For lovers of all things Parisian, this spectacular, nearly hundred-year-old mansion in the heart of San Francisco’s coveted Pacific Heights neighborhood could for a while be the closest thing to the City of Light. But once you’ve indulged in a morning croissant on the sunny terrace of the house and perhaps an evening kir royale in front of the hand-carved 16th-century French fireplace, you may never want to board a plane to Charles de Gaulle again.
“This is the kind of great, elegant hotel you see in the 6th or 16th arrondissement of Paris. Every time I walk through the front door, I feel like I’m being transported there, ”Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent John Kirtland told Robb Report.
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The previous owner, a well-known antique dealer in the Bay Area, extensively converted the four-story mansion between 1994 and 1997. During this time she traveled to France and procured architectural gems from Paris to Provence to Bordeaux.
“The kitchen has beautiful hand-carved wooden cabinets that are said to have come from a 17th century French pharmacy. Most fireplaces and wooden doors are hundreds of years old. That makes the house in San Francisco unique, ”says Kirtland.
The exterior of the mansion, built in 1912, was originally provided with a gloomy red brick facade. During the restoration in the 1990s, white stucco and huge, hand-carved stone frescoes were distributed on the front and back.
In the steep Parisian mansion style, the steep slate roof has beautiful arched windows, while under the carved frescoes there are elegant upper and lower balconies with iron balustrades and towering French doors.
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A staircase from Pacific Avenue in Pacific Heights leads to a grand entrance with pillars and imposing carved wooden doors. Step inside and step into a museum with carved marble columns and a curving stone staircase with delicate, wrought iron railings.
The 8,650-square-foot home is spread over four floors with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. Probably the most stunning feature is the detailed gold and white coffered ceiling in the magnificently proportioned living room. Local artisans from San Francisco created the ceiling during the major renovation.
Three French doors open to a beautiful south-facing terrace overlooking the southern hills of San Francisco. Elegant statues – also the result of the previous owner’s forays into France – as well as carved stone walls and a fountain adorn the area.
“This first floor was designed for entertainment,” says Sotheby’s Kirtland. “The rooms are really great, which is what attracted the current owners who are in the San Francisco arts scene.”
On this main level, in addition to the 28 x 20 foot living room, there is a dining room as well as an adjoining kitchen and breakfast area. A professional La Cornue range dominates the kitchen.
Take the stairs or jump the elevator to the second level with its massive, full-story primary suite. There is a bedroom, a large bathroom with an elegant free-standing bathtub, a huge walk-in closet, a dressing room and a south-facing home office.
The third level is dedicated to four additional bedrooms, which are located in this pitched roof. One of the larger suites has a wide balcony overlooking the rear terrace.
The mansion’s underground level includes a spacious family room with more French doors that lead into a covered grotto with spa. Nearby there is a playroom with a bar, an adjoining wine cellar and a large catering kitchen for elegant dinner parties that will be back soon.
There is also a two car garage on this level with a De-Rigeur charging station for electric cars.
According to real estate reports, the current owner acquired the building in 1999 for $ 8.58 million. Despite the current price of $ 16.95 million, Sotheby’s Kirtland predicts it is expected to go on sale in the coming days.
“The property is in a very desirable part of Pacific Heights, one of the oldest and most affluent areas in the city. It’s home to established San Francisco families, tech titans, and many international buyers. And for Francophiles, it will soon only be an 11-hour direct flight to Paris. “
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