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Meticulous new renovation of this sophisticated and voluminous Pacific Heights residence circa 1880. Butler Armsden and Brady Construction worked together to construct a gorgeous modern home whilst preserving the existing historical details and unique features: soaring ceilings, dramatic entertaining spaces, a seamless indoor/outdoor feel with multiple terraces, and expansive rooms that showcase the postcard views of the Bay and Alcatraz from three of four levels.
Past delightful front landscaping to a brick entryway flanked by columns, one enters through a striking oversized red door to the dramatic entry foyer. Elevated ceiling heights and a traditional Victorian main staircase set the scene, with contemporary wide plank hardwood flooring throughout. The entry opens to an elegant south-facing double living room/parlour as well as the formal dining room, with each space delineated by fireplaces and built-in woodwork. The front formal living area is highlighted with sunlight from delicate cut-glass beveled windows and centers around a gas fireplace with ornate carved wood mantle. The parlour faces a wall of floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves, and the space then extends into a formal dining room, also with a fireplace with wood mantle and stone base. On the other side of the dining room is a quartz-topped buffet, perfect for entertaining, with cabinets for storage above and below. The dining room is open on both sides (separated by pocket doors), leading to the kitchen, the heart of the home.
The open kitchen/family room is inviting and warm, perfect for gathering. Three sets of sliding glass doors display picturesque bay views, opening to the view terrace that joins with kitchen as a prime entertainment space. The chef’s kitchen centers around a huge quartz-topped island, with substantial pendants overhead, cabinets on three sides and an overhang for a breakfast bar/informal dining. Painstakingly renovated throughout, the kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, Cambria quartz countertops, a tile backsplash, Waterworks fixtures, and state of the art appliances including a double Wolf range, custom hood, pot-filler, Subzero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, two Bosch dishwashers and two sinks. On the left side as you face the terrace, there is a lovely powder room tucked away behind a pocket door, a sliding Barn door revealing a fully finished walk-in pantry, and a built-in desk for a home office area, with bookshelves above. No detail was left out in the design of this space; even the pantry is outfitted with quartz countertops and custom storage. Directly facing the terrace and the views is a roomy area for a breakfast table. This kitchen/family room is functional for both a professional chef and an at-home cook. Stepping out through the sliding doors is a sizeable stone terrace with a balustrade, overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the San Francisco Bay.
To ascend to the higher floors, one can take the elevator, which serves all floors, or the main staircase, with a graceful bannister. On the second level, the crown jewel of this home is the primary suite. Bay and Alcatraz views from the generous and grand primary bedroom are stunning. The room is graced with a wood-carved gas fireplace, excellent closets with built-ins, and a seating nook to admire the magnificent outlooks. French doors open to a private and serene terrace overlooking the bay. Ensuite to the bedroom is a spa-like bathroom, encompassing an entire room, and outfitted with luxurious Cambria quartz countertops and shower slabs, marble floor tiles, Dorenbracht fixtures, a double vanity, a double glass-enclosed steam shower, a separate Jacuzzi soaking tub, a water closet, lighted/fogless vanity mirrors, and custom cabinetry throughout.
Adjacent to the master bathroom is a wonderful dressing room and office, which was previously used as a bedroom. The room is lined with floor-to-ceiling built-in closets encased in handsome wood cabinetry. At the front of this level is one of the many highlights of the home – the sunny library/den. Carved wood double doors open to this special space that is decorated throughout in carved wood paneling including an exquisite coffered ceiling. The room presents an intricately carved wood fireplace and marble surround, two light-filled window bays, a built-in television and bookshelves, and French doors opening to a south-facing terrace. Behind a secret built-in door is a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower with whimsical striped tile accent wall, and behind another door is a cedar closet. Every inch in this home has been thoughtfully designed, including a cutout under the stairs for display or storage.
