Purity of line, design rigor and an airy livability characterize this treasure of a home which embraces the surrounding landscape with a sophisticated ease.  Built in 1962 for a serious Bay Area art collector, Joseph Esherick’s timeless example of Mid-century residential design has been meticulously preserved, a luminous series of grand spaces in which light performs eloquently, linked purposefully with a powerful result.  Care has been taken in the design of the tremendous volumes down to minute details, creating a home both luxurious and restrained. 

The tailored entry garden is enclosed with a handsome gate and provides a transition from the sunny street, splashed with dazzling Bay views.   A massive 14 foot glass entry door fitted with Steuben crystal knobs ushers us into an entry hall and bank of storage enclosed by blind doors.  The sculptural element of the elegant spiral stair was designed by Esherick to interlock two levels of the home with a 40' sky-lit opening, punctuated by light apertures and the dark curves of its railing. Central to the function of the home, this element contributes economic use of the space as well as extravagant craftsmanship. The entry hall communicates between the dining room, the massive formal living room and spacious kitchen. Ebony flooring sets off white walls, ample space to accommodate an extensive art collection as well as showcase the beautiful light.   There are two living rooms:  The formal living room embraces the lush landscape and Bay views; the lounge on the second level projects its occupants into the Bay and Alcatraz.  Appointed for maximum flexibility, each living room has its own a wet bar, enclosed storage, and wood burning fireplace.  The well articulated custom kitchen, anchored by an Aga cooker, is open on each end to living and dining. Two bedroom suites occupy the upper level, including a large master suite enclosed by the signature sliding walls of glass.  On the ground level are two additional bedrooms, wine and storage rooms, office, mechanical room and two car garage with elevator service.  The driveway can accommodate 2-3 additional cars.   

The home is a classic: the overall effect of the black and white scheme and high interiors is stunning and pure, the subdued tone highlighted by the vivid views of San Francisco.  This iconic home is in a location favored by San Franciscans for its quiet, sun and proximity to vibrant parks, the Presidio and the robust amenities of Fillmore, Sacramento & Union Streets plus easy access to Marin and downtown.  Timeless design, once in a lifetime.

  • Architecturally Significant Residence on 3 Levels 
  • 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths + Office
  • 2 Massive Living Rooms, Formal Dining
  • Dazzling Views of the Bay and Alcatraz
  • 14 Foot Ceilings, 2 Wood Burning Fireplaces
  • Custom Kitchen Anchored by Aga Range
  • Elevator Serves all 3 Levels
  • Parking for 3-5 Cars
  • Approximately +/- 4,600 Square Feet
  • Stellar Location

Architecture of Joseph Esherick.  Interior design was by Vail Kaspar. Beryt Oliver, landscape design. Recent stewardship by Plath Construction.

Source: Mark Treib, Appropriate: The Houses of Joseph Esherick (Berkeley Environmental Design Archives at the University of California Berkeley, 2008)


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Pacific Heights

If you're looking for commanding views of San Francisco Bay then Pacific Heights is your place.  What you'll find is heart-stopping sunsets with neighborhood hills lifting up from the Marina stretching east and west between the Presidio and Van Ness avenue.  This is the stuff of which dreams are made.  It's a picture-perfect setting, and one Hollywood chooses to highlight when depicting the world-famous hills of San Francisco.

This majestic section of town houses some of the largest homes in the city, including a wide array of Victorians, Edwardians, Mission Revival and homes in the style of French Chateaux. An affluent neighborhood, Pacific Heights is home to the consulates of Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Russia. Several elite private schools in the area were once former baronial mansions.  Among these are Town School For Boys, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Stuart Hall High School, San Francisco University High School, and Drew School.

Folks fortunate enough to live in Pacific Heights benefit from its gorgeous parks, playgrounds, and miles of hiking, running and biking in the adjacent Presidio Park. For shopping, look no further than Fillmore, Union and Sacramento Streets where many world-class boutiques, fantastic restaurants, exceptional patisseries, flower shops, and designer retail clothing are found.

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