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San Francisco’s 20 most expensive homes for sale

See the powerhouse homes currently on the market in the city

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Who in the world has money to burn in San Francisco anymore is hard to say, but those few who do have dough to set ablaze have plenty of lavish and luxurious San Francisco homes to get burned by.

So if you’re looking for a penthouse with a view or a mansion pool—word has it that quasi-San Francisco resident Serena Williams’ guilty pleasure is buying homes—we’ve got your wildest dreams on display.

Note that this list mostly showcases the priciest San Francisco homes publicly listed right now. There could be more expensive homes privately exchanging hands. Originally composed in 2017, we’ve updated this map for a new year.

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181 Fremont grand penthouse

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$46 million

The Yerba Buena tower’s 6,941-square-foot home, designed by Orlando Diaz Azcuy, will be ready for move-in next year. And it’s up for grabs. The space encompasses the structure’s entire top floor and features five bedrooms, five and two half baths, and sunrise-to-sunset views.

The penthouse also comes with a foyer with checkered stone flooring, a lounge room with sliding pocket doors, a stacked stone transparent fireplace in the den, a wet bar with a wine tower, a formal dining room, and a secondary kitchen.

For a bird’s eye view of what’s in store, check out the floor plans.

A large penthouse with floor to ceiling windows. Renderings courtesy of 181 Fremont

2820 Scott

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$29.5 million

2820 Scott first popped up briefly in 2008 for $27.5 million, the same year it was the site of the Decorator Showcase.

When nobody went for it, the house laid low for a few years, then reemerged in 2013 asking $24.8 million. It returned in 2016 with a bumped up $28.5 million price tag, raising their stakes in 2017 with an asking that currently sits at $29.5 million, and has remained at that price without wavering ever since. As of today its most recent listing has been live for 747 days.

The last time someone purchased the circa 1904 home was 2005 for a crisp $6.75 million. But that was before the round of restorations—care of the 2008 Decorator Showcase—gussied it up to its present state.

A large yellow house. Photos courtesy of Olivia Decker

2100 Broadway

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$17.8 million

This Art Deco-influenced 1917 mansion in Pac Heights is a newcomer, listing just last week for a spectacular sum and immediately taking the third place spot. Just the foyer of this overwhelming six-bed, five-bath classic is larger than many San Francisco apartments. Recent highlights include an etched glass front door and colorful geometric detailed bathrooms.

A large brown house with trees in front of it. Photos courtesy of David Bellings, Coldwell Banker

807 Francisco

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$16.9 million

A fresher face landed on the market recently, 807 Francisco, which listed just this week and hopped right into the top five. Dating to 1902, this “sophisticated and contemporary” six-bed, six-and-a-half-bath pad last sold in 2013 for more than $12.3 million.

With interiors by Steven Volpe Design, highlights include a dark facade, picture windows framing the cityscape, butcher block staircase, water and fire elements in the yard, and more.

3001 Pacific

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$16 million

Used for years as the Egyptian consulate, this five-level home comes with two master bedroom suites, numerous bedroom suites, a fitness area, three kitchens, six and eight half baths, and living quarters for the help.

In a previous life, the roughly 14,000-square-foot mansion, designed by architect firm Bliss and Faville (who created the Masonic Temple on Van Ness and the University Club on Powell), was used as a private residence after the 1906 Great Quake.

This stories property has had a rough year, knocking $6 million off its asking price and dropping from SF’s third most expensive home in 2017 down to fifth place now.

A large house with a red brick facade. Photos courtesy of Nina Hatvany Team at Pacific Union Real Estate

181 Fremont penthouse

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$14 million

Standing in the shadow of its sibling taking the top spot, this penthouse comes with a comparatively quaint two beds, two and a half baths, and 3,199 square feet. HOAs come to $2,942/month.

A penthouse with large rooms. Renderings courtesy of 181 Fremont

181 Fremont, 69B

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$14 million

181 Fremont, going toe to toe with Salesforce Tower as the second tallest locale in the city, casts such a long shadow that it takes up the seventh place spot on this list as well via a two bed, two and a half bath condo just recently completed.

