This classical Neo-Georgian home is one of San Francisco's architectural treasures. The elegant residence is extensively upgraded and modernized with superb attention to details while preserving the grandeur and ambience of the original masterpiece.
Located on a prime corner lot in prestigious Pacific Heights, this magnificent European-Style Manor was designed by the architect, Clarence A. Tantau in 1919 for the department store mogul Benjamin F. Schlesinger, who owned the world-renowned city of Paris in San Francisco with the famous rotunda, which is now the Neiman Marcus flagship store. The exquisite jewel-like interiors including lavish wall panels, columns, extraordinary three-dimensional moldings, impressive Frescos and opulent 24-carat gilding, all reflect the epitome of European style.This elegant residence has been extensively upgraded and modernized with superb attention to details while preserving the grandeur and ambiance of the original masterpiece. Now offered for the first time since an extensive renovation, this property enjoys sparkling views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay and City and presents a rare opportunity to acquire a trophy of such architectural stature. Stunning public rooms include a Versailles-like formal dining room, an elegant living room and a grand scale entrance hall with a spectacular elliptical staircase.There is a total of six bedrooms, six full baths, two half baths and five fireplaces.Extensively renovated including seismic, electrical, plumbing, light, sound and security systems upgradingFabulous pent-room with cathedral ceilings, entertainment center, wet bar, billiard table, fireplace and lounging banquette.Luxurious and spacious master suite with his-and-hers baths, sitting area with fireplace, terrace, and panoramic views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts.Cozy family room adjacent to the eat-in gourmet kitchen with butler's pantry, three sinks, granite counters, cooking island, Miele, Gaggenau, Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances, and hardwood floors.Wine cellar for approximately 1,000 bottles and fur storage.Three car side-by-side garage plus motor court for six cars.Elevator to all levels.Approximately 10,340 square feet as per appraiser.The Main Floor:The grand-scale entrance hall makes a dramatic first impression and is spectacularly highlighted by herringbone-patterned hardwood floors, gorgeous picture and crown moldings, Corinthian pilasters and an exquisite curved elliptical staircase featuring a stunning gold-leafed balustrade.Versailles-like in it's splendor, the unforgettable banquet-sized dining room is a true jewel- exquisite three dimensional plaster motifs, trompe-l'oeil Frescos, elaborate moldings, and a gilded rosette adorn the ceiling, while inset reflecting mirrored panels, decorative wall murals, French windows and a classical fireplace with marble surround provide the most of glittering of settings for elegant entertaining. The beautifully proportioned living room captures the magnificence of European style and enjoys a Bay window with Golden Gate views, classic carved stone wood-burning fireplace with marble surround and built-in bookshelves, gorgeous molding with acanthus leaf and gilt details and a spectacular triple rosette; the hand-glazed walls shimmer with a subtle patina, and beveled mirrored doors provide a grand entrance.A large eat-in gourmet chef's kitchen features three sinks, granite counters, compactor, Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator, double Miele ovens, built-in microwave, six gas Gaggenau burners, Thermador with granite insert.Off the kitchen is a charming breakfast/family room with a granite wet-bar and lovely views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.Between the kitchen and dining room is the butler's pantry featuring a double sink, granite counters, wood flooring, dishwasher and tremendous storage space for China, silver and crystal. Off the entrance hall is an ultra-chic powder room with reflecting mirrors, marble pedestal sink and classic gold fixtures. A cozy phone room under the stairs completes this level of this home.The Facade:
The classic facade echoes the sumptuous Neo-Georgian era with it's stately mortared brick, white trim French doors, paned windows and steeply sloping roofs with patina'd copper drains and beautiful chimneys which curves into a voluptuous wave-crest of cornices and friezes. The Bay windows not only capture the spectacular views, but feature a sumptuous series of rounded moldings.The Second Floor:
Accessed via the grand elliptical staircase the spacious second floor landing provides a gracious entry to the private quarters.An entry foyer lined with gold-leafed walls leads to the ultra-luxurious master suite featuring a romantic bedroom and sitting area with fireplace and views of Golden Gate Bridge, Bay and Palace of Fine Arts. European-style faux finishes an walls and ceilings, built-in speakers, crown and base moldings. Hers-and-his marble bathrooms, bidets, steam shower in his and Kohler Whirlpool tub and make-up vanity in hers. Two walk-in closets plus a cedar wood closet.Guest bedroom suite with hardwood flooring, high ceilings, leaded and beveled glass windows. Full marble bath and bidet. Crown and base moldings.A luxurious library with stone fireplace, bookcases, pressed pattern wall treatment, leaded and beveled glass windows, coved ceilings, hardwood floors and storage.A cozy office adjacent to the library with view window.The Top Floor:Fabulous pent-room with cathedral ceilings, entertainment center with marble counter wet bar, audio and video equipment, billiard table, built-in lounging banquette, fireplace, and wall to wall folding doors opening onto spectacular views of Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Marin Headlands, Angel Island, Belvedere, Fort Mason and the Bay.Two children's bedrooms with high ceilings and views share a marble bathroom. Painted faux walls and hardwood floors.A third bedroom on this level with high ceilings, painted murals, full bath with marble floor and counter top and shower over the tub.Powder room with marble counter, painted walls and ceilings.Elevator to all lower floors.Back staircase to lower floors.The Lower Floor:Comfortable guest/staff quarters enjoy a kitchenette, family/media/living room, bedroom with ample closets and a marble bath.An approximately 1,000 bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar.The large laundry room has full-size side-by-side washer and dryer, sink, abundant counter and storage space, as well as an ironing island.The utility room contains a 73 gallon hot water tank, additional storage and a variable speed, high efficient XV90 furnace.The Garage and Yard Level:The three car side-by-side garage has double height ceilings, elevator access into the home and additional storage.Leading into the garage is a six car herring-bone patterned brick motor-court with gated entry and brick wall.A charming back garden with curved brick walkway and mature redwoods is off the motor-court.Exlusively listed by Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Bankers.Note: All light fixtures and window coverings are excluded from the sale.