For lovers of all issues Parisian, this spectacular, nearly century-old mansion within the coronary heart of San Francisco’s coveted Pacific Heights neighborhood could possibly be the closest you’ll get to the Metropolis of Mild for some time. However when you’ve indulged in a morning croissant on the house’s sunny terrace, and perhaps a night kir royale in entrance of the hand-carved sixteenth century French fire, you may by no means need to get on a aircraft to Charles de Gaulle once more.
“That is the type of grand, elegant hôtel particulier residence you see within the sixth or sixteenth arrondissements of Paris. Each time I stroll via the entrance door, I really feel like I’m being transported there,” itemizing agent John Kirtland of Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty tells Robb Report.
Appears the earlier proprietor, a distinguished Bay Space antiques supplier, reworked the four-story mansion at big expense, between 1994 and 1997. Throughout that point she went on foraging journeys to France, sourcing architectural gems in all places from Paris to Provence to Bordeaux.
“There may be lovely, hand-carved wood cabinetry within the kitchen that supposedly got here out of a seventeenth Century French apothecary. A lot of the fireplaces and wood doorways are a whole lot of years outdated. It makes the house completely distinctive in San Francisco,” says Kirtland.
In-built 1912, the mansion’s exterior initially featured a somber purple brick facade. The Nineties restoration added white stucco and large, hand-carved stone frescos splashed throughout the back and front.
In Paris mansion-style, the steeply-pitched slate roof options pretty arched home windows, whereas beneath the carved frescos are elegant, higher and decrease balconies with iron balustrades and towering French doorways.
Stairs from Pacific Heights’ Pacific Avenue lead as much as a grand entryway with columns and imposing carved wood doorways. Step inside and it’s like getting into a museum, with carved marble columns and a sweeping stone staircase with delicate, wrought-iron railings.
The 8,650-square-foot home sprawls over 4 flooring, with 5 bedrooms and five-and-a-half loos. Arguably its most jaw-dropping function is the richly-detailed gold-and-white coffered ceiling within the grandly proportioned front room. Native San Francisco artisans created the ceiling throughout the exhaustive renovation.
Three units of French doorways open out to a beautiful, south-facing terrace, with views of the south San Francisco hills. Elegant statues—once more the results of the earlier proprietor’s forays into France—together with carved stone partitions and a fountain enhance the realm.
“This foremost flooring was designed for entertaining,” says Sotheby’s Kirtland. “The rooms are actually on a grand scale, which attracted the present house owners, who’re concerned within the San Francisco arts scene.”
On this foremost degree, along with the 28-by-20-foot front room, there’s a eating room and adjoining kitchen and breakfast space. An expert-grade La Cornue vary dominates the kitchen.
Take the staircase, or bounce within the elevator, to the second degree with its large, full-floor main suite. Right here there’s a bed room, an unlimited lavatory with elegant free-standing tub, an enormous walk-in closet, dressing room and south-facing residence workplace.
The third degree is devoted to 4 extra bedrooms set in that pitched roof. One of many bigger suites enjoys a full-width balcony overlooking the rear patio.
The mansion’s subterranean degree features a spacious household room with extra French doorways opening out right into a lined grotto with spa. Shut by is a video games room with moist bar, an adjoining wine cellar, plus a big catering kitchen for these elegant, soon-to-return, dinner events.
On this degree there’s additionally a two-car storage with a de rigeur electrical automotive charging station.
In response to property information, the present proprietor acquired the constructing in 1999 for $8.58 million. Regardless of its present $16.95 million asking worth, Sotheby’s Kirtland predicts it is going to probably be offered in coming days.
“The property is in a extremely sought-after a part of Pacific Heights, one of many oldest and most prosperous areas of the town. It’s residence to established San Francisco households, tech titans and many worldwide patrons. And for Francophiles, it’ll quickly be simply an 11-hour direct flight to Paris.”
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