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24 Presidio Terrace

Presidio Terrace



  • Built in 1909
  • Architect, Charles Whittlesey
  • 6 bedrooms & 4.5 baths
  • Living room/fireplace & wet bar
  • Formal dining room & breakfast room
  • Beautifully remodeled kitchen
  • Spacious south terrace off living room & kitchen
  • Family/media room/fireplace, exercise/game room
  • Laundry & extra store rooms
  • 2 car s/s garage & large driveway turnaround


A Brief History of Presidio Terrace and the House*

Presidio Terrace was the vision of an enterprising Swiss banker émigré, Antoine Borel, in partnership with Realtors Baldwin & Howell who created a master plan and marketing strategy for a nine-acre tract subdivided into an unusual park-like setting of 36 parcels arranged around an oval island and four smaller islands. The collection of the initial 20 custom built homes was designed by noted architects of the time representing works of Period Revival architects, including MacDonald & Applegarth, Bakewell & Brown, Bliss & Faville, and Albert Farr.

Among the “proto-modernist” architects, Charles Whittlesey designed Nos. 10, 11, 19 and 24. In House No. 24, he integrated subtle Japanese motifs—e.g., the delicately stacked/exposed end beams of the second floor and gentle concave roof of the top floor—with the Prairie School aesthetic as represented by the horizontal flow of the expansive main floor rooms with wide doorways and multiple windows looking out to verdant setting of Presidio Terrace.

The home changed hands four times in the first half of the 20th Century.
Its last and longest owners were Stephen and Merla Zellerbach, notable business and cultural leaders of San Francisco who acquired the home in 1952.

*The Historic Houses of Presidio Terrace and the People Who Built Them, written and photographed by Patrick McGrew, AIA, 1995, privately published by friends of the Presidio Terrace Association.

Main Level

The brick walkway along the landscaped front garden leads to the recessed front entrance. The polished marble FOYER introduces wide doorways and high ceilings of the public rooms.

The expansive LIVING ROOM with an impressive floor to ceiling marble clad fireplace enjoys abundant natural light from both the north and south. The large rounded bay window with built-in sofa seating looks out to the Presidio Terrace landscape. At the other end, French doors with wide sidelights open to the SOUTH TERRACE making for a perfect space for outdoor dining or evening cocktails and views to Twin Peaks in the distance.

The step-up formal DINING ROOM features a cove ceiling with indirect lighting and can seat a large dinner party. The adjoining sunny BREAKFAST ROOM is ideal for daily dining. A marble WET BAR with bar refrigerator located off the Entry Hall conveniently serves both the living and dining rooms.

The beautifully remodeled and very spacious KITCHEN will please both the home cook and caterer alike. Features include:

  • Custom white birch cabinets, deep drawers and white oak floors
  • Ample black stone countertops, double sink & prep sink
  • Large center island with under cabinets, appliances & bar seating
  • Professional Thermador gas cooktop with six burners, grill & ventilator
  • Thermador double ovens  & built-in microwave oven
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer
  • Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, and
  • Convenient access to the South Deck for out door dining or cocktails.

The POWDER ROOM is located off the Service Hall which also accesses the rear staircase to the upper and lower levels

Second & Third Levels


The luxurious MASTER BEDROOM enjoys the lovely outlook to the Presidio Terrace landscape with two palm trees and colorful blooms in the island foreground. Built-in features include a make-up vanity with custom accessories drawers and several wardrobe closets. The tiled MASTER BATH with tub and separate shower is located between the bedroom and the MASTER STUDY which may also be used as a BEDROOM (No. 2.)

Two additional “Jack & Jill” BEDROOMS (No. 3) & (No. 4) with an  OFFICE share a tiled BATH.  On the third level are two BEDROOMS (Nos. 5 & 6) and a BATH.

Lower Level

The large FAMILY/MEDIA ROOM features a brick fireplace and drop-down screen. The semi-finished MULTI-USE ROOM is ideal for a combination exercise, play and billiards game room.

The LAUNDRY ROOM has a washer/dryer, ample ironing/folding counter top and sink. A BATH with shower, utility room and several storerooms adjoin.

There is inside access from the large two car side-by-side GARAGE with
spacious driveway turn-around at the rear of the home.


Notes of Interest:

  • Attached to the door of the Guest Closet in the foyer is a fine painting entitled “The Fisherman” by Emmy Lou Packard, authenticated and appraised by Bonham’s.
  • The fire screen in the living room and the round brass “port hole” in the front door were made by noted silversmith Dirk Van Erp, according to the owner’s notes.
  • The two kitchen doors which open to the breakfast and dining room have acrylic insets in the small windows. The “min-art” pieces were commissioned for the home by the well-known artist Freda Koblic in 1953.
  • 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 l.l88% of the purchase price.

Listing Agents

  • Malin Giddings 415.531.5033
  • Monica Pauli 415.902.9502

24 Presidio Terrace