San Francisco’s New “Facebook Tower”, An Iconic NY Penthouse Sale, Events!

International Reaction to the “Facebook Tower”,
 One of the World’s Iconic Penthouses Sells,
A 3,600 Acre Silicon Valley Ranch,
Marin’s New Starchitect Street,
A “Tales of the City” Estate,
And Events Calendar!
Issue 53 - October 2017

Greetings from San Francisco!

     Elle Decor called it a modern-day palace that "makes even Versailles look a little lackluster."  Curbed declared it an "unofficial San Francisco landmark." And PopSugar said, "you haven't seen anything as mind-blowing."

Chenery House, my stunning new listing in the newly-buzzworthy neighborhood of Glen Park, is undoubtedly one of the City's most important estates.

This month's tour of the world's best properties will begin, then, on charming, tree-lined Chenery Street. From there we'll go to downtown San Francisco, followed by New York, and finally... well, you'll need to read on to find out where it ends! 

I hope you'll enjoy the ride!

-- Joel

Chenery House, Available for $11,000,000
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Tales of the City

     Few today have heard of Colonel Richard Chenery, a California pioneer, politician, and entrepreneur who knew Abraham Lincoln, but in 1864 he was so well regarded in San Francisco they named a new street after him.

It's on that street that you'll find the illustrious Chenery House.

Chenery House, Available for $11,000,000
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     Set on one of the largest private lots in the City, the extraordinary estate features a unique Neo-Classical style residence with a dramatic double staircase that leads to one of the most grand-scale rooms in all of San Francisco.

One of SF's Most Dramatic Staircases
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     The gorgeous views from the estate look to the skyline, the Bay Bridge, and the beautiful greenery of Glen Park.

Beautiful Views
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     Surrounded by extensive park-like grounds dotted with sculptures, classical lamp-posts, murals and other art pieces, the one-of-a-kind compound includes a separate three-unit building, cottage, and parking for up to 15 cars.

Yes, I said 15 cars!

A Great Home for Art Collectors
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     To top it all off, it has a huge indoor swimming pool with retractable glass roof!

Indoor Pool Room has a Retractable Roof
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     The home has hosted numerous celebrities, business leaders, and politicians over the years, with an annual Labor Day party for up to 850 people.

As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, "Carol Channing performed a cabaret set wearing pigtails with red ribbons in her hair. Other extraordinary guests have included Mickey Rooney, Liberace and Bob Weir."

Like a Private Park in the City
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     A house of such stature isn't what you'd expect in the quaint, village-like atmosphere of Glen Park, but Glen Park has a history sprinkled with the unexpected.

The nation's first dynamite factory opened there 150 years ago! Later, it became popular for an outdoors resort, and zoo full of exotic animals. Then after the quake of 1906, it became a haven for eager house hunters -- ads declared that people who bought homes in Glen Park were those "who looked ahead."

Views from Chenery House
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     Yet again residents of Glen Park are looking ahead, with the neighborhood suddenly "hot" again as tech professionals -- buzzing with the same innovative spirit that animated 19th-century pioneers like Chenery -- discover it ideal for easy access both to downtown SF and southward to Silicon Valley.

On a 24,624 Square Foot Lot (Per City of SF Tax Records)
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     With its colorful history and larger-than-life scale evocative of Tales of the City (the legendary long-running column turned into novels and a television mini-series, that captivated millions around the world over the decades as it portrayed an unforgettable era in the City's history) Chenery House is truly Quintessential San Francisco!

Chenery House, Available for $11,000,000
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Legends of Nob Hill

     It was a delightful surprise to be included in "Hilltop Legends," a juicy history of Nob Hill's most colorful characters and events, including Frank Sinatra, Courteney Cox, John Waters, Patty Hearst and others, in this month's Nob Hill Gazette (it mentions a hot party I threw years ago that people are still talking about!)

Nob Hill Legend: Rock Hudson

     Any story about Nob Hill history is really a story about Nob Hill real estate, with the neighborhood's famous Beaux Arts architecture playing a leading role.

I've lost count of the many properties I've sold in the neighborhood over the years, from modest studios to extravagant penthouses, condos and homes that have been featured in Architectural Digest -- but what stands out is how there's an interesting story behind each of them.

Rock Hudson Lived in a Gramercy Towers Penthouse

     Gramercy Towers, at 1177 California Street, is an example -- the prominent highrise is mentioned by the Gazette because screen legend Rock Hudson once called it home.

