One of the most striking facades among the finest homes in Pacific Heights is 2250 Vallejo Street, designed by noted architect James F. Dunn (1873-1920) best known for exuberant ornamentation of grand homes and apartment houses in the City. The Beaux Arts influence is prominent in the façade with its impressive friezes of foliage, garlands, cornices and scroll corbels. The grand portico with handsome double entry doors is supported by four tall Corinthian columns. Three highly decorated tall picture windows, one with a whimsical wrought iron balcony, complete this most elegantly inviting façade. As for the interior spaces, Dunn designed his public rooms with grand proportions for entertaining and the private spaces for gracious living.
The home has experienced a rebirth for elegant yet relaxed City living in the 21st Century. The Project Team in close collaboration with the owner has created a light-filled, spacious & exciting interior environment with contemporary materials and finishes. And foremost in the design process—opening the home to the splendid views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the bay. Seismic engineering and state of the art systems—entertainment, communications, energy efficiency and security have been carefully thought out for the new owner’s enjoyment and comfort.
The brilliant collaboration of the architectural firm of McClean Design and Minotti, S.p.A --renowned Italian furniture design and manufacturing company-- sets the stage for the prospective new owner’s art collection. The Minotti lifestyle collection as installed in the residence conveys with the sale of the property.
FOYER & ELLITICAL STAIRCASE
In the foyer, architect Paul McClean has maximized the view by offering a sightline through the kitchen, capturing the vistas the very moment one enters the front doors. Here, McClean has seamlessly blended period-authentic architectural details with a completely contemporary aesthetic. Finishes include beautifully stained oak hardwood floors, notched baseboards, voluminous ceilings with gallery spotlighting, and frosted windows for cool natural lighting. The centerpiece elliptical staircase with glass railing is beautifully lit by an oculus. The state of the art home elevator accesses all of the main living levels. The beautifully appointed powder room has silver travertine stone slab walls, a cantilevered wash basin with wall faucet, a large custom wall mirror, and a unique glass globe pendant light.
To fully capture the views in the design of this home, McClean re-envisioned the entire floor plan by knocking down walls and adding massive entryways. Deep set pocket sliding doors open seamlessly from the foyer into the living room and the views can be enjoyed through another wide entry leading to the dining room. Appointments include oak flooring, front-facing double-hung windows with neighborhood views, and built-in stereo speakers. Two tall frosted windows flank a glass-enclosed gas-log fireplace finished with a “book-matched” floor-to-ceiling chimneypiece of two Pietra Gray marble slabs. Hand-selected Minotti furniture here includes an area rug, two chairs with ottomans, and a sofa.
FORMAL DINING ROOM
Deep-set solid oak pocket sliding doors allow for easy flow into the dining room. To continue his concept of maximizing the view, McClean crafted the dining venue to be simple, bright, and wide open to the north-facing picture windows in the great room. Features here include oak flooring with a area rug, soft linen drapery, a bowed sitting area with curved double-hung windows, and built-in stereo speakers. An artistic light fixture of concentric circles defines the seating space and the Minotti furniture here includes six maroon chairs and a solid oak table.
GREAT ROOM-- OPEN CHEF’S KITCHEN & FAMILY/DINING ROOM
The amazing gourmet chef’s kitchen takes complete advantage of the amazing Bay and Golden Gate Bridge views. Finishes include thick slabs of white Calacatta marble on the countertops and backsplashes, a breakfast counter, abundant white lacquered cabinetry, two deep stainless steel sinks with sprayers, and a walk-in pantry. Top-of-the-line appliances are all by Miele and include 2 dishwashers, a full-size refrigerator, full-size freezer, 6-burner cooktop, convection and conventional ovens, industrial overhead ventilation hood, and Perlick beverage cooler.
A bowed wall of tall picture windows frame the stunning Bay views, a perfect setting for informal dining. And opposite the massive book-matched gas log fireplace, friends and family can relax on the Minotti designed love seat, two sofas with circular glass-top table and area rug.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE
The master bedroom suite is positioned at the northern end of the home to fully encompass the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and Alcatraz. A four-part double sliding glass system opens out to a private veranda with 180-degree outlooks. Views unfold from the sleeping area, music from built-in speakers adds to the ambience, and a gas-log fireplace with “book-matched” white Calacatta marble surround adds warmth. The oak flooring is topped with an area rug, sofa, and chair with ottoman all by Minotti. A walk-in closet offers abundant storage, and a dressing room has two speakers, seven sets of shelves with lighted racks and drawers, a window for fresh ventilation, and a large mirror.
