Yerba Buena Island, a “secret” island with parks, open green spaces and right on the beach, offers one of the most spectacular views over San Francisco Bay. The rugged terrain and unique topography of the naturally formed Yerba Buena Island offer an unprecedented opportunity for a luxurious green lifestyle.

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Yerba Buena was the original name of the settlement known as San Francisco in the 19th century. It is also the name of a native herb that is abundant in the landscape.

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winding road leading to white and gray residential complexes

Outdoor amenities on Yerba Buena Island include Hilltop Park, designed by Hood Design Studio, located at the highest point on the island with 360-degree views of the bay. The park shows the steel sculpture “Point of Infinity” by the famous artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.

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white sofa and blue chairs near the fireplace, flanked by large windows

A collection of notable LEED certified homes is now for sale on the 72-acre island. The 266 contemporary yet timeless residences feature a conscious environmental design by Hart Howerton, Meyer Davis and Aidlin Darling.

Kitchen with a long island wall made of light wooden cabinets
white and light wood kitchen with high ceilings

Most sought after are the Courtyard Townhomes. These luxury units have private courtyards that define the residences and encourage a daily connection with nature. Each three- or four-story townhouse has its own entrance, attached garage, and multiple private balconies for indoor and outdoor living. The design of the townhouses follows the structure of the island’s hills.

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white bed in white and beige room

The apartments are private, single story residences in boutique buildings with dramatic views. Interiors open to expansive patios on the 2,500-4,000 square foot floor plans with two to four bedrooms, all with great views of the bay. Living rooms present elegant surfaces and large windows. Each home is served by a private elevator, and the sleek interior design compliments these spacious, one-story residences.

beige bed with a view of the fireplace

The Bristol is a six-story GreenPoint-rated building perched on a wooded hill. It offers 124 modern residences overlooking Clipper Cove and the east span of the Bay Bridge. Edmonds + Lee Architects designed sustainable interior designs with a view of a landscaped courtyard under the open sky. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximize natural light. The communal facilities include a fitness studio, a children’s playroom, viewing terraces, lounge areas and a roof terrace with a wonderful view of the bay.

Outside terrace with sun loungers
Open-air covered living room with views of the San Francisco skyline

Sheltered areas of the island’s sandy beach are ideal for paddling and kayaking in calm waters. Furry friends are even catered for and they can play off-leash in a picturesque dog park in the center of the island.

Outside terrace with large sofa and chairs
Hill overlooking townhouses

“Yerba Buena Island enables residents to experience San Francisco from a new perspective of how it should be lived – with lush nature on your doorstep, a like-minded community and access to the best island and city life in one of the most spectacular settings”, said Chris Meany, partner at developer Wilson Meany.

Hiking trail with a view of San Francisco

Given that so many city dwellers are considering moving to the countryside, this unique development could catch the eye of those looking for a home that offers a natural living experience in one of the most beautiful urban locations in the world. But of course, such first-class properties don’t get cheap. The lowest studio prices start at $ 800,000, with most residences on Yerba Buena Island selling for millions.

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