This month, I'm delighted to present another fabulous new listing at the building, making way for new residents to add another chapter to the building's history.

Gramercy Towers Condominium for $1,895,000 -

     This super chic condominium in the premiere 24 hour doorman building has fabulous Skyline views, and provides wonderful amenities -- a spectacular pool with retractable glass sky-roof and views, a gym, a spa, and a renowned ground floor restaurant.

It's resort-like living in the middle of the City! 

Gramercy Towers Condominium for $1,895,000 -

New York's Newest Mega-Listings

     Three landmarks of New York social and architectural history have just gone on the market, with stunning nine-figure price-tags to match their legendary status.

The Plaza Hotel

     First is the iconic Plaza Hotel, host over the past 110 years to the most famous and powerful people in the world, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, The Great Gatsby's F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marlene Dietrich, Christian Dior, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, the Beatles, and John F. Kennedy, just to name a few.

Marilyn Monroe at the Plaza Hotel, 1956

     Most famously, it was the home of Kay Thompson's fictional character, Eloise, the setting of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, and of course the scene of Truman Capote’s legendary party-of-all-time, the Black and White Ball of 1966.

Cecil Beaton's Suite at the Plaza in 1946

     It is now offered for sale at $560,000,000 (about $2 million per room). The Qatari sovereign-wealth fund, a Shanghai municipal investment fund, and Pras Michel, co-founder of the hip-hop group Fugees, are among those who have expressed interest. Stay tuned for the next chapter of this landmark property's history!

Black and White Ball, November 28, 1966

     Hotel rooms and ballrooms aren't the whole story of the Plaza -- it also contains 164 private condos, with one of them recently making headlines when real estate developer Harry Macklowe claimed his estranged wife's 14,000 square foot residence on the 7th floor is worth an astonishing $107 million!

That's only $3 million shy of the $110 million being asked for "the Pinnacle", an unfinished 7-story penthouse atop the also iconic 105-year old Woolworth Tower, which has been renovated by Thierry W. Despont

The Pinnacle, for $110 Million

     Interestingly, both the Plaza Hotel and Woolworth Tower were featured in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby! Which landmark would you chose to call home? 

Woolworth Building as it Appeared in The Great Gatsby

     While the Woolworth family made the famous tower possible, another major 20th century dynasty is responsible for our third New York mega-listing this month: Ford.

Cristina and Henry Ford II at the Black and White Ball

     A Southampton estate built in 1960 for Henry Ford II, grandson of the Henry Ford (as in the car company), with the largest ocean frontage (nearly a quarter mile!), has just listed for $175,000,000, making it the most expensive home in the Hamptons.

Fordune in Southampton, Asking $175 Million

     Dubbed "Fordune," the estate spans over 42 acres, and includes a massive 20,000-square-foot, 12-bedroom home, that was renovated in 2008 while retaining its original details (molded ceilings, Italian marble fireplaces and French-style parquet floors.)

New York's Most Incredible Penthouses

     It seems 2017 is turning out to be the year of the penthouse in New York's ultra-luxury scene, with three major sales, and two major celebrity listings in just the last month or so alone. Here's a quick overview below.

520 Park Avenue: $70 Million

     Described as a “Villa In The Sky,” the duplex penthouse at Robert A.M. Stern’s 520 Park Avenue, one of the world’s most iconic new residential towers, just sold for $70 million to Las Vegas-based billionaire Frank Fertitta.

160 Leroy: $51 Million

     After a bidding war, the penthouse at Ian Schrager's new 160 Leroy development sold for $51 million, the highest price for any residence in downtown Manhattan.

The Pierre Hotel: $44 Million

     Once owned by J. Paul Getty, the iconic 16-room triplex penthouse atop Manhattan’s legendary Pierre Hotel sold for $44 million. Built in 1929, the French château–style residence has a copper mansard roof and panoramic views of New York City.

Jennifer Lopez's Penthouse: $27 Million

     Jennifer Lopez is selling her duplex penthouse, with a beautiful rooftop garden, at the Whitman, a four-condo development on East 26th Street, for $27 million

Keith Richards' Penthouse: $11.995 Million

     Keith Richards is selling his Greenwich Village penthouse for $11.995 million. The building was featured in Candace Bushnell's novel One Fifth Avenue.

A Frank Gehry Penthouse: $45,000 per month

     Not interested in spending $45 million? Then how about $45 thousand!

