Built in 1937 by noted architect Houghton Sawyer, this classic San Francisco residence has withstood the test of time with grace and elegance. Enjoying a superb Cow Hollow address on a coveted level block, the home takes its place on an extra-deep lot that provides exceptional space for outdoor living in a garden setting originally designed by Thomas Church. The true signature of the home is its beautiful and protected view, which takes center stage from each of the home’s three levels. The uninterrupted view spans from the Golden Gate Bridge across the Bay and south to downtown financial centers.
Natural brick cladding, carved corbels, and manicured boxwood hedges lead the way to a classic and welcoming portico to one side. The inviting entrance salon introduces the home’s signature views with breath-taking awe as well as many of the architectural details, which include espresso-hued teak floors and fine millwork that is a reminder of the home’s early heritage. A grand living room with fireplace and formal dining room each extend to a glass-lined gallery overlooking the views and providing access to the gardens below. Completing this level is the kitchen, an adjacent family room, butler’s pantry, and a breakfast area that opens to a private front, south terrace for al fresco enjoyment. Providing added space for recreation, entertaining, or family living is an expansive lower-level room complete with concealed wet bar, fireplace, and access to the vast gardens for a seamless connection of indoor/outdoor living.
The home’s personal retreats are all traditionally arranged on the upper level, highlighted by a luxurious master suite with adjoining office/library, each benefiting from sparkling city lights at night and sweeping Bay views by day. Two dressing rooms and a bathroom with a relaxing Jacuzzi tub add the finishing touches. Rounding out the personal accommodations are three bright and spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms. For extended family members, guests, or staff, there is a lower-level apartment with kitchen, bath, and outside entrance.
Completing the appeal of this superb residence is its blocks-away location from boutique shopping and fine dining, highly regarded private schools, public transportation to downtown, as well as the lush green belts of Alta Plaza Park and the Presidio – the ultimate setting for distinguished City living.
Cow Hollow takes its name from a former meadow and feedlot. Today this affluent neighborhood of older homes between the Presidio and the Marina is known for its boutique shopping on Union Street, Italianate Manor homes, and night life.
Some of the oldest homes in San Francisco can be found in Cow Hollow (check out our Cow Hollow homes for sale listings), side by side next to sleek mid-century modern makeovers. Cottages enclosed in garden greenery, elegant traditional Queen Anne and Victorians, Italianate mansions, and luxury condos make Cow Hollow one of San Francisco's most desirable residential neighborhoods.
Upscale eateries include the brasserie Cafe Des Amis, neighborhood favorite Baker Street Bistro, sustainably raised beef at Roam Artisan Burgers, and chic cupcake purveyor American Cupcake. Shopping along Union Street is stylish and exclusive. Hundreds of small boutiques, art galleries, and jewelry stores line the streets. From the latest European designer jeans to designer doggie treats, Union Street offers urban shopping second to none.
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