30 Palo Alto Avenue
30 Palo Alto is unequivocally one of the most spectacular homes in San Francisco. It is one of three historic buildings built on a private cul-de-sac with lush landscaping in front, completely surrounded by trees and flowers, and perched high above the City. This residence has views stretching from the South Bay all the way past the Golden Gate and into the mouth of the Pacific Ocean from essentially every level. In total, it has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and is a one-of-a-kind observatory in the sky.
With four car parking (two indoors, and two on a parking pad), this house offers an incredible opportunity for hosting guests or housing a large family. At the same time, it also has many spaces that are intimate and where one could sit and literally watch almost all the City go by behind the privacy of the lush trees on both sides.
Inside the main entrance, one is greeted by a soaring skylight, 20 feet above, that streams lovely natural light. Up a few stairs, one enters the main floor, with similarly grand ceilings - approximately 12 feet tall - and an array of oversized windows which act almost like individual pieces of one kinetic portrait - always moving, always dramatic, and constantly entertaining. The windows show dazzling north and east views of the bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Bay and stretch through the living room with wood-burning fireplace, to the formal dining room. The sitting area, with recessed lighting, has a dramatic wall for hanging art or a large television, if the oversized windows aren’t enough! A chef’s kitchen is attached to the dining room, passing a hall closet and half bath for guests.
The open kitchen faces large windows and the water, so that one can prepare a meal while admiring the view. Soft gray cabinetry and a built-in pantry is complimented by granite counters and a kitchen island with a four burner Bosch range and a beautiful copper hood. A skylight above the kitchen streams in light, and the space is fully equipped with a Bosch dishwasher, SubZero refrigerator and freezer, wine cooler, double ovens and a side desk area topped with Caesarstone. There is a large eat-in dining area within the kitchen, with French doors allowing for access to a lovely wooden viewing deck for BBQ or sitting in the sun.
Up the stairs there is a sizeable lofted office/library room with an en-suite full bathroom and a huge balcony onto the living room, so one can either be a part of conversation and drama afforded in the living room or enjoy a bit more privacy. There is also an amazing array of built-in shelving units and useable space. A full level up is an exit to the roof deck, which is breathtaking. Before one even considers the fact that it is perched above almost everything around it, one should note that there is also a built-in hot tub on the roof deck. From each level, there are a variety of ways to enjoy the San Francisco views in a manner specific and personal to this particular house.
Down the stairs from the main entrance, past a door with direct access to the garage and through a small hallway, one enters the opulent grand master suite. The northern views are still phenomenal, as the house was built along the hillside to capture views from each level, and the master is no exception.
There is a room attached to the spacious master bedroom with wood-burning fireplace that can serve as either an office, a sitting area, or a nursery, and an en-suite bathroom with everything from a massive Jacuzzi tub, to a marble-topped dual vanity, stall shower, separate toilet closet and room for a personal sauna.
Another feature that makes this home unique is the versatility it affords. One floor down from the master, there is an entrance that can be separately accessed without needing to go through the house, allowing for long-term guests. This floor has an additional coat closet, a rear bedroom with an ample closet and en-suite bath, and even a kitchenette in a very large family room with continuing views. There are two additional bedrooms with Bay views and a tile bath with shower over tub off the hallway. The floor also has a massive laundry room with a sink and folding surface as well as a linen closet, and together, these floors either could be used by several children, or could be made completely self-contained for guests.
Down another flight there is a large unfinished space with approximately 8 foot ceilings and a work studio with private door access, potentially allowing for the new owner to expand the home even further for a fantastic rec room or storage space.
The roundabout driveway complete with sandstone garden plaza is completely landscaped with large trees and beautiful foliage. Looking down the hillside from the back of the house one is encircled by greenery with access to walking trails. Grand yet at all times incredibly intimate, 30 Palo Alto is a luxury home that everyone can appreciate, for the magical views, the convenient and ample layout, the rich history of the area and the peaceful and private location.
Year Built: 1991 (Per Tax Records)
Square Footage: 4,641 (Per Tax Records)