If you found yourself admiring the White House decor during the Obama reign, you'll appreciate this home once owned by Michael Taylor, who led the charge for the former president's residence interiors.
The sprawling home is perched on the bluffs of Seacliff with 104 feet of unobstructed views of the water, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands. Purchased in 1970 by interior designer Michael Taylor, who invented the "California Look," the property includes some of his original designs: A south-facing courtyard outfitted with a heated pool and fountains, shell-themed walls sconces, and large stone slate floors on the bottom level.
When the current owner took over, the house received a complete remodel using the same architects, Porter and Steinwedell. Today the 7,540-square-foot manse feels more Spanish colonial beach house than city dwelling, with endless floor-to-ceiling windows, arched and columned lookouts from multiple balconies, and an east-west orientation that floods the space in natural light.
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To enter, you'll step through a gated entrance with a cypress tree backdrop. As if that wasn't grand enough, French doors grant access to the main level. Take in the ocean from the north-facing terrace. Inside, you'll be met with high ceilings with original exposed beams in the living room, along with herringbone floors and a wood-burning fireplace illuminated by picture windows. Along the side is a library lounge, which can also serve as an entertaining space with a full wet bar and access to the terrace. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge and ocean stand as a glorious backdrop in the formal dining room. More seating can be found in the chef's kitchen via a breakfast area. A bedroom suite, powder room, and catering entry complete the floor.
The upstairs opens up to a series of picture windows and walkout terraces, complete with panoramic views, of course. The primary suite is light-filled with private access to the outdoors, two luxe bathrooms with dressing rooms, and cedar-lined built-ins and closets. Also on this floor are two offices, a wet bar, and a third bathroom.
Find a guest escape on the bottom level with a bedroom suite, an additional bedroom, a lounge area, a wine tasting room, and a walkout terrace. Get a workout in at the gym before hitting Baker Beach from the private stairwell. Topping off the home is a three-car garage with a Tesla charger.
Size: 7,540 sq ft
Asking price: $32,000,000
// 9 25th Ave. (Sea Cliff), for more information visit nealwardproperties.com.