Among San Francisco’s prestigious communities, there are few that offer as much privacy and verdant ambience as does the Presidio Terrace. The oval-shaped subdivision of 26 parcels and 4 double parcels in this cul-de-sac location is unusual to the grid pattern of much of the City.
Presidio Terrace was conceived and developed in 1898 by banker/ Swiss-native Antoine Borel along with real estate brokers A.S. Baldwin and J.R. Howell. By 1911, most of the parcels were sold and homes built with a few remaining ones completed by 1920. San Francisco architects such as Julia Morgan, Charles Whittlesey, McDonald & Applegarth and Reid & Reid were among noted architects invited to design homes for prospective buyers. The majority of the homes were in the more traditional Beaux-Arts, Colonial and Mediterranean styles and several in the Mission Revival and Prairie schools.
The residence at No. 27 was designed by Kenneth MacDonald, principal of McDonald & Applegarth in the Prairie School style—a progressive step for this prestigious firm. The façade combines a low-profile hip roof and a horizontal band above the second level, which combined with the grouped windows placed high under the eave, emphasize the building’s horizontality. The three tier step-backs of both the east and west side façades further emphasize this distinctive home’s early, pacesetting horizontality.
Enter the handsome front porch with decorative overhang and pilaster columns. Natural light infuses the ENTRY HALL through several sidelights. Polished hardwood floors are found throughout the home.
The spacious LIVING ROOM features a beamed ceiling, fireplace, expansive picture windows with verdant outlook.
The formal DINING ROOM with coved ceiling seats a large dinner party. Built-in glass-front china cabinets flank triple handsome casement windows with transom.
The remodeled, fully-equipped KITCHEN features custom cabinets and countertops and island which will please both the home cook and caterer. The BUTLER’S PANTRY with bar sink houses glass front cabinets and storage for a complete dinner service.
The light-filled expansive FAMILY/MEDIA ROOM with table space for daily dining is the informal heart of the house.
Off the kitchen are exterior stairs to the landscaped rear GARDEN. A BEDROOM/OFFICE with HALF-BATH, small BEDROOM with FULL BATH and secondary staircase complete the main level.
Ascend the gracious staircase to the bedroom level. Abundant natural light infuses the landing from the leaded glass skylight. The freestanding home allows every room to enjoy sunlight.
The spacious MASTER SUITE looks out to the Terrace’s signature palm trees and gracious homes across the way. The MASTER BATH with marble surround and skylight houses a spa tub and separate shower.
The Master Bath also accesses the west BEDROOM with additional closets which may serve as a Sitting Room should the owner desire.
Four additional BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, PLAYROOM and DEN with stove heater opens to the delightful south deck.
The full basement houses a WC, laundry, mechanical rooms and three unfinished rooms of various sizes that can be developed for the new households needs.
The 2-3 car GARAGE and driveway and complete the floor plan.