A Glamorous Victorian, Set In A Grand Garden, $12.8M


A unique opportunity in San Francisco, this landmark Italianate Victorian home in Lower Pacific Heights has been lovingly renovated and cared for by the current owners over the past two decades of their stewardship. Built in 1870 and known as the Ortman-Shumate House, it’s set on an almost 19,000-sq-ft parcel (the equivalent of almost eight standard lots) and rising above one of San Francisco’s largest private gardens, designed by Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture.

It’s a perfect example of Italianate design in San Francisco with an elegant columned entry, pedimented windows and massive cornice; what appears to be a garage is actually an extended port-cochere leading to a converted carriage house, additional parking, and a 2-car garage.

A view of the garden facade with its graceful stairway.

Just inside the front door, a grand staircase leads upstairs, and the hallway links to the parlor and dining room, both with beautiful, crisp detailing and 13-foot ceilings.

What We Love: Under the guidance of the CAENLUCIER partnership, the grandly-proportioned interiors have been restyled and staged with the participation of Green Couch, along with art from the Berggruen Gallery, furniture by Will Wick Designs, and fine carpets from Rojas Rugs.

The dining room leads outdoors and to the adjacent family room and kitchen.

Below, the primary bedroom suite extends across the house, with a sitting area, access to a small terrace, and a splendid spa-scaled bath.

The carriage house was renovated in 2010 by the eminent firm of Butler Armsden Architects into a skylit entertaining space with an office and bedroom suite above.

More: Go to the listing for additional details about this extraordinary property, including images, floor plans and a seductive video that tells the story best. Represented by San Francisco luxury specialists Joseph Lucier and Stacey Caen of the CAENLUCIER partnership at Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photo credit: Jacob Elliot for Sotheby’s International Realty