We last updated our map of the 25 most expensive homes in San Francisco less than two months ago, at the end of September. But it's fall selling season, and things move fast around here—or do they? There have been some new additions to the list as expensive properties hit the market, but not much has actually sold. Ten of the homes have undergone a price chop at some point in their time on the market. Lumina's mega-penthouse that tops Tower B is still at the very top of the list.Read More
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Lumina Tower B Ph, South Beach
San Francisco's top property is the penthouse at Lumina, the wildly fancy, amenity-rich condo building now under construction in South Beach. The team behind Lumina announced several months ago that the 14,000-square-foot unit is up for sale for $49 million. The condo is the equivalent of eight lesser Lumina units.Rendering via Tishman Speyer/steelblue
2712 Broadway, Pacific Heights
This one is actually somewhat tricky to price, because it's really just an under-construction new home on Billionaires' Row. Last we checked in, the broker estimated the price at a lofty $32M but acknowledged that the final price will depend on the upgrades and finishes the buyer selects. Last year the same plans (including the lot and entitlements to build) were ballparked at $28.85M, so either construction costs have gone up, or this year's buyers of phantom houses are more demanding than last year's. The home is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Lumina Tower D Ph, South Beach
Lumina's second-best penthouse isn't nearly as pricey as its first, asking a (comparatively!) demure $29M. It will sit on the 37th floor of Tower D and is the equivalent of only four regular units to the other penthouse's eight. It will be ready for move-in in the summer of 2016.
2250 Vallejo St, Pacific Heights
This Pac Heights manse became the most expensive single-family home currently on the market when it hit the market for $28 million. If it does sell for that asking price, it will become the sixth most expensive home ever sold in San Francisco (assuming that the Lumina condos that sit ahead of it on the current market don't sell first). The place has undergone extensive renovations in recent years and now features a roof deck with an infinity plunge pool and spa.
3800 Washington, Presidio Heights
After years on the market, this place is now listed as pending, but it stays on our list until the deal is done. Halsey Minor, a technology entrepreneur whom you may know as the guy who founded CNET in 1993, bought this "modified copy" of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon in 2007. The 8-bed, 7-bath, 18,000-square-foot mansion comes with the adjoining 2,618-square-foot guest home at 3810 Washington and a vacant lot (125 Maple) that's currently being used as a backyard. The three must be sold together. When Curbed SF toured the property in 2012, it was in really bad shape—holes in the ceiling, water damage to the original silk wall coverings, outdated everything. The whole place will need a complete restoration. Hence the serial price chops over the years, from $25M down to $21M and now $17.995M.
2660 Scott Street, Pacific Heights
The seven-bedroom home at 2660 Scott is on the market with an ask of $15 million and just went into contract this week. There are views, elevators, and all the marks of a Pacific Heights nine-figure home. It was originally built for a cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt, and vestiges of history still remain.
67-69 Belcher St, Duboce Triangle
One of the least conventional homes in the top 25, this converted furniture factory covered in greenery wants $12.5 million. It's currently being used as a home but could also be developed, especially given its 40-foot height limit. The place is so cavernous that its current owner has a full band set-up on display that includes a collection of at least 20 guitars hanging on the wall.
1032 Broadway, Russian Hill
$12M houses usually flex at least a little muscle and pose gamely for the camera, in that reassuring welcome-to-the-money-pot sort of way. But at 161 years old, 1032 Broadway doesn’t even have to try. The Atkinson House, a.k.a. San Francisco Landmark 97, is one of the first Italianate villas built in these parts, just on the outskirts of the original settlement at Yerba Buena. It was built in 1853 (probably) by William H. Ranlett, renovated at the turn of the last century by Willis Polk, and nestled behind a living green wall at some point. This historic abode has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and the proper checklist of archways, classical columns, and one grand chateau-style fireplace.
101 Maple Street, Presidio Heights
This mega-flip increased its price from $3.3 million to $12 million in two years by transforming into a modern boxy style more commonly seen in SoMa condos than Presidio Heights mansions. Otherwise, it has all the trappings of a super-luxury home, with an elevator, a gym, a wine cellar and a retractable glass roof over the roof deck.
2505 Divisadero, Pacific Heights
This eight-bedroom home's celebrity past (it once belonged to Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett) hasn't really helped it find a buyer. After listing for $12.5 million and having no luck, it re-staged and re-priced at $11.85 million as September selling season kicked off. It has a clubby pool room downstairs that is left over from the Hammett days.
