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Issue 51 - May 2017

Greetings from San Francisco!

     With Spring in full swing, and our time spent increasingly outdoors, we're all reminded of the Bay Area's vast natural beauty. 

With over 1 million acres of publicly accessible parks, nearly 200 beaches, and over 600 hiking trails, there's a stunning variety of outdoor experiences available to nearly anyone! 

This month, we'll go on a brief tour throughout the region and look at some of the most beautiful homes in the best neighborhoods.

I hope you enjoy, and as always -- thank you for reading!

Understated Luxury in the Beautiful Bay Area

A Private Residence at Four Seasons Napa Valley

     One of the top destinations is, of course, the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa Valley, where construction of a major new luxury real estate development is now underway.

The Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences, located off the famed Silverado Trail in Calistoga, is the latest example of luxury brands merging with real estate. After completion next year, the 20 homes and five-star resort, will become a coveted location for those seeking a memorable Napa respite. 

Elegant 4.4 Acre Los Altos Hills Estate for $8.6 Million

     Our beloved Mediterranean-style of understated luxury living extends to the lush rolling hills bordering the Peninsula as well.  

For example, I'm delighted to represent a stunning resort-style estate in the prestigious Los Altos Hills that feels straight out of Tuscany -- yet it's only minutes from the heart of Silicon Valley, and close to two major international airports.

Elegant 4.4 Acre Los Altos Hills Estate for $8.6 Million

     The gated 4.4 acre property, with its picturesque setting, swimming pool, spa, and gorgeous landscaping, is an incredible getaway from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.

The beautiful three-level, six-bedroom home with five bathrooms and three half-baths, includes a library, two offices, two family rooms, a fitness center, home theatre, an au pair or guest apartment, wine cellar, and pool cabana, among its many highlights.

Exceptional Los Altos Estate for $6.85 Million

     Nearby, I'm also representing a Provence-like villa just 1.5 miles from Los Altos Village.

Located on a gated property of over 1.5 acres, the beautiful home was built in 2008, and features four-bedrooms, five-bathrooms, a library, recreation room, theatre, wine cellar, and detached 2-car garages (one currently finished for a home gym with sauna).

The resort-like grounds include an infinity pool and spa, barbecue center, fireplace, fire pit, and gardens with raised vegetable beds worthy of a farmers’ market.

Exceptional Los Altos Estate for $6.85 Million

     Across the Bay, a stunning home high in the Oakland Hills gives one of the most dramatic vantage points from which to see the entire Bay Area. It's location is truly at the top of the world.

You can enjoy vast clear skies and hills of rich green foliage during the day, then at dusk become mesmerized by the glittering lights of the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. 

Stunning Skyline Retreat in Oakland Hills for $3.1 Million

     The spacious five bedroom, three bath home designed by David Stark Wilson in an "organic modern style" with exquisite, ultra-high end finishes, and one-of-a-kind views, is serenely nestled in a beautiful greenbelt, high atop the Oakland Hills.

Stunning Skyline Retreat in Oakland Hills for $3.1 Million

     With its fabulous open floorplan which seamlessly transitions to large outdoor living spaces, the stunning home works beautifully for entertaining as well as for a casual contemporary lifestyle

Stunning Skyline Retreat in Oakland Hills for $3.1 Million

     In nearby Piedmont, one of the Bay Area's most charming communities, the gorgeous Hampton House estate is located in an idyllic, 1.13 acre garden setting that provides views of landscaped greenery from nearly every window.

I invite you to watch the video tour of the property below to fully appreciate it!

World Class Piedmont Estate for $7,995,000
www.MagnificentPiedmontEstate.com -

     The natural beauty of the Bay Area extends into San Francisco itself, which at last count has almost 700,000 trees and over 220 parks.

Stately Pacific Heights Mansion for $7,998,000

     One of my listings in Pacific Heights, a magnificent Georgian-style mansion that has been exquisitely renovated, looks out upon a private, beautifully maintained garden neighboring the property, and the entire kitchen opens to a charming patio, creating a wonderful indoor-outdoor space.

