Among San Francisco’s many prestigious communities, there are few that offer the privilege of privacy amid the magnificence of nature while remaining minutes from the myriad amenities of The City. Yet all of this can be found in the affluent neighborhood of Presidio Terrace, where stone privacy walls and a round-the-clock security guard provide peace of mind, with gracious detached homes on extra-wide lots. Positioned for excellent sun exposure on the southern slope of Presidio Heights, this tranquil enclave is a historical showcase of notable San Francisco architects – Julia Morgan, Charles Whittlesey, McDonald & Applegarth, Reid & Reid – architects who designed some of the most graceful turn-of-the-century buildings and homes in the Bay Area. Styles seen in the thoughtfully planned oval-shaped neighborhood include Beaux-Arts, Colonial and Mission Revival, Prairie School, French Rural, Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan and Mediterranean.
The development was spearheaded by banker and Swiss-native Antoine Borel along with realtors A.S. Baldwin and J.R.Howell, whose successes also included the Rancho San Miguel (Twin Peaks) and Saint Francis Wood neighborhoods of San Francisco. The home at 26 Presidio Terrace was built for Marshall Hale, a prominent businessman and owner of the Carter Hawley Hale Retail Stores. It has been said that Mr. Hale’s purchase of the property assured the success of the Presidio Terrace subdivision. Minutes away one finds hiking and biking trails in the 1200-acre Presidio Reservation National Park. And the Presidio Golf Course, which is one of The City’s highest-rated courses, is just a few moments from the front door. Rounding out the desirability of this beautiful neighborhood are the most sought-after local schools, nearby shops and restaurants in Laurel Village, Julius Kahn Playground and tennis courts, and easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Proudly situated on approximately one-quarter acre of level land, the exceptional residence at 26 Presidio Terrace was originally designed by the renowned architectural firm Reid & Reid. Built in 1909 in the Colonial Revival style, the home has been fully re-envisioned for the 21st century lifestyle with the latest innovations and built-in features that are sure to please every member of the family. Outside, the home is the perfect example of the timeless turn-of-the-century architecture that is expected in this neighborhood, while inside the residence has been transformed into a modern environment that celebrates art, form, and function. The sophisticated living arrangement enjoys a unique circular flow, where lofty ceilings are augmented by perfectly selected color palettes, and extensive built-ins allow for the display of fine art and glassware. Expansive windows frame views of the rear grounds, and the stained glass windows of Congregation Emanu El temple sparkle in the sun. Numerous French doors to the rear garden further blend the boundaries between inside and out. Every element of this meticulously remodeled home has been hand-selected and scrutinized for aesthetic beauty, from the elegant moldings and hardware, to the various hi-tech systems that include wireless speakers with Sonos, dimmable gallery lighting, HDTVs in many rooms, a Tesla car charging system in the garage, and Nest thermostat controls.
Inside the home, the main living level presents grand public rooms which are appointed for lavish or intimate gatherings, from the spacious living room with manorial fireplace to the formal dining venue with stunning crystal chandelier, even the family room is equipped with a full media suite. The pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the gourmet kitchen with family dining and butler’s pantry. Here a restaurant-quality catering arena unfolds, beautifully appointed with crisp white cabinetry, marble slab counters, and commercial-quality appliances poised to cook for events or banquets. Extending over a total of approximately 9,405 square feet, the residence is comprised of four levels with 7 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 2 half-baths, and the ultimate recreational level downstairs, which includes a wine cellar, home theater, massage room, multi-purpose room, and golf-equipment storage room with direct access to the backyard putting green. Outside, the private and tranquil garden is a true sanctuary in The City, with a lush level lawn, mature shade trees, and specimen plantings. Adding the finishing touch to this exceptional property is its highly desirable location in Presidio Terrace, a magical place where childhood memories are made.
The home is preceded by a level lawn, stone flower boxes, and a charming Japanese maple tree. Crafted by Reid & Reid with true European grandeur, the Colonial Revival style home is introduced by rose-covered walls, a long cobblestone driveway for additional parking, classic painted wood siding, and wrought iron gates with grillwork that introduce a gorgeous sunroom portico entrance porch. The oversized ebony front door is flanked by sidelights and lit by a large overhead light fixture.
FOYER & POWDER ROOM
Inside the home, the foyer is crowned by a tall box-beam ceiling with layers of crown moldings. Features include herringbone oak hardwood flooring with inlaid features, decorative wall sconces, columned pilasters, and graceful staircases to both the upper and lower levels. A nearby powder room has oak flooring, crystal drop chandelier, and furniture-quality single-sink vanity with etched Kohler Artist Edition sink basin.
FORMAL LIVING ROOM
A wide entryway segues from the foyer into the living room, a large entertaining space with multiple seating and conversation areas. Features include oak flooring with a feature strip, two ceiling medallions with candelabra fixtures, and dimmable gallery spotlighting. The room is anchored by a large gas-log fireplace with travertine surround. A sitting alcove is defined by a bowed window arrangement of five tall operable windows that open to the fresh air and are finished with silk draperies.
FORMAL DINING ROOM & BUTLER’S PANTRY
The elegance continues from the foyer into the formal dining room, generously proportioned to seat 12-16 at the dining table. Features include quarter-sawn oak hardwood flooring, built-in speakers, a beautiful crystal drop candelabra chandelier, and a bay window with custom silk drapes. A swinging door accesses the convenient butler’s pantry, which boasts marble countertop with hammered copper sink, Sub-Zero beverage cooler, glass-front cabinetry, and 2 handy Fisher and Paykel dish drawers.
