This Beaux Arts mansion in Pacific Heights, San Francisco has popped up on the realty market for a whopping $28 million, making it the most expensive home listing in San Francisco. If it finds its buyer, it will become the sixth most expensive home sale in San Francisco history, according to Coldwell Banker realtor Malin Giddings.
With a simple and tasteful façade, the mansion is spread across 9,052-square-foot and offers unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate, thanks to a steep downslope in back, a new open plan and its gigantic windows at the rear exterior. The facade of the building maintains its original, restored structure which features hand-carved, wedding-cake-like adornments, which were painstakingly brought back to a pristine condition. In some places where elements were broken or missing, and casts were made to recreate the molding.
Inside it is seven elegant bedrooms, seven full baths and three half, four fireplaces, an elevator, a roof terrace and an elliptical staircase with glass rails for that dramatic entrance. The master bedroom is placed to take advantage of views of the water, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the hills across the bay in Marin. The topmost floor is a dedicated spa floor with a steam room on the inside and an infinity-edge plunge pool on the outside, with one of the best views in the city.
The house was created by local architect James Francis Dunn for James Madison, a man who made a fortune in the packing industry with the Alaska Salmon Company. During World War II, the home was transformed into an apartment building to house wounded soldiers and remained an apartment building until a few years ago, when it was purchased by a family who planned to renovate it for themselves. Though they chose not to stay, the renovation plans continued.
The current owners hired Los Angeles-based Paul McClean of McClean Design to make the old place a family home. A $28-million grand manor for a home.
[ Via : Curbed ]