Real Estate Report: 18th Century Parisian Town House in Pacific Heights, now 21st Century, $9.5M


Pacific Heights is full of big traditional houses, many now too formal to live in comfortably. Here’s one that functions in the 21st Century.

The Basics: a 5-bed, 6-bath,two .5-bath 2-car garage 1915 house in Pacific Heights, completely renovated, with an elevator and a home theater, asking $9.5M. The realtor is calling it 3-beds and 7-baths, but it’s a big house and she might have gotten lost.

Not So Basic: While there’s no shortage of grand houses in Pacific Heights, very few of them have been renovated for modern family life. This one should sell quickly— although you might want to change some of the decor— the current owners have otherwise done it all. The listing says they’ve put more than $4M into the house, and it shows. And yes, by “modern family life” we mean a social-media-money family with household  staff.

The house was originally designed by Arthur Brown, a San Francisco architect who loved Paris— he also designed City Hall— and here he incorporated elements from classic Parisian 18th Century town houses. The garage doors copy a typical Parisian carriageway, along with the tall main-floor windows, a third story with smaller windows and the top floor with a round dormer. Unlike Paris, there’s a front stoop on the side, but even that has a typical Belle Epoque iron-and-glass awning. Out back the plan’s offset to allow one big room on the garden, with a long arm extending into the lot- a typically 18th Century Parisian plan adapted to a sloping San Francisco lot. As renovated:

We love the elevator direct from the garage. Inside, it’s the classic 1900’s mash-up of French and English detailing:

In the long wing, there’s a swell kitchen (with two dishwashers) and a family room overlooking the garden, and beyond that a small library/study/office:

Downstairs, the 21st-Century theater, where you leave can your cellphone on, or text with abandon:

No stackable washer /dryer stuck in a closet for this house:

Many more images at the listing’s dedicated site— baths, bedrooms, the backyard pergola, and more. Like we said , it’s a big house.

Listing: 2209 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco [Redfin]

2209 Pacific Avenue also appeared this morning on Curbed SF.

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