Real Estate Report: The Perfect Kitchen For 2012’s Holiday Entertaining, No. 2


If you’re like us, you’ve been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you’re going to pull it off. This week we’ll be looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. Yesterday, some rare Streamline Moderne. Today, in an over-the-top renovation in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights, a kitchen opens up to the outdoors.

The Basics: A 6-bed, 6.5-bath house in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights, recently renovated, asking $8.9M and on the market almost three months.

Not So Basic: What was once a discreetly set-back house built in 1937 is now a Francophile fantasy of stucco, casement windows and custom wrought iron railings. It’s frankly spectacular, and although the 5-level house inexplicably lacks an elevator, it does have a wine cellar. The party-ready kitchen faces south, opening up to a terrace and a crisp new lawn:

And immediately next door, an austere dining room:

What We Love: While the design may be a little putocratic for some of us, it’s a beautifully proportioned room with a neat work triangle that’s also big enough for a sofa— and very pleasant to hang out in. The quality of the cabinet work and paint finishes are impressively first-rate (and yes, we’ve atually been on a tour of the house) plus it has two dishwashers.

More: Have look at the realtor’s dedicated site— it includes a helicopter ride— and see the entire house. Yesterday’s Steamline Modern is here.

Listing: 3855 Washington Street, San Francisco [Redfin]