Fit for modern aristocrats, a Parisian-style mansion in Pacific Heights asks $17 million


Even in Pacific Heights where lavish abodes are de rigueur, it's tough to match the opulence of this aristocratic manse designed after a Parisian hôtel particulier—essentially an urban estate located between an entrance courtyard and a garden in the back.

The interiors are designed for social butterflies with a series of public rooms intended for entertaining, functional spaces like a chef's kitchen and living quarters for the help, and plush private hideaways where the ladies and gentlemen of the house can retreat in peace.

The foyer offers a grand welcome to the 8,650-square-foot home with a 16th century Renaissance-style fireplace and central staircase. Look up to see the intricate coffered ceiling as you head into the oversized living room, which promises ample daylight via French doors and windows that open onto a sunny terrace overlooking the garden.

Those who love to cook will appreciate the eat-in chef's kitchen for its professional La Cornue range and a centuries-old stone fireplace (with a mercifully updated gas starter) that flanks casual breakfast room seating. For fancy meals, the spiraling staircase and stone columns frame the formal dining room.

The master suite commands the entire second level with its own living space, fireplace, and sweeping boutique-style closet and dressing room. The bathroom has true spa vibes with a soaking tub beneath a skylight. There is also a home office with its own sitting area and serious wet bar here.

Arched windows and French doors lend charm to the four additional bedrooms that can be found on the top floor along with three full bathrooms and another study. The lowest level of the home has media and rec rooms. A two-car garage with an electric charger, catering kitchen, wine cellar, two laundry rooms, and an elevator complete the expansive property.

Well almost. Don't forget the glorious backyard with all the posh vibes—think jacuzzi, fountain, manicured perennials, and carved, stone columns around the grand courtyard.

Size: 8,650 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5.5

Asking price: $16,950,000

//2839 Pacific Ave. (Pacific Heights); for more information, visit

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