Telegraph Hill View Home in Tranquil Garden Setting


Location: 471 Lombard Street

Price: $3,650,000

Lot Size: 25’ x 137.5’

Abstract: Set back from the street in a tranquil garden setting, this exquisite home features views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the bay, Russian Hill, the Crooked Street, as well as verdant garden outlooks. Renovation was recently completed on this unique property which may be used as a 3-4BD/3.5BA home or as two-units (2BD/1.5BA & 2BD/2BA). There are exquisite custom finishes throughout, two decks plus an extra-deep garden, and a flexible, open floor plan. There are two separate garages at the street level.

Description: A brief flight of stairs at the sidewalk’s edge leads to the entry gate.  Open the gate to the secret garden hidden from the street and beautifully landscaped with mature plants and trees including two apple trees and a verdant understory of ferns and hydrangea.  The extra-deep garden provides both a sunny and a shady seat and provides a tranquil respite in the heart of the city.

Upper Level:  The front door opens to the foyer of this two-level home.  The upper level features stunning views of Russian Hill, the Crooked Street, and the Golden Gate Bridge from the open kitchen-great room-deck.  The gourmet kitchen is the heart of the home. The golden travertine-topped island combines with dark, honed-granite prep counters inset with a hammered copper sink with rich custom cabinetry to create a warm and inviting palette. New appliances include a GE Profile dishwasher, GE Microwave, stainless refrigerator, and a pot-rack above the island.  There is a commercial Wolf 6-burner stove with built-in oven, pot-fill and Vent-a-Hood.  A greenhouse window above the sink and a huge skylight provide additional natural light.  Adjacent is the Butler’s pantry with a lovely, hammered copper sink, honed black granite counter, EDGSTAR wine refrigerator and excellent storage space.  The adjacent guest half bath is fitted with a Crema Marfil marble floor, honed black granite counter, Kohler porcelain sink and a skylight. 

The kitchen is open to the formal dining room which in turn opens to the living room and deck. Large, west-facing windows frame the city-lights view of Russian Hill, North Beach, and the Crooked Street enjoyed from the kitchen, living and dining rooms.  This open ‘great room’ is ideal for entertaining as it flows out to the southwest-facing deck which, in addition to the stunning western views, boasts spectacular Golden Gate Bridge views.  Off the living room and also opening to the deck, is a city-view office that may be used alternatively as a bedroom. 

At the front of this level, there is a spacious bedroom which may be used as the master. It features lovely Bay and Alcatraz views, a Crema Marfil, marble-faced fireplace and a large, walk-in closet.  The adjacent bath is accessed from the hall and is fitted with a custom-built vanity, a wall-mounted towel heater, a glass-enclosed stall shower equipped with a convenient pull down bench, wall-mounted rain shower, a hand-held shower and body jet sprayers.

Lower Level:  The interior stair case leads to the lower level which could easily be used as a separate unit by reinstating the dividing wall.  Currently, it is shown as with a Media room which boasts lovely garden views and a fossils limestone-faced fireplace with hand-hammered bronze doors.  A beautiful kitchen is nearby and serves as a convenient entertaining kitchen.  The Counters are finished in limestone and complemented with an airy travertine subway-tiled backslash.   Built-in appliances include a stainless Bertazonni gas cooktop with Vent-a-Hood, LG dishwasher, and a full size wine refrigerator.  The first bedroom has a large window with views of St. Peter and Paul Church, Russian Hill city lights and neighboring garden views.  Across the hall, the full bath features a Crema Marfil tiled floor, a glass-enclosed, travertine-lined stall shower, and a honed black granite vanity inset with a gleaming, hammered silver sink.  A large laundry room boasts a marble tiled floor and a full-size, side-by-side LG washer and dryer beneath a honed marble shelf/folding table.  At the back of the unit, the divine master suite features west-facing views and a secluded, west-facing deck with verdant outlooks as well as views of the Crooked Street and Russian Hill.  A large walk-in closet is fitted with a built-in dresser.  The stunning spa-style bath with city views showcases a sculptural, air-jet spa tub with a floor mounted tub filler. The double porcelain sinks are set within a limestone vanity.  The glass-enclosed shower is lined with tumbled travertine marble and features both a rain head and hand shower.  A wall-mounted towel heater completes the spa experience. 