The top of a tall glass skyscraper. In the distance is a bridge spanning across a body of water and a cityscape. Photo courtesy of 181 Fremont

The Pacific — penthouse 4

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$13.85 million

When the Pacific building began marketing in 2016, it presented itself as the epitome of luxury and a once-in-a-lifetime chance at new construction in the heart of Pac Heights. The sales team has even taken to offering virtual reality tours of yet-to-be constructed units, like GPH4, which commands the really real price of $13.8M plus.

A building on a city block with many windows. Photo by Patricia Chang

2624 Green

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$13.5 million

This envy-inducing Cow Hollow mansion last sold in 2002, but the present owners have so thoroughly renovated it since then that it even comes with a new foundation with its new eight-figure price tag. Some of its period details remain, like leaded glass windows, coffered ceilings, and more. But the ivy-laced brick exterior is the biggest eye-catcher.

A house with a red brick facade. The interiors consist of large rooms. Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union

308 Sea Cliff

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$13 million

In a city with a dearth of sweeping staircases, this Sea Cliff property doesn’t disappoint. Coming in at four bedrooms and four and a half baths, and 4,180 square feet, it’s a stately and pretty chunk of home in one of the city’s toniest neighborhoods, although it has taken a pretty chunk of change off its price since last year, losing $1 million off the asking.

A large white two level house with grass and shrubs in front of it. Photos via Redfin

935 North Point

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$12.99 million

Right smack dab across the street from Ghirardelli Square lies another extremely sweet product of San Francisco, this one a five-bed, six-bath piece of new construction billed as “modernism with a timeless Parisian influence.” To be honest it’s a little hard to place the Parisian touch, although the place is likely to make observers say “ooh la la”—just as the price tag makes them say “holy merde.”

A large house in San Francisco. Photos by Jacob Elliott, courtesy of Charlie Luna at Compass

1032 Broadway

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$12 million

The old soldier of San Francisco’s housing market, the four-bed, four-bath Atkinon House is a landmark, one of the oldest homes in the city at over 160 years of age. The city’s original Italiante innovator, it’s also one of its most persistent sale candidates, having been on the market for well over 1,000 days.

A large white house with many rooms.

3847 18th Street

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This extreme makeover in the Castro offers five floors of unbridled contemporary design after a long, long renovation period under wraps, sporting four beds and four and a half baths alongside molded walnut wood sculptural paneling next to a steel sculpted stairway, a central atrium, steel ceiling coffers, and a glass enclosed bridge.

A San Francisco house with a brown brick facade and painted white details.

2230 Green

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$10.9 million

Down $650,000 on the asking price since listing last October, this Beaux-Arts patch in Cow Hollow sports interior design by Brooke Wagner that won a 2017 HGTV People’s Pick Award. Highlights include historic touches, like the French-inspired windows or the formal dining room’s built-ins. It also comes with an elevator reaching all three floors.

898 Francisco

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$10.9 million

This Gothic Tudor mansion, once owned by Nicholas Cage, is quite the looker. According to a 2014 Curbed SF report on the same home, “Cage picked up the six-bedroom Gothic Tudor mansion at 898 Francisco Street in Russian Hill in...2006. He paid $9.4 million for the house and an adjacent vacant lot.” He later sold both at a loss for $8.5 million. The present owner has knocked more than $1 million off it since 2017.

A large white San Francisco house with many windows. Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

The Chenery House

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$10.25 million

One of the city’s most gaga properties: the Chenery House. Built in 1987 for Robert Pritikin, the former adman who created the iconic Rice-A-Roni jingle, the secluded home on one of the city’s largest lots is known for its many eccentricities and, lately, it’s many price cuts, $2.25 million so far.

Whimsical highlights here include marble fountains next to a glassed-in tree house, artificial turf cover for more than a dozen bronze zoo animals, indoor swimming pool with retractable glass roof, a grand staircase that splits left and right at the top, and—why not—a tree in the yard that spits fire.

