Established in the early years of the 20th century, the prestigious enclave of Presidio Heights is renowned for its wide tree-lined streets and elegant, classically styled estates. Dating to 1924, this ornately detailed three-level manor is perfectly at home in this rarefied setting. Combining modern conveniences, a versatile floor plan, and a sophisticated style with carefully retained and maintained period detail that recalls a bygone era, it affords a rare opportunity to live a life of contemporary comfort in a setting that preserves a piece of San Francisco’s unique history.
San Francisco, California | Steve Gothelf, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Set atop a gentle hill and set well back from the street, the residence enjoys a rare private perch. A regal brick stairway leads from the drive to a welcoming foyer, which gives way to a lovely formal dining room and a generously scaled living room with a striking beamed ceiling, oversized arched windows, and a majestic carved stone fireplace. Steps away is a calming, charming kitchen with abundant cabinet space, superior-caliber stainless-steel appliances, and an inviting breakfast area. Warmly hued hardwood floors can be found throughout, while a skylight and decorative frosted leaded-glass windows help fill nearly every space with San Francisco’s distinctive natural light.
The four restful bedrooms are secluded on the uppermost level. The south-facing primary suite includes a well-appointed bath, a walk-in closet, and a view of the neighboring rooflines. One bedroom on the home’s northern end can be closed off along with a quiet, contemplative office to create a thoughtful private suite. Another is warmed by an eye-catching green marble fireplace sided by built-in bookshelves; its wide picture window gazes through treetops toward the bay and Angel Island.
On the ground level are a spacious laundry and hobby room with ample cabinet and counter space, a wine cellar and tasting room, an enviably spacious two-car garage, and a family room designed for more casual recreation or gatherings. With the proximity of a bath, this space could also easily be adapted to serve as a guest or staff bedroom.
Completing the idyllic picture is a very private brick patio ringed with trees, greenery, and flowering plants. The neighborhood remains as alluring as it was in its earliest days—stylish boutiques, trend-setting restaurants, and the Presidio’s vast lush greenery, trails, golf, picnic areas, and beachfront are all steps away.