2610 Scott Street, Pacific Heights
The poor, beautiful, Joseph Esherick-designed swoopy staircase house has had a tough few months. After just a few days on the market last fall, it sold for $11.75 million. But its new owner appeared to have second thoughts and it mysteriously reappeared in April for the exact same price, only to drop its ask to a mere $10 million in early September. This house is practically a work of art, so surely someone will fall for it again soon.
3576 Jackson Street, Presidio Heights
It may look right out over the Presidio, but that hasn't drawn buyers into this stately white home. The house took a mega-price chop in its first month on the market from $11.5 million down to $9.95 million in what was one of the quickest dumpings from the 8-figure-club that we've seen. It does still have some impressive figures: there are six bedrooms, three terraces, and three fireplaces.
2411 Broadway, Pacific Heights
This slim mansion has a crazy secret bathroom located behind a library—without a doubt its most interesting feature. It just dropped its ask from $10 million down to $9.5 million for 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. There's also a home theater and a flowery back yard.
1283 Greenwich St, Russian Hill
Another "idea of a house," these plans for a mega-home on Russian Hill are referred to as "Sunset Inspiration" in their brokerbabble. It's pretty expensive inspiration, given that the sellers are looking for $9.495 million for an unbuilt house. The plans are by architect Lewis Butler.
10 Miller Place #2400, Nob Hill
On the border of Nob Hill and Chinatown sits this penthouse, which for some reason has decided to use superhero terms to market itself. "A super-man's lair has been found," the brokerbabble declares. So far, the over-the-top verbiage hasn't worked, because the place has been sitting on the market at $9.495 million since June. Perhaps it's because the listing admits that super powers are not included.
1051-1053 Francisco, Russian Hill
The "Butterfly House" in Russian Hill is a new entrant to the list with its $9.48 million ask. The house was technically built back in the 1950s but was redesigned by architect John Maniscalco for the modern era. According to Maniscalco, the home's name comes from the idea of "moving from an earthbound experience to the open sky."
Millennium Tower 49B, Yerba Buena
According to its listing, this is one of the biggest floor plans at the Millennium. Its mega $8.995 million price comes with an additional $2,091 per month in HOA fees. The place is being advertised as a three-bedroom, but technically it's a convertible two-bedroom plus library.
1735 Franklin, Pacific Heights
This extremely well-mannered brick home hails from 1904, when craftsmanship was on display everywhere and the wainscoting sometimes came up to people’s necks. There are 8 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a half-dozen fireplaces, and an antiquishly storybook kitchen that would make even Martha Stewart feel inferior. It started out asking $9.7M but is now down to $8.995M.
2828 Divisadero, Cow Hollow
We love 2828 Divisadero because there are no white walls or flat fireplaces to be found in this period detail-filled manse. It is charmingly old-fashioned, but hasn't resonated with buyers, dropping its price from $9.995 million down to $8.995 million. Whoever does end up with this house will getting a twisting, delicately ornate staircase and modern conveniences to complement the otherwise old-fashioned feel.
2635 Broadway, Pacific Heights
After selling for $5.4 million back in 2013, this mega-flip near Billionaires' Row was given a complete overhaul that included the installation of a living wall on its facade. It came back on the market looking for $9.5 million, an ask that topped $3,000 per square foot. It's now down to $8.9 million. That's a move that pushes it way down on our top 25 list.
Infinity Unit T37B, South Beach
This very glassy and rather antiseptic penthouse at the Infinity has three bedrooms and a huge $8.8 million price. It belongs to embattled serial entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal and used to have a $12 million price tag.
2764 Greenwich Street, Cow Hollow
This recently flipped home tried its hand on the market last spring but disappeared over the summer without a sale. Now it's back with permits for an elevator and a new tagline: "An elevated experience!" Yes, this is the same home that once boasted brokerbabble calling it "a miracle on Greenwich Street." Its price has held solid at $8.495 million.
Millennium 53C, Yerba Buena
This Millennium unit has stunning views but only two bedrooms. It's asking $7.995 million, putting it at more than $2,800 per square foot.
2170 Jackson Street, Pacific Heights
This very fancy full-floor co-op on Jackson Street has been looking for someone to love it since May. Its most notable feature is also its oddest: it is electromagnetically fortified, basically making it a giant tin foil hat, or a Faraday cage. The price recently plummeted from $8.6 million to $7.6 million.
1750 Taylor St #905, Russian Hill
Co-ops at Russian Hill's Royal Towers are never cheap, but this remodeled $7.495 million two-bedroom currently tops the list. There are fireplaces, brilliant views, an art gallery, and parking for two cars. It's currently in contract but hasn't officially sold yet.