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Community San Francisco: House Proud

Three extraordinary homes by giants of the Bay Area design scene offer something for everyone.

By Maile Pinge

17 Presidio Terrace, San Francisco, $20 million, Lisa Wolfe and Neal Ward
Compass Real Estate,
Photo by: Jason Wells

STATELY IN SAN FRANCISCO Benefitting of its historic neighborhood is a classical home by architect Andrew Skurman and interior designer Ken Fulk. Set on a private cul-de-sac once home to the British Embassy, the 10,041-square-foot property was designed with a grand foyer that leads to formal and informal entertaining spaces, including an oval dining room and a chef’s kitchen. The primary bedroom features a luxurious bath, dual dressing rooms, and a private office with a fi replace and wet bar. Atop the house is a private “pent-suite,” while the home’s lower level includes a theater, wine cellar, music room, gym, second office, and garden. All told, there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

1865 Centro West St., Tiburon, $13.9 million,
Shana Rohde-Lynch, 415.264.7101, Compass Real Estate,
Photo by: Jacob Elliott


Designed by Cheng Design, this multilevel, 6,960-square-foot hillside home is one of the Tiburon Peninsula’s most striking. All concrete and steel, it offers 180-degree panoramic views spanning San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Belvedere Island and Mount Tamalpais. Warm and elegant, the property boasts a state-of-the-art open kitchen, a media room, a family room, fi ve light-filled bedrooms, fi ve full bathrooms, a fitness room (or theater), a wine cellar and an elevator. Terraces, reflecting pools, a grassy lawn, and an outdoor kitchen and games areas surround the house. From its enviable perch, it’s mere blocks from Shoreline Park, shops, restaurants and ferries.

276 Atherton Ave., Atherton, $21.5 million
Sally Lee, 650.867.1210, Compass Real Estate


Light and air define this 8,869-square-foot home by architect Mark English, set on just over an acre in Atherton, the wealthiest town in America according to Bloomberg. English designed the house with a three-story spiral staircase, a 40-foot bridge that connects the two sides of the H-shaped top floor, dramatic terraces and soothing reflecting pools. The home centers on a double-height entertaining space and offers fi ve spacious bedrooms, six full bathrooms, a home office, a theater, a bar, and wine cellar, and a separate guesthouse. An outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and pool make for ideal indoor-outdoor living.