Don't get us wrong, we love the Castro—but after a while all that rainbow merriment may be best appreciated from a little distance.
So why don't you zip over in your brightly colored Mini, up the hill through Eureka Valley, and all the way up to Grand View Avenue where a home full of windowed walls and terraces promises a bird's-eye view of the neighborhood's every party and parade.
The newly constructed three-store residence by John Lum Architecture was designed to maximize views for modern dwellers. There are six bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, and generous proportions throughout the thoughtful floor plan which can utilized as a single-family home or legally split into a two-unit building.
A wood paneled entrance opens onto bright spaces including a living room with a minimalist marble fireplace and deck access; a chic chef's kitchen with a marble island, tile backsplash, and glass pendant lighting; another casual sitting area; and formal dining.
Upstairs, three bedrooms have patio access, including the master suite, which also has a large soaking tub and double floating vanities for a spa-like experience. In addition to the remaining bedroom downstairs, there is a family room and an office with sliding doors and walls to for an open floor plan when desired.
If the balconies don't provide enough fresh air, lay out a blanket in the backyard to soak up some vitamin D.
Location: 139 Grand View Ave. (Castro)
Size: 4,265 sq. ft.
Asking price: $4,995,000
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