6 BED | 8.5 BATH | $29,000,000
6 BED | 8.5 BATH | $29,000,000
Located on a coveted corner lot with excellent sun exposure, this home, designed by Louis M. Upton, is a grand presence on one of the most prestigious streets in Pacific Heights.Introduced by original Carrara marble front steps, the home has a stately arched entryway that is flanked by two stone lions standing sentry and also original to the design. The striking stucco façade is reminiscent of the Spanish-Italian Renaissance. Embellishments include cherub motifs, ornamental florets, and egg-and-dart accents. Planter beds precede a pedestrian entry gate to the courtyards. A solid wood 8-foot tall front door completes the classic aesthetic. In the formal entry parlor, the architects have maximized the view by offering a sightline through the kitchen, capturing the vistas the very moment one passes through the door. Period-authentic architectural details blend seamlessly with a contemporary aesthetic, with finishes that include beautifully stained walnut hardwood floors, deep baseboards, towering ceilings with multiple levels of moldings, and walls of windows for an abundance of natural lighting. The centerpiece elliptical spiral staircase with brass railing and steel spindles is beautifully reminiscent of Upton’s original staircase, a functional access point to all levels of the home. An elevator here accesses every level of the home. Stunning Calacatta Oro marble floors are uplifted by custom inlaid dark Emperador marble accents and a glowing three-ring light fixture.
The foyer has a coat closet and built-in seating banquette, which precede a beautifully appointed powder room with free-standing wash basin. Off the foyer is a reception salon with amazing inlaid marble floors, built-in speakers, and double French doors to a balconette with carved balustrades. A refined library facing Vallejo Street has walnut flooring, a picture window, built-in library shelves, a modern six-shade light fixture and two chrome wall sconces. The professional gourmet kitchen is filled with task and ambient illumination. Features here include walnut flooring, a tall ceiling with recessed lights, a centerpiece light fixture, and a large center island with a thick single slab of Calacatta Oro marble on the countertop. The island is lit by an angular arrow-shaped light fixture. Prep counters are stainless steel with full marble backsplashes. Amenities include abundant customized Phoenix brand cabinetry with custom hardware, a deep stainless steel sink, and French doors with views. Top-of-the-line appliances include two concealed dishwashers, a full-size refrigerator, a full-size freezer, a 6-burner Wolf range with two ovens, an industrial overhead ventilation hood, a wine refrigerator, two additional freezer drawers, and ice maker. Fully capturing the glorious views, the living room is accessed by deeply set pocket sliding doors that flow from the entry parlor. Vistas unfold from two large picture windows and encompass the Golden Gate Bridge across the bay to Alcatraz Island. Appointments include walnut flooring, built-in stereo speakers, and a wood-burning fireplace with gas insert. Double French doors open out to a beautiful viewing terrace with sweeping panoramic vistas, a truly memorable spot for entertaining and relaxing. Pocket sliding doors open to the formal dining venue, a well lit gathering space with walnut floors, a geometric light fixture over the seating area, and access to the outdoor viewing terrace that can accommodate seating for a large dinner party or luncheon.
The master bedroom suite is positioned at the northern end of the home to fully encompass the breathtaking views that include the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and Alcatraz, expanding through three picture windows. The suite begins with a foyer, where chevron walnut flooring sweeps underfoot. Original windows have been preserved here, while a tall ceiling with crown moldings expands above. A wood-burning fireplace with gas insert adds to the ambiance and is finished with a custom made Calacatta marble mantelpiece. A French door opens out to a private balcony with lovely outlooks. A large customized dressing room with closets, drawers, and folding counters has access to the incredible en suite master bathroom with marble flooring and built-in speakers. A marble mosaic tiled wall finishes the freestanding soaking tub and a decorative pod-shaped sculptural light fixture. Two separate single-sink vanities have custom wall mirrors. A glass-enclosed steam room has two rainspout showerheads while nearby custom cabinetry houses linens. A handy washer/dryer is found in a closet here. Two well-sized upper level bedroom suites have walnut floors, views with operable windows and large closets. Each en suite bathroom has custom marble tile flooring, and a single-sink vanity with large wall mirror. One bedroom has a desk station.
