The high-end San Francisco apartment that can't stand straight

SAN FRANCISCO -- A luxury apartment building in San Francisco is listing towards the Pacific -- and sinking, quickly.

The views from the Millennium Tower were well worth the $2.1 million Pat and Jerry Dobson paid for their two-bedroom apartment, they say -- until they learned their 58-story building is cracking and sinking.

"At this point building has sunk 16 inches... It's leaning out 15 inches out towards the west from here," Jerry Dobson said.

The seven-year-old Millennium Tower has been home to sports celebrities like Joe Montana and Hunter Pence. It's a symbol of the runaway real estate market in San Francisco, and rated one of the top residential buildings in the world.

"The problem is, I guess, that the building is not tied into bedrock," San Francisco State University geologist Ray Sullivan said. He leads tours of the city's sinking and leaning building.

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As of now, Millennium Tower has no fixes in the works.

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"I would be concerned if it accelerates and if the tilting continues," Sullivan said.

It turns out San Francisco's leaning tower has a lot in common with the world's most famous leaning tower, the Tower of Pisa, where engineers recently used a counter balance to help straighten it.

But Millennium hasn't discussed any plans for a fix. In a statement, Millennium Partners said: "...The building was designed and constructed to the extraordinary high standards established by the city and country of San Francisco for this type of structure."

The company blames a new transit center across the street for destabilizing its luxury tower.

For Jerry Dobson, the problem is more simple: that the building is not drilled into bedrock.

"That is the heart of the problem," he said.