2830 Buchanan Street
Located on a highly-coveted block, close to Union and Chestnut Streets, this Edwardian mansion has been completely transformed from top to bottom and down to the studs to create an immaculate dream home that blends classic style, detailed woodwork, designer touches, and modern amenities. Recently, the whole home has been again further enhanced to showcase the full potential of light, bright, and spacious living within.
At the main level, the elegant marble foyer is an impressive introduction to the residence. To your right, a two-car side-by-side car garage services the house, and a guest suite has been built out with a lovely bedroom, full bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, laundry, and direct access to the lush and beautifully planted garden. Alternatively, this could be used as a wonderful entertaining space, where one can take advantage of the outdoor hookups and enjoy an indoor/outdoor setting with a fully stocked kitchen or a wet bar for a grand barbecue. There is also a mechanical room, which displays the massive amount of custom plumbing for the radiant heat and 11 heat zones throughout the home.
An elevator begins at this level, and rises to the top. Rarely are elevators a focal point, but in this case, the interior woodwork exemplifies the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship in every corner of the home. While one cannot help but be transfixed by the gorgeous woodwork, the small pinhole LEDs leading the way up the stairs and the fact that one button can light the home in endless combinations hint at the fact that this is no ordinary "traditional" home.
At the landing one must pause, as the detail is again spectacular, with rich dark wood floors offset by bright white walls and coffered ceilings, built in cabinetry, a stunning chandelier, fireplace, and formal dining area. Three intricate fireplaces on this level may seem original, but are actually custom-ordered pieces. To the right, the living room is incredibly gracious and bright, with a wall of large west-facing windows. To the left of the landing is the kitchen and breakfast room – an impressive space with a large marble island, a red Aga stove with gas burners and hood, two copper sinks, custom-paneled appliances, recessed and pendant lighting, and more. On the other side of the room is a built-in informal dining area with custom wraparound sofa in oxblood leather, space for a sizeable television, and a reading nook with built-in bookshelves. Lovely doors open onto a deck overlooking to the beautiful garden with outdoor stairs that lead down as well. A half bath with whimsical wallpaper completes the level and makes it a perfect spot for entertaining.
The next floor has a wonderful layout for a family, with three bedrooms on one level. Two of the bedrooms are smaller, one with double closets, and share a bathroom with tub. The spacious and bright third bedroom has a bathroom with a shower ensuite, as well as a lovely central fireplace, hidden hookups for a projector, and an automated screen countersunk into the ceiling. Both bathrooms are lined with chic gray-and-white marble subway tiles and marble mosaic flooring.
On the highest floor of the home, one is greeted with a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the top floor bedroom through large windows and 14’ tall conservatory dormers with opening balconies. Two walk-in closets flank either side of the bed. The masterpiece is the skylit ensuite master bathroom, done with deep and rich marbles, dual sinks and vanities, a separate toilet room (with a built in TV) a jacuzzi tub, heated towel rack, and a massive double shower with a built in steam unit, as well as a marble bench. Combined, this a bathroom unlike any other.
The ceilings are truly special on this floor – they have been raised and come to a peak high above the hallway, with detailed bead board and custom accents throughout. The final room contains a custom large glass atrium overlooking the Juliet balcony, shipped in and custom made in England, which is also found in the master bedroom and creates a lovely indoor/ outdoor feel. This space is the perfect office, with ample built-ins in keeping with the rest of the home, decorative woodwork, and a view of Russian Hill and the Bay.
The house was rebuilt in 2006 with all new plumbing, heating, lighting, 500-amp electrical system, and networking infrastructure, along with seismic upgrades including new foundations, grade beams, and steel moment frames. With one trip past the server closet, down the opulent elevator, and out the slick and clean epoxy garage, turning off all the lights at the touch of a button, and the owner can experience just what it's like to live in a 21st century estate, with the detailed turn-of-the-century style craftsmanship, and the incredible conveniences of modern technology and design.
Year Built: 1904 (Per Tax Records)
Square Footage: 4,058 sq.ft. (Per Graphic Artist)