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Fantastic large family home in a coveted Pacific Heights location! This grand residence on Pacific Avenue offers seven bedrooms, five- and one-half baths, magnificent entertaining spaces, beautiful Bay views to the north and city views to the south, and bucolic outdoor areas.
As you ascend the handsome brick staircase to the entrance, on the left is a myriad of lush landscaping including planter boxes, multiple hydroponic planting systems, and a cascading waterfall fountain with a mid-stream spectacular circular koi pond. An intricate wrought iron gate guards the front porch, where there is an antique Chinese water trough, and an ancient frieze of a man on a horse adorns the wall.
Through the front door, an impressive entry foyer faces a grand staircase, a powder room, and a built-in children’s book nook. Period details abound, including crown and baseboard moldings, bordered hardwood flooring, and beamed 11’ ceilings overhead. To the right of the gracious entry is a magnificent living room, centered around a wood-burning fireplace with mantle and built-in bookshelves, with large operable windows allowing southern light to illuminate the room and opening to a peaceful deck with an ornate wrought iron railing and kiva-style seating around a glass gas fire element.
To the left of the entry is an attractive kitchen/family room or formal dining room, with multiple French doors out to the side yard and landscaped backyard all on the same level. The room has in-wall speakers and a wall of custom bookshelves with an attached ladder. Fabulous Mondragon-style built-in pocket doors can separate the kitchen and dining areas completely. The modern and open kitchen is equipped with a double oven, a Subzero refrigerator, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher and a 5-burner cooktop and hood. A mixture of flat-front white and frosted glass cabinets contrast with the rich slate countertop and backsplash. A center island houses two stainless sinks and there is an additional prep sink to the left of the cooktop. The breakfast bar allows for plenty of room for informal dining and counter space. Around the corner from the kitchen is a home office area with a built-in desk and cabinetry. A skylight in the dining area fills the room with sunlight, and this space is both inviting and peaceful, looking out onto the lushly vegetated Thomas Church garden.
The backyard is a wonderful and private haven for recreation and relaxation. The doors open out to a decked area with a lacrosse/tennis backboard at one end, and at the other end space for seating. A path through rows of mature trees and plantings leads to a large open paved area, perfect for entertaining. The stone path meanders to one side amongst the lovely flowers to a stone bench and a charming play structure/treehouse. The backyard continues on the side of the house with additional decked and paved areas and a BBQ, ideal for outdoor dining, and a delightful garden-themed mural on the wall next to the side gate.
Ascending the main staircase, one reaches the second floor, which houses four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a superb primary suite. The primary bedroom is at the front of the house, with large windows facing south and west bringing in abundant light. Attached to the bedroom is a walk-in closet with built-ins, and an ensuite bathroom with a separate shower and tub. There is a door leading to a second bedroom, which could be used as a nursery, an office, or an additional dressing room, boasting a pretty west-facing window bay with a built-in desk. The third bedroom is at the other end of the hallway on the left, with windows overlooking the garden and an ensuite bathroom with a shower. The fourth bedroom, on the right, has both a fireplace and glass doors to a deck overlooking the garden. Next to the fourth bedroom is a bathroom with a shower, a cedar linen closet, and a laundry closet with side-by-side washer/dryer.
One more flight of stairs reaches the third floor, which offers a sprawling family room with beautiful picture windows facing south to Twin Peaks and the hills of San Francisco. Next to the family room is a large gift closet or storage room with shelving and great closet space. There are two additional bedrooms on this level, and the north-facing bedroom features an attached deck and stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. A whimsical shared bathroom is outfitted with blue tile and a glass-enclosed shower.
The lower floor offers excellent space for live-in guests with a front sitting room, bedroom, and bathroom with shower, and on the other end, a massive, gym-like playroom, complete with a basketball hoop and plenty of room for recreation. There is a convenient utility and storage room, and an excellent 1+ car garage with interior access.
The home is equipped with environmentally conscious amenities including solar panels on the roof (30 panels at 225 watts each, for a system size of 6.75K kW), a generator that serves the main functional areas of the house plus hallways, a solar glass awning along the front of the home, and a double helix wind turbine.
3030 Pacific Avenue is located two blocks from the entrance to the Presidio, with walking and biking trails and numerous playgrounds, and five blocks from Alta Plaza Park. It is also very convenient to the fabulous shops and restaurants on Sacramento and Fillmore Streets and surrounded by excellent schools. Rarely do one of these special homes come to market; it presents a fabulously intuitive floorplan, fantastic public rooms, modern upgrades, period elegance, idyllic outdoor space, and Bay views, all in a prime Pacific Heights location.
Living in Pacific Heights provides an opportunity to rub elbows with some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players. PayPal founder Peter Theil, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and Apple designer Jonathan Ive have all made their homes in what is considered the most expensive neighborhood in the United States. Palatial highrise condos and luxurious row houses are the most common types of real estate you will find in Pacific Heights. Although Presidio is just a short trip away from Pacific Heights, the neighborhood features two small parks of its own: Lafayette Park and Alta Plaza Park. Lafayette Park offers beautiful grassy hills, a playground, and an off-leash dog park, while Alta Plaza is perched even higher with most of the same amenities. When Pacific Heights residents are looking for a place to eat, they usually make their way to Fillmore Street. Notable local restaurants on Fillmore Street include: Palmer’s Tavern: Featuring daily happy hour specials, Palmer’s also offers a variety of delicious salads, entrees, and desserts. La Mediterranee: A quaint cafe perfect for those Middle-Eastern cuisine cravings. Salt & Straw: After a great meal for a day of exploring, locals love to stop by for unique ice cream flavors and handmade waffle cones. Fillmore Street is also a great place to enjoy a day of shopping and entertainment. Explore the amazing shoe boutique Superga San Francisco, then walk north to Mureta Antiques. After the shopping is done, catch a flick at the Landmark Clay Theatre, or visit Boom Boom Boom for a night of live funk, jazz and blues. Locals and tourists are often amazed at the variety of landmarks and attractions you can find in Pacific Heights. Enjoy a guided tour through the Haas-Lilienthal House, an excellent example of Victorian architecture, or check out the McElroy Octagon House on the second Sunday or second and fourth Thursday of every month. Lastly, the southeast corner of Presidio is less than two miles away, so there is always something fun to explore near the Pacific Heights neighborhood!