Built in 1926, this gated Spanish Colonial-style estate has all the charm of its period—the tiles, the fountains, those gracefully arched doorways and exposed-wood-beam ceilings, that grand spiral staircase swathed in light.
And it honors its fetching locale with seriously epic panoramas—the crashing waves at Land's End, China Beach, and the Marin Headlands—from ample picture windows. And it was once home to Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. And the last time it hit the market, in December 2016, it was the fourth most expensive publicly listed home in San Francisco at $16 million. But now, the Sea Cliff home can be yours for $13 million. Think of it as an Independence Day deal.
From the outside, the home has everything you'd want from a European coastal villa: white stucco, cool blue trim, a terra-cotta tile roof, and an elegant courtyard blooming with French lavender and svelte Italian Cypress trees. Inside, the grand foyer and stately interiors—with all the original millwork in the beamed ceiling and beautifully carved wood doors—could be classified as formal if it weren't for the unruly beach views that wash through every window, creating moments of spontaneity that seem to say, "Just chill."
The entry level obeys, designed for comfort with a newly remodeled kitchen backsplashed in white subway tiles and granite countertops; there are two of everything—sinks, ovens, dishwashers—for maximum entertaining. There's also a cozy breakfast enclave with a large bay window for sun-soaked morning bites. The dining room is there to remind you that, indeed, this is a multi-million-dollar manor; but then there's the sunken sun room, with its with views of the Pacific Ocean. Just chill.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms each with their own full baths as well as the master suite—which is all rock star, of course, with a massive walk-in closet, a subway-tiled steam shower and double pedestal sinks, and views for days through bay windows as well as a trio of eyelet windows in the master bath.
The coastal beaut has endless space to breathe in the sun and salty air: Perched directly above the beach, the sprawling flagstone veranda juts out in a curvilinear form with sweeping trees on either side. Bask in the sun overlooking the briny deep and imagine you're on the Amalfi coast. Really, all that's missing is an infinity pool.
Location: 320 Sea Cliff Ave. (Sea Cliff)
Size: 5,200 sq. ft.
Asking price: $13,000,000
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