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Rebuild restores elegance of Pacific Heights gem

Rebuild restores elegance of Pacific Heights gem

Refined style, designer flair, contemporary conveniences and rich woodwork await on a coveted lot in Pacific Heights. A to-the-studs renovation refreshed the period finishes while installing plenty of Digital Age infrastructure.

“It’s a chance to live in a 21st century estate paired with incredible conveniences of modern technology and turn-of-the-century style detail,” said Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing 2830 Buchanan St. for $6.5 million.

Detailed woodwork and formal public rooms speak to classical design, while spa bathrooms, a luxury kitchen and indoor/outdoor living appeal to contemporary values.

The lower level hosts a side-by-side two-car garage, as well as au pair quarters with the kitchenette. A marble foyer lends formality to the garden level. The au pair space offers versatility and could easily transition into a spacious entertainment area that opens to the outdoors.

Eleven zones of radiant heating ensure energy efficiency throughout.

Exit the elevator on the main level and see dark hardwood flooring, a coffered ceiling and built-in cabinetry. Though they look as if they’ve always been there, the three fireplaces on this level are not original to the home.

A wall of windows faces west and welcomes sunlight into the living room, while a traditional chandelier illuminates the dining area.

Marble counters accent a country kitchen that’s finished with a pair of copper sinks and Aga range. The kitchen opens to the rear deck and backyard and revolves around a center island with built-in storage.

Built by Henry Beers Pinney as his personal residence in 1904, the Edwardian occupies the southeastern corner by Buchanan and Green streets. Architect Charles Whittlesey remodeled the home in 1915 and the home stayed in the Pinney family for many decades. The current owner rebuilt the home from the studs between 2004 and 2008, Hatvany said.

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Listing agent: Nina Hatvany, Pacific Union Real Estate, (415) 345-3022,


Address: 2830 Buchanan St.,

Pacific Heights, San Francisco.

Price: $6.5 million.

Features: Stylish Edwardian with grand views and spacious rooms amid contemporary and period grandeur. The shingled home stands two blocks south of the bustling Union Street. Rebuilt in 2006, the home now offers a 500-amp electrical system, seismic upgrades, an elevator and networking infrastructure.

Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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