An Elegant Nob Hill Condominium for $2,825,000

     And in the historic Nob Hill section of San Francisco, this super-attractive condominium in a glamorous newer building by London-based Grosvenor Group is a perfect City residence, with one of the best amenities for enjoying life in SF -- a rooftop deck with clear views of our beautiful bay!

The New, Old and New Old in San Francisco

The Skyline in a Few Years
Rendering: steelblue

     Underscoring the strength of our economy, the San Francisco Business Times has revealed we're home to 10 of the nation’s 50 most valuable brands, including the top two (hint as to who is No. 1 -- it isn’t Apple!) 

Due to this, SF's highrise building boom continues at full force, with Salesforce Tower having just topped off at 1070 feet. Occupancy is scheduled to start this October.

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce (the City's largest tech employer), recently announced that the top floor of the 61-story tower -- the highest occupiable floor on the West Coast -- will be open for non-profit groups to hold events on the weekend at no charge! 

The Skyline in a Few Years
Rendering: steelblue

     I'm especially excited to see that preliminary site work has just begun for the twisty "Bay Tower" designed by starchitect Jeanne Gang in the red-hot South Beach district -- with news just breaking that a Chinese developer has bought a 50% stake in the tower.

The Golden State Warriors' Chase Center

     Another important new project under construction is an Uber campus at the 11-acre Chase Center, future home of The Warriors in the rapidly changing Mission Bay waterfront area.

Robert A.M. Stern's Plans for 3700 California in Presidio Heights

     The arrival of the "New" Old San Francisco (already heralded by new developments in stately Pacific Heights such as The Pacific), continues with the controversial proposal for up to 240 new residences in Presidio Heights on CPMC’s California Hospital Campus at 3700 California -- with plans to completely transform the nearly 5-acre site on the southern border of Presidio Heights.

Robert A.M. Stern & BDE Architecture's Plans for 875 California

     Designed by world famous starchitect Robert A.M. Stern (whose firm, with BDE Architecture, is also designing Grosvenor's luxury development at 875 California), it would be the most exciting large-scale project in the City's high-end market in decades.

To have 12 new single-family homes, 14 three-story townhouses, and 214 other units spread across 37 new buildings in one of the most coveted historic neighborhoods is absolutely incredible!

The Stunning, Ultra-Luxe Development at 75 Howard
Renderings: steelblue

     National and international investors continue to flock to the City’s residential and commercial real estate -- the most recent examples being the purchase of the 44 Montgomery office tower by Boston-based Beacon Partners for $473 million, and Chinese developer SRE Group's $100 million investment in the ultra-luxe 20-story waterfront tower at 75 Howard, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Additionally, rumor has it Seattle-based tech behemoth Amazon is seeking 200,000 square feet of office space.

The Mark Hopkins Hotel Over the Years

     Perhaps the most exciting transaction is the sale of Nob Hill’s glamorous InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel for $205,000,000 to Hong Kong-based Leadwell Global Properties.

For nearly 100 years the hotel has been a San Francisco landmark, with its "Top of the Mark" penthouse (once photographed by the great Ansel Adams), a destination for every visitor to the City.

The Mark Hopkins in 1930s & 1940s
Designed by Legendary Decorator Dorothy Draper

     Will the new owners renovate the interior (originally designed by the legendary Dorothy Draper)? Can't wait to see!

Who is Buying a $120 Million Home?

     In the celebrity real estate world, it's been an active month!

Angelina Jolie is the new owner of legendary director Cecil B. DeMille's Los Angeles estate for $25,000,000, while on the other coast screen icon Greta Garbo's colorful co-op has gone on the market for $5.95 million.

Greta Garbo's Apartment

     Located on Manhattan's Upper East at the very exclusive "The Campanile" (once home to English actor Rex Harrison and members of the billionaire Heinz and Rothschild families), the residence still has some of Garbo's own decor, including the red Fortuny silk that lined her bedroom walls.

It will be fascinating to see who the next resident for this glamorous residence will be.

Sting's Duplex Penthouse at 15 CPW for $56 Million

     Also for sale, Sting and wife Trudie Styler's duplex penthouse at the iconic 15 Central Park West (designed by Robert A.M. Stern, whom I mentioned earlier), which boasts 140 feet of direct Central Park frontage, for $56 million.

