3500 Jackson Street
This magnificent home, built in 1909, sits on the crest of Presidio Heights with spectacular views of the Bay and Presidio from every level. Even more spectacular, however, is the grandeur and prominence of this highly regarded example of Bernard Maybeck’s architectural prowess. This is both a home and a historical landmark in one.
The entrance to the house is through a grand covered porch, lined with planter boxes and Maybeck’s signature wood-framed, diamond-paned windows, found throughout the home. The dramatic large red front door with gargoyle iron knockers leads into a striking entry hall, joining the two grand entertaining rooms of the home, with a half bath and coat closet for guests. To the right is the extraordinary ‘Great Room’ in the style of manors and castles of old. The living room has soaring 20-foot high beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, ornate hanging chandeliers illuminating the handsome wood panels, six casement skylights in the center of this stunning space, and pendant lights hanging from amazing sculpted gargoyles. Along the East wall of the room is a remarkable baronial fireplace with a 16-foot carved stone mantle of epic proportions. The room basks in natural light from a wide picture window on the North wall framing a wonderful view of the Bay and Marin Headlands, as well as the lush greenery of the Presidio. This room itself truly stands among the most dramatic this city has witnessed.
Off the main living room are two retreats. The library is situated off the center of the great room, a few steps up and replete with built-in bookshelves. From the library is the grand staircase, with wide stairs and sumptuous velvet handrails leading up to the second-floor landing. The study, designed with a red motif, has Bay outlooks through huge windows that also look down at the back yard of the home. Between them is a lovely deck, perfect for outdoor dining or to open for fresh air during an event.
To the left of the entry hall, through hinged and velvet covered door panels, is another stunning entertaining space – the formal dining room. It is handsomely appointed with a boxed beamed ceiling, the same floor-to-ceiling diamond-paneled windows, a wood-burning fireplace, and ornate Maybeck-designed wall sconces. This room is both intimate and impressive, a perfect location for hosting seated dinner parties and family gatherings. A whimsical fountain adds to the décor. The space opens up to the lovely level front garden, landscaped with gorgeous rosebushes.
Off the dining room one enters the eat-in kitchen. The space is delightfully modern-feeling, encased in stylish white built-in cabinetry, and offering abundant storage and counter space and a centerpiece island with a Wolf six-burner range and hood, as well as seating for informal dining. White quartz counters and matching backsplash add a sleek look, and the kitchen is well-equipped for a chef, with double ovens, a SubZero fridge and freezer, a stainless sink and dishwasher, and a separate bar area with additional sink and dishwasher. Through swinging doors is a full laundry room and access to the back stairs. Here one can experience the best of both the old and the new, moving seamlessly from historic grandeur to modern conveniences. The large dumbwaiter hidden behind mirrors reveals one of the myriad surprises that have been integrated throughout this home.
At the back of the entry hall is an additional staircase up to the second floor, reaching a landing with gorgeous casement windows, as well as two doors concealing a hall closet and linen room.
On the North side of the second floor is a large family room with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, including both spires of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as the greenery of the Presidio and Julius Kahn Park in the foreground. This room is inviting and warm, with dark hardwood flooring and a lighter wood beamed ceiling, as well as built-in bookshelves, an ornate carved fireplace, and diamond-paneled and picture windows. Beautiful period light fixtures hang throughout. On the South side of the home, flooded with light, is the magnificent master bedroom. A gorgeous terrace in the South-East corner is perfect for enjoying the morning sunshine. The large bedroom allows for an array of layouts, and is cleverly connected to a series of small rooms, each serving a specific purpose: “his-and-her” dressing rooms, with “her’s” equipped with not one but two walk-in closets, a linen closet, and finally a joint master bathroom with shower, tub, double sinks, toilet closet and a lovely terrace off of the master bathroom. Adjoining “her” dressing room is a very large bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom, offering both a tub and stall shower, and outfitted with built-in closets and shelving. A dedicated wall mounted gas kettle speaks to the luxury and history associated with this house and has been lovingly preserved.
Also on this floor is an additional view bedroom with a walk-in closet and a fireplace, which has a slightly more contemporary feel without sacrificing the authenticity of the home.
Two sets of stairs take you one floor further up, to either the North or South Tower, allowing for privacy between each side. In the North tower is a lovely large bedroom and ensuite bathroom with shower over tub, boasting stunning Bay, Tiburon, Golden Gate, and Presidio views.
In the South Tower, up a skylit staircase, are two bedrooms, a TV room or living room, and a hall bathroom with both a stall shower and a shower over tub. Offering both privacy and incredibly spacious accommodations, the South Tower could easily function independently as the perfect guest or in-law suite, looking out onto the greenery of the Presidio from the Eastern bedroom.
The lowest level of the house offers tremendous space and possibilities. It could be used in part for an au-pair or staff quarters, accessible via the back stairs, or for a full floor of entertainment, living, and enjoyment. There is a kitchen on this level, a nice bedroom and two full bathrooms - one ensuite to the bedroom - and the other off the staircase down. There is also a giant family room stretching across half the floor, which would be the ideal children’s playroom or informal den. This level also offers multiple storage rooms including a large wine cellar, perfect for a wine aficionado’s collection.
Off this level is the side yard, lined with low maintenance artificial grass, which opens to a square green space in front of the carport/garage, perfect for a private and local secure play space. One can imagine a basketball hoop or soccer equipment being added for the ultimate indoor / outdoor experience. The garage is accessible from Locust Street, has room for car lifts, should one desire them, and currently easily accommodates two cars side-by-side. There is additional off-street parking for two or three cars as well.
Words can hardly do this home justice – it truly has to be seen to be believed. The stately façade of this mansion, outlined in cream with contrasting dark wood beams and a bold pop of Maybeck’s authentic red detailing around the terraces and Bay windows, only hints at the treasures within. Offering magnificent views combined with grand scale and volume and meticulous construction, owning this wonderfully special residence is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any buyer with an eye and appreciation for superior architecture and design, all in a coveted Presidio Heights location.