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A classical statement in Pacific Heights

Much as Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, Kathryn Peters’ belongs at 2747 Vallejo St.

For the last 14 years, she’s resided in the stylish Pacific Heights home, hosting holidays, marveling at the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and putting her flourish on the classical design. She planted hydrangeas in the south-facing garden and added brass hardware to the master bathroom. She and her friends watched the Blue Angels from her roof deck during Fleet Week.

“The home is so special. I don’t say that lightly. It has magical views,” Peters said. “It’s so hard for me to be selling. I retired in July and moved back to the East Coast where I grew up. I wouldn’t be selling if I were staying in San Francisco.”

From the street the home makes a classical statement. Though it was built in the 1990s, the home features traditional design elements like arches, dentils and Juliet balconies along its facade. Such details maintain the elegant architectural context with the rest of the block.

“They took years to build this home,” Peters said of the original designers and architect. “I tried to improve and meticulously maintain wherever I could.”

The home opens to a foyer where marble inlays accent the hardwood floor. A copper banister finishes the curved grand staircase. A bedroom with an en suite bathroom completes the floor.

“It’s great for guests because there’s private guest quarters separate from the main living area,” Peters said. “Guests feel like they have their own area.”

A bedroom on the second level overlooks Vallejo Street and includes built-in shelving and a sitting area.

“The house can fit many configurations — it has a lot of flexibility,” she said.

Public rooms occupy the third level, and the home’s elevator runs right beside the living room. Here, Corinthian columns accent the room as a series of arched French doors open to three separate Juliet balconies. Parquet hardwood flooring lines the room, as coffered wainscoting rests at hip level. Wide crown molding wraps around the room and a chandelier suspends from a ceiling medallion. A wood-burning fireplace completes the space.

One hallway off the living room leads to the formal dining room, while another transitions to a butler’s pantry/wet bar that leads to the kitchen. Custom cabinetry and ample counter space accessorize an inviting kitchen that’s home to a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking range and a Thermador wall oven. The center island includes a prep sink, and a pantry closet with built-in pullouts lends additional functionality to the space. Peters’ kitchen additions include the microwave warming drawer, a convection oven and a wine refrigerator.

A breakfast room waits just beyond a tall archway and opens to the south-facing backyard. Similarly, the formal dining room also opens to the rear garden. The formal dining room is finished with Zuber Paris Hindu wallpaper that fashions a mural that wraps around the room. Pocket doors separate the formal dining and breakfast rooms, and the dining room features built-in cabinetry and a modern chandelier.

The master suite occupies almost half of the upper level. Like the living room, the master suite contains a fireplace and looks north to the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts.

“The views are breathtaking,” Peters said. “I’ll open up the French doors and have the fresh air coming in as I look at the beautiful colors of the sky, the ocean and the bay, and the lights at night.”

Listing agent: Nina Hatvany, Pacific Union Real Estate, (415) 710-6462, nina@nina


Address: 2747 Vallejo St., Pacific Heights. San Francisco.

Price: $8.995 million.

Features: Views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the Palace of Fine Arts await from this four-level a block from the Gold Coast. The four-bedroom home includes a roof deck, a south-facing backyard and a front terrace. French doors in the living room open to three separate Juliet balconies, and the master suite hosts a private balcony of its own.

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