On the 76th floor of one of the tallest and most iconic residential buildings in the Western Hemisphere, a Frank Gehry-designed penthouse has been offered for rent for the second time in history, available at $45,000 per month.

Architectural Treasures, Old & New

Designed by Stanley Saitowitz, Tiburon: $35 Million

     In one of California’s most beautiful enclaves, two stunning new trophy properties have become available on what's been dubbed Marin's "Starchitect Street."

The first is a beachfront estate designed by Stanley Saitowitz ($35 million), and the second is by Craig Steely ($18 million.) 

Designed by Stanley Saitowitz, Tiburon: $35 Million

     Prominent art dealer, Serge Sorokko, and wife Tatiana Sorokko, the famous model and fashion authority, spent more than a decade developing and working on entitlements for the Tiburon sites.

Tatiana Sorroko (far right) with Yves Saint Laurent, 1993

     Neighboring a home to be designed by the internationally revered architect Sir David Adjaye -- his first single-family residence in the US -- the vision is for the properties to create a solid row of modern architecture along Tiburon's Paradise Drive.

While they are sure to become treasures of 21st century design, the work of two 20th century masters have just gone on the market as well.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Massaro House: $14.92 Million

     The first is a lush, heart-shaped island in Mahopac, New York, with two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes priced at $14,920,000. Both triangular in shape, they're constructed with sculptural boulders and exposed rock bulging through concrete walls.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Massaro House: $14.92 Million

     "Massaro House," the roughly 6,000-square-foot main residence, is roofed by a helipad.

A Phillip Johnson home in Dallas: $27.5 Million

     Next, an 11,387 square-foot mansion in Dallas by Philip Johnson is on the on the market in Dallas for $27.5 million. The legendary architect of New York's Seagram Building and New Canaan's Glass House designed it in 1963.

A Phillip Johnson home in Dallas: $27.5 Million

     Bay Area real estate observers are speculating what will happen to the 3,653-acre Richmond Ranch in the hills overlooking San Jose.

Located next to a 28,000-acre ranch owned by heirs of Bill Hewlett and David Packard, it just sold for $25 million.

Richmond Ranch sold for $25 Million

     Formerly a cattle ranch, it will be fascinating to see its next reincarnation. Will the owner bring in a world-class architect to design a showcase like no other?

If so, I'll make sure you read about it here first!

Sleek, Chic and Glossy!

Financial District Condominium for $3,195,000 -

     was delighted when, one of the nation's top real estate sites, recently featured my stunning listing of an exquisitely designed condo at 333 Bush Street.

Located on the 41st floor of the Financial District highrise, the condo "is going all-in on the sense of sleek, chic, glossy luxury," writer Adam Brinklow observed.

Financial District Condominium for $3,195,000 -

     The design of the condo (which has gorgeous, expansive views of SF's sparkling skyline and bay), represents the new sophistication of San Francisco's highrises.

Another example is 181 Fremont, designed by Orlando Diaz-Acuy, Heller Manus and Hornberger + Worstell, where all 50 floors of the building's commercial space is being leased by Facebook and Instagram -- proof that the corporate stampede into San Francisco continues unabated.

The Interior of 181 Fremont

     Having recently co-hosted an event in the presentation suite for 181 Fremont's luxury residences, it was fascinating to hear how on the day the lease was announced, calls immediately starting coming in from international buyers wanting to be in “the Facebook Building.

181 Fremont is the West Coast's Tallest Residential Building

     With ultra-luxury condos on floors 53-70, including a $42 million penthouse, and a spectacular amenity floor on the 51st level, it's the City’s newest A+ building and is now attracting worldwide attention. I facetiously suggested they put a giant Facebook “Like” sign at the top to brand it even more!

The Park at 181 Fremont

     Another special feature of the building is that it's only one of three that directly access the new Transbay Transit Center's park, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

Salesforce Tower, Millennium Tower and 181 Fremont

     Three fascinating virtual reality tours provide a sneak peek into SF's newest landmark: here, here and here!

Beyonce Buys in Bel Air

Beyonce and Jay-Z's New $88 Million Home

     Nowhere in the world is the market for extravagant, ultra-luxury estates more exciting than in Bel Air and Beverly Hills.

The latest news is that Beyonce and Jay-Z just bought a massive Bel Air estate for $88 million -- with a $52.8 million mortgage!