Accessed from the main hallway through folding accordion French doors is the study, which has a box-beam ceiling with center light fixture, four built-in speakers, plus a fully equipped A/V media rack. Front-facing double hung picture windows frame neighborhood views. Putting the finishing touches on the room is the built-in desk with cherry storage cabinetry and a large screen Elite HDTV mounted on the opposite wall.
Located at the back side of the home in the most peaceful position, the family room overlooks the stained glass windows of the towering Congregation Emanu El temple, and the gardens blossom below through six tall picture windows with divided light transoms. The finishes here include oak floors, a box-beam ceiling with recessed lighting, surround sound speaker system with Samsung wall-mounted HDTV, and a carved wood chandelier. A stone finished gas-log fireplace with glass enclosure offers warmth, while a French door flows out to the elevated deck with built-in barbecue and steps to the garden. A powder room in this area has a marble slab single-sink vanity and candelabra chandelier.
GOURMET KITCHEN & FAMILY DINING ROOM
Finishes in the extraordinary chef’s kitchen include Carerra marble countertops, a large center island with CeasarStone counter, custom cabinetry with brushed nickel pulls, a deep hammered metal sink with pot-filler, a Samsung HDTV, and two tall shelves for cookbooks. The new top-grade appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, KitchenAid compactor, Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer drawer, Wolf 2-oven range with 6 burners, grill and paneled overhead ventilation hood, and a GE Profile microwave. A breakfast bar seating area is defined by three dome pendant lights. The adjoining family dining room has a large area for a table, custom fabric drapes on the windows, beadboard wainscoting and ceiling panels, and 8 sets of double-hung windows with lovely views.
BEDROOM SUITES 1 & 2, PLAYROOM
Two amazing bedroom suites on this level present the ultimate sibling arrangement. Each comfortable bedroom has oak flooring, a coved ceiling with dropped crown moldings, an ample-sized customized walk-in closet, and windows with neighborhood views. Each en suite bath is finished with tile and includes a vanity, a frameless glass-enclosed shower, and natural lighting. One bathroom has a classic claw-foot bathtub with removable spray wand. The two bedrooms are thoughtfully linked by a sun-filled playroom, which has a Samsung HDTV, track lighting, a sitting alcove with windows, and numerous double hung windows with custom drapes.
BEDROOM 3 & HALLWAY BATHROOM 3
Currently arranged as a study and perfect for visiting guests, another bedroom on the second level has oak floors, a coved ceiling with dropped crown moldings, recessed lights, a large customized closet, front- and side-facing picture windows with custom shades, an area rug, and a Panasonic HDTV. A nearby hallway bathroom features tile floors, a pedestal sink vanity with medicine cabinet, subway tile wainscoting, and a tub with overhead shower.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE
The lavish master bedroom suite continues the oak floors and has a tall coved ceiling with built-in speakers, bookshelves, picture windows with neighborhood views, a ceiling fan, large wall-mounted HDTV over a gas-log fireplace, and large custom separate walk-in closets. The master bathroom has mosaic-tiled radiant heated flooring set in a basketweave pattern, two marble single-sink vanities with custom fixtures, built-in seating banquette, walk-in shower with bench, a soaking tub, and towel warmer.
BEDROOMS 5 & 6, HALLWAY BATHROOM 5
Two very private top-level bedrooms have oak floors, coved ceilings, and wardrobe closet storage space. Bedroom 5 has peekaboo Golden Gate Bridge outlooks while Bedroom 6 has built-ins. A tiled hallway bathroom has a marble single-sink vanity with built-in medicine cabinet, and a frameless glass enclosed shower.
BEDROOM SUITE 7
A top-level guest bedroom suite boasts oak floors, windows with views, a customized walk-in storage closet, JVC wall-mounted HDTV, and a tile-finished bath with furniture quality single-sink vanity, and frameless glass-enclosed shower with glass tile accents.
HOME THEATER & WINE CELLAR
The ideal spot for private screenings of the latest blockbuster films, the fully equipped home theatre has carpeting, tiered levels of theatre-style seating, recessed lights, black-out shades on 4 windows, a wall-mounted cinema screen, and a ceiling mounted JVC 4K 3-lens THX 3D ceiling projector. The Dolby THX 7.2 audio system has 4 Bowers & Wilkens 802D diamond speakers, Revel in-wall surround sound speakers, Velodyne DD-15 subwoofer, Krell Audio Foundation AV processor, Parasound and Arcam amplifiers, Oppo DVD player, Apple TV, Control4 automation, and Audioquest cabling. A nearby wine cellar has a temperature controlled AC/humidity unit and racks for approximately 1900 bottles.
A versatile den on this level has built-in maple bookshelves and cabinetry, a wall-mounted LG HDTV, as well as a concealed Murphy bed for guests.
FITNESS CENTER & MASSAGE ROOM
The fitness center has carpeting, a large wall mirror, media cabinet with Fujitsu HDTV, beverage cooler, built-in speakers, transoms for natural lighting, and several workout machines including an elliptical trainer, exercise bicycle, Pilates reformer, and weight bench. A nearby massage room includes a professional masseuse’s table and storage area.