Perched on a prime corner of Pacific Heights and steps from the Presidio, this 1928 residence was designed by esteemed architect Henry Gutterson, a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts and the supervising architect for St. Francis Wood. Set back from the street and accessible via two driveways, it is impressively scaled and replete with timeless details. Behind a garden with manicured hedges, a classical loggia introduces the home. An elegant foyer with a groin vaulted ceiling opens through graceful arched doorways to the living and entertaining spaces. The grand living room features beautiful wood floors, a fireplace, plentiful windows providing an enviable view of the bay and Alcatraz, and a door to a balustraded terrace. The generously proportioned dining room boasts a wall of glass facing the bay over the terrace. Adjoining is a butler’s pantry with ample cabinets and a skylit kitchen with a vintage Wolf range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer, crisp white cabinets, stone counters, and a light-filled breakfast area with a fireplace and a view of the front garden. Nearby are a convenient marble powder room and access to the two-car garage and the elevator, which connects the two upper levels.
A gently curving stairway leads to the upper floor and the principal suite, which encompasses two baths and walk-in closets and a spacious bedroom with a Presidio-facing bay window and richly hued hardwood floors. Completing this level are three large guest suites, a gym with a bath, and an office with built-in shelving, a fireplace, striking ceiling beams, and windows offering lovely light and an expansive view that includes Alcatraz. The ground level features a generous family room with arched light-admitting windows, extensive storage space, a laundry room with a kitchenette, two baths, two bright bedrooms with a bay view, and stairs to abundant finished storage on the lowest level.