2816 Laguna Street
Location: 2816 Laguna Street (Union and Green)
Built: c. 1885
Summary: Chic, modern 4BD/3.5BA Victorian with an open floor plan for today’s lifestyle. A garden oasis, multiple terraces, and a Golden Gate view roof-top deck bring the outdoors in. Living Room and Formal Dining Room flow through to the chef’s kitchen with island seating, fireplace, and lounge/breakfast area with French doors to the garden view terrace. Three bedrooms on the second level including the tranquil master suite with vaulted ceilings, French doors to the terrace, verdant garden views, and newly renovated, spa style bathroom. Multiple skylights infuse the home with natural light. Lower level bedroom (shown today as a media room) with ensuite bathroom opens to the beautifully landscaped garden. Fun location mere steps to the heart of Union St. shopping and dining. Garage plus extra parking but with a Walk Score® of 94 (a “Walker’s Paradise”) you may find you never use your car.
Neighborhood: The heart of Cow Hollow – one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods. 2816 Laguna is one of a set of five historic Victorian row houses planned and built (c. 1885) by Robert Brotherton and mentioned in Here Today: San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage. Located just steps away from the attractions of Union Street: restaurants, cafés, boutiques, and exercise studios, yet a tranquil retreat inside.
Description: The classic Victorian façade is accented with a wrought-iron gate at the sidewalk’s edge. A gentle flight of stairs leads to the front door. Enter to the foyer and immediately step into the gracious living room beautifully balanced with a built-in window seat with hidden storage on one side, and on the other side, a fireplace with a hearth that reflects the shape of the bay window. Tall ceilings and hardwood floors throughout most of the home. A convenient coat closet is adjacent to a tower of bookcases built in above drawers. The formal dining room features a wide, squared bay with tall windows on either end that bring lovely natural light into this room. The bay features a charming built-in banquette that includes storage drawers.
A French door opens to the cheery kitchen which features a garden view lounge or casual dining area adjacent to the French doors which frame verdant garden views including a fuchsia-colored garden wall of bougainvillea, multi-colored foliage of several Japanese maple trees, and a tall corner palm. The French doors open to a fresh air balcony. Across from the seating area, a granite-faced fireplace has cabinets with open display cubbies above. The chef’s kitchen has counter seating at the large granite-topped island inset with a six-burner Wolf range. On the back counter, a large porcelain farmhouse sink is set into the quartz countertop which is accented with a herringbone-patterned tiled backsplash. There is a Thermador oven, microwave, and warming drawer. The Viking refrigerator is next to the pantry. Neatly tucked away on this level is a charming powder room at the top of the rear set of stairs.
Second Level: On the serene, garden side of the home, the dramatic master suite showcases vaulted ceilings and a wall of French windows with doors to the balcony. A spiral staircase from the balcony leads to the Golden Gate view roof deck. Multiple closets line the hallway which is naturally illuminated by a large skylight, and additional closets are just inside the bedroom. The stunning, spa-style master bath features dual porcelain sinks within a Carrara marble-topped vanity, lovely mosaic-tiled floor, a free-standing tub, and a large, glass-enclosed stall shower. Skylights bring natural light into this heavenly bath. A stacking washer and dryer are conveniently located but hidden inside a closet in the master bath. (Additional hookups are in the garage.) There are two more bedrooms on this level which access the charming tiled hall bath equipped with a shower over tub and a porcelain pedestal sink.
Lower Level: A flight of stairs leads directly outside to the garden and accesses the lower level. This spacious room has French doors that open to the garden and is shown today as a media and game room but may easily be used as a guest/nanny suite/fourth bedroom. An accent wall is filled with built-in shelves, art niches, and storage cabinets, and there is a large storage closet underneath the stairs. The tiled, full bath features a shower over tub and a vanity. An interior door opens to the garage with parking for one car plus an additional car may park at the recess in front of the garage door, and another on the street fronting the house. Forty amp charge for electric vehicles is located inside the garage. A tradesmen’s entrance runs along the detached north side of the home for direct access to the garden, and providing for a separate entrance to the lower level if configured as a nanny or an in-law suite.