101 Maple, SAN FRANCISCO, California 94118(Sold At) $10,995,000
Effortlessly breathtaking, this Presidio Heights masterpiece must be seen to be believed.
Enter a formal iron gate and landscaped front entrance with sleek slate stairs, and arrive at an amazing front door, the size of which speaks to the unparalleled grandeur one can experience in every level of this home. Inside, one is greeted with unobstructed views from the living room to the right, complete with a beautiful and oversized gas fireplace, to the kitchen in the rear and a lounge area to the left; all masterpieces unto themselves. One can immediately begin to grasp the precision, thoughtful planning, architectural creativity, and masterful engineering necessary to create such a cohesive vision - modern without sterility, sharp but delicate, and welcoming all at once.
The formal living area is situated on the north-east side of the house, with tremendous windows that look out onto the beauty of other neighboring properties and serve as a reminder that this home stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the most coveted homes in all of San Francisco. Location, as they say, is key. Turning back to the beautifully-crafted stone mantle and the huge fireplace that presents perfectly placed heating stones, the ability of this home to project grandeur without sacrificing warmth becomes immediately evident.
A glass staircase sits between the living room and the reading room, and strung lights highlight this amazing architectural achievement; there is soaring and uninterrupted space from the ground level to the skylight of the roof deck. The natural light and scale is stunning and allows a visitor to experience the depth and height of the home while managing to connect all areas of the house so that each is an intimate part of the whole.
The front seating area looks into Presidio, with sliding doors and beautiful built-in cabinetry. This can be used as either a very private meeting space or respite or can be opened to display hung art, books, or even sculpture. The floors throughout the home are wide-planked white oak; a light and inviting finish that showcases the architecture.
The kitchen is a chef’s – an entertainer’s – dream. It opens onto a walk-out slate garden area with a fireplace, and also has a large but cozy eating and seating area on the opposite side with glass that spans the wall for a lovely view and seamless light. The most impressive element is the grand stone island, with ample room for several bar stools and a demonstration of book-matched marble that is truly unrivaled. Each natural swirl is captured seamlessly along the different surfaces. A built-in Miele oven and state-of-the-art combination steamer, microwave, and convection oven flank a Miele five-burner range with a pot filler, a Viking hood that has been enclosed to match the cabinetry, and a huge stainless steel sink and professional-grade faucet, mounted in the island across from the range. There is ample cabinetry both above and below, and a Miele dishwasher, freezer, and large refrigerator are tastefully matched to the cabinets so as to almost disappear.
A beautiful wood-paneled dining room shares the seamless outdoor space with the kitchen and includes a truly mesmerizing glass blown light fixture. A coat closet, a beautifully tiled powder room with striking grey stone accents, Venetian plaster style finish, and marble vanity countertop, as well as an elevator from the ground floor, complete this level.
Up the staircase, and one is again greeted by natural light. To the right is an indoor/outdoor area, perfect for play or entertaining. The outdoor space has a slate surface, large planters, gas hookups, and a glass railing which looks down upon the similarly appointed space below. One could easily entertain from both levels without a feeling of separation.
To the left is the first of two bedrooms, which both have views outwards; one of the deck and outdoor space off of the kitchen, and the other with views of the expertly landscaped entrance and mature trees Presidio Heights is so known for. Both have ample closets, and they share a bathroom between them, with dual sinks, an impressively sized mirror from wall to wall, a floating toilet, a glass-enclosed shower with textured tile, and bright textured stone floors, all of which are a lighter color and highlight the fact that each space has been considered so as to be unique but cohesive all at once. This floor also has a well-appointed laundry room, complete with stacked washer dryer units, a Kohler sink, and myriad cabinets for storage and useable counter space.
Past the laundry room is an impressive, light-filled bedroom in the northeast corner of the home. With ample room for a bed, desk, dresser, and closet, the room stretches across the house and includes a comfortable seating area as well. The ensuite bathroom, with a deep, glass-enclosed tub /shower, has doors on either side, so that it can be accessed from the hallway if desired. A large fixed window at the landing begins to capture more of the Presidio and reminds one that each landing serves as an observatory for the spaces below.
The top level has a floor-to-ceiling window, which sits atop the terrace/deck and the matching space of the kitchen and also shows off the lovely trees in the neighboring garden. This entire level is the master suite. The bedroom itself has glass doors on one side with a stainless balcony, so one can breathe fresh air or view the scenes below, and the other side has a very private deck, with an abundance of room for seating; the perfect romantic setting to enjoy the views of the natural landscape the Presidio offers. Built-in speakers and shelving with light-washed wooden cabinetry frame the large and opulent room well.
The master bathroom is truly a sight to behold, with large cuts of Calacatta marble with dramatic natural grey streaks. A Westlake soaking tub, glass-enclosed shower with two separate heads on either side, a frosted glass toilet enclosure, and sinks on opposite ends make this an incredible oasis for bathing. The window at the tub level offers a similarly dramatic view of the Presidio and combined with the skylight, space is awash with light at all times.
The dressing area is the most dynamic of spaces, with matching-sized walk-in closets on either side providing endless configuration possibilities, and between the two is a lounge area or working desk, with an obsidian gas fireplace and windows from ceiling to floor facing the Presidio and covering the whole northern wall.
The staircase at this level is stunning, as with the touch of a button, the glass ceiling parts and one have unobstructed access to an amazing roof deck, with large square tiles, stainless hardware and banisters, room for a full suite of furniture, and greenery planted on every surface that isn't covered. From this carefully manicured roof, one can see for miles, from the Bay, to Tiburon, Angel Island and into the depths of the Presidio. With up-lighting and attention to detail on every surface, this is sure to be your favorite spot.
The lower level is a wonderful combination of spaces for privacy, utility, and comfort. There is a full bedroom with a small outdoor deck area and glass doors, so that no light is lost, which also has its own ensuite bathroom with tub/shower, oversized mirror and vanity, and incredibly unique long textured cuts of stone. There is a storage closet and an open laundry room with another set of stacked washer dryer, and a shower, perfect for rinsing or regular use. In the next room, an amazing glass-enclosed stainless steel sculptural wine room, temperature controlled and perfect for display, sits within and works seamlessly with a wonderful den. A bar sink and storage makes this a dramatic but equally pleasant spot to have a taste-off or simply enjoy the company of friends or family. Next door is an exercise room, with specialized gym flooring, a beautiful and very useful half bath, and a window for fresh air when working up a sweat.
There are two indoor entrances to the garage, which easily fits two cars and has great built-in shelving and a crisp epoxy-coated floor. The "control room" closet shows off the multitude of features that aren't immediately apparent, including radiant heat throughout the home and controls for sound, heat, and lights. Security, comfort, quality sound, and ease of use were paramount in coordinating and designing this system.
This is truly an architectural gem, presenting an incredible opportunity for a discerning buyer to purchase a corner home in a wonderful location, with all the benefits, beauty, and creature comforts that accompany a masterfully crafted and executed modern estate.
101 Maple, SAN FRANCISCO, California 94118
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