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Most costly dwelling on the market in San Francisco, California

A $35 million 1910 home on San Francisco’s Billionaire’s Row — with charm, history and exceptional views of the Golden Gate Bridge and bay — is the most expensive single-family home in the city so far this year, according to Compass Real Estate city ​​company.

The Georgian Colonial-style home in the heart of Pacific Heights, which goes on sale Wednesday, February 15, was designed by the late architect Nathaniel Blaisdell and built in 1910 for $42,500.

The house at 2830 Pacific Ave. is now fully renovated and upgraded and features one of the city’s first residential elevators, taking residents and guests from the foyer to the pentroom level.

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George Lingard Payne, who owned a carriage bolt factory also designed by Blaisdell, commissioned the house over a century ago. Constructed of Oregon pine and California redwood, it featured a ground floor ballroom, landscaped garden patio and a rare side driveway large enough for up to 10 vehicles, and a rear garage.

“The unprecedented size and elegant symmetry of the home are evident from the marble steps at the front to the pillared entrance to the grand staircase,” the property listing reads. “With high ceilings, oversized windows and long sight lines, its spatial elegance is unmatched.”

The mansion has a wrap-around roof terrace

The mansion is 9,625 square feet with six bedrooms and six full bathrooms. There is an attic and a wrap-around roof terrace. The lot is almost a quarter acre in size.

“Located on legendary Gold Coast-Billionaire’s Row, this home has been exquisitely remodeled and restored to create the ultimate entertaining and family lifestyle,” real estate agent Maximillian Armor of Compass said in a statement. “From soaring ceilings to graceful 3,000-square-foot floor panels to unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the top floor wrap-around patio to the walkable landscaped backyard, this home embodies life well-lived.”

According to public records, the home was last sold in May 2010 for $8.35 million. The owners are selling the property because their children have moved out and they are downsizing, according to a Compass representative, who said the sellers wished to remain anonymous.

Ownership of the house is listed with the Helena Trust, according to Property Shark’s property database.

The recent renovation of the home has included the restoration of original architectural features as well as new detail work that has maintained the integrity of the original design. According to Compass, there was also a seismic retrofit that “was carried out respecting the original architectural details and materials.”

The remodeling also focused on modernizing the windows, glass doors, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The landscaping of the property was redone in 2020 and included the outdoor kitchen and patio.

Home is a generous place for…

According to an article in Compass’s 2009 Designer Showcase program, the home has been the site of many lavish and memorable social gatherings throughout its history — weddings, concerts, school dances, fundraisers, and even a celebration of a new chandelier.

Interior designer Clarence “Clary” Slade bought the house in 1954. He was a partner at Regency House Imports in San Francisco. Slade sold the house in 1964 to Kenneth Sayre, a stockbroker and later CEO of Irving Lundborg and Co., the article said.

After moving to New York City after just a year in the house, Slade sold the property to Hartley and Helen “Nellie” Cravens. Hartley Cravens worked in the family insurance company. Her family lived there for 27 years.

After becoming owners in 1994, Wilford and Anna Hoover have hosted concerts, poetry readings, political fundraisers and their daughter’s wedding there, according to the Designer Showcase article. Once her son invited his entire high school to dance the Charleston in the ballroom.

“Imagine taking a break on the rooftop deck while enjoying uninterrupted views of the Golden Gate Bridge and feeling an elevated connection to the world around you,” reads the property listing.

This story was originally published Feb 15, 2023 12:47 p.m.

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