The exterior of the Chenery House in San Francisco. Photo by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Joel Goodrich

2121 Webster — penthouse 7

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$9.95 million

Another purely hypothetical Pacific penthouse (how many can one building have?!) makes the list with a very real price tag attached.

A building on a city block with many windows. Patricia Chang

2440 Vallejo

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$9.95 million

Teetering right on the edge of the eight-figure mark, this five-bed, three-and-a-half bath 1921 remodel squeezed between Cow Hollow and Pac Heights includes a “lush garden originally designed by Thomas Church” in the sales pitch. (That’s Thomas Church the noted 20th century landscape designer, not the Academy Award-nominated actor, although that would have made for an interested design too no doubt.)

2028 Leavenworth

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$9.5 million

A “foundation-up renovation” of a home from 1910—a lot of that going around these days‚ deemed a “once in a generation” opportunity even includes its own living wall. Comes with four bedrooms (plus den), six bathrooms, and roughly 4,800 square feet.

The interior of a house in San Francisco. The room is a large closet with a wall of shelves. Photo courtesy of Stephen Gomez

2764 Greenwich

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$8,495,000

Renovated Edwardian in Cow Hollow rounds out the top 20 most expensive homes in San Francisco. The as bills this abode as “the ideal open floor plan for the adult buyer who knows quality and wants to entertain.” Indeed. The rear yard (pictured here) is ample enough to host a small wedding. And the interiors are all new, bright and while like many a renovation.

A San Francisco house with a backyard that has a green lawn. Photo courtesy of Butch Haze at Compass

181 Fremont grand penthouse

A large penthouse with floor to ceiling windows. Renderings courtesy of 181 Fremont

$46 million

The Yerba Buena tower’s 6,941-square-foot home, designed by Orlando Diaz Azcuy, will be ready for move-in next year. And it’s up for grabs. The space encompasses the structure’s entire top floor and features five bedrooms, five and two half baths, and sunrise-to-sunset views.

The penthouse also comes with a foyer with checkered stone flooring, a lounge room with sliding pocket doors, a stacked stone transparent fireplace in the den, a wet bar with a wine tower, a formal dining room, and a secondary kitchen.

For a bird’s eye view of what’s in store, check out the floor plans.

A large penthouse with floor to ceiling windows. Renderings courtesy of 181 Fremont

2820 Scott

A large yellow house. Photos courtesy of Olivia Decker

$29.5 million

2820 Scott first popped up briefly in 2008 for $27.5 million, the same year it was the site of the Decorator Showcase.

When nobody went for it, the house laid low for a few years, then reemerged in 2013 asking $24.8 million. It returned in 2016 with a bumped up $28.5 million price tag, raising their stakes in 2017 with an asking that currently sits at $29.5 million, and has remained at that price without wavering ever since. As of today its most recent listing has been live for 747 days.

The last time someone purchased the circa 1904 home was 2005 for a crisp $6.75 million. But that was before the round of restorations—care of the 2008 Decorator Showcase—gussied it up to its present state.

A large yellow house. Photos courtesy of Olivia Decker

2100 Broadway

A large brown house with trees in front of it. Photos courtesy of David Bellings, Coldwell Banker

$17.8 million

This Art Deco-influenced 1917 mansion in Pac Heights is a newcomer, listing just last week for a spectacular sum and immediately taking the third place spot. Just the foyer of this overwhelming six-bed, five-bath classic is larger than many San Francisco apartments. Recent highlights include an etched glass front door and colorful geometric detailed bathrooms.

A large brown house with trees in front of it. Photos courtesy of David Bellings, Coldwell Banker

807 Francisco

$16.9 million

A fresher face landed on the market recently, 807 Francisco, which listed just this week and hopped right into the top five. Dating to 1902, this “sophisticated and contemporary” six-bed, six-and-a-half-bath pad last sold in 2013 for more than $12.3 million.

