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2819 Buchanan: Signature Victorian in the Heart of Pacific Heights
This beautifully maintained Victorian is located in the heart of Pacific Heights, one of San Francisco’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Originally built in the late 1800s, the home has been updated for today’s modern family while maintaining its timeless roots. Flowing over four gracious levels of living space, the 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom floor plan presents excellent personal accommodations for everyone. Period-authentic character is found throughout the home, from the double pocket sliding doors and elaborate rosette ceiling medallions, to the quarter-sawn oak hardwood flooring and deep baseboard moldings. The living room is perfect for hosting a luncheon or dinner party, flowing directly into the elegant formal dining room. The family room with garden access and breakfast nook will surely become the hub of the home, an inviting space that opens right into the updated gourmet kitchen. The romantic upper level master suite boasts a bay window alcove with views of the surrounding neighborhood, as well as a soothing fireplace that offers the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge unfold from the top-level media room with built-in speakers and desk station, an excellent spot for family members to study and work on hobbies. Promoting a relaxed indoor-outdoor lifestyle is the tranquil rear garden with Koi pond and barbecue deck. Putting the finishing touch on this premier property is its easy access to all of Pacific Heights amenities.
Welcome home! At a Glance…
Main Living Level Harkening back to an earlier era, the home has a welcoming powder blue façade with a high peaked roofline and “gingerbread” shingles. Brick steps are accentuated by an iron rail and ascend to the covered front entry porch, where a timeless lantern light fixture illuminates a solid-wood glass-inset front door. Inside, elegant architectural elements begin in the foyer, which is highlighted by quarter-sawn oak hardwood flooring, a tall coved ceiling with ceiling medallion, elaborate fluted columns, and deep baseboard moldings. The cascading main staircase is as impressive as it is welcoming with its hand-turned balustrade spindles and carpet runner.
Double pocket sliding doors from the foyer open into the gracious living room, where refinished oak hardwood flooring is bathed in sunlight and a tall domed ceiling with dropped picture rail molding rises above. A front-facing bay window alcove frames neighborhood and peek-a-boo bay views through large picture windows. An antique fireplace with period-authentic log rack and fire-screen completes the venue. The formal dining room continues the oak flooring and tall ceilings and is naturally lit by a tall double hung window. Double pocket sliding doors open to the family room complete with a fireplace and marble mantle, and a breakfast nook with operable windows that open to the garden. The powder room, tucked away, has automatic lighting, a vessel sink with Hans Grohe faucet, Duravit commode, and wall mirror.
Even the most discerning chef would be pleased by the gourmet kitchen, which flows directly from the family room, promoting lively socialization. Features here include refinished, oak flooring, recycled stone countertops with glass tile backsplashes in a subway pattern, abundant cabinetry with under-cabinet lights, a customized pantry closet, a deep stainless steel sink, and two built-in speakers with a wall-control. The top-of-line appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer drawer, Sub-Zero beverage cooler, Viking Professional four-burner gas range with Faber overhead vent, and Bosch dishwasher. French doors open to the rear deck and private rear garden lush with ferns, crawling jasmine, a trumpet vine, a Koi pond, a shade tree, and a barbecue deck, creating a truly serene natural environment.
Bedroom Level The second level of the home is highlighted by the master bedroom suite, where the warm original oak flooring sweeps under a lofty coved ceiling. A bay window alcove overlooking the neighborhood is comprised of four expansive double-hung windows original to the design. An original fireplace adds to the ambiance. Sliding doors conceal a customized wardrobe closet. The master bathroom is finished in tile and has two separate marble single-sink vanities, two large wall mirrors, glass-enclosed shower for two with rainspout showerheads, and a handy electric towel warmer. The middle bedroom has oak flooring, a customized wardrobe closet with drawers and racks, a side-facing double-hung window, and a tall coved ceiling with dropped picture rail moldings. Offering privacy, located on the opposite of this level, is a well-appointed two-part bedroom suite. This second master has with parquet oak flooring, a tall ceiling with picture rail moldings, recessed lights, a customized closet with drawers and racks, a bay window alcove overlooking the garden and cozy fireplace and tiled hearth and an office area, The en suite bathroom (which can also be accessed from the hallway) has, two pedestal-sink vanities, three wall mirrors, subway tiled wainscoting, a separate room for the commode, and a glass-enclosed whirlpool tub with overhead shower.
Top Level The main staircase ascends to the top level of the home leading to the sunny media room. Features here include integrated stereo speakers, a built-in desk station with library shelves, and a wetbar with under-counter refrigerator and Fisher & Paykel dish-drawer. Skylights illuminate the space while arched picture windows frame beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. A hallway bathroom has marble tile flooring, a vessel sink, a vaulted ceiling, automatic lights, and a glass-enclosed shower finished in glass tile. With wardrobes extending into the eaves, carpeting, and a skylight, the fourth bedroom completes this level.
Lower Level and Rear Garden A second staircase near the kitchen leads downstairs to the spacious storage and fitness room. Features include washer/dryer hookups, a utility sink, and a door leading to the garden. Parking is plentiful with the attached two car garage with epoxy floor covering plus additional parking available in the driveway.