Located on the northern slope of Nob Hill just steps away from the legendary Nôtre-Dame-inspired Grace Cathedral, this historic single-family manor enjoys a coveted address with stunning views from the rooftop terrace. Originally built circa 1915 by renowned San Francisco architect Arthur Joseph Laib, the striking Parisian-style residence has been fully upgraded and restored to its original beauty. One of the few single-family homes remaining on Nob Hill, the property is nestled between two other Arthur Laib-designed buildings, all of which were built at the same time. Today, the glorious Beaux-Arts façade immediately catches the eye with its deep overhanging “ship’s prow” corbels, symmetrical divided light windows, elaborate dentil and quoin moldings, and a wrought iron gate before the deep marble portico entrance.
Inside, an architectural masterpiece of luxuriousness unfolds, where the highly appointed formal living spaces invite both everyday relaxation and banquet-scale entertaining. A fine example of Laib’s extraordinary workmanship is evident at every turn, where one finds the most elaborate details imaginable in a home: hand-carved plaster moldings, beveled glass French doors, stone-finished fireplaces, glass-inset pocket sliding doors, ornamental friezes and embellishments in the dining room, a lofty coved ceiling in the living room and at the center of it all, a graceful cascading staircase in the entry parlor that is naturally illuminated by period casement windows. Every fixture, door, molding and finish was meticulously restored to its original splendor, perfectly maintaining Laib’s lasting vision. This amazing home has only been owned by a few families over the past one hundred years and each owner has worked hard to preserve the home’s original aesthetic, each taking the utmost care in maintaining this fine residence. Today it remains in immaculate condition and stands as a testament to a bygone era of extravagance and beauty.
The comfortable personal accommodations, comprised of 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, offer numerous options for family members, guests, and staff, all highlighted by a gorgeous master suite with lavish bathroom. Expanding over four total levels, the home enjoys an elevator for easy access to all floors. Rounding out the amenities is garage parking for four vehicles, a splendid rear garden terrace with the utmost privacy, and two panoramic view rooftop terraces off a top-level pent room. Each of the terraces boasts stunning views, encompassing the Bay, Coit Tower, downtown, the Pacific Union Club, as well as the Mark Hopkins, Huntington and Fairmount Hotels. A grand presence on a high-profile block, this phenomenal offering also benefits from the convenience of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars, which stop at art galleries, cultural attractions, entertainment venues, boutique shops, and top-tier restaurants. This is truly city living at its absolute finest!
A commanding presence on a bustling block of Nob Hill, this stunning manor is embellished by Juliette balconies with tall symmetrical divided light windows, quoin corner accents, classic dentil moldings, and a deep overhanging roofline with carved “ship’s prow” corbels. The façade is accented by an iron entry gate that stands sentry to the arched portico entrance. The portico itself is lined with marble slabs and features a classic metal plate that reads “1230”, perhaps a relic from a previous time. A glass-inset iron double door with detailed scrollwork and glass doorknobs offers a warm welcome to the home.
Inside the residence, a lovely entry parlor with deep baseboards and wainscoting introduces the period detailing found throughout the home. Appointments include richly stained quarter-sawn oak hardwood flooring, carved crown moldings with egg-and-dart ceiling details, and recessed gallery spotlighting for the display of fine art. Mirrored doors with wood casings expand the dimensions and a magnificent curved staircase with carved wood balustrades ascends to the upper levels. The carpeted stairs are illuminated by casement windows that are authentic to the original period-design. A mirrored door opens to a large coat closet.
Situated directly off the entry parlor, the dedicated in-home office looks out to Grace Cathedral through operable seeded glass double casement windows that open for fresh air. A long built-in desk station is augmented by a wall with three “antiqued” mirrors. Glass-front upper cabinetry matches the motif of the double window. Four brass wall-lamps with cloth shades, along with recessed gallery spotlighting, provide the room with ample illumination. A finished cabinet door opens directly to a large mailbox with outdoor slot-drop, providing plenty of safe, dry space for numerous deliveries.
