Historical glamour meets modern luxury, as the grandeur of another era blends seamlessly into a contemporary lifestyle in this stunning renovation of a grand historic Pacific Heights mansion. Exquisite original architectural details serve as a magnificent backdrop for the sophisticated design and super-high end finishes of this wonderful City residence.
The location, in one of San Francisco's most desirable residential neighborhoods, also enjoys close proximity to the shopping and dining of Upper Fillmore and Polk Streets and nearby Lafayette Park as well as the cultural amenities of Civic Center Opera, Symphony, Ballet, Jazz and Museums. Easy freeway access to Silicon Valley and SF International Airport. Truly a quintessentially San Franciscan residence!
The spectacular, beautifully organized live-in gourmet chef's kitchen features herringbone parquet flooring, Calcutta marble slab counters, from the well-known showroom Petra Fina, exquisite custom cabinetry, eat-in/lounging area and high-end appliances throughout - perfect for today's contemporary lifestyle!
An elegantly-proportioned living room enjoys elaborate picture and crown moldings, fireplace and lovely outlooks to the surrounding mix of classical and contemporary buildings
The banquet-sized, dramatic wood paneled formal dining room has a fireplace, original built-ins, gorgeous box-beamed ceilings, spectacular crystal chandelier and lovely garden outlooks
The grand-scale entrance foyer provides a warmly welcoming entry into the residence and showcases a beautiful architectural staircase leading to the upper floors
The charming den with Bay window has lush garden outlooks
Classic powder room with antique pedestal marble sink
In addition to the main grand staircase, the residence has a back service or private staircase
Elevator to all levels
The huge, ultra-luxurious master bedroom wing has its own foyer and spans the entire width of the home. This wonderful retreat enjoys:
Three bedrooms with a charming Jack and Jill bath configuration. One enjoys a fireplace and leaded glass built-ins, while another has bay window and wonderful garden outlooks
Closet with full-sized antique safe
Note: The custom chandelier in the 2nd floor sitting room is excluded from sale
This historic mansion reflects the turn of the century trend away from the forms and extravagances of the Victorian era in favor of more restrained classical and colonial revival forms. The knowledgeable use of architectural massing, and expert placement on the site, all combine to create a design of considerable quality.
The residence is one of the group of four on California and Franklin streets which announce Pacific Heights as an area of stately mansions as one approaches from downtown. The group consists of: the Wormser-Coleman house by Percy & Hamilton, 1876, 1895 (s.f. landmark # 53); the Lilienthal-Pratt house, architect unknown, 1876 (s.f. landmark #55); the Coleman house by Salfield and Kohlberg, 1895 (s.f. landmark #54); and the Bransten house by Herman Barth, 1904 (s.f. landmark #126). The families were related, which permitted the last house to be oriented toward a communal south garden.
The Brandenstein house was built in 1904 by the William Haases from plans by Herman Barth. In 1918 the Haases gave it as a wedding present to their daughter Florine on the occasion of her marriage to Edward Bransten (formerly Brandstein). William Haas was the first president of the wholesale firm of Haas Brothers, Inc. And, Edward Brandstein's brother Max founded MJB coffee.
*Historical description source: SF Planning Department, Historic Preservation Report for 1735 Franklin St."
Homes in the grand, upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood deliver commanding views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline below, with hills rising from the Marina and running along an east-west ridge between Van Ness Avenue and Presidio Park. When Hollywood wants to film a classic, Pacific Heights is where it comes for cinematic thrills.
Some of the vintage, most grand and large homes in the city can be found in highly affluent Pacific Heights, which features an ample stock of Victorians, Edwardians, Mission Revivals, and homes in the style of French Chateaux and Italian Villas. A few of the former baronial mansions now serve as elite private schools including San Francisco University High School, Drew School, Town School For Boys, and Convent of the Sacred Heart (in the former Flood Mansion).
Scattered among these neighborhood gems are a few coveted, architecturally significant high-rise apartments from the 1920’s or so, rising above the stunning streetscapes below.
Pacific Heights has tree-lined streets, gorgeous parks, playgrounds, and being bounded by the Presidio, enjoys easy access to open space and miles of hiking, running, biking trails, tennis courts and golf course. The main shopping areas can be found on Fillmore Street, which runs north and south through Pacific Heights, and Union Street which runs east and west. Slightly further to the north lies commercial Chestnut Street of the adjacent Marina district. These nearby neighborhood commercial strips are home to some of the city’s most chic boutiques, shops and choicest restaurants, interspersed with local small service businesses.
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