American architect Charles Frederick Whittlesey is best known for his work across the American Southwest—where, as chief architect for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, he designed stations, hotels, and a handful of Harvey Houses. Whittlesey relocated to California in 1907, and during his early days there—in 1908—he crafted this striking Spanish-Revival residence. Its lines, hues, details, and eye-catching façade subtly bring to mind the most iconic structures of the Southwest.
San Francisco, California | Anne Herrera, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Renovated with an eye toward retaining its architectural heritage and distinctive period detail, the home stands as a testament to the Whittlesey’s talents and to the enduring style of early-20th-century architecture in San Francisco. Generous in scale and filled with light, it spans 5,887 square feet, and its sophisticated floor plan includes five bedrooms, five and one-half baths, and a host of spaces for chic living and entertaining.
The public spaces were designed to accommodate the quintessential California lifestyle while making the most of enviable views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Welcoming with its wide-open feel, the living room has a handsome beamed ceiling, an arched brick-framed fireplace, warm hardwood floors, custom shelving, and lovely leaded-glass and picture windows. Arches lead gracefully to other spaces, including a formal dining room perfect for both quiet, intimate meals and grand gatherings. Thoughtfully updated, the kitchen features an island, a Wolf cooktop with a striking copper hood, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two Miele dishwashers, and two sinks. Adjoining is a breakfast area with a built-in banquette and wine storage. Both dining areas open to a stylish terrace and the idyllic grounds, facilitating effortless indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.
A grand sky lit stairway with an ornate iron railing leads to the private quarters, including the serene master retreat. This impressive oasis encompasses a spacious bedroom, a sunny sitting room or meditation space, a luxurious bath, a well-appointed walk-in closet, and access to a private deck with a hot tub. In addition to a guest suite, this level also features a playroom or studio and multiple balconies. A window-wrapped office—which joins two guest suites on the uppermost level—enjoy views of the majestic Golden Gate. The highlight, however, is an expansive sunny southerly deck with a delightful, sweeping outlook. A versatile windowed space just above the garage has a decorative fireplace and could easily serve as a media, family, fitness, or music room or additional guest quarters. An elevator links every level but the uppermost.
An enviable rarity, the multilevel grounds are a private sanctuary featuring patios, a putting green, a basketball hoop, a thriving vegetable garden, and tasteful modern landscaping. A coveted amenity, the two-car garage provides welcome storage space and is located at street level. The home’s tree-lined neighborhood is beloved for its eye-catching architecture, superior restaurants, charming markets, and stylish shops. The Presidio is steps away, offering access to the Presidio Wall Playground, hiking trails, golf, and a sandy beach.