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With a beautiful and stately facade, this Pacific Heights mansion stands out amongst its peers. Complete with decorative brickwork ensconced in ivy, a finely landscaped front garden, a dramatic black and white marble entrance, and custom wrought iron and glass doors, the sense of entry is truly grand.
This home has been modernized with a concrete foundation, recessed lights, built-in speakers and a Sonos sound system, a security system, and many wonderful amenities, but all are seamlessly interwoven with classic period details, including leaded glass, coffered ceilings, wood windows, and striking ebony oak floors.
The foyer is expansive and dramatic, allowing for fabulous entertaining with a natural flow from the living/dining room, over to the family room, and through to the kitchen. A grand staircase flanked by columns leads up to the bedroom level and down to a discreet and whimsical powder room. Under a curved archway, two coat closets buffer the access from the foyer to the kitchen; one for guest coats and one for family coats.
The foyer opens onto the serene living room/dining room, with soft colors, tall ceilings, crown molding, an impressive modern stone fireplace and surround, and three tall south facing windows that provide light throughout the day. Graceful, curved archways on either side of the fireplace are ideal for art display. The flow continues past the main staircase to the family room, where picture windows showcase an incredible corner view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the waterfront, and the Palace of Fine Arts, all overlooking the deck and garden below. With coffered ceilings and stylish gold wallpaper in between the beams, this room is a superb combination of the best of timeless design and modern amenities.
Both the foyer and the family room enter onto the crown jewel of the home - the kitchen. Outfitted with substantial marble countertops, glass backsplash, white custom cabinetry, and marvelous storage, this is a perfect spot for the family to gather, entertain, cook, and enjoy an even more impressive and sweeping view of the Bridge, now stretching into the Presidio and across to Sausalito and beyond. Among other features, the kitchen is equipped with a Thermador Professional six-burner range plus grill; a SubZero Refrigerator; double Gaggenau ovens; and a bar area with a separate sink, second dishwasher, and a wine refrigerator. The oversized central island has an overhang for informal seating, and a separate glass-enclosed breakfast area is the perfect spot to admire the view. There is also a dumbwaiter that services the garage, kitchen, and bedroom levels, making bringing up groceries from the garage a breeze. From the kitchen, one can access a delightful patio, which includes gas hookups for a barbecue and heating lamps overhead for chilly nights. The stairs continue down to the garden and lower level as well.
Moving up the main central staircase, an ornate leaded and stained-glass window floods the foyer and stairwell with light. The bedroom level presents an ideal floorplan for a family. One can either have four bedrooms on this level or three bedrooms and a his-and-hers office. To the left off the landing is a luxurious master suite that wraps around the northern side of the house. The generous bedroom, with sweeping Bay views even better than below, connects to a spacious master bath, with a jacuzzi tub overlooking a private viewing deck – the perfect place for a morning coffee or an evening soak. The bathroom is awash with sumptuous marble and is outfitted with a double vanity and dressing table, a custom-designed curved glass shower, and a separate toilet and bidet behind pocket doors. Attached is an enormous master bedroom closet, housing custom shelves, racks, drawers, and a dressing mirror. In the center of this floor is a lovely bedroom with an attached bright sunroom or a double office. Across the hall are two more sizeable bedrooms, both with sunny, south-facing windows, that share an attractive bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower over tub.
Up the stairs and to the left is a sprawling pentroom, framed by a wall of windows revealing spectacular outlooks from Fort Point to Alcatraz, with the Golden Gate, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, and the waters of the Bay within view. This capacious room boasts a fireplace, built-in speakers, exposed beams overhead, and cleverly designed flush doors that hide a storage area on both sides to sweep away toys or personal items at a moment’s notice. At the top of the stairs on this level is a handsome study, which is furnished with a fireplace, a built-in desk and shelving. To the right are two south-facing bedrooms, each with closets and built-in shelving, served by a bathroom with a double vanity and treetop outlooks. These two rooms have a door that can close them off from the rest of this floor for more privacy.
The ground floor of this home has been very thoughtfully and flexibly designed. Perfect for either an older child, a live-in relative, or perhaps an au pair, there is a full bath with shower over tub, and a bedroom that looks over the deck. There is also a large den or family room which could be used as either a living room for those living downstairs or another family gathering or entertaining area. It includes a gas fireplace, a full wet bar with a wine fridge, and speakers, as well as direct access to the deck.
With access from two levels, the deck leads to the garden, currently set up as a modular tile sports court with a regulation-sized basketball hoop, surrounded by pretty landscaping and mature trees. The court could easily be converted to a sizeable grass or turf lawn, and under the deck is a covered area for additional seating. At this level is also an ample storage area - perfect for sports equipment, luggage, or holiday decorations that only come out once a year, as well as a wine cellar and a full-size laundry room with a folding area. The roomy garage, offering interior access and an electric car charger, fits two cars plus storage.
An incredible and rare opportunity for ownership, this one-of-a-kind home offers incredible views, a stately presence, and an intuitive floorplan suitable for both intimate gatherings and glamorous entertainment. The location is impeccable, surrounded by the finest single-family homes and walking distance to excellent schools, and just a few blocks from the Presidio, with its hiking trails, restaurants, and marvelous open spaces, and a short walk to shops and dining on Union and Chestnut Streets, and down to the Marina and the waterfront.
Year Built: 1908 (Per Tax Records)
Homes in the grand, upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood deliver commanding views of the San Francisco Bay and the city below, with neighborhood hills rising from the Marina and running along an east-west ridge between the Presidio and Van Ness Avenue. When Hollywood wants to film a chase scene, Pacific Heights is where it comes for cinematic thrills.
Some of the oldest, grandest, and largest homes in the city can be found in highly affluent Pacific Heights, which features an ample stock of Victorians, Edwardians, Mission Revivals, and homes in the style of French chateaus. Some of the former baronial mansions now serve as elite private schools, including San Francisco University High School, Drew School, Town School For Boys, and Convent of the Sacred Heart (in the former Flood Mansion).
Pacific Heights has gorgeous parks, playgrounds, and, bounded by the Presidio, easy access to open space and miles of hiking, running, and biking trails. The main shopping district can be found on Fillmore Street, which runs north and south through Pacific Heights and is home to some of the city’s chicest boutiques and choicest restaurants.