With interiors by Steven Volpe Design, highlights include a dark facade, picture windows framing the cityscape, butcher block staircase, water and fire elements in the yard, and more.

3001 Pacific

A large house with a red brick facade. Photos courtesy of Nina Hatvany Team at Pacific Union Real Estate

$16 million

Used for years as the Egyptian consulate, this five-level home comes with two master bedroom suites, numerous bedroom suites, a fitness area, three kitchens, six and eight half baths, and living quarters for the help.

In a previous life, the roughly 14,000-square-foot mansion, designed by architect firm Bliss and Faville (who created the Masonic Temple on Van Ness and the University Club on Powell), was used as a private residence after the 1906 Great Quake.

This stories property has had a rough year, knocking $6 million off its asking price and dropping from SF’s third most expensive home in 2017 down to fifth place now.

A large house with a red brick facade. Photos courtesy of Nina Hatvany Team at Pacific Union Real Estate

181 Fremont penthouse

A penthouse with large rooms. Renderings courtesy of 181 Fremont

$14 million

Standing in the shadow of its sibling taking the top spot, this penthouse comes with a comparatively quaint two beds, two and a half baths, and 3,199 square feet. HOAs come to $2,942/month.

A penthouse with large rooms. Renderings courtesy of 181 Fremont

181 Fremont, 69B

The top of a tall glass skyscraper. In the distance is a bridge spanning across a body of water and a cityscape. Photo courtesy of 181 Fremont

$14 million

181 Fremont, going toe to toe with Salesforce Tower as the second tallest locale in the city, casts such a long shadow that it takes up the seventh place spot on this list as well via a two bed, two and a half bath condo just recently completed.

The top of a tall glass skyscraper. In the distance is a bridge spanning across a body of water and a cityscape. Photo courtesy of 181 Fremont

The Pacific — penthouse 4

A building on a city block with many windows. Photo by Patricia Chang

$13.85 million

When the Pacific building began marketing in 2016, it presented itself as the epitome of luxury and a once-in-a-lifetime chance at new construction in the heart of Pac Heights. The sales team has even taken to offering virtual reality tours of yet-to-be constructed units, like GPH4, which commands the really real price of $13.8M plus.

A building on a city block with many windows. Photo by Patricia Chang

2624 Green

A house with a red brick facade. The interiors consist of large rooms. Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union

$13.5 million

This envy-inducing Cow Hollow mansion last sold in 2002, but the present owners have so thoroughly renovated it since then that it even comes with a new foundation with its new eight-figure price tag. Some of its period details remain, like leaded glass windows, coffered ceilings, and more. But the ivy-laced brick exterior is the biggest eye-catcher.

A house with a red brick facade. The interiors consist of large rooms. Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union

308 Sea Cliff

A large white two level house with grass and shrubs in front of it. Photos via Redfin

$13 million

In a city with a dearth of sweeping staircases, this Sea Cliff property doesn’t disappoint. Coming in at four bedrooms and four and a half baths, and 4,180 square feet, it’s a stately and pretty chunk of home in one of the city’s toniest neighborhoods, although it has taken a pretty chunk of change off its price since last year, losing $1 million off the asking.

A large white two level house with grass and shrubs in front of it. Photos via Redfin

935 North Point

A large house in San Francisco. Photos by Jacob Elliott, courtesy of Charlie Luna at Compass

$12.99 million

Right smack dab across the street from Ghirardelli Square lies another extremely sweet product of San Francisco, this one a five-bed, six-bath piece of new construction billed as “modernism with a timeless Parisian influence.” To be honest it’s a little hard to place the Parisian touch, although the place is likely to make observers say “ooh la la”—just as the price tag makes them say “holy merde.”

A large house in San Francisco. Photos by Jacob Elliott, courtesy of Charlie Luna at Compass

1032 Broadway

A large white house with many rooms.

