SF Gate features Val Steele’s Russian Hill stunner in On The Block
June 7, 2018
This $25-million Russian Hill home is San Francisco’s most-expensive listing of 2018
Asking $25 million, 2626 Larkin in Russian Hill is the most expensive home to come to market in 2018—by far. The next-most expensive home listed this year is 1266 Washington Street, which is asking a mere $18.950 million. (Of course, both of these are dwarfed by the $42-million ask for the penthouse at 181 Fremont, which came to market over a year ago and is still awaiting a buyer.)
So, what do you get for $25 million? According to the listing site, nothing less than “the unique work of art that you have waited for.” And though we don’t know if we would go so far as to compare the home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, as a marketing video on the listing site does, there was some definite artistry involved in the creation of the home, which was designed by architect Sandy Walker, with interior design from Helga Horner.
The main living spaces in the six-story home are centered around a circular staircase with a hammered bronze stair rail and a three-story chandelier meant to represent the Bay Area fog. Manufactured in Italy, there are only seven like it in the world, according to the video.
The atrium staircase begins on the third floor and marks the official entry of the home. (The two floors below contain a guest suite with it’s own kitchen, an 800-bottle wine room, and a four-car garage with additional storage and room for a home gym.) Other than the grand foyer, this floor also holds a media room, full bathroom and bedroom/office.
One floor up from this grand entry is the main entertaining space, with a formal living and dining room on one side of the staircase and an open kitchen and family room on the other. Through sliding glass doors you’ll find the terrace. It has both fire and water features, as well as a built-in grill and pizza oven.
Up another flight is the bedroom level. The master suite gets the gorgeous western views—best seen from the private balcony—a dressing room, and a huge bathroom with designer finishes. The two other bedrooms on this level must share a bath, but they do each have a private balcony overlooking the terrace below.
Up one more level—yes, there’s also an elevator—is one more bedroom and bath, plus an entertainment room that is open to the dramatic staircase and chandelier. It also leads to the rooftop terrace, which has panoramic views, a fire pit and a skylight that looks down on the stairwell/chandelier.
With $25-million buyers being few and far between, we aren’t expecting a quick sale for the Russian Hill home. But if it does sell for anywhere near that price, it will mark a new high for the neighborhood, where the current record is about $8.5 million under that asking.
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