With Tech IPOs Looming, Here Are 7 Sumptuous San Francisco Homes
March 19, 2019
With Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and Pinterest each set to go public this year, thousands of San Franciscans are poised to be vested—and raking in tons of cash. And as if the city by the bay didn’t have enough housing problems, these newly mega-rich tech employees are likely to be looking to upgrade their residences in a big way.
While we know rich people don’t need much help to find housing, we still like to imagine how the wealthiest among us live. To assist them with their transition from a cramped, ramen noodle-filled apartment to a posh penthouse, we uncovered seven luxe residences where they can spend their IPO dough in style.
The sensational splurge: Not within reach of your average coder, this place is designed (and priced!) for a C-level exec. At over 16,000 square feet, it’s one of the largest private residences in the city. Boasting sweet views of the Golden Gate Bridge, this palatial pad would give any buyer instant old-money cred.
Built in the early 1900s, the seven-bedroom mansion oozes robber-baron vibes, with intricate and ornate details in the entryway, dining room, wood-paneled library, and amazing atrium. Buy it only if you’ve truly cashed out!
Penthouse perfection: This half-floor penthouse soars 500 feet above San Francisco’s SoMa district, offering unrivaled views of the Bay Bridge, city, and marina. For proof, just check out the 100-foot expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows that curve with the shape of the building. Talk about Pinterest-perfect views.
The 3,214-square-foot open floor plan also boasts designer kitchen appliances, custom cabinetry, white Carrara marble counters, two guest suites, and of course a luxe master retreat fit for a coding king.
Nice in Noe Valley: This three-level home in one of the city’s most coveted neighborhoods is ideal for a millionaire looking for a bargain buy. While it’s a bit of a stretch to call $6 million a bargain even in this exorbitant metro, the price on this five-bedroom home has already been slashed twice since landing on the market in late January.
Only four years old, the home is outfitted with Cat-6 cables to make it easy for an entrepreneur to work from home. We’re in love with the home’s sleek and sexy kitchen, the light wood flooring, and enormous master suite. Best of all? The views of Sutro Tower on a sunny day.
One cushy condo: If you like the idea of rubbing elbows with other tech millionaires, this luxe condo might be for you. Just last year, Facebook leased 33 floors of office space in this mixed-use building, to house between 2,000 and 3,000 Facebook and Instagram employees. But you’llbe the top dog in its half-floor penthouse perched 700 feet in the sky.
The 3,256-square-foot home boasts two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a large den, floor-to-ceiling glass, Italian marble walls in the master bathroom, and last, but not least: museum-finished walls with custom wall coverings. Yes, that’s right. You get a penthouse and an art gallery (artwork sold separately). Oh, how the other half live.
Perfect in Pacific Heights: Built in 1885, this Victorian has been given a dramatic exterior facelift. While it no longer resembles the famous Painted Ladies on the outside, the charms of old-school San Francisco are apparent once you set foot inside. Leaded glass, stained glass, lovely fireplaces, and soaring ceilings are just a few of the standout vintage elements of this five-bedroom home. Plus, it’s in an eminently walkable area, with shops and restaurants only a couple blocks away. There’s even a backyard—an ideal place to chill out in between stressful videoconference calls.
Prime Presidio location: This huge three-level home has been fully restored and truly shines. If the 7,600 square feet of living space aren’t enough to house all your hobbies, there’s an additional 2,700 square feet on the ground floor, with additional rooms, a garage, and extra storage space. The top floor of the six-bedroom home has entertainment options aplenty, including a media room, game room, and billiard room. Rack ’em up, because this place is designed to impress a seriously wealthy buyer!
Views of both bridges: Located on Telegraph Hill, this remodeled home offers gorgeous views of the bay below. From your living room, you can see Alcatraz plain as day, and from the outdoor decks you can see both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate.
On the back side, you’ll be able to ponder the wonders of Coit Tower as you collect your dough. Inside, the home has plenty of swoonworthy details, including two kitchens, a magnificent master suite, and a huge entertaining room. A big backyard with a garden helps seal the deal for this awesome abode.