Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Sir Jonathan Ive, has just purchased a 7,274-square-foot dream home on San Francisco’s “Gold Coast”. He paid $17 million for the home that is said to be located on “one of the city’s most exclusive blocks.”
The house, which was built in 1927 and has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, went on the market back in February for $25 million, people familiar with the deal told the Wall Street Journal. Apple’s vice president of industrial design will be able to enjoy sweeping views across the San Francisco Bay from the back of his 7,274-square-foot property.
Located close to Alta Plaza Park, the house also has an oak-paneled library and six wood-burning fireplaces. According to the WSJ, one of its upstairs bedrooms has “cathedral ceilings with exposed beams.”
This stunning home in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood of Pacific Heights was designed by the renowned architectural firm, Willis Polk & Co., noted for the design of the Palace of Fine Arts as well as many historically significant properties in The City. Exuding elegance and warmth on one of the most desirable streets in The City, the residence catches the eye with its timeless brick façade, signature slate roof, and deep portico entry. Completed in 1927, the home has been well maintained throughout its history. The five-level floor plan is comprised of a series of formal rooms on the main level, a lower level with an expansive gourmet kitchen, a bottom-level apartment, plus two levels of bedrooms above. Adding to the appeal is a fabulous garden courtyard plus a top-level deck with spa.
A Walk Through the Home
Inside, the foyer introduces the home’s original and period-authentic architectural details found throughout, including gleaming peg-in-board hardwood flooring, high ceilings with plaster moldings, windows with stone surround, antique door fixtures, deep baseboards and custom wall sconce lights. Operable steel frame windows and a transom look out to the garden courtyard, where moss-covered bricks are shaded by four mature ferns. An oak paneled elevator and a two-part powder room adjoins the area.
Double oak doors in the entry lead into the main-level library, which boasts beautiful oak wall paneling, a focal-point wood-burning fireplace with stone mantelpiece and a polished copper chandelier. Five tall front-facing windows with custom blinds offer natural illumination, and abundant built-in library shelves.
The main gallery hallway is lined with steel-frame French doors to the courtyard and illuminated by light fixtures. A grand-scale dining room at the end of the hallway has spacious dimensions that are expanded by large wall mirrors and features four wall sconces with crystal drops, windows with arched transoms and Bay views.
A door adjoins the dining room to the catering kitchen and a back staircase descends to the main kitchen for convenience.
The living room continues the hardwood floors and is anchored by a geometric pattern embossed into the tall ceiling. There are sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay that stretch from the Golden Gate Bridge, across Alcatraz Island and to Russian Hill. A sitting alcove with bay window to the courtyard adds to the ambiance, and the space is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace with travertine surround.
One level down is the main kitchen with granite slab countertops, a tall box-beam ceiling, and a large center island with butcher-block prep space and secondary sink. A full wall of divided light windows frame beautiful Bay vistas and a large casual dining area invites everyday meals.
Beyond the kitchen is a fitness room, which could be used as a separate bedroom suite if needed. The main living space includes windows with views, a kitchenette with sink and cooktop, plus a bathroom. This level also includes a second tiled bathroom.
The lower-most level of the home is comprised of a view 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom staff apartment with large kitchen and additional storage rooms.
The second level begins with the master bedroom suite, which is located at the front of the home for maximum sunlight. The master suite features a wood-burning fireplace with marble surround, front-facing windows with custom blinds with a walk-in closet and ample wardrobe storage space.
A study on this level has built-in library shelving, a wood-burning fireplace, bay windows that overlook the courtyard and a unique concealed oak paneled wet bar with pewter sink. One bedroom suite adjoins the study and features a walk-in closet with connecting bath and has Bay views.
One additional bedroom suite on this level features a wood-burning fireplace and a bay window sitting alcove with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The upper-most level of the home includes a light-filled bedroom suite with a charming wood-burning corner fireplace, a wood-paneled cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, and windows with neighborhood views as well as an en suite bathroom.
Highlighting the top level is a pent room with stunning Bay views, a concealed wet bar with sink, a full bath and French doors to a sundeck with spa.