This sophisticated contemporary aerie in the hills of Clarendon Heights spans approximately 4,195 square feet and offers four bedrooms, a sleek open living and dining level, and a vista that is dazzling by day and sparkling by night.
Serene Hillside Sanctuary with a Stunning View
San Francisco, California | Christiane Gigas, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Nestled in the hills of Clarendon Heights, this sophisticated contemporary aerie originally dates to the 1950s and was featured in a 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards. A well-considered update and expansion transformed it into a four-bedroom centerpiece for chic modern living, offering approximately 4,195 square feet on three levels. The wooden driveway deck and the fencing were respectfully retained in homage to the film.
Only homes in this coveted position—on a double lot in this charming neighborhood above Cole Valley—enjoy such spectacular unobstructed views, which stretch from the East Bay across the San Francisco skyline to Marin and include the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the ocean waters. The roof of the home’s two-car garage has been put to clever use as a stylish space for alfresco dining, lounging, and entertaining.
Crisp, clean finishes and clear, open sightlines are the order of the day in the refreshingly airy main level, which begins in a foyer with a pivoting glass door and includes a chic living area with a fireplace and a wall of glass, formal dining space, and a kitchen with Thermador appliances, streamlined cabinetry, and quartz-topped counter seating. A wraparound terrace overlooking the grounds was designed for effortless enjoyment of the sweeping vista, dramatic by day and sparkling by night.
Occupying the entire upper level, the dramatic master suite is a serene retreat with a private north-facing terrace, a walk-in closet, a spa-inspired bath that features a Japanese Ofuro soaking tub, and a sitting room or office with access to the rooftop deck. More relaxed activities happen on the lower level, which features three guest bedrooms and baths, a delightful family or media room with built-in wet bar, and storage space for a 1,000-bottle wine collection. Just outside, paths wind through the meticulously landscaped grounds, which reflect an appreciation of Japanese gardening traditions and follow the hillside in graceful terracing.
Among the technological enhancements are eight-zone radiant heating with integrated Nest thermostats, upgraded lighting systems, a Ring security system, and a charging station for an electric vehicle. Oversized Fleetwood windows admit light and views, sleek wide-plank European white oak floors flow throughout, and nearly every room benefits from what is indisputably a rare, dazzling view.