PHOTO: Greg Dunston, 61, and his partner Marie Mckinzie, 53

Greg Dunston and Marie Mckinzie lived on Oakland streets for 10 years before Terrence McGrath offered to help

Left with an empty nest, California homeowner and real estate developer Terrence McGrath did what few others would — open his $4 million home to a homeless couple from Oakland.

Greg Dunston and Marie Mckinzie, whom journalist Otis R. Taylor Jr. profiled in a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, had been living on the streets for 10 years when McGrath read about the couple in one of the reporter’s articles. Dunston and McKinzie, McGrath learned, had been camping out in front of the Alameda County Probation Office only to leave later each morning with all of their belongings stuffed in two carts to wait out the day in a nearby public square.