San Francisco architecture buffs with a yen to live in the thick of the action would do well to call the three-story midcentury house at 2424 Jones Street home.
Situated at the nexus of Russian Hill, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf, the whitewashed ivy-clad residence was built in 1961 by none other than William Wurster, the Bernard Maybeck protégé who became an AIA gold medal winner and dean of architecture at UC Berkeley.
The quiet street-facing entrance with geometric windows opens onto a stylish courtyard with a modern zen garden, and a second glass door leading at last into the living room with wood paneled walls and double-height ceilings.
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Two sitting areas provide distinct places to chill out, one with a minimalist fireplace, the other with floor to ceiling windows. The entry level also houses one of five total bedrooms; a bathroom with warm wood doors, a soaking tub, and dual sink vanity; a flex room with storage; and a media room.
Up the stairs on the second level you'll get a glimpse of Coit Tower. An open floor plan here holds yet another sitting area with a built-in bench and desk and, in funky midcentury fashion, the dining room and kitchen which have patio access and a panoramic view of downtown SF and the bay.
The primary suite crowns the house on the third floor where towering windows and multiple skylights bring the gift of natural light. An equally bright bathroom encased in glass has a dual sink vanity and a large walk-in shower, as well as more of those views. Want to get a better look? Step outside onto the private deck.
A luxe in-law suite with hardwood floors has a bedroom with a built-in media station, a sleek kitchen, small work space, and its own dedicated patio. An elevator provides access to all levels.
Size: 2,748 sf lot
Asking price: $7,995,000
// 2424 Jones St. (Russian Hill); for more information, visit 2424jonessf.com.