Deeds & Dont's: Fashion-Forward Living

Whether your style is intelligentsia Margiela or well-heeled Dior, San Francisco offers a range of fashionista-favored enclaves. Neighborhoods like the Fillmore, Hayes Valley and the Mission are destinations for stylish shopping (and people watching) as well as being walkable and highly livable. And with the boom of new residential developments, like the latest Chloé handbag, homes in these hoods are more coveted than ever. “Buyers can expect to pay upward of $1,100 per square foot for new homes in these neighborhoods,” says Realtor Eileen Bermingham with Zephyr. “But I’m seeing plenty of people flocking to these new developments because they value stylish properties and in-demand locations above all else.” For those who favor refined design, Fillmore is a prime destination, with boutiques like Elizabeth Charles, Erica Tanov, Marc Jacobs and Cotélac calling it home. The next opportunity for serious residential retail therapy here is the new 2655 Bush Street in Lower Pac Heights, an 81-unit luxury condominium project currently under construction. Designed by Oakland-based architecture firm KTGY Group, the property’s amenities will include a greenhouse, roof deck and 3,800 square feet of retail (talk about closet space).

For those who prefer the independent spirit of Hayes Valley, home to locally grown shops like Azalea, Rand + Statler and Dish, there are several mid-rises in the planning stages along Octavia. Perhaps the most highly anticipated is 8 Octavia, designed by prominent local architect Stanley Saitowitz. Sales for the 47 condos have have started (a two bedroom/two bathroom is listed for $1.385 million). Also keep an eye out for 400 Grove, a sculptural 34-unit building by award-winning modernist Anne Fougeron, which is currently under construction; and 450 Hayes, an elegant 41-unit building designed by Handel Architects, scheduled to break ground shortly.

In the Mission, home of San Francisco’s early fashion adopters and style outposts like Mira Mira, Voyager and Taylor Stitch, residents will soon be able to walk from Four Barrel to 1875 Mission, a 39-unit development that starts sales this month. The renovation of the 1920s-era building is also being led by Stanley Saitowitz, while the interiors are by Rusty Wadatz (plans include a lobby with black-and- white Moroccan tilework and herringbone reclaimed wood walls, plus a new rooftop pool). Pricing is expected to range from $700,000 for a studio to $1.3 million for two bedroom unit. Also in the Mission is Vida, the colorful 114-unit building next to the restored New Mission Theatre, designed by local firm Kwan Henmi. Among the units that have been released for sale is a two bedroom/two bathroom with a downtown view, listed for $1.22 million. 

Renaissance Revival
On a prime corner of Pacific Heights, Billy and Vanessa Getty’s 2900 Vallejo Street residence combines elegant historic architecture with light-filled spaces and a modern kitchen and bathrooms. Built in 1912, the remodeled Renaissance Revival mansion is 8,675 square feet and has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half-bathrooms, to go with its four-car garage. A lavish master suite features separate his-and-hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, and the top-level family room has a terrace with a panorama that includes a glorious view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s offered for just under $16 million by Neal Ward with McGuire.

Field of Dreams
Foodies rejoice: AT&T Park is not only the most vegetarian-friendly baseball field in the country, it’s also the first sporting facility to have an edible garden. That’s right: San Franciscans can enjoy their baseball with a vegan hot dog and a side of kale harvested on-site. The 4,320-square-foot edible garden was designed by San Anselmo–based Blasen Landscape Architecture in collaboration with EDG. Open to the public, the space is an educational facility that celebrates urban gardening, with vegetables cascading down the sides of aeroponics towers from Future Growing, a system that grows plants without any soil. .

Villa Sorriso
No ordinary wine country retreat, Robin Williams’ Villa Sorriso is on sale for just south of $30 million. The very secluded location, in the Mayacamas Mountains next to Sugarloaf Ridge Park, makes the 20,000-square-foot Palladian mansion, designed by architect David Gast, that much more of a delight. “It’s absolutely gorgeous, with a little touch of whimsy that shows Williams’ personality—you can see it in the tilework and the beautifully handcrafted glass windows,” says Napa Realtor Heli Sairanen, who had a chance to tour the 650-acre property. The main house is accompanied by a guest house, stables, tennis court, infinity pool, olive grove and vineyards. It is being offered by Joyce Rey with Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills.

Style in South Beach
This quintessential SOMA loft is a spacious two bedroom/two bathroom, located in the historic Oriental Warehouse building in South Beach. Completely renovated in 2010 by Edmonds + Lee architects, it features sleek new finishes within an industrial shell of concrete and heavy timbers. Highlights include a floating steel staircase, lighting by Tom Dixon and a custom Japanese soaking tub. The 1,554-square-foot space is listed for $2 million with Ed Deleski at Vanguard Properties.

Penthouse Posh
Located directly downtown, the three-level penthouse at 10 Mint Plaza was designed by notable local architect Olle Lundberg, who created the Slanted Door, South at SFJazz and other refined commercial and residential spaces. The dramatic interiors feature exposed concrete walls, a sculptural circular stair, and built-ins of hot-rolled steel. The 3,000-square-foot space has room to spare, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, plus a private roof deck with an outdoor kitchen and hot tub. It’s priced at $4.5 million and listed with Brian Garrett at Vanguard Properties.

Tobin Clark Estate
Set on six acres behind a gated drive, the stone Tudor mansion at 40 Verbalee Lane in Hillsborough was built for Peninsula society dame Celia Tobin Clark. Created by architect David Adler in 1932 and extensively renovated in 1992, the 35,000-square-foot home has a grand motor court at the entrance and a host of formal entertaining spaces, including a gilded music room and pine-paneled library. It’s just the place to live out fantasies of Downton Abbey, with a French twist—the architectural detailing includes French wall paneling, ceiling medallions and parquet-de-Versailles flooring. It is being offered by Joel Goodrich and Dona Crowder with Coldwell Banker for $23.9 million.

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