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Places We Go : A $13M San Francisco Beach Cottage

Do you like going to open houses? P and I went to a lot open houses looking for the perfect house. It was just a thing we did on Sunday afternoons. It kind of became a sport. Now, we can go to them without leaving the house. Yesterday, when I found a 1916 San Francisco beach house, I fell in love. There was only one problem. Where am I coming up with the $13M sales price? But, It's so fresh and fun, I had to share this house. Let's take a look.

Before we start, let's get our bearings. Here we are in the historic Sea Cliff neighborhood in San Francisco. See the 4 houses in the middle bottom of the photo? The house is the 2nd from left - wearing a bit of a limey green exterior. As you can see, the house is truly a beach house, just steps from Baker Beach.

"The brainchild of famed New York based designer 30-year-old Remy Renzullo in collaboration w/ notable Bay Area architect Stephen Sutro, 16 Sea Cliff was painstakingly expanded & rebuilt from top to bottom, system by system, foundation to the roof, using the finest materials & craftsmanship available over a period of 3 years," says the listing.

What I love, besides the location, is how the beach house detail was retained during the renovation.

The house has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 6 bathrooms. Four levels of living space. Parking for 4+ cars. Turn-key. 5935 square feet living space. The living room/dining rom is quite small for a house of this size but there's a large media room on the lower floor. I have a feeling like most "living" takes place there.

The kitchen has an English luxe look and a yummy color pallet.

There's a butler's pantry off the kitchen.

Primary bedroom with an incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin headlands.

Don't you have the feeling that this bathroom has looked this way since 1916?

Detailed cottage walls and a soft, muted color pallet seem so fresh.

An office off one of the bedrooms. The wallpaper in the bedroom looks English. The draperies in all the rooms are amazing. Seems like Remy, who designs in Europe as well as the US, has brought over their short drapes/curtain style. So European.

One of the 6 bathrooms. Is that William Morris wallpaper? Perfect for 1916 where Arts&Crafts were king.

A "study" on 3rd (top) floor. The railing and fireplace remind me of the Arts&Craft movement.

One of the five bedrooms. Are those the original built-ins?

A playroom adjacent to the media room on the lower level.

Is that a laundry shoot in the laundry room?

The media room on the lower level with access to al fresco dining. Love that glossy ceiling.

A studio and bath are in a separate building. I'd stay here in a minute - just 5 minutes from the beach.

Hope you've enjoyed the open house. If you come up with $13M, please let me know. I'll bring the beach chairs. In the meantime, have a great Sunday!

Sea Cliff contains the residences for the consul generals of Switzerland, South Korea, and The Netherlands.

Some of the neighborhood's more famous current and past residents include Robin Williams, Sharon Stone, Eugene Levy, Cheech Marin, Linda Kronstadt, titans of industry and photographer Ansel Adams.

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all photos : SFARMLS


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