The Five Most Covetable Houses in SF, Right Now

Everyone has an S.F. property nightmare — whether it’s an actual, recurring nightmare, or just that time you had to pack up and move to Daly City.

But there are also dreams to be had out there. Especially for those who have the budget.

The big budget. Like, $28-million seven-bedroom in Pacific Heights big. 

Whether you’re planning a move or just a looky-looer like us, we invite you to have a glance at five of the city’s top-line properties, all currently up for grabs.

2250 Vallejo Street

Just down the street from 2300 Vallejo (which we covered in the first installment of this series), this $28M Beaux Arts mansion in Pac Heights is one of the priciest homes on the market. Its tumultuous history belies its current sophistication: though designed in 1901 as a single-family residence, it was later split into smaller units — for tenants and, for a time, wounded soldiers. Now restored to former grandeur, the home offers a laundry-list of drop-dead gorgeous appointments, from the extensive use of marble to the Golden Gate views to a skylit spiral staircase. 

2505 Divisadero Street

Wanna guess which S.F. celebrity used to live in this stately Pac Heights Georgian? That refined brick front might suggest “anonymous VC dude,” but the deeds actually belonged to none other than Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, who bedded down here for a decade. Aside from the pedigree, the vibe is more 2015 Downton Abbey than Headbangers’ Ball, with a master suite, gardens, views, billiard room with full bar, and notably, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. 

Engine 44

This four-story home is an architectural wonder and historical curiosity: built in 1909, Engine 44 once housed a fire company that served Noe Valley and the Castro, with horse-drawn fire wagons tucking under its roof. It was sold at auction in 1959 for a heartbreaking $15,000. Four beds, three full baths, two halves and a brass fire pole. 

3323-3325 Clay Street

Two units adjoin on this Presidio Heights property: one with five bedrooms and another with a single bedroom — perfect for a kid returning to the nest or in-laws looking for equal measures community and independence. What we love: the incredible expanses of marble, used to dramatic effect in the master bath and kitchen, which has a 10-foot island crafted in gorgeous Calacatta marble. 

1032 Broadway

It’s basically a palace at the top of Russian Hill. This four-bedroom, four-bath was christened the Atkinson House after its construction in 1853. Designed by architect William H. Ranlett, it offers views of the city from Coit Tower to the Bay Bridge. Of interest: an array of terraces and gardens adjoining the 3,890-square-foot home, plus four wood-burning fireplaces (you know how chilly SF gets when the sun goes down) and a two-car garage … with elevator.