1629 Green Street
Meticulously remodeled ‘treehouse’ nestled in the heart of Cow Hollow! This completely detached condominium townhouse is on a beautifully landscaped and private double lot, on a tree-lined street in peaceful Pacific Heights.
Originally constructed in 1917, the property underwent a complete interior remodel and additions to the first and second levels by renowned architect Mark English. The design restored the façade to a FirstBay Region Tradition style, a Bay Area adaption of East Coast Shingle style. As this property is designated as Historic and required extensive planning approval, the external façade renovation and additions to this wood and steel structure were truly a labor of love for the current owners. The exterior projects charm and inviting warm with wood shingle siding, a brick chimney, varied eave lines, and numerous roof gables. The interior of the home is ultra-modern and open, complete with a dramatic floating glass staircase, bridge walkway, and skylit atrium.
One enters the front door of the home through a shared central gate and across a wood walkway through a landscaped lush front garden, surrounded by tall plantings for complete privacy. Stepping into a light-filled double-height atrium/dining space, a crowning skylight overhead floods the space with sunlight and a dramatic custom cantilevered staircase with glass railing provides a stunning backdrop. This great room is completely open to the kitchen, with space for formal dining and family room area. Expansive high walls provide the perfect backdrop for showcasing artwork, and there are in-ceiling speakers in the living room, kitchen and atrium.
To the left of the great room is the living room, surrounded by walls of red-accented built-in bookshelves and a beautiful wood-burning fireplace. This room can be sectioned off from the atrium with a custom Fleetwood sliding glass door. Casement windows face tree-lined Green Street and there is a large floor-to-ceiling window facing the greenery of the front garden.
Off the living room is a chic powder room for guests, complete with Toto Washlet toilet and lacquer vanity, as well as a coat closet.
Through the open atrium/dining area one enters the chef’s kitchen, which centers around a stainless steel-topped island with a Thermador Professional four-burner gas range and Sharp built-in microwave, contrasting with warm wood custom cabinetry. At the back wall of the kitchen is additional wood and white lacquer cabinets, a sleek glass backsplash, stainless steel sink, Liebherr stainless refrigerator, KitchenAid dishwasher, and built-in pantry. A large window next to the sink faces over neighboring gardens for an idyllic view while preparing a meal.
The island allows for informal seating and there is also a seating area at the other end of the kitchen space, with floating shelves for art display, china storage, or a bar, windows facing the front garden, and space for a breakfast table or family room seating.
The south wall of the kitchen and family room is comprised of huge glass Weiland LiftSlide doors, which slide seamlessly into one another, bringing the outside in and allowing for walk-out access to the garden. Surrounded by terraced landscaping, this green space is ideal for entertaining and boasts an independent ‘shed’ structure with a fold-up levered door, revealing a built-in BBQ and storage space for al fresco dining.
Ascending the cantilevered staircase with glass railings brings one to a spectacular bridge walkway along the upper story, above the atrium/dining area, and directly under the crowning skylight overhead. To the left off the walkway is the master bedroom suite, which offers floating built-in nightstands and headboard, rich dark leather flooring, and casement windows looking out to the trees. An ensuite master bathroom has been outfitted with a glass-enclosed walk-in shower, quartz-topped floating oversized vanity, and separate water closet with Toto Washlet toilet. Two walk-in closets provide ample storage.
To the right off the bridge walkway is the guest bedroom, which also has leather flooring and floating nightstands, as well as a balcony off the bedroom which overlooks the front garden and has room for seating. There is a large closet and bathroom ensuite with a glass-enclosed shower and Toto Washlet toilet. Next to the guest suite is a convenient laundry room, equipped with full-size washer and dryer and counter and cabinetry for folding space and linen storage.
On the lower level is an incredible media room, which has been ensconced in sound absorbing material and equipped with LED spot lighting, a large projector and built-in 7-speaker Revel home theater speaker system. Three rows of tiered seating provide an unimpeded view of the screen from each row, and a server closet outside the room houses the processor and AV equipment. This space could also easily be transformed into an ideal office or den. Also on this level is a terrific powder room with the same Toto Washlet toilet and lacquer vanity, as well as a large storage space with steel roll up cover. The current owners have built in a wine storage space under the stairs as well as a handy toolkit storage area. The one car garage is roomy with additional storage space and currently accommodates a home gym.
With top-of-the-line renovations throughout, including Nest thermostats, dual aspect windows in every room, CAT-6 wiring, trimless construction, a hydronic radiant heating system, and reflective roof materials to reduce solar heat gain, this property is truly unique. A meticulous modern renovation, a traditional and historic exterior, and a bucolic and private setting, all in the heart of coveted Pacific Heights just steps from Union Street shops and restaurants, great schools, tech buses on Van Ness, and the 101.
Square Footage: 2,710 (per graphic artist)
Year Built: 1917 (per tax records)
Cow Hollow, once a former meadow and feedlot, is today an affluent neighborhood comprised of classic residences situated between the Marina and the Presidio. It is home to a variety of classic boutiques, extraordinary manor homes, and a fabulous night life. A remarkable collection of homes, from some of San Francisco oldest right down to several mid-century makeover gems, can be found here. Elegant Queen Annes alongside classic Victorians, Italianate mansions, and luxury condos are what make Cow Hollow one of the great neighborhoods, and give it its through-the-roof appeal. Many upscale bistros and eateries are in walking distance, with plenty of sustainably raised beef, and designer cupcakes to quench the most discerning palettes. Shopping along Union Street is exceptional. Hundreds of stylish and exclusive boutiques, jewelry stores, and art galleries line the streets. You’ll find the most up-to-date designer jeans right down to the latest organic doggie treats, all at your fingertips. Union Street makes urban shopping a dream come true.