But the biggest celebrity real estate news of the month comes from none other than Beyonce...

Will This Become Beyonce and Jay Z's New Home?

     Still to be determined -- will Beyonce and husband Jay Z be successful in their $120,000,000 bid on a stunning hilltop Belair mansion? 

The couple hasn't had the best of luck finding a new home. After having lost out on a $70 million bidding war with Minecraft creator Markus Persson for an ultra-modern home in 2014, they were also rumored to have lost out to Tom Ford on Kelly Wearstler's glitzy $49 million Beverly Hills mansion (ultimately, Ford bought Betsy Bloomingdale's estate instead.)

"On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue..."

     The Wall Street Journal did a study on the buildings where most New York billionaires live (followed up with a more titillating version by the Daily Mail) -- and while there are the usual suspects such as 740 Park Avenue (you know the building is important when there is a book written about it!) and 834 Fifth Avenue where Susan Gutfreund’s magnificent pre-war co-op is on the market for $96,000,000, we see the “New” New York represented by the amazing new supertalls.

For instance, 432 Park Avenue, the world’s tallest residential building, is where a penthouse sold for $87.7 million last year to Saudi retail magnate Fawaz Al Hokair.

834 Fifth Avenue, for $96 Million

     But while design styles of New York's best residences differ greatly today, the most desirable street addresses are pretty much the same as 100 years ago -- with Fifth Avenue still at the top and commanding the highest prices, as seen by two Beaux Arts mansions now on the market.

854 Fifth Avenue, for $50 Million

     The last of the great Gilded Age mansions on the Upper East Side’s storied "Millionaire’s Row" has just become available for $50 million. 

Built in 1905, the six-story, 20,000 square foot limestone townhouse at 854 Fifth Avenue was designed by the firm that worked on Grand Central Terminal, and was once owned by the granddaughter of railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt.

1083 Fifth Avenue, for $78.95 Million

     A mile to the north, at 1083 Fifth Avenue, the former National Academy Museum buildings (three in total) are available for $78.95 million.

If purchased together to form a single family home, the 50,747 square foot space, along with the views and location, would make it one of the top five largest homes in New York, and an exquisite jewel of the Beaux Arts style.

1060 Fifth Avenue, for $5.995 Million

     Not all pricing on Fifth Avenue is so stratospheric. A wonderful new listing at the prestigious 1060 Fifth Avenue is on the market for $5,995,000!

Art, Fashion, Music and... Real Estate!

     Homes with a breathtaking array of architectural styles are currently on the market – from the classically French style of Maison 613 in Beverly Hills, to the Streamline Moderne style of a Mondrian-inspired house in the Hollywood Hills.

A Mondrian Inspired Home in Hollywood, for $2.8 Million

     With checkerboard floors and multicolored exposed beams, it's a striking example of art-meets-architecture, and also highlights the intersection of art with fashion in alluding to Yves Saint Laurent's iconic 1965 Mondrian-style collection.

Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian Dress

     Meanwhile, one architectural style has made an incredible comeback (though for some of us it never went out of style!), and a prime example of it is decorator-to-the-stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Palm Springs retreat (formerly owned by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, then James Bond actor Roger Moore).

Martyn Bullard's Palm Springs Retreat
Photo: Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest

     Bullard describes the house as "a mix of swinging ’60s," including the fantastic conversation pit in the living room, "with a touch of disco '70s." 

Martyn Bullard's Palm Springs Retreat
Photo: Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest

     And speaking of music meeting real estate, the neo-modernistic penthouse at the top of the Hamburg Philharmonic Symphony Hall is stunning!

Ira Rennert's $248,000,000 South Hampton Estate

     This month I'll leave you with a bit of real estate drama. It looks like the controversial saga of South Hampton's $248,000,000 "Fair Field" continues!

With over 110,000 square feet of living space on 63-acres (the main house is 73,000 sf, plus additional houses on the property -- even two bowling alleys), it is one of the largest private homes in the United States. But that's just the beginning of the story...