Readers of this newsletter will recognize the newly finished 30,000 square foot home (with an additional 10,000 square feet of outdoor space), from when I wrote about it in May.

Chartwell in Bel Air: $350 Million

     And congratulations to my colleagues in our Beverly Hills Coldwell Banker Global Luxury office, Joyce Rey, Jade Mills and Alexandra Allen, for listing the most expensive home in America!

The exquisite $350 million estate, built circa 1933 on a beautifully landscaped 10.3 acre lot, is the iconic French-Neoclassical style Chartwell in Bel Air -- truly an architectural masterpiece!

Fall Social Season Has Begun!

     As we enter the whirlwind Fall Social Season, I was delighted to have attended the glamorous Opening Night Galas of the San Francisco Opera and Symphony.

At the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala

     It was extremely flattering to be featured three times by the San Francisco Chronicle, including on their front page, and twice by SFGate.
Below is a calendar of the amazing variety of events around the Bay, which I hope you will enjoy. I look forward to seeing you on the circuit!
Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Fall Season!


Joel Goodrich | Global Luxury Real Estate Advisor
Coldwell Banker Previews International
415.308.8184 | | BRE# 01028702


11 - Wednesday

25th Annual TNDC Pool Toss

Watch San Francisco luminaries get drenched for dollars at the 25th Annual TNDC Pool Toss! Phoenix Hotel, 6:00 PM.

Admission: $125 and up

11 - Wednesday

An Evening With Art Garfunkel

The musical legend speaks about his new book, "What Is It All but Luminous." Castro Theatre, SF, 7:00 PM.

Admission: $27 and up

11 - Wednesday

An Evening with Armisted Maupin

The "Tales of the City" author speaks on National Coming Out Day. 3200 California Street, SF, 7:00 PM.

Admission: $28

14 - Saturday

An Evening With Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson speaks about his new book, "Finding My Virginity." Castro Theatre, SF, 6:00 PM.

Admission: $35 and up

18 - Wednesday

Fashion as Art

Fashion and Fine Art features work by fashion photographer, Landon Nordeman, and a live fashion exhibition from PIA. Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, 843 Montgomery, 7:00 PM.

Admission: $125

18 - 19

Zac Posen Preview

Preview the Zac Posen Spring 2018 collection. Neiman Marcus, Union Square, 3rd Floor, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

18 - Wednesday

An Evening with Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson speaks about the business of basketball. USF War Memorial Gymnasium at the Sobrato Center, 2335 Golden Gate Ave., SF., 6:00 PM.

Admission: $10

19 - Thursday

The Dracula Orchid Ball

The Dracula Orchid Ball is the annual fundraising event for the Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, SF, 5:30 PM.

Admission: $350 and up

20 - Friday

Fashion Fights Arthritis

Judy Jorgensen, Sharon and David Seto, and Chelsey Seippel, invite you to a thrilling runway show featuring designs by Yuka Uehara.  The Fairmont Hotel, 10:30 AM.

Admission: $250 and up

24 - 25

Carolina Herrera Preview

Preview the Carolina Herrera Spring 2018 collection. Neiman Marcus, Union Square, 3rd Floor, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

24 - Tuesday

An Evening with Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, in conversation with Dave Eggers, speaking about his new book, "Uncommon Type." Nourse Theatre, 7:30 PM.

Admission: Sold Out

24 - Tuesday

An Evening with Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson speaks about his new book, "Leonardo da Vinci." 3200 California Street, 7:00 PM.

Admission: $50 and up

25 - 29

SF Fall Art & Antiques Show

San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show celebrates with "Flower Power: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design." Fort Mason.

Admission: $10 to $2,500

30 - Monday

Girls of the Golden West
John Adams and Peter Sellars discuss the world premiere of their new opera, "Girls of the Golden West." Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, SF, Noon.

Admission: $20 and up

Our Showcase of Current Listings

World Class Piedmont Estate for $7,995,000 -

Elegant 4.4 Acre Los Altos Hills Estate for $7.5 Million -

The Bransten House for $7,495,000
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Exceptional Los Altos Estate for $6.85 Million -

Stunning Skyline Retreat in Oakland Hills for $2,998,000

Exceptional Pacific Heights Victorian for $1,798,000 -

A Chic Stanley Saitowitz Penthouse Loft for $1,250,000 -

Listings Presented by Joel Goodrich | Coldwell Banker Previews International | 415.308.8184

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