The lavish master bathroom has Calacatta marble appointments, a dual-sink vanity with lacquered cabinetry and contemporary faucets, stereo speakers, towel warmers, a freestanding tub, and a frameless glass-enclosed shower with marble finishes and a large rainspout shower head.
GUEST SUITE 2, BEDROOMS 3 & 4, HALL BATH
The sunny south facing guest bedroom suite has oak flooring, speakers, wardrobe storage, and double-hung window. The tone tiled en suite bathroom has a marble slab single-sink sink vanity, glass tiled walls, a frosted window for natural lighting, and a large shower with rainspout showerhead and spray wand.
Two additional bedrooms have oak floors, windows for natural lighting, built-in speakers, and wardrobe storage. The nearby hallway bathroom has lacquered cabinetry, marble tile flooring, a marble slab single-sink vanity, soaking tub with wall faucet, and a glass tiled shower with rainspout.
MEDIA /SITTING ROOM, WET BAR & EXECUTIVE OFFICE
A spacious media/sitting room features state-of-the-art computer, video, and audio systems as well as a large wall-mounted Samsung HDTV with 3D Blu-Ray disc player. The top-of-the-world views unfold in all their glory here, framed by a four-part sliding glass door that opens to a fresh-air balcony. Oak flooring is finished with an area rug, and a couch, love seat, and table with chairs are all by Minotti.
Pocket doors open to the adjoining executive’s office, which has a gas-log fireplace, built-in stereo speakers, and oak floors.
A marble wet bar with lighted glass shelves, U-Line wine cooler & ice maker and powder room conveniently adjoin these rooms.
BEDROOM SUITES 5 & 6
Two additional bedroom suites on this level have oak flooring, operable windows, closet storage, and built-in speakers. The en suite bathrooms have white porcelain tile flooring, a stone slab single-sink vanity with wall mirror, and a shower with rainspout and spray wand.
SPA LOUNGE & ROOFTOP DECK WITH PLUNGE POOL
The top-level spa lounge has two speakers, a cathedral ceiling with three skylights, a travertine slab service station with prep sink and U-Line beverage cooler, and a wall-mounted Samsung HDTV. The adjoining bathroom features a long custom wall mirror, single-sink stone slab vanity, heated towel rack, and steam shower with two rainspout showerheads and seating bench. According to architect Paul McClean, one key element that truly separates this home others is the rooftop deck with plunge pool and infinity edge, where even the tile was selected to reflect the color of the bay. The plunge pool features three jet cycles and can be adjusted to any desirable heat level up to approximately 105 degrees depending on ambient temperatures. The views from here are truly edge-of-the-world, encompassing almost the entire San Francisco Bay. The outdoor respite is warmed by a fantastic gas-starter fire pit.
GARDEN SITTING ROOM WITH POWDER
The lowermost level is anchored by the north facing garden sitting room, which has oak flooring, an area rug, a globe light fixture, and a wall-mounted Samsung HDTV. Minotti furniture includes a two-part loveseat sofa, two chairs, and a marble table. A bowed wall with glass doors and windows opens to a rear facing deck with access to the rear yard. The nearby powder room has oak flooring, a wall mirror, and a travertine slab single-sink vanity.
BEDROOM SUITE 7, WINE ROOM, LAUNDRY/KITCHENETTE
A bedroom suite on this level has oak flooring, a walk-in closet, stereo speakers, recessed lights, and a bowed wall sitting area with two double-hung windows. The marble appointed en suite bath has a single-sink vanity, a shower with rainspout and glass tile walls, and white lacquered cabinetry. Also on this level is a temperature controlled wine room with custom racks, and a laundry center with two sets of front-loading Samsung washers and dryers, storage cabinetry, a sink, and a kitchenette with U-Line beverage cooler and Bosch microwave.
• Prior to any offer, prospective Buyers are advised to review the Property Disclosure Package available on request.
