Home of the Week: Unparalleled views, distinctive design in Pacific Heights
Views are the artworks in new Pacific Heights gem
In many contemporary homes, interior spaces are saturated with views from wall-to-wall windows. At 2833 Vallejo in Pacific Heights, award-winning Edmonds + Lee Architects have taken a more selective approach to balancing minimalist interiors and striking vistas.
Set high in Pacific Heights, the just-completed home overlooks a sweeping panorama of San Francisco Bay, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Palace of Fine Arts to Alcatraz.
The massive glass wall on the front façade seems to signal an open interior with endless sheets of windows. Instead, the flow weaves through the spaces, with windows orchestrated to present intimate views like artworks in a gallery. The “exhibition” ends with a tour de force: a panoramic rooftop deck.
The residence itself is a contemporary work of art, filled with highlights like a Moooi chandelier designed by Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon pendant lights and an Arakawa museum-style art display system.
Other visual treats include imported Boffi custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets, Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures, and Miele appliances.
Belgian ash paneling, wide-plank white oak floors, custom millwork and Carrera marble enrich the setting, while an oversized residential elevator and energy efficient radiant heating enhance the environment.
The home’s cutting-edge technology has less visibility but equal impact. Wall-mounted iPads on each level control an array of systems including comprehensive Lutron lighting and DoorBird video doorbell, Warman surveillance and eleven-location Nest thermostat systems.
A complete home network, WiFi, multimedia wiring for Cat6 network and distributed audio and video, and five-zone Sonos audio system in select rooms add to the mix. Built-in infrastructure expansion features include 7.1 surround sound wiring in the entertainment room and motorized shade wiring for all windows.
The neighborhood is among the most coveted in Pacific Heights. The last two blocks of Vallejo end at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with tennis courts, eucalyptus-lined paths, and biking trails that cover the waterfront.
The restaurants, shops and conveniences of Union, Chestnut and Fillmore Streets are within strolling distance, as are some of San Francisco’s most prestigious independent schools.