The Grateful Dead once partied at a home on 6024 Ascot Drive in the Piedmont Pines section of Oakland.
In 1948 house at 6024 Ascot Drive was advertised as a ‘ A Little Bit of Mexico” in beautiful Piedmont Hills ( Piedmont Pines), nestled in a glorious 2 1/4 acres: balconies overlooking a beautiful swimming pool. All the tiles in the bathrooms came from the Muresque Tile Co. of Oakland, one of the premier West Coast tilemakers in the 1920’s and 30’s. Property highlights include a log cabin family room.
In 1968 Michael Leibert his wife Alexa and their 5 dogs lived at 6024 Ascot. Leibert was the founder of the Berkeley Repertory Theater.
The house had an normal existence until sometime during the late sixties, the house was rented by Owsley “Bear” Stanley (1935-2011) was an American audio engineer and chemist.
Stanley was the first known private individual to manufacture mass quantities of LSD. By his own account, between 1965 and 1967, Stanley produced no less than 500 grams of LSD, amounting to a little more than five million doses.
Owsley was a key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s and played a pivotal role in the decade’s counterculture. Under the professional name Bear, he was the soundman for the rock band the Grateful Dead, whom he met when Ken Kesey invited them to an Acid Test party. As their sound engineer, Stanley frequently recorded live tapes behind his mixing board and developed their Wall of Sound sound system, one of the largest mobile public address systems ever constructed.
In 1972 the house was advertised a true Spanish “Villa”. Back on the market.
The house on was sold in 2012 for $1.2 million dollars. A September 2012 article, “Rest Your Head Where the Grateful Dead Once Partied” was posted on the Curbed San Francisco website.
More Info –
- LSD King Bail Revoked – Oakland Tribune Jul 22, 1970
- LSD KIng held to Answer – Oakland Tribune October 29 1970
- Owsley Stanley – WIkipedia
- Rest Your Head Where the Grateful Dead Partied – SF Curbside
- Grateful Dead House – Oakland Local Wii
- 6024 Ascot – Realtor.Com