Emily LandesJuly 1, 2020Updated: July 1, 2020 4:05 a.m.Comments
When Arnold and Madeline Schuster bought 3555 Pacific Avenue back in 1985, the Presidio was still in the hands of the U.S. military. It would take almost another decade before the former army base was transferred to the National Park Service, changing the ownership of the Presidio Wall Playground the home overlooked. Regardless of who owned the 1,500-acre open space, Madeline joked that her friends referred to it as the couple’s “borrowed landscape.”
Those friends were one of several reasons the Schusters, now approaching their 80s, were reticent to leave their longtime home. “We love the home and have made such wonderful friendships that became like family that it took us over two years to finally make the decision to sell,” Schuster said. “We will miss the ever-changing views of the San Francisco Bay and the natural air conditioning of the fog. We love the way we were able to display our art and how easily the home flowed when we entertained.”
But warmer climates were calling and the Schusters decided to put their over-3,700-square-foot four-bedroom, 5.5-bath on the market for $7.5 million, or just over $2,000 a square foot. While many their age would be downsizing, Schuster said they actually “upsized” to a condo in a 15-unit amenity-filled building in Palm Beach, Florida. “We are fortunate that we can live here with a beautiful view of the ocean and the intra-coastal waterway,” she said.
Check out our Compass California Blog for more content!