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Interior designer’s Pacific Heights alleyway home asks $4.2 million

Staircase and skylight duo bring all the drama

Photos courtesy of Compass

Richard Brayton, who cofounded the award-winning Brayton Hughes design firm, is best known for his interior work (Market Bar, Cavallo Point), but he also created a few architectural specimens, including his onetime home in Pacific Heights.

Featuring three beds and two and a half baths, 80 Wilmot is a three-floor, loft-like house on an alleyway near Fillmore Street. The most intriguing part of the circa-1994 home is the metal staircase rising from the entrance at street level, which connects to every level of the building.

“This was the street transposed into the house,” said Brayton in a 1996 San Francisco Chronicle article. “Essentially, it’s a European-style covered alley crowned with its own skylight. It’s narrow and has its own circulation. Naturally, it made sense to have a stair that let in light.”

Another dramatic moment: the circular opening in the top-level floor, which was originally intended for a spiral staircase that, thankfully, never materialized. There’s also a patio/garden space with fireplace worth mentioning, and the interiors have benefited from an update care of Van Acker Construction Associates.

Asking is $4,295,000.