Architects Samuel Lightner Hyman and Abraham Appleton
Situated on one of the City's largest residential lots in a spectacular park-like setting, this prominent St. Francis Wood Estate presents the best of contemporary architecture with stunning ultra-modern interiors that highlight open spaces, clean lines and exquisite finishes. Features include 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, formal dining room, great room/kitchen, family room, media/entertainment room, office, laundry, gym, play area, 3-car garage and 8+ car motorcourt. The seamless transition from indoor to outdoor and the extraordinary natural light throughout make this beautiful home, in one of the City's most popular residential neighborhoods, perfect for today's casual lifestyles as well as for grand-scale entertaining.
With high ceilings and ebony Brazilian Cherrywood floors, the public rooms on the main level, including a spacious reception hall, formal dining room and double living room, all open to the south facing central courtyard and gardens. Amenities such as sparkling white terrazzo floors and white Dupont Zodiaq counters & island contrast the glossy Spanish red Poggenpohl +SEGMENTO cabinetry. The paneled Subzero 632 series double door refrigerator, Gaggenau oven and steam oven, 5-burner Fisher and Paykel gas range with Gaggenau stainless hood, Miele dishwasher, 3 Franke sinks plus large pantry combine to create a crisp, clean and efficient chef's kitchen/great room with eat-in family dining area.
A dramatic curved staircase with custom stainless railing provides a graceful ascent to the upper level which consists of 4 corner bedrooms suites, each with multiple windows showing ocean, garden and park views, plus an office and laundry. The luxurious master suite features an extra large walk-in dressing room, closets & vanity room - sensational black and white bath with white terrazzo flooring and shimmering Black Galaxy granite counter, separate shower and spa tub. The grand, extra spacious bedroom features a chic modern chandelier & sconces, CAT 5E wiring and surround sound entertainment system plus windows on 3 sides for an abundance of natural light.
The lower level has an open play area, the yoga room/gym, a large media/recreation room and adjoining 5th bedroom & bath that look out to the lower terraces and gardens. A spacious garage with workman's half bath, utility sink and storage area complete this floor.
- Lutron GRAFIK Eye dimmer lighting system in living room, entrance hall, kitchen and family room
- CAT 5E cable throughout the house
- Nest thermostat temperature control
- New ceiling fixtures and sconces
- Niles audio system on main level (except family room which has its own system) center courtyard and master suite
- 10 foot ceilings throughout the main level
- Security camera system with 8 zones and Alarm System
- Multi-level landscape adjustable lighting and irrigation system
- Very rare extra large lot approximately 20,000 sq ft
- Finished Living Area approximately 6700 sq ft
- HOA Dues $8612.83 paid anually - includes tennis court, club room and neighborhood landscaping
Other prominent homes in San Francisco designed by architects Hyman and Appleton include 828 Francisco on Russian Hill. This Tudor House was once owned by Bertram Alanson, who served as President of San Francisco Stock Exchange, friend and stockbroker for Somerset Maugham and other local notables. Hyman's residence at 3362 Jackson in Presidio Heights was his work as well.
St. Francis Wood
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Long one of San Francisco's most affluent neighborhoods, the charming enclave of St. Francis Wood still benefits from the efforts of the city planners, architects and landscapers who set out to create one of the country's first true residential parks back in 1912. Inspired by the ideals of the City Beautiful movement, spearheaded by famed architect Daniel Burnham, homes in St. Francis Wood are still coveted for their views, harmony with the surrounding environment and classical designs. In fact, at the time it opened to home buyers, this neighborhood boasted the highest concentration of residences designed by prominent architects of the era -- such as Julia Morgan and supervising architect John Galen Howard -- in all of San Francisco. By emphasizing beauty in the surrounding landscape and a sense of serenity in the curvilinear street plan, those early planners set the bar high for urban living. Today, landscape maintenance for the towering eucalyptus trees, lush greenbelts and gorgeous fountain and terraced plaza is managed by the very active homeowner's association. When it comes to pride of ownership, St. Francis Wood dwellers are in a class by themselves. Community standards set over a century ago dictated not only such quality of life issues as where one could park a horse, but also established a ban on businesses that continues today. Fortunately, the bustling West Portal neighborhood is just a few blocks north. Walk down this charming avenue and you'll feel you've gone back in time, only to find all of today's conveniences. A Muni line runs right through the West Portal to zip commuters downtown. * Reprinted from the St. Francis Wood Home Association website
Located in the southwestern corner of San Francisco, St. Francis Wood is a prime example of the “Garden City” ideals of neighborhood planning popular at the turn of the 20th century. The Olmsted Brothers firm laid out the curving street plan as well as the neighborhood parks. John Galen Howard acted as the first supervising architect and also designed the entrance gates, the Circle fountain and other neighborhood infrastructure. Unlike many residential developments that offered only stock plans, St. Francis Wood developers encouraged houses designed by prominent architects for specific clients. Architects such as Julia Morgan, William Merchant and Gertrude Comfort Morrow and the landscape designs of Harry Shepherd are well represented here. Henry H. Gutterson acted as supervising architect for most of the later homes, and most architects did not veer far from the preferred style: revivals of traditional English, French and Italian idioms. The St. Francis Wood Home Association, formed by Duncan McDuffie in 1912, took over the maintenance of the neighborhood’s parks and boulevards. Today, much of Duncan McDuffie’s original intent remains. St. Francis Wood is recognizably different from many of the neighborhoods that surround it. Its wide lots, curving streets and lush landscaping make the neighborhood a retreat from the rush of urban life. * Reprinted from The University of California, Berkeley " Environmental Design Archives"