a freakin' chocolate cafeteria?

Well good news on the last count. You now have a shot at living out your inner Willy Wonka fantasy, and it will only cost you $2.2 million in golden tickets. The Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square has just put a residence on the market: A fully furnished two bedroom, two bath condo that clocks in at 1,300 square feet. The real estate is located on the top floor of the former chocolate factory. (Ghirardelli Square is, of course, home to the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.)

Mike Eckroat, director of sales for the real estate firm, told the Chron that the digs are aimed at "buyers who are looking for the easy, turnkey lifestlyle, with all of the services and amenities that come with the Fairmont brand and five-star luxury living," presumably forgetting to add in a pitch for the 24-hour Oompla Loompa concierge service.

But despite the lack of Everlasting Gobstoppers for doorknobs and lick-able wallpaper, the residency does come with 24-hour security and concierge, daily breakfasts, wine and cheese receptions, wine storage, a gym, and complementary use of BMW bicycles (which—what?) and golf clubs.

Another selling point: Defensible space from the unwashed masses. "Since the [residences] are located on the top floor of the building, this offers privacy and seclusion for owners." So step off, Charlie Bucket.

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