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This gracious corner residence is located on one of Pacific Height’s premier blocks and boasts gorgeous Bay views from all levels. Built in 1898 by architect William H. Lillie, it has been renovated by the current owners throughout with modern amenities while retaining the original period details. The home consists of 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms over 4 floors, grand formal entertaining rooms, an open eat-in kitchen/family room, a primary suite with Alcatraz/Bay outlooks, a top floor den with sweeping views, and a Thomas Church garden.
The home presents an elegant façade with gray and white details, a stately flagpole, hedges and planting on both sides for privacy, and a wall ensconcing the stairs to the entry. Entering the front door, one is greeted with an expansive light-filled entry foyer with oversized leaded windows and doors out to a Juliet balcony, and beautiful millwork including wainscoting, beams and moldings. There is hardwood flooring throughout and a walk-in coat and storage closet at the entry, as well as a chic powder room.
To the right of the foyer is the living room, filled with southern sunlight from oversized windows. A large wood-burning fireplace has a stone surround and is flanked by built-in bookshelves. This spacious room is a wonderful setting for formal entertaining and family gatherings.
To the left of the entry is a sprawling family room or formal dining room, open to the kitchen. It is surrounded by windows, including a window bay at the back of the room, which can accommodate additional seating, with a beautiful view of the Bay and Alcatraz. The open kitchen centers around a large quartz-topped island with overhang for stools. Handsome cabinetry and quartz countertops encircle the island, coupled with top of the line appliances including a wine refrigerator, a gas cooktop, a dishwasher, an oversized stainless sink with water filtration, and double ovens. There are multiple pantry areas for storage, and a deck off the kitchen overlooking the garden with perfect area for grilling. Stairs down from the deck allow for direct access to the garden when entertaining.
Two sets of stairs lead up to the second level, which houses three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main staircase at the entry displays two exquisite leaded windows with stained glass detailing, and wainscoting up the stairwell. The back stairs span from outside the kitchen to the landing outside the primary suite. Two bedrooms on this level are attractive and sizeable with walk-in closets, one with windows facing west and south up Scott Street with pretty city views and the other with big windows to the west and a vista of Alcatraz. These bedrooms share a beautiful bathroom outfitted with slate tile floors, a marble tile glass-enclosed shower, and a quartz-topped vanity. Also on this level is a sunny laundry room with side-by-side LG stainless washer and dryer, a sink, folding counter, and storage cabinets.
On the other side of the hallway is the stunning and private primary bedroom, boasting incredible views: a window to the east presenting a view of the Golden Gate Bridge spire, a window north overlooking the San Francisco Bay, and a window north west to Alcatraz. Off the bedroom is a massive walk-in closet and as well as a separate seating area. Ensuite is a magnificent primary bathroom centering around a window bay facing the blue waters of the Bay and Alcatraz. A standalone soaking tub is perfectly positioned in front of the view, and the corner glass-enclosed shower allows for amazing outlooks. Luxurious marble tile and a sumptuous quartz double vanity completes the picture.
The third level houses a number of lovely bedrooms with flexible uses. At the back of this floor is a capacious family room with an fantastic picture window of the Bay; this level affords sweeping views of the Marina, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the waters of the Bay from the Marin Headlands to Alcatraz. The family room includes a wood-burning fireplace and multiple closets. There are two attractive bathrooms on this level, both with slate tile floors and glass-enclosed marble showers, and two bedrooms, one with built-in closets and shelving, and the other which could serve as an additional family room or playroom, with multiple closets and a window bay facing pleasant city views.
On the lower floor is a wonderful guest suite, consisting of a lovely bedroom with a walk-in closet across from a modern bathroom with a glass shower. There is also a wine cellar, a flexible room which could serve as an office or home gym, and a storage room with cabinetry, quartz counters, and a wine refrigerator – a perfect place to store supplies for outdoor entertaining, with direct access to the garden down the hallway.
Stepping out from the lower floor level one can see a glimpse of the water, and steps down lead to a fabulous garden with a fire pit, a built-in bench surrounding three sides, attractive privacy hedges and mature plantings. The garden was originally designed by Thomas Church.
A roomy two car side-by-side garage is at the front of the home, plus room for two cars on the parking pad. The superb corner location of this home ensures that the interior is sunny and bright throughout, and it enjoys fantastic proximity to shopping and dining on Fillmore and Union Streets, excellent schools, parks and the Presidio.
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Living in Pacific Heights provides an opportunity to rub elbows with some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players. PayPal founder Peter Theil, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and Apple designer Jonathan Ive have all made their homes in what is considered the most expensive neighborhood in the United States. Palatial highrise condos and luxurious row houses are the most common types of real estate you will find in Pacific Heights. Although Presidio is just a short trip away from Pacific Heights, the neighborhood features two small parks of its own: Lafayette Park and Alta Plaza Park. Lafayette Park offers beautiful grassy hills, a playground, and an off-leash dog park, while Alta Plaza is perched even higher with most of the same amenities. When Pacific Heights residents are looking for a place to eat, they usually make their way to Fillmore Street. Notable local restaurants on Fillmore Street include: Palmer’s Tavern: Featuring daily happy hour specials, Palmer’s also offers a variety of delicious salads, entrees, and desserts. La Mediterranee: A quaint cafe perfect for those Middle-Eastern cuisine cravings. Salt & Straw: After a great meal for a day of exploring, locals love to stop by for unique ice cream flavors and handmade waffle cones. Fillmore Street is also a great place to enjoy a day of shopping and entertainment. Explore the amazing shoe boutique Superga San Francisco, then walk north to Mureta Antiques. After the shopping is done, catch a flick at the Landmark Clay Theatre, or visit Boom Boom Boom for a night of live funk, jazz and blues. Locals and tourists are often amazed at the variety of landmarks and attractions you can find in Pacific Heights. Enjoy a guided tour through the Haas-Lilienthal House, an excellent example of Victorian architecture, or check out the McElroy Octagon House on the second Sunday or second and fourth Thursday of every month. Lastly, the southeast corner of Presidio is less than two miles away, so there is always something fun to explore near the Pacific Heights neighborhood!