The northern end of the home on the top level features a spacious sky lounge that is the ultimate venue for entertaining on a large scale. The porcelain flooring allows for a durable surface underfoot, built-in speakers and a wood-burning fireplace with gas insert enhance the ambiance, and full-size picture windows frame panoramic views of the bay. A full wet bar has a sink, countertop, ice machine, and beverage cooler. Three chrome gallery style light fixtures allow for the display of fine artwork. A towering retractable glass awning offers fresh-air-views of the stars and sky, a modern engineering marvel that can be opened or closed with the press of a button. At the southern end of the floor plan is a privately located home theater with walnut flooring, a coved ceiling with uplighting, blackout blinds on the windows, 6.1 surround sound speakers powered by two Marantz amplifiers, a 4K Sony SXRD projector, and a drop-down cinema screen. Modern wall-mounted light fixtures add a refined aesthetic. Two additional bedroom suites on the uppermost level have walnut flooring, double-hung windows with views, recessed lighting, and a wardrobe closet. Each en-suite bathroom has marble tile flooring, a marble slab single-sink vanity, and a shower with rainspout and spray wand. Atop the elliptical stairs, a glass ceiling opens to a panoramic roof terrace – arguably one of the finest in the City.
The lowermost level begins in the wine tasting area, which features elevator access, limestone flooring, built-in speakers, a counter for pouring, double steel doors to the temperature-controlled wine cellar, and space for the addition of racks for approximately 1,000 bottles. Also on this level is a laundry center with a deep farmhouse sink, refrigerator with freezer drawers, stone folding counter, and front-loading washer and dryer. The ideal place for an active lifestyle, the spacious fitness room has cork flooring, built-in speakers, ample natural light through tall windows, and a double French door to the rear terrace and grounds. The adjoining spa bathroom has Monterey stone flooring, an amazing concrete trough vanity, and a separate room for the commode. A steel-and-glass door opens to a subway tiled steam room with chrome rainspout showering system where a separate door opens to a cedar-lined dry sauna. The privately located staff quarters on this level enjoys a large living area with wardrobe closet storage, a prep counter with sink and under-counter refrigerator, and an en suite bathroom.
The exquisite bluestone-clad courtyards include a water feature and allow for indoor / outdoor living and entertainment. A grand pergola with swings adds a touch of youthful exuberance for good measure.
The fully finished ground level garage is accessed from Baker Street and presents the ultimate car enthusiast’s staging area. A hydraulic lift system allows for one car to be suspended above two other vehicles below. An elevated office (possibly for a property manager) has polished concrete floors with radiant heat, and a full bathroom with glass enclosed shower, single-sink vanity, and two modern wall sconces. This level is also conveniently accessed by the elevator. The level also has walk-out access to the lawns and courtyards.
The neighborhood of Pacific Heights is home to City’s elite who populate the tranquil enclave where the most notable architectural mansions in all of Northern California line the streets. The homes on the last block of Vallejo Street are perfectly positioned on a ridge several hundred feet above sea level, taking full advantage of the stunning panoramic views that incorporate the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, and the sparkling waters of San Francisco Bay. High-end shopping and fine dining can be found nearby in the Fillmore Corridor shopping district and Union Street. Several open spaces and tennis courts are just minutes away, including Alta Plaza and Lafayette Parks. Also within easy reach are the greenbelts of The Presidio, Crissy Field, and the Marina, which invite year-round outdoor recreation. For excursions to the North Coast or wine country, the newly renovated Doyle Drive Interchange offers quick access to the Golden Gate Bridge. Pacific Heights truly is a glorious place to call home.