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Lavish Renaissance Revival-style mansion in Pac Heights asks $26.8M

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Built in 1904, this not-so-humble home once hosted the SF Decorator Showcase

The original facade, save for a fresh coast of paint, remains the same today is it looked in 1904.
Photos by Open Homes Photography

Located right off Billionaires’ Row in Pacific Heights, this nearly 11,000-square-foot manse comes with architectural pedigree to spare and rooms revamped by more than two dozen Bay Area interior designers.

The house was built for Julius Mack, president of Imperial Oil and founder of the Bank of Bakersfield, by father-son team Newsom and Newsom in 1904. The results are opulent, delightfully excessive, and helped form the extravagant look Pacific Heights is still known for today.

Among the home’s many highlights, including Beaux Arts flourishes galore, this mansion comes with a double staircase, a rarity for San Francisco.

The foyer comes with redwood detailing, which leads to the grand double staircase.

More than one century later, the house played host to the annual SF Decorator Showcase in 2017, which is where its current owners came across it. According to SFGate, “The current owners bought their $35 tickets to the showcase just like everyone else that spring. By the fall they had purchased the property for $16 million.”

The house still has most of the designs that proved so alluring to its owners—namely, Jonathan Rachman’s living room, inspired by the close friendship of Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, decked out in green decor, emerald sofas and seats, and hand-embroidered de Gournay wallpaper.

Jonathan Rachman’s living room.

Also of note is the stair landing by Elan Evans, featuring hand-cut painted birds flocked together inside five arches against a teal backdrop; seven fireplaces; a library; a sitting room; a formal dining room; an all-black powder room; and a kitchen and separate butler’s pantry designed by Jon de la Cruz.

There’s even a tiled doggy wash room for your furry best friend. And we’d be remiss not to point out the circular portico at the front entrance with Romanesque columns. That’s quite an entrance.

Featuring eight bedrooms and six bathrooms, 2698 Pacific Avenue hits the market for $26.8 million; it’s listed through Joy Rong of Intero Real Estate Services and Herman Chan of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty.

Contemporary kitchen by Jon de la Cruz.
Dizzying ceiling inside the formal dining room.
Another living room.
Top floor.
The master bedroom.
A powder room in stealth mode.
Washing your pup has never looked this chic.