Emeryville Loft with Ties to Tech Exec Bob Lee's Murder Case Hits Market for $799,000

Emeryville Loft with Ties to Tech Exec Bob Lee's Murder Case Hits Market for $799,000Source: Silvana Messing / Sotheby's International Realty
Eileen Vargas
Published on November 10, 2023

A loft in the Bay Area with connections to tech executive Bob Lee's murder case is available for sale. The loft, located in Emeryville, was formerly rented by Nima Momeni, the suspect in Lee's murder case. The unit, now on the market for $799,000, is located in the historic Besler Building on 4053 Harlan St. according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Unit 201 stands within the iconic Besler Building, originally a 1920s steam engine factory that has since been transformed into loft apartments. The nearby Pixar Animation Studios is just two blocks away. With a 1,278-square-foot area, the unit boasts 13-foot open beam ceilings and concrete flooring, testifying to its industrial aesthetic according to its Redfin listing.

While renting the loft, Momeni, a tech consultant, was not the owner and was arrested at the property on April 13 in connection with Lee's murder. After his arrest, Momeni has been in jail; he pleaded not guilty in August and was denied bail in an October hearing. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 30, potentially setting a trial date.

Unit 201's location in the Besler Building, converted to 51 lofts in 1979, has been under consistent ownership for nearly 25 years. In July, another unit similarly sized sold for $725,000.

Featuring grand greenhouse windows allowing ample sunlight, the "end unit" offers a large open space supported by unique Frank Lloyd Wright pillars. These features make the loft ideal for artists, entrepreneurs, or design enthusiasts who appreciate distinctive architecture.

Being in Emeryville's heart, the loft offers residents easy access to an array of cafés, boutiques, shopping outlets, and transportation options. It, the gigabit fiber optics provision, could also appeal to those who are planning for a commercial space or dream house transformation.

Silvana Messing, a broker associated with Sotheby's International Realty, holds the listing for Unit 201. Interested parties can find further property details on Redfin.