$12 million

The old soldier of San Francisco’s housing market, the four-bed, four-bath Atkinon House is a landmark, one of the oldest homes in the city at over 160 years of age. The city’s original Italiante innovator, it’s also one of its most persistent sale candidates, having been on the market for well over 1,000 days.

A large white house with many rooms.

3847 18th Street

A San Francisco house with a brown brick facade and painted white details.

This extreme makeover in the Castro offers five floors of unbridled contemporary design after a long, long renovation period under wraps, sporting four beds and four and a half baths alongside molded walnut wood sculptural paneling next to a steel sculpted stairway, a central atrium, steel ceiling coffers, and a glass enclosed bridge.

A San Francisco house with a brown brick facade and painted white details.

2230 Green

$10.9 million

Down $650,000 on the asking price since listing last October, this Beaux-Arts patch in Cow Hollow sports interior design by Brooke Wagner that won a 2017 HGTV People’s Pick Award. Highlights include historic touches, like the French-inspired windows or the formal dining room’s built-ins. It also comes with an elevator reaching all three floors.

898 Francisco

A large white San Francisco house with many windows. Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

$10.9 million

This Gothic Tudor mansion, once owned by Nicholas Cage, is quite the looker. According to a 2014 Curbed SF report on the same home, “Cage picked up the six-bedroom Gothic Tudor mansion at 898 Francisco Street in Russian Hill in...2006. He paid $9.4 million for the house and an adjacent vacant lot.” He later sold both at a loss for $8.5 million. The present owner has knocked more than $1 million off it since 2017.

A large white San Francisco house with many windows. Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

The Chenery House

The exterior of the Chenery House in San Francisco. Photo by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Joel Goodrich

$10.25 million

One of the city’s most gaga properties: the Chenery House. Built in 1987 for Robert Pritikin, the former adman who created the iconic Rice-A-Roni jingle, the secluded home on one of the city’s largest lots is known for its many eccentricities and, lately, it’s many price cuts, $2.25 million so far.

Whimsical highlights here include marble fountains next to a glassed-in tree house, artificial turf cover for more than a dozen bronze zoo animals, indoor swimming pool with retractable glass roof, a grand staircase that splits left and right at the top, and—why not—a tree in the yard that spits fire.

The exterior of the Chenery House in San Francisco. Photo by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Joel Goodrich

2121 Webster — penthouse 7

A building on a city block with many windows. Patricia Chang

$9.95 million

Another purely hypothetical Pacific penthouse (how many can one building have?!) makes the list with a very real price tag attached.

A building on a city block with many windows. Patricia Chang

2440 Vallejo

$9.95 million

Teetering right on the edge of the eight-figure mark, this five-bed, three-and-a-half bath 1921 remodel squeezed between Cow Hollow and Pac Heights includes a “lush garden originally designed by Thomas Church” in the sales pitch. (That’s Thomas Church the noted 20th century landscape designer, not the Academy Award-nominated actor, although that would have made for an interested design too no doubt.)

2028 Leavenworth

The interior of a house in San Francisco. The room is a large closet with a wall of shelves. Photo courtesy of Stephen Gomez

$9.5 million

A “foundation-up renovation” of a home from 1910—a lot of that going around these days‚ deemed a “once in a generation” opportunity even includes its own living wall. Comes with four bedrooms (plus den), six bathrooms, and roughly 4,800 square feet.

The interior of a house in San Francisco. The room is a large closet with a wall of shelves. Photo courtesy of Stephen Gomez

2764 Greenwich

A San Francisco house with a backyard that has a green lawn. Photo courtesy of Butch Haze at Compass

$8,495,000

Renovated Edwardian in Cow Hollow rounds out the top 20 most expensive homes in San Francisco. The as bills this abode as “the ideal open floor plan for the adult buyer who knows quality and wants to entertain.” Indeed. The rear yard (pictured here) is ample enough to host a small wedding. And the interiors are all new, bright and while like many a renovation.

A San Francisco house with a backyard that has a green lawn. Photo courtesy of Butch Haze at Compass