Words like elegant and romantic only begin to describe this refined 1910 home on Green Street, which enjoys both posh diplomatic neighbors and the more rugged flora and fauna of the adjacent Presidio where Andy Goldsworthy’s “Woodline” (aka Lovers’ Lane) is but a few blocks away.
On a 4,120-square-foot lot, the house has its own private oasis, too: Outside, a lush garden has a running stream plus an outdoor sports court. But really, it’s the interiors we’re here for.
Stretching out over floor levels with multiple patios and views throughout, the house has ample space for a family or a party of out-of-towners.
An arched wood door enters into a vaulted foyer with detailed pillars and hardwood floors. In the gorgeous living room off to the right, coved ceilings, architectural alcoves, a marble fireplace, and coved bay window lend the space a feeling of an old-style French salon. The room transitions easily into the dining room where more vaulted ceilings and paneled walls lend a formal mood. Lovely arched French doors here open onto the terrace with a view to the Palace of Fine Arts and San Francisco Bay.
The kitchen is how we like them in such magnificent homes: spacious enough, but simple and functional with clean stainless steel appliances, a comfortable center island, and a sunny breakfast nook. A clever closet hides a convenient washer and dryer.
Upstairs, all four bedrooms have lovely views, including the master suite where a daybed built into the bay window is a sweet spot for lounging among the treetops. Paneled walls conceal a built-in wardrobe where one panel opens to reveal a vanity with storage. The primary bathroom, clad in sleek black stone, has a dual sink vanity and walk-in rainfall shower.
On the third level up, a sprawling space multitasks as a family room and office. The bottom level houses another family room (or an in-law with a kitchen), a powder room, wine cellar, and two-car garage.