20 November 2009

Gold Coast: San Francisco Victorian

Continuing the recent Gold Coast tradition of introducing you to homes that exemplify their region and, hopefully, inspire my readers, I'm taking you to the City by the Bay this week. I'll be spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco this year with my family, and thought I'd get in the spirit a little early.

The Property

When you think of San Francisco, Victorian architecture probably leaps to mind first. My parents bought and restored a Victorian in 1988. Their home had been built in 1887, I believe, and survived the great earthquake of 1906. (It also survived the 1989 Loma Prieta quake that toppled the Bay Bridge.)

The Victorian I'm featuring in this Gold Coast installment (MLS #362702 by Coldwell Banker) was also beautifully restored, and offers all the luxuries of modern life, along with the formal beauty of its time period.

It also offers extraordinary views of the Golden Gate Bridge, city and Marin headlands that only add to its value.

The update on this Victorian apparently added a great amount of light and openness not typically found in old Victorians. At the same time, it maintains the architectural details, like the magnificent stairway and millwork, that bring these homes such elegance and charm. The home also has a small outdoor courtyard that gives its owners some very usable outside space. Land is at a premium in San Francisco, so you rarely find expansive lawns there.

Details, Details

Here is the listing description: This beautifully renovated mansion features spectacular Golden Gate and Bay views from all levels, grand scale rooms with great ceiling height, huge kitchen/great room with solarium and walk-out South garden, fabulous media/family room with soaring cathedral ceilings, two decks, elevator from the garage to the main level and a great location close to Fillmore and Union Street shopping and restaurants. This home is well-designed for gracious entertaining as well as a casual contemporary lifestyle!

Year Built: Not Given (Probably Late 1800s/early 1900s)
Approx. 6705 SF
7 Bedrooms
5.5 Total Baths
4 Fireplaces
4-Car Garage
Elevator from Garage
Panoramic City, Bay Views

The Pricetag


San Francisco Bonus

Here are some ready resources for visiting San Francisco:

Forbes Traveler - San Francisco Guide
Fodors - San Francisco Travel Guide
Design Sponge - San Francisco Design Guide
San Fransisco Architectural Heritage

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Gold Notes will be on vacation next week. I hope all my readers have a happy, healthy holiday.

1 comment:

  1. What a view! I'm going to assume that's in Pacific Heights? San Francisco's a lovely place, but I have to say that this Floridian can't abide the weather. Have you ever noticed that no one who lives out there will admit that it's cold and damp? Where else in the northern hemisphere is a 45-degree day in July typical?


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