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Sponsored – Luxury developer creates ‘virtual oasis in the heart of the city’


Troon Pacific wants to make a statement, so the luxury developer created something awe-inspiring, sustainable and welcoming on Russian Hill.

The result is 950 Lombard St., a one-of-a kind residence boasting five bedrooms, a guest cottage, a subterranean art gallery, seemingly endless views and a cantilevered infinity edge pool crowning Russian Hill.

“A home like Residence 950 is an impossible find in San Francisco, a virtual oasis in the heart of the city,” said Gregory Malin, CEO of Troon Pacific. “We designed 950 Lombard as if it were our own dream home. It was essential for us to provide a home that is truly unique, has the most sought-after amenities and materials and remains understated from the street and then reveals a rare level of amenity and openness.”

Framing landmarks like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, Salesforce Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, the home, which is listed for $45 million, affords postcard views of San Francisco’s skyline, Marin and the East Bay.

Fragrant roses and lavender line the tranquil garden that includes a verdant lawn and an outdoor kitchen. All told, the grounds encompass more than a third of an acre, a full city block between Lombard and Chestnut streets.

“It’s truly a private park,” said Val Steele of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is representing the property. “It’s majestic up there at nighttime. You feel removed from the fray of the urban chaos, yet it’s only a short walk from the Financial District.”

Elegant and inviting, the landscape includes an exceptional outdoor dining area with expansive views of the private gardens and the city skyline. A pair of crystal chandeliers suspended from the trellis illuminate this outdoor dining area that seats 24. The gas fire feature flickers beside drought-resistant plantings, including 100-year-old olive trees that frame the outdoor entertaining space.

The dining space transforms to become an al fresco theater with an all-weather retractable screen and surround sound speakers. A Hestan grill with rotisserie and a Hestan beverage center anchor the outdoor kitchen that includes an Italian wood-burning pizza oven.

Expanding the home required 12 years of permit applications, and for more than a decade, the site was dormant. Six years of construction resulted in an estate with roughly 9,500 square feet of living space.

Designed for entertaining, 950 Lombard hosts a wealth of gathering spaces and entertainment areas, both indoors and out.

The art gallery can double as a sport court, the garage, entered through a tunnel, includes a catering area for events and the spacious entertainment space has floor-to-ceiling windows which disappear to showcase the views beyond.

Originally built in 1908, the residence offers hints of classical elements amid a wealth of contemporary details. Sunlight pours through latticed, picture and multipane windows, illuminating the finishes of Calacatta marble, limestone and stained hardwood.

“To maintain Troon’s signature level of quality, we truly applied our mission and core values to this project of design, responsibility and creativity,” Malin said. “Responsibility includes both environmental sustainability for the planet, as well as thoughtful wellness amenities for the human soul. Our mission of creativity allows for flexible, future-proof layout so that new owners could make it their dream home and adapt it to their preferences and lifestyle.”

Troon’s methodology returns a design that’s fluid, thoughtful, elegant and pragmatic. A glass elevator resting within a light well brightens every floor, while the steel and hardwood staircase with floating treads lends architectural elegance.

Staged as an art gallery with wine storage, a versatile two-story space could easily host a sport court, fitness center or nightclub. The potential for further expansion exists, as the gallery’s southern wall connects to the four-car garage. Far from simply a place to store vehicles, the garage enjoys integrated speakers, a catering staging area, a dog wash and an automotive turntable.

Pre-certified for LEED Platinum status, the home’s design highlights sustainability and efficiency.
Solar panels provide about 15 percent of the home’s electricity, while the 12,500-gallon one-site rain cistern collects water for landscape irrigation and additional uses around the home. All major rooms feature hydronic radiant heating, while the home’s art gallery and bedroom level host humidity control.

Luxurious and capable, the chef’s kitchen hosts Calacatta marble counters, three ovens and Boffi cabinetry. Both gas and induction cooktops provide cooks a choice between cooking surfaces, and the kitchen includes a steam oven.

Boffi closets also reside in the master suite, a resplendent retreat with a vaulted ceiling and an open foyer that doubles as an office. French doors open to a private balcony overlooking the landscaped garden and cityscape.

The suite culminates with a spa bathroom bearing a freestanding soaking tub, and a marble shower with a rain fall shower head and built-in television.

Healthful amenities abound throughout Troon Pacific’s design. A Zehnder MERV-13 ventilation system in the main home completes at least a dozen whole-house air changes per day. This system includes a MERV-16 air-conditioning system for the bedroom level, while a ventilated air barrier rests beneath the concrete foundation.

Building on the theme of health and rejuvenation, the listing includes a detached one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage that’s been repurposed into a wellness center.

The cottage not only boasts an open floor plan and modern kitchen, it also comes with a steam room, sauna and an outdoor shower. There’s also a hot tub with ultraviolet filtration.

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Listing agent: Val SteelePacific Union Real Estate, 415-810-5234,


Address: 950 Lombard St., Russian Hill.

Price: $45 million.

Features: Sprawling 9,500-square-foot luxury estate in Russian Hill built by Troon Pacific is pre-certified LEED-platinum and enjoys modern finishes, a flowing floor plan and a landscaped garden with views of the bay, Coit Tower and the Financial District. Gaggenau appliances outfit the chef’s kitchen, and the home includes an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, a beverage center and a wood-burning pizza oven. An infinity edge pool is cantilevered over the hillside, and there’s an automotive turntable and surround sound in the four-car garage. The .36-acre lot includes a private parklike garden with native flowers and century-old olive trees. The listing includes an outdoor entertainment center with a retractable screen, as well as an infinity edge pool.