The grandeur of the house-like, approx. 5000 square foot condo is truly impressive but not intimidating. Over 100 years old this building has weathered time and become a Grande-Dame of Alta Plaza Park. The home retains its old-world charm with high ceilings, elaborate plaster and box-beam ceilings, original herringbone hardwood floors, heavy pocket doors, ornate doorknobs and original leaded windows. Yet, the updated and renovated workings of the home make it comfortable and modern.
Enter the home though large double French doors into a warm foyer and mount the wide staircase with the original oak balustrade to the main Reception Hall and the entertaining rooms. The Reception Hall is flooded with light streaming in from the original three-paneled and leaded glass windows that rise through the stairwell to the second floor and has an exquisite Steinway concert grand piano in an antique rosewood case to greet you. Turn to the right and you are drawn to the spacious, double-sized formal living room with plate glass windows that look onto the San Francisco Bay with imposing views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and Sausalito. The grand living room has a box-beam ceiling, fireplace, hardwood herringbone floors, fabric-covered walls and a built-in sound system. French doors lead from the living room to a slate terrace. Next to the living room is a jewel-like powder room and toilet.
Turning left off of the Reception Hall leads you into the family room, dining room and kitchen. Over-arching the family room and the kitchen is a magnificent original handcrafted ornate oval plaster ceiling. Three very large windows offer views onto Alta Plaza and the city beyond. This south-facing front also affords tremendous light all day. The family room has a built in 50-inch flat-screen TV, quality built-in cabinets and office space, original flooring and is connected to the living room sound system. The eat-in kitchen off of the family room is large and airy. It has been engineered for both family use and catering with ample counter space, mahogany cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances: Wolf 6-burner cooktop with grill, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and Thermador double-ovens. The formal dining room, off both the Reception Hall and the kitchen, is entered via heavy pocket doors. The high ceilings and plastered walls make this a gem of a room.
Continuing up the wide stairway to the second more family-oriented living quarters, passing the impressive window as you climb, one lands in a wide hallway. At the top of the stairs is a beautifully paneled and plastered library and reading landing. At one end of the wide hall is the Master bedroom with impressive and unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay, an office or extra bedroom with handsome built-in cabinetry, also with views, and two finely detailed marble bathrooms: one with a large soaking tub, one more with a steam shower, both with radiant in-floor heating. Going in the opposite direction from the Library leads to three more bedrooms and two bathrooms, all with unique features: windows onto the park, a fireplace, English farm-animal tiles in one bathroom, original marble sinks, convenient built-in closets, to name a few of the details.
There is a laundry room on the second floor with side-by-side appliances, a Seidle phone/intercom system on all levels and parking for two cars.
This home is absolutely extraordinary!
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