Double mirrored doors from the entry parlor open to the back hall and private bedroom suite, which is perfect venue for staff members or family visitors. Appointments in the living area include a built-in desk station, operable garden-view windows, built-in speakers, a vanity dressing area, and a wardrobe closet with double doors. The en suite bathroom has oak flooring, a stone-slab single-sink vanity with chrome basin, two wall sconces, three large mirrors, and a subway tiled shower with glass enclosure and removable spray wand. A custom iron door with glass insets offers direct access to the tranquil rear garden terrace and detached 4-car garage.
The temperature controlled wine cellar is crafted from wood that was a gift from the Bishop of Grace Cathedral. The customized wine racks can accommodate approximately 750 wine bottles with tasting area and antique chandelier.
A glass and wrought iron door opens to the garden with colorful inlaid ceramics and rich hues of perennial greens and seasonal blossoms with tall bamboo for privacy.
The perfect venue for entertaining on any scale, the formal living room has oak flooring, gallery spotlighting, a coved ceiling with stunning plaster details, and four built-in corner cabinets with motif mirrored doors. Three sets of double French doors open to front-facing Juliette balconies that overlook the cathedral. A manorial focal-point wood-burning fireplace is finished with a superbly carved stone mantel. A plaster framed built-in mirror with exceptional period detail and wall sconce lighting crowns the fireplace.
FORMAL DINING ROOM
Double motif glass doors segue into the formal dining room, which features exquisite restored crown moldings, irreplaceable putti-and-patiserrie plaster ceiling, intricately carved stone mantel fireplace and an elegant chandelier that defines seating space. Mirrored and glass-front cabinet doors hold storage areas for flatware and china, while a built-in sideboard with service station adds catering convenience.
Completely upgraded and modernized, the amazing gourmet kitchen coordinates oak flooring and crisp white cabinetry with thick marble slab countertops. An island countertop has a prep sink, a deep sink overlooks the garden, and a center island adds cooking space. Top-of-the-line appliances include: Viking Professional six-burner gas range with two ovens and griddle, large paneled overhead ventilation hood, paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, and KitchenAid dishwasher. For ease of access the elevator stops in the kitchen.
CASUAL DINING AREA
The casual dining area blends seamlessly with the original design and includes oak flooring, a motif window, wall-mounted LG HDTV, three glass pendant lights, and a double French door to a custom-built iron balconette.
The formal powder room has a corner pedestal sink vanity, a crystal drop chandelier, oak flooring, and an antique wall mirror.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE
With independent elevator- and stair-access, the bedroom level of the home offers views and privacy for family members. The spacious master suite living area is finished with soft carpeting and tall ceilings with double crown moldings. The space is bathed in sunlight from two front-facing operable double windows with transoms and custom draperies. Wall sconces flank a custom mirror over the wood-burning fireplace with marble surround. Two customized walk-in closets provide ample wardrobe storage. The master bath is finished with marble flooring and features a dual-sink vanity with built-in wall mirrors, integrated speakers, a deep soaking tub with marble surround, and a marble tiled shower with rainspout showerhead.
The guest bedroom on this level has four mirrored doors of wardrobe storage. A gold-leaf center chandelier illuminates the soothing green hues of the walls, which are the backdrop for the original hand-painted floral motif that has been meticulously maintained over the years. Two divided light double French doors open to an exterior stairwell that leads to the upper-level pent room. A nearby hallway bathroom with hand stenciled walls oak flooring, a pedestal sink vanity, and a large glass-enclosed steam shower with seating bench, rainspout, and removable spray wand.
The ideal spot to unwind, the library is bathed in sunlight, and is fitted with a wall of custom cabinetry and concealed HDTV.
PENTROOM & VIEWING TERRACES
Accessed via the staircase or elevator, the pent room offers the ultimate getaway with iconic San Francisco views. This airy suite, with wet bar, can serve as an ideal artist studio or gym, flanked on either side by two spacious impeccably landscaped rooftop terraces. The north terrace has sweeping views of the Bay, Coit Tower and Russian Hill, and to the south Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park, and Downtown.