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SF's most expensive home bought by 30-year-old billionaire

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Whippersnapper buys San Francisco's priciest abode

White exterior of Pacific Heights mansion. Photos by Vince Valdes

It should come as little shock that the person who purchased the stately Pacific Heights mansion at 2250 Vallejo—a 1902 abode boasting seven bedrooms, seven baths, and 9,095 square feet—works in the tech industry. What is surprising, at least for some, is how young the buyer is.

Kyle Vogt, a former MIT student with a revenue-generating penchant for robotics, bought the renovated home in October. And he’s only 30-ish years of age. (SFGate has him at 30; Business Times at 31.) Which is youthful, yes, but not that young. Neither a Golden Girl nor a goofy San Francisco twentysomething who pretends to skateboard. You know the type.

The age issue, if there is one, seems to be that he bought in Pac Heights, home to many an opera patron, and not in the Mission/Liberty Heights, home to many a burrito-eating techie.

Vogt, as noted by Recode, made his fortune selling two of his companies—Twitch, which sold to Amazon for a touch under one billion dollars, and Cruise, bought by General Motors for more.

As Curbed SF reported in October, the home sold for a cool $21.8 million. This, after several cuts to its asking price over the years. (If you recall, the mansion angled for $28 million back in 2015.)

As for the property’s backstory, it’s a richly textured one. Designed and created by local architect James Francis Dunn for James Madison, the Alaska Salmon Company baron (whose legacy lives on more than a century later via the ironwork on the home’s exterior where a script "M" remains part of the design), the house was later home to the 31st mayor of San Francisco, Angelo Joseph Rossi.

During World War II, however, the place was turned into apartments for wounded soldiers. It last sold in 2009 to Blue Bottle's Tara and Bryan Meehan for $6.95 million.

Today the space has been reimagined and reconstructed—with most of the original James Dunn interiors all but erased—with some of the structural requirements comparable to contemporary high-rise buildings. The new elliptical staircase with glass banister alone is worth a double take.

Most notable is the top floor spa amenities. A steam room on inside, but outside you will find an infinity-edge plunge pool that provides some of the greatest views in the city.