$5.5 million buys contemporary grandeur in Pac Heights

Classic form and modern function meet in this California Street home, where elements of the Victorian era mingle with newfangled technology.

Yes, there are energy efficient LED recessed lights and Nest thermostats to please your inner eco warrior, but the Victorian paneling, coved ceilings, fluted pilasters, and original winding staircase (now painted a glamorous black) are sure to make your romantic heart go pitter patter.

A large black door marks entry to the spacious foyer, lit by a gleaming mirrored chandelier, where you'll make acquaintance with that aforementioned staircase—a real beauty, and one that nods at the contrast between tradition and modernity that wends its way throughout the 4,600-square-foot, three-level house.

Natural light floods the first floor via tall glass sliding doors that open the living room and formal dining room onto the backyard; bay windows in the south-facing family room make for a cozy place to chill. There's also an office here with its own en-suite bathroom and walk-in shower should you need to put your head down and get some work done.

Oak plank floors, oatmeal-hued cabinets, honed granite slab countertops and backsplash, and brass hardware lend a polished, earthen vibe to the kitchen where you'll find Dacor appliances and a walk-in pantry to store your epicurean delights.

Ascend the stairs to the second story, which holds three bedrooms and two full baths; the master is the gem here with its ombré pendant lights, slipper tub, double vanity, and spacious walk-in closet. Extra linen and laundry closets promise to keep things organized.

On the third floor, skylights in the arched roof light an open space that's waiting for a vision: A yoga studio or gym, perhaps? Maybe a music room or home theater? If you need fresh air, you could always step through the skylight that doubles as a balcony overlooking the irrigated backyard, teeming with succulent-filled planters, hydrangeas and thyme—the makings of a zen sanctuary.

Location: 2980 California St. (Pacific Heights)

Size: 4,638 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

Asking price: $5,495,000

// For more information, visit 2980california.com.