Springtime in San Francisco

     As we go into the peak of the Spring Social Season, the San Francisco Bay Area continues its non-stop whirl of glamorous fund-raisers, cultural, entertainment, business and sporting events.

I'm especially looking forward to the annual Pink Party at the Clift Hotel to support the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund  on May 18th (see below for details.)

Here is my Calendar of Events -- enjoy!


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Coldwell Banker Previews International
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13 - Saturday

Rent the Runway Wedding Event

Sip champagne, browse the latest bride & bridesmaid styles and learn tips from wedding industry experts. Neiman Marcus, Rent the Runway Store, Fifth Floor, 150 Stockton St., SF, 2:00 PM.

13 - Saturday

Raphael House Gala 2017

A gala benefiting Raphael House's family shelter and programs. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., SF, 6:30 PM.

Admission: $100 and up


15 - Monday

Mary Gaitskill Appearance

Mary Gaitskill appearing with Michael Ray. JCCSF, 3200 California St., SF, 7:00 PM.

Admission: $28


15 - Monday

The Teenage Brain

Frances Jensen in conversation with Adam Savage about "The Teenage Brain." Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., SF, 7:30 PM.

Admission: $29


16 - Tuesday

Laura Albert Appearance

Join author Laura Albert for a screening and Q&A of "Author: The JT LeRoy Story." In conversation with Dorka Keehn. The Parlor at The Battery, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Admission: Members Only. Must RSVP to The Battery


18 - Thursday

Home Casino Night

A fundraising evening benefiting the children and families of Holy Family Day Home. Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St., SF, 6:00 PM.

Admission: $125 and up


18 - Thursday

Lucy Williams Exhibit

Opening of "Pools". Berggruen Gallery, 10 Hawthorne St., SF, 10:00 AM.

Admission: Free


18 - Thursday

The Pink Party

An important annual party to support the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel, SF, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Wear pink and buy Rose Champagne and Wine to support the organization.

Admission: Must RSVP by email

18 - Thursday

Andrew Gn Trunk Show

Meet Andrew Gn and preview his Fall 2017 collection. Betty Lin, 3625 Sacramento Street, SF, 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

19 - Friday

High Stakes for Habitat 2017

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco’s James Bond-themed casino night. Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason St., 8:00 PM.

Admission: $100 and up


20 - Saturday

Spring Gala

A gorgeous spring black tie gala designed by Claire Marie and catered by Dan McCall, with music from DJ Doja. De Young Museum.

Admission: By Invitation Only

23 - Tuesday

Libertine Trunk Show

View the latest collection. Neiman Marcus, Designer Sportswear, Second Floor, 150 Stockton Street., SF, 10:00 AM.

23 - Tuesday

Inside Anne's Closet

The 3rd Annual luncheon and Carmen Marc Valvo fashion show will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance’s awareness, research, and screening efforts, and is chaired by John Paye in memory of his mother, Anne M. Paye. Menlo Park Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Admission: $250 and up


23 - Wednesday

Susan Wojcicki Appearance

Youtube CEO Wojcicki reflects on her experiences and addresses some of the challenges facing the tech industry. Crowne Plaza Cabana, Mediterranean Ballroom, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 7:00 PM.

Admission: $30 and up


24 - Wednesday

Oscar de la Renta Preview

View the latest collection. Runs through May 25. Neiman Marcus, Couture Salon, Third Floor, 150 Stockton St., SF, 10:00 AM.

Our Showcase of Current Listings

Elegant 4.4 Acre Los Altos Hills Estate for $8.6 Million
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World Class Piedmont Estate for $7,995,000
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The Bransten House for $7,998,000
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Exceptional Los Altos Estate for $6.85 Million
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Arts & Crafts Style Pacific Heights Cottage for $3,500,000
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Stunning Skyline Retreat in Oakland Hills for $3.1 Million

Elegant Russian Hill Cooperative for $3,695,000
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An Elegant Nob Hill Condominium for $2,825,000

Charming Arts & Crafts Potrero Hills Home for $1,985,000
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Exceptional Pacific Heights Victorian for $1,798,000
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A Chic Stanley Saitowitz Penthouse Loft for $1,250,000
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A Magical Oceanfront Estate in Capitola for $4,995,000
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