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A San Francisco House That Feels ‘Like Home’

Overlooking San Francisco Bay in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, this home has an elevator to all four levels and a private garden—Sarah Tilton

Overlooking San Francisco Bay in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, this home has an elevator to all four levels and a private garden.

Kathryn M. Peters knew she wanted a home with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then her friend told her about this house in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. ‘Go by this home after work,’ she says he told her. ‘It looks like a home you will love.’

Ms. Peters’s friend was right. ‘When I walked through it the first time it felt like home; she says. She paid $4.378 million for the house in 2003.

The French doors in the living room look out at the San Francisco Bay. ‘I found it so incredibly magical to open the French doors and look out at the beautiful colors of the sky and watch the fog come in. Even at night I’d open the doors and look at the lights,’ she says.

The dining room opens onto the garden. The hand-painted wallpaper was left by the previous owner. ‘The floor plan is amazing. This house is so great for entertaining. From the garden you can see all the way through the house,’ she says. ‘I’d open the doors at the front and back of the house so you get a nice cross breeze.’

Ms. Peters is selling as she retired from the investment management business last July and has moved to the East Coast to be closer to family.

‘It’s so open and airy and sunny,’ says Ms. Peters. She liked to grill outside on the patio.

‘This garden is an oasis. You don’t feel like you’re in the city,’ says Ms. Peters. She expanded the lawn, added the hydrangeas and put in the mosaic on the garden wall. She says she will miss the privacy of the garden.

There is a butler’s pantry off the kitchen.

Ms. Peters put in new appliances including a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator.

‘My favorite memory is looking out at the sunset from my bedroom,’ she says. There is a fireplace in the master bedroom.

The master bathroom. ‘I really tried to just make it reflect my taste. The views are so serene being able to see the water and the bridge. I wanted to make the inside reflect that; she says.

The top floor includes two walk-in closets, one off the master suite. There is a pull-down ironing board in the closet shown here.

Ms. Peters likes the neighborhood as it is quiet, and she can easily walk to shops and restaurants.

The elevator goes from the three-car garage to all four levels.

The approximately 4,500-square-foot home has four bedrooms and 4½ baths. The home has an asking price of $8.995 million. Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union International has the listing.

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