Skylit stairs lead to the third level, which houses a southern dormered bedroom, as well as a middle bedroom with a built-in nook for a queen-sized bed, a double closet, and north and south-facing windows bringing in great light. A shared bathroom is outfitted with moody dark gray porcelain tile and quartz countertop, and there is a linen closet as well for storage. At the back of the floor is a capacious view bedroom or family room, with two skylights and French doors opening to the wraparound terrace. The views are spectacular, displaying the entire span of the Bay from the Palace of Fine Arts to Alcatraz. An ensuite bathroom has a shower over tub, a quartz-topped vanity and additional cabinet with countertop, and a shower with subtle beige mosaic tile. There is also HVAC on this floor for San Francisco’s Indian summers!
On the lower floor is a fantastic double height family room with dramatic oversized windows and a mezzanine overlooking the space. Offering a continuous indoor/outdoor experience, wood-framed sliding glass doors lead out to the inviting rear patio garden. The garden is comprised of a paved area with separate dining and seating areas, surrounded by landscaping and fencing for privacy. The sprawling and stylish great room is made for entertaining; it features a custom walnut bar with Cambria quartz countertops and an overhang for seating, chic industrial style pendants overhead, and a Subzero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and sink. The main seating area is equipped with a state of the art 4K projector screen and audio system for screening your favorite films! Off the great room is an attractive powder room, a laundry room with two side-by-side sets of washer/dryers, a folding counter, hanging space, a sink and a storage cabinet, as well as an ample storeroom with built-in shelving and a locked closet for secure files. Also on the lower level is direct access to a two-car tandem garage, plus additional parking on the pad, and a convenient tradesmen’s entrance from the street directly to the garden.
In the recent gut renovation to the home, improvements included throughout: new siding, windows, interior doors, flooring, gas fireplaces, electrical, plumbing, millwork, water heater, La Cantina sliding glass doors and patios. The owners installed new systems including in-wall speakers, security, Lutron lighting, and a Savant entertainment system, and radiant heating on all levels. Structural work done comprised of 13 piers hand dug to up to 40’ below to support the foundation, steel beams, a new concrete foundation, new subfloor, and replacing/reinforcing floor joists. Through excavation, a downstairs laundry room and stairwell was added, as well as stairs from the kitchen to the backyard, and a new mezzanine balcony.
2502 Broadway has a rich history as one of the first houses constructed on the 2500 block of Broadway (the original owner was listed in the society pages as residing there in 1881) and survived the great 1906 earthquake. The home offers convenient walkability to wonderful neighborhood amenities, just blocks from Fillmore Street shopping and dining, Union Street, and Alta Plaza Park. This is an incredible and rare opportunity to own a turn-key masterpiece in a premier Pacific Heights location!
This scenic Bay Area neighborhood is nestled between the Marina and Pacific Heights districts. The Cow Hollow neighborhood features the condo/row houses that are synonymous with San Francisco. Located between Lyon Street and the Presidio to the West and Van Ness to the East, Cow Hollow is near a wide variety of popular San Francisco landmarks.
When it’s time for Cow Hollow residents to go shopping or out to eat, Union Street is where all the excitement happens. Starting from the intersection of Steiner and Union you will find Rose’s Cafe, which features Italian fare including breakfast pizza. Other popular restaurants on Union Street include Gamine (French cuisine), West Coast Wine + Cheese, and Flores. The shopping available on Union Street is both diverse and unique. Some of the notable shops include Krimsa Fine Rugs & Decor, the health and beauty boutique LUSH, and Lorna Jane.
Residents of Cow Hollow are within a half-mile of Presidio’s incredible activities and museums. Enjoy a refreshing walk up and around the park’s grassy hills, followed by a picnic near El Polin Spring. Bowl a few games at the Presidio Bowling Center, or explore the history of one of the pioneers of animation at The Walt Disney Family Museum. The Palace of Fine Arts is one of San Francisco’s most unique landmarks and can be visited with ease from the Cow Hollow neighborhood.
Accessing the rest of the Bay Area is both easy and convenient. A short walk to the intersection of Union and Fillmore Street will take you to the Route 41 Transit Stop.From there, you can ride to the Financial District in less than 30 minutes. Film industry workers who live in Cow Hollow can walk easily to Industrial Light & Magic, while the Google Headquarters is just a 45-minute commute.
If you are looking for a vibrant neighborhood with plenty to see and do, Cow Hollow is perfect for you!