Source: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
There’s something special about the architecture of San Francisco. The vibrant colours, the bay windows, and most of all, the history. Walking down many streets in San Francisco, it almost seems as though every home has a story to tell. Many buildings here are over 100 years old and have been put on the national register of historic places. Though the interiors can be remoulded, their facades must be specially preserved by anyone who owns them. Pacific Heights, known as Billionaire’s Row, is one of the most luxurious areas. But the real estate extravaganza doesn’t end there. Throughout San Francisco, there are pockets of luxury filled with amazing houses that are lived in by some of the world’s wealthiest people. Some prefer classy and subdued, while others go for the maximum in glitz and glamour. Below, we take a look at a few of these amazing homes:
Julia Robert’s Presidio Heights Home
Julia Robert’s recently purchased a home in the Presidio Heights neighbourhood of San Francisco. Positioned conveniently just south of the Presidio, the home is minutes from some of the best parks and walking paths in San Francisco. The Victorian-style home, which reportedly cost $8.3 million, features five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. It is five stories tall, affording many of the rooms views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. At 6,200 square feet, you’ll seldom find yourself wanting for more space. A backyard and garden provide a quiet secluded area to relax, a wine room provides ample storage, and a two-car garage gets the job done. Quiet and elevated, yet close to lots of great attractions and Michelin star restaurants, the Presidio Heights neighbourhood is known to insiders for being family-friendly yet luxurious, and for the availability of great schools. The residence last sold in 1997 for $1.9 million.
Roxanne and Michael Klein’s Pacific Heights Mansion
Roxanne Klein, a raw food chef, and her husband Michael Klein, an entrepreneur, sold their Pacific Heights mansion for $31 million in 2016. The 16,000-square-foot home is, in a word, humongous. If you saw it from the sidewalk, you could be forgiven for thinking that the imposing, rectangular structure was a bank branch. The five-story home was built in 1910 and underwent a restoration in 2002 that preserved all of its classic architecture while equipping it with the latest modern conveniences. It features at least two of nearly everything — two kitchens, two family rooms, two offices, etc. With six beds and nine baths, there is ample space to raise a family and entertain a multitude of guests. Some of the most exciting features include an indoor basketball court, a kid’s playroom, and massive rooftop terraces that offer expansive views of San Francisco from all sides.
Stephen Curry’s Downtown Four Seasons Condo
Stephen Curry recently purchased a luxury condo at the Four Seasons Private Residences in the South of Market District of San Francisco. The building is currently under construction, with completion expected later this year. Curry’s 2,800-square-foot unit is in an incredibly convenient location. For Stephen, he is now just 2 miles from the Warriors’ new headquarters at Chase Center, and for his wife, Ayesha Curry, she’ll be conveniently close to International Smoke, a restaurant she co-owns with Michael Mina. The condo reportedly cost a bit under $8 million, a price which pales in comparison to the building’s penthouse, which is expected to be listed at around $49 million. Residents of the Four Seasons Private Residences will enjoy luxury amenities like a fitness centre, private dining areas, lounges and bars, and a beautifully landscaped outdoor terrace.
Source: The Mercury News
Trevor Traina’s Pacific Heights Home
Trevor Traina’s home in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood was purchased for $8.95 million in 2006 and is now estimated to be worth $12.8 million. Built in 1904, the 11,000-square-foot Georgian-style mansion capitalises on its Pacific Heights location, allowing easy access to the trendiest spots and fosters socialisation among high-profile neighbours like Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Apple’s Jony Ive. With six full baths, four half baths, and a three-car garage, it’s pretty easy to see yourself getting pretty comfortable here. The home was decorated by the legendary Anne Getty, Traina’s neighbour, and it’s easy to see the artistic influence she has had. Incredible antiques decorate every room, many of which have a coloured theme. One large room is covered in bright white, while another is draped in velvety red.
Source: Business Insider
Bill Gates’ Del Mar Estate
South of San Francisco you’ll find beautiful Del Mar, a beach-like coastal getaway. One of the most successful tech entrepreneurs of all time, Bill Gates, has recently made Del Mar his home away from home with the purchase of an impressive 5,800-square-foot mansion in the area. This incredible home is right on the water, with 120 feet of ocean frontage providing expansive ocean views. Six bedrooms and four bathrooms provide ample space for Bill, his wife Melinda, and their kids. The home includes luxurious appointments, such as a pool with ocean views, large jacuzzi, and a home theatre. Two onsite guest houses provide Mr. Gates with plenty of options when it comes to entertaining. Gates reportedly paid $43 million to buy the mansion from Madeleine Pickens, the former wife of T. Boone Pickens.