San Francisco Meets Wine Country
Designed for Entertaining
2 Castenada Avenue, San Francisco
A truly rare offering, this exceptional San Francisco estate is set on a beautifully landscaped, level lot of nearly one quarter acre in one of San Francisco’s most treasured neighborhoods: Forest Hill. Set back from the street, this private property has undergone a comprehensive, multi-year renovation designed for luxury living and sophisticated indoor, outdoor entertaining.
Originally built in 1926, this very unique Pueblo style home has been thoughtfully engineered to incorporate today’s conveniences and systems while utilizing timeless finishes to create a modern classic. With an unmistakable wine country feel, the professionally designed landscaping defines the exceptional experience of this special property. Over the course of the last 20 years, the owner has transformed the grounds from a strictly “Santa Fe desert” garden to a more Mediterranean style.
As you approach the home, you immediately sense you are about to experience something extraordinary. The front walkway is surrounded by a wide variety of lush plantings including an array of palm trees, drought tolerant plants and grasses. The carefully chosen landscape lighting sets the tone for what’s to come. The intelligent floor plan of the home encompasses three living levels with verdant outlooks throughout. The quality of the extensive upgrades coupled with an extraordinary lot is what makes this property not just a home, but an estate!
The Main Residence
The main level of the home has been extensively remodeled with a vast number of building and system upgrades including newer Kolbe double glazed windows, upgraded lighting, newer flooring, additional electrical load, copper plumbing, newer roof and more. The remodeled, eat-in kitchen (2012) includes brand names such as Thermadore and Viking, natural slate floors with radiant heat, gorgeous Princess White Granite stone counter tops and the addition of an oversized pantry. The gracious living room is spacious and showcases stunning Venetian plaster walls. The striking wood burning fireplace retains the original, restored tile work by artisan tile maker, Ernest Batchelder of Pasadena. The Dining room is also adorned with Venetian plaster walls, which create a warm ambiance for dining.
The enormous family room, which is the heart of the home, is accessed directly from the Dining Room. This special room is the product of a well designed rear addition, boasting soaring ceilings lined with Vega wood beams from New Mexico, exemplifying the style of the home. Finishes include built-in wood cabinetry by Omega, Sonos sound system with Marantz amplifier and Bower & Wilkins speakers as well as a top-of-the-line Xtrodinair gas fireplace with a striking wood mantle. Above the extension, is a lush Living Roof garden outfitted with drought resistant plants including grasses, succulents and colorful ground covers – all in keeping with the garden theme of the home.
The main level also includes a charming powder room off the hallway and en-suite guest bedroom with the perfect separation from the public living area.
Private Living Quarters
Three bedrooms and two full baths complete the private, upper level of the home. The master suite is generous in size and includes two sizable closets and recessed lighting. The remodeled master bath has radiant heat natural stone flooring and features restored Batchelder artisan tiles and craftsman soap dishes. The two additional bedrooms are served by a remodeled full bath appointed with Carrera White marble tiles
The Lower Living Level
The lower level provides a more casual living space with a 2nd family room currently used as a billiard room. There are an abundance of built in bookcases which provide terrific storage for the avid reader. This level also includes an office, laundry room, storage and access to the two car garage.
The Outdoor Living Areas
The focal point of the outdoor living is the stunning recessed patio accessed from multiple doors in the home. Perfectly scaled for large gatherings or intimate family dining, this well appointed space features an outdoor sound system, custom lighting, gas plumbed heat lamps and antique brown stone flooring. Of course, no outdoor dining experience would be complete without a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen. The new owners of 2 Castenada Avenue will enjoy the well equipped outdoor cooking experience with a Viking BBQ, Mugnaini wood-fired Pizza Oven and Green Egg Smoker!
Surrounding the patio is a meticulously groomed garden and an intimate seating area with a serene fountain enhanced by Volt landscape lighting. Beyond thfe dining patio, in a separate area of the lot is a huge, level yard ideal for a sports court. This area with lovely border plantings includes artificial turf and a B&W sound system for entertaining.
Forest Hill is an established, friendly San Francisco neighborhood comprised of 650 homes known for manicured yards and beautiful tree-lined streets.
This peaceful sanctuary in the city is centrally located to a variety of schools, parks, transportation and shopping including nearby Golden Gate Park, the West Portal and Irving Street Corridors, UCSF Medical and the Forest Hill transit center. This is one incredible offering!
About Forest Hill
Forest Hill is a neighborhood located is the area of San Francisco known as “West of Twin Peaks.” Positioned between the Inner Sunset and West Portal, Forest Hill is a quiet neighborhood that once stood on the edge of the vast sand dunes and coastal scrub that characterized the Sunset District. The development of the land began in 1912, and featured wide, easy streets, which allowed for the horses and carriages of the time. With large homes and—to this day—no multi-tenancy buildings or condos, the area is one of only eight master-planned residence parks in San Francisco. Residents enjoy the convenience of the Forest Hill Muni Station and easy access to the West Portal Station as well. There are a variety of restaurants, shops and services available both in the West Portal Shopping district and the Irving Street corrdior. Anything from a great cup of coffee, to fine dining, hardware stores and friendly bakeries can be found in abundance. There are a variety of award winning public, private an parochial schools in the vicinity. Forest Hill is known to for its welcoming community with approximately 650 homes on beautiful tree-lined streets.
In 1919, the Forest Hill Clubhouse was built to serve as a gathering place for the newly created neighborhood. Membership in the Forest Hill Association still requires that members be title holders to properties in the community, but the Clubhouse hosts various events for non-members, including weekly Boy Scout troop meetings, Council meetings, weddings and the neighborhood’s chamber music festival, Forest Hill Musical Days.
The clubhouse underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, headed by Carey and Co. Inc., an architectural and preservation firm. The makeover equipped the clubhouse with a state-of-the-art catering kitchen and ADA-accessible restrooms. The Great Room has also had new hardwood floors installed.
The Forest Hill Clubhouse was originally designed by Bernard Maybeck, an American architect who was honored twice in his lifetime by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). He designed over 150 buildings in California, many of which are in Berkeley, where he resided. Maybeck designed a handful of San Francisco buildings; his early creations include a 1909 townhouse in Presidio Heights as well as the Tudor-style Roos House on Jackson Street, which is designated San Francisco Landmark #56. He is best known, however, for the Palace of Fine Arts, which was designed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Pacific International Exposition.
The clubhouse has long been the home of the Forest Hill Garden Club, which was established by a group of neighborhood women in 1931. According to the club’s website, its original focus was to help “promote the cultivation of flowers in the gardens,” and help the Forest Hill Association with the beautification of the area.
Off Market but available to show by appointment upon request
Cece Doricko 415-264-7482
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