The site of the fatal balcony collapse is one of Berkeley's biggest downtown developments in recent years.
WHAT IS IT?
The complex is called Library Gardens and it opened in January 2007. There are 176 residential apartments with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units and 3,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is between $1,918 (€1,702) and $2,520, according to online advertisements.
Two-bedroom apartments rent for between $2,530 and $3,400 a month. Just four of the units have balconies. City officials have barred anyone from accessing the three remaining balconies until they are inspected.
WHO OWNS THE APARTMENT COMPLEX?
New York-based financial firm BlackRock serves as the investment adviser to the fund that bought the property from its original builder in 2007.
The US asset manager is one of the world's biggest investment managers - overseeing $4.7 trillion of assets including property, bonds and shares.
BlackRock's main business is investing other peoples' money, including funds held by pension and insurance firms. Indirectly, millions of people, not only in America, but here and globally have some share of their wealth tied into a BlackRock fund.
Local records today value the Berkeley apartments at $65m, and the owners pay close to $1m a year in property taxes. The firm said it was sending its own structural engineer to investigate the accident.
WHERE IS IT?
The 64,500 square foot complex is located in downtown Berkeley, a city near San Francisco. The property is close to the University of California, Berkeley, next door to a local library and blocks away from public transport links.
WHO LIVES THERE?
A mix of long-term and short-term residents. Many University of California, Berkeley students live in the complex during the school year.
Berkeley in general, and the apartment complex in particular, are popular among Irish students on J1s. Donal O'Donovan
The fact that San Francisco International Airport was lit up with blue and gold, the Golden State Warrior's colours, as devastated parents and siblings were touching down from Dublin is a particularly chilling juxtaposition.
The news of the appalling tragedy in Berkeley, California, this week struck me first and foremost as a father of two young girls, one of whom is in college. My heart goes out to the families and friends who have suffered such a tragic loss.
As grieving families and the injured struggle in the aftermath of the Berkeley balcony collapse, a number of American law firms have already begun considering possible compensation claims down the line.
THE builders of the apartment complex where a balcony collapsed, killing six Irish students, paid $3m to settle a lawsuit last year that claimed problems with dry rot and substandard balconies in another complex.
Almost 24 hours after the news of the horrific accident in Berkeley which has robbed us of six of our young people and turned the lives of others completely upside down, I feel like I am drowning in the media coverage which, in reality, is not saying anything new. Because what is there to say?
Hundreds of students, friends and family united in grief as a special mass was held in St Mary's College, Rathmines, in honour of two past pupils who lost their lives in the Berkeley tragedy.
Dozens of friends, colleagues and fellow students of two women who tragically lost their lives after a balcony collapse in the US visited the Foxrock parish church this afternoon to sign a book of condolences that had been laid out.