Take a cab ride across the the southern end of the city, and you may notice that the streets get a little curvier; dappled sunlight peeks through large oaks above and, as if on cue, the houses grow a tad bigger. Have you stumbled into suburbia in the middle of a metropolis? Close. You've just found your way to Forest Hill, the tony neighborhood just south of the Sunset but light years away from nearby city hamlets.
Yup, now you can rest your head where those infamous locks used to lie... for just shy of a cool $3mil. According to SocketSite, Newsom is selling the Bellaire Tower Penthouse condo he purchased in 2006 from Peter Getty, but not without making a few major changes to the place first. What once was a two bedroom unit has since been converted to a grand 1,693 square foot one bedroom, one and a half bath pad with a complete interior overhaul by Michael Agins Interior Design. The pics look quite swank, but do they justify the pricetag? The mayor has already lowered his asking price from $3.2mil to $2,995,000 - only time will tell if he'll have to do it again.
The penthouse at the St Regis at 188 Minna became national news when the press got a hold of the Sotheby's listing. Why? Because it was for a cool $70,000,000. Victor MacFarlane bought it for $30,000,000 as a raw shell in 2005, and it appeared on Sotheby's website with the $70,000,000 asking price and beautiful renderings of the soon-to-be interiors back in August of 2008. The penthouse isn't ready yet, but when it is it'll be 20,000+ square feet (including 2,900 square feet of terraces); six bedrooms and seven full baths (in addition to the four half baths); a home cinema; 22 foot floor-to-ceiling glass walls; and six car parking.
On Saturday the Embarcadero-side Infinity Tower II will be open for all potential buyers to see, with a move-ins scheduled for Spring. The second tower has similar floorplans to the first, but the developers say the second tower has nicer interior finishes. Finishes like quartzite countertops, brushed stainless steel plumbing fixtures, limestone flooring (in the bathroom), Kohler bathroom fixtures, Studio Becker cabinets and Bosch appliances. Each unit has jaw-dropping and completely unobstructed views of the bay, which is one of the many reasons San Francisco is buzzing about the latest tower. The floorplans are unique in that 4 out of 6 of them have the curved walls of the building, a factor that has many buyers flocking to the towers sales office to put down a down payment. Anot
Luxury living in San Francisco is a difficult life to achieve. Sure, we've got the shops and the restaurants, but the real estate market offers slim pickings. But wait! Now is your chance to score (or at least get inspired by) a rare piece of prime real estate. Le Grand Dame is her name, and she's a 1895 restored Queen Anne Victorian. And She's just steps from historic Alamo Square Park! And since it was all done up pretty by a local designer, you can move in without having to undergo a financially exhausting remodel (yuck). The skinny: In addition to the 2 fireplaces and amazingly beautiful hardwood flooring, the house also has 6 (count that: 6!) bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half baths, a living room and a parlor, gourmet kitchen and a south-facing garden on an oversized lot. <
In the city, we're big fans of historic real estate. So, imagine my delight when historic Firehouse 44 hit the market. The firehouse was built in 1910 and has an impressive history. It was built to house a team of horses and 12 firemen who fought fires on Castro Hill. In 1959, artists Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen purchased the firehouse at a public auction for $7,500. The couple had a knack for throwing fabulous parties, and their beautiful and bohemian conversion of the space was photographed and published in design magazines, mostly because living and working in unusual spaces was not common at the time. Shoot forward to present day and Teutonic Construction and interior designer Josephine Fisher have done a heavy renovation of the firehou