• Taxes will be reassessed upon the sale to approximately 1.188% of the Purchase Price.
First commissioned circa 1901, the home at 2250 Vallejo was designed by San Francisco architect James Francis Dunn for his client James Madison, a Danish entrepreneur who made his fortune in the packing industry with the Alaska Salmon Company. During World War II the home was converted into an apartment building to accommodate wounded soldiers. Over the years the building was reportedly owned by former mayor Rossi before falling on bad times.
There wasn’t much left of the original interior when architect Paul McClean began plans on the site, giving his L.A.-based firm McClean Design a relatively blank slate to work with. A Dubliner, McClean trained as an architect in Ireland and specializes in designing contemporary homes in Southern California that maximize views and connect with nature. This San Francisco project completely reflects his core dedication to contemporary living.
The construction project began in July 2013. Undoubtedly, Mr. Madison would recognize the façade of the new 2250 Vallejo, but after more than a century later, he would most certainly appreciate the painstakingly restored façade for which new molds were cast for the plaster embellishments and capitals, and some exterior elements were even hand-carved by artisan workers.
Earthquake and retrofitting standards were overseen by structural engineering firms Santos & Urrutia and Fred Pavlow Co., while general contracting was overseen by John Schrader at Nova Designs. Workers removed approximately 20 feet of soil to pour solid concrete foundation walls with footings into bedrock and structural steel plates. Surpassing the requirements of local building codes, this residential home has been constructed as though it were a brand-new high-rise building.
Decks have all been built on an extremely safe pedestal system. The home is heated by circulating radiant heat with two boilers and two 100-gallon water heaters. A custom home elevator services four living levels and the new shingled pitched roofs match the surrounding homes for aesthetic symmetry.
Mr. Madison would certainly marvel at all the 21st Century installations. A fully integrated computer system has wall-mounted iPad hubs for central control of lighting and sound, and a remote access security system operates six closed-circuit surveillance cameras, Nest hubs control the heating system, and there are seven zones of Wi-Fi for endless connectivity. All of this can be accessed wirelessly from anywhere in the world with the tap of an app.
The home also incorporates the finest materials from around the world. Massive Calacatta marble slabs from Europe adorn the kitchen, glass enclosed fireplaces have “book-matched” marble slab fireplace facia, solid wood doors are equipped with top-of-the line hardware, white oak hardwood floors have been hand-rubbed with European oils for a subtle finish,
Perhaps the most impressive addition to the property is the new rooftop plunge pool with adjustable heat levels and an infinity edge waterfall – a feat of engineering that involved lowering the top level ceiling, installing a new solid steel roof pan, and craning in the plunge pool from Vallejo Street. The restoration and rebuild of this iconic San Francisco property is truly a marvel of architecture, engineering and design.
ABOUT McCLEAN DESIGN, Paul McClean, Principal
Paul McClean trained as an architect in Ireland and founded McClean Design in 2000. The firm specializes in the design of contemporary homes in Southern California. Its mission is to connect their clients to the beauty of the surrounding natural environment, maximizing views and providing a warm light-filled space. Its design focus strives for simplicity and an openness that marries indoor and outdoor space with an emphasis on texture, natural materials and environmentally sustainable design practices.
ABOUT NOVA DESIGNS+BUILDS
Nova Designs+Builds, founded in 1990 by John Schrader, is recognized as a leader in the building industry in San Francisco and the bay area. Its dynamic approach, design and build expertise in one company, provides the ability to assimilate a vast array of new design, materials and methods and gives ND+B clients impeccably executed results with cost-effectiveness, timeliness and quality assurance. Having its own in-house design expertise allows the firm to effectively collaborate with clients’ architecture and design professionals as well.
The name Minotti is synonymous with the words contemporary, elegance and quality. For over 50 years, Minotti S.p.A., an Italian furniture design and manufacturing company, has created furnishings for a discerning global market. In collaboration with the acclaimed Architect-Designer Redolfo Dordoni. Minotti has become an international brand of luxury amongst the best Italian style.
In February 2004, Minotti Los Angeles opened in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District, making history as the first Minotti flagship showroom in the world. With architecture reminiscent of the display stands featured in the renowned furniture fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Mineotti Los Angeles offers a comprehensive showroom for the Minotti collection lifestyle.