Old School Luxury And Views In Pacific Heights, $11MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 2100 Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights
What: The entire top floor in one of San Francisco’s grand 1920’s apartment houses, comprising eleven rooms with unobstructed views in all directions, and renovated by designer Agnes Bourne in the 90s for an art-collecting couple. Previously, it had been owned since 1949 by Walter and Elise Haas, the San Francisco philanthropists and art collectors, who hired the great Frances Elkins– then at the height of her career– to provide a setting for their collection.
Much of the Haas’ art is now at SFMOMA, and with seven decades as a venue for great art and objects, it’s ready for its next collector. There are a pair of living rooms, back-to-back, providing both intimate seating areas and room to entertain a crowd.
The entertaining rooms span a full sixty feet across the north side of the building.
What We Love: The interiors are subtle enough to allow both art (and the framed views) to take center stage; the renovation is classic and conservative (in a non-political way) plus an excellent lighting plan is in place. And anyone would be happy doing the dishes here, and the laundry room has the same view.
More: Go to the listing for additional images, details and a floor plan. Represented by luxury property veterans Stacey Caen and Joe Lucier at Sotheby’s International Realty; the agents’ outstanding website gives an historical perspective and vintage images of the Elkins decor, and while the unit is currently staged for sale, images of the original Agnes Bourne interiors can be seen in the designer’s portfolio.