If life in San Francisco is all (or at least a lot) about the views, then there are few neighborhoods as desirable as Telegraph Hill, which offers a panoramic vista including Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many whitewashed houses that sit along the bay.
This 5,780-square-foot, five-bedroom home on Julius between Lombard and Chestnut, two blocks from Coit Tower, has been designed to highlight and maximize the scenery.
Completely rebuilt in contemporary fashion in 2014 by Riaz Taplin and SoMa-based NOA Design/Build, the residence makes entertaining a top priority with the top floor, designed with plentiful windows, housing the communal areas including the modern kitchen with bar seating and the dining room, each with sliding glass doors that open onto landscaped decking and a terrace where only a glass wind wall separates you from that picture-perfect bay view.
In fact, every room offers a lovely vignette. The living area is marked by two walls of glass, opening up an entire quadrant to sweeping views. A secondary sitting room serves as a den, which exudes a bit more drama with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, exposed beams overhead, an abundance of skylights, and built-in shelving for a media center against an expansive cityscape.
At street level, you'll find an entry foyer, the home's gym and office space, and a one-bedroom one-bathroom guest suite with its own private entrance. Take the elevator up to access the bedroom level.
The primary suite gives off major resort vibes with the bedroom anchored by a floating wall and headboard with built-in nightstands. Behind that wall is the master bath, clad in marble with a soaking tub, large shower, and a floating vanity. A large walk-in closet and walkout deck top off this suite. Two additional bedrooms here each have large windows with verdant outlooks and share a jack-and-jill bathroom.
With materials inspired by nature, a neutral color palette, and so many windows and high ceilings that allow for ample natural light throughout, this house feels like a tranquil sanctuary for enjoying perhaps the best part of San Francisco, her looks, from a bird's eye perspective. There are also decks on each level for lounging and taking it all in.
A three-car garage and plenty of storage space complete the solar-powered home.
Asking price: $9,995,000
// 32 Julius St. (Telegraph Hill); for more information, visit 32julius.com.
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