Additional Features include:

Nest Home System for Heating

Recessed and custom lighting throughout

Hardwood floors throughout the principal rooms.

Designer stone finishes and custom cabinetry

Two southwest decks and a large garden.

Pantry plus separate laundry room.

Security camera system in place.

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Walker’s Paradise” – daily errands do not require a car.  Indeed, Washington Square Park is just over two blocks away and with it, a myriad of restaurants, shops and cafes including popular Mama’s, Park Tavern and Acquolina, to name a few.  Grant Ave. offers local boutique shopping and nearby Bay Street features Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Starbucks.  A bit farther lies Pier 39 and all the attractions lining the Embarcadero including world-class restaurants, the Ferry Building and Farmers’ Markets, the Bay Club and Golden Gateway Tennis Club.  Telegraph Hill is one of San Francisco’s sunniest microclimates and home to the legendary “Parrots of Telegraph Hill.”  In addition to the parrots, residents and tourists alike flock to this world-renown destination which offers spectacular views from many neighborhood vantage points including the celebrated Coit Tower.

Telegraph Hill is one the city's oldest neighborhoods, inhabited long before the gold rush by the men who worked on the nearby waterfront. Today Telegraph Hill is home to the largest concentration of pre-1870 buildings in San Francisco, some of which predate the gold rush. The neighborhood still bears witness to those glory days. As ships unloaded their cargo, a quarry at the top of Telegraph Hill supplied the rocks they needed for ballast, and today the exposed cliff face above Broadway remains one of the neighborhood's defining features.

Telegraph Hill is famed for its Italianate homes, Carpenter Gothic, and charming cottages with their steeply pitched roofs and ornate wooden scroll work. Those examples of old San Francisco are joined by newer additions including modernist homes by noted architects Richard Neutra, Gardner Dailey, and William Wurster.

Coit Tower, named after the heiress who donated the funds to honor San Francisco's firefighters, dominates the skyline of this residential community just above Chinatown and North Beach. While steep, the slopes of Telegraph Hill lead to the financial district, Fisherman's Wharf, and the waterfront, making this an extremely walkable neighborhood. The Filbert Street Steps, one of the many wooden walkways that crisscross this community, provides a pathway up the hill from Levi Plaza. Fortified with a meal from Il Fornaio, climbers can take the steps to Coit Tower, past flowering community gardens, and towering trees colonized by chatty flocks of escaped parrots now wild. The view from the top of Coit Tower draws tourists from around the world.

About Janet

Janet Schindler's extraordinary success in real estate sales derives from her fundamental belief: the client is #1. For the past 30 years, Janet has taken this approach in her full-time career and it shows. Janet is the #1 Realtor in San Francisco for all homes sold and is ranked one of the two top realtors in San Francisco per the 2012 MLS. In 2015, she ranked as one of the top 3 Realtors in San Francisco. She is consistently one of the top 25 Sotheby's International Realty Realtors nationwide and is regularly named on the prestigious Wall Street Journal's list of the Top 200 Realtors in the USA. When Haute Living published a list of the Bay Area's Top 8 Real Estate Power Brokers, Janet was one of them, dubbed "The Professional," a title that truly characterizes her approach to her career and her relationship to her clients. 

Janet looks out for her clients' best interests. She specializes in preparing and presenting properties for sale to assure her sellers maximize their returns. When representing buyers, she is quick to point out the hidden upside in a property as well as drawbacks. Her clients enjoy her positive attitude and sense of humor during a process that is often beset with stress. 

Media frequently seek out Janet's opinion of the San Francisco real estate market. She is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, First Republic Bank's Prestige Home Index and local newspapers. She also researches and writes the annual Schindler Report, which appears in San Francisco's Nob Hill Gazette, analyzing luxury real estate sales in San Francisco's north side neighborhoods. In addition to her real estate writing, Janet has published articles on other areas of interest including architecture and gardening. 

Janet graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in philosophy, emphasizing Asian philosophy, from Brandeis University and was a Regents Scholar at UCLA Law School. Her education and expertise add value to every real estate transaction. 90% of Janet's business comes from repeat clients and their referrals because they know that she always puts clients' interests first. Janet Schindler is the trusted name in San Francisco real estate.


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