Luxuriate in Old San Francisco design. This Presidio Heights home channels a French-Normandy manor with dramatic arched windows, limestone slabs, an elevator, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Built in the 1930s, the estate offers grand rooms and reimagined craftsmanship by Handel Architects, and underwent a recent down to the studs renovation from Matarozzi Pelsinger.
The space is filled with natural light from large steel windows. Paired with an organic palette of beached oak, limestone, and margarine plaster ceilings and walls, it provides a soothing palette for artistic details like patterned flooring, swirling balustrades on a curved stairwell, and coffered walls to stand out. Adding to the airy nature are expanded, open rooms and enormous arched windows that frame the living and dining areas.
An ornate fireplace stands as an anchor in the open floor plan's living area. There is both a dining space alongside it and a dedicated dining room. This space is all about doors with French doors that open to the patio, an arched one into the hallway, a narrow walkthrough to the foyer, and finally, another set of French doors with a glass arch overhead.
Taking inspiration from French and Belgian architecture, the kitchen exudes muted elegance with luxe Christopher Peacock in white and wood. Each room is a statement in itself, like the study with its coffered walls and carved wood beams accented by a gilded pendant. The master bath is arguably the most stunning, swathed in marble with a central dual-sided, curved wood vanity topped with a ceiling mounted circular mirror and lighting. Nestled in the heart of the second level, it sits between two walk-in closets, the primary suite (alongside which is a sitting area and butler's pantry), and two bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms.
The home is also teeming with amenities. Find a wine cellar, a cigar salon, an exercise room complete with steam room and sauna, an entertainment room, a family room with a secondary kitchen, a three-car garage, and multiple outdoor spaces. In the renovation, the house was also seismically retrofitted and has a shiny new elevator that links all four levels.
Size: 9,865 sq ft
Asking price: $45,000,000
// 3450 Washington St. (Presidio Heights), for more information visit 3450washingtonstreet.com.