2323 Hyde Street
This grand and stately corner mansion is perched atop Hyde Street in Russian Hill, overlooking the waters of the Bay and Alcatraz. Built in 1900 and designed by Willis Polk, this historic residence features unprecedented size, scale, outdoor space, and incredible outlooks. Informally known as the Robert Louis Stevenson House, was commissioned by Fanny Osborn-Stevenson, the widow of author Robert Louis Stevenson At over 8000 sq. ft., this estate offers five+ bedrooms, six full and two half bathrooms, multiple living rooms and entertaining spaces with water views, and a spectacular roof terrace with views of the Golden Gate, the Bay, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, East Bay, and the downtown skyline. A gorgeous landscaped garden is an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. The home is equipped with a four-car garage parking and a convenient elevator to all floors, and boasts soaring ceilings and magnificent detail throughout.
Through an ivy-covered archway, one enters this secluded, gated courtyard flanked by columns. Overhead are arched doorways and built-in speakers. To the right is an incredibly lush garden surrounded by landscaping and hedges for privacy, and with a huge lawn dotted with planters ending at a beautiful stone sculpture fountain. From the lawn you can look out directly over the top of Hyde Street to the beautiful waters of the San Francisco Bay.
One enters the home through stately double doors with decorative wrought-iron, stepping into a gracious entry hallway adorned with ornate woodwork and decorative columns. On this level is a powder room and coat closet, and down the hall is a hand-painted solarium displaying beautiful images, with windows facing the garden, as well as the elevator, which reaches all floors, and the back stairwell. On the opposite end of this floor is a private guest suite, with a large bedroom with window seat and ensuite bathroom with a shower, plus multiple storage rooms and a laundry room. Reaching the center of the home, the ceilings open up to double height and reveal a stunning grand staircase. Intricately carved bannisters adorn the curved staircase and there is a dramatic stained-glass window allowing light to stream in.
On the second floor, off the landing, is a large family room with wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, and oversized windows facing east and north to the waters of the San Francisco Bay. There are two steps up to a sizeable den, with windows overlooking the garden, and attached is a splendid sunroom with beamed ceilings and walls of windows surrounded by greenery. Following the hallway, one reaches an informal or catering kitchen, equipped with a four-burner stove, sink, dishwasher, and ample cabinetry. There is back stair access from this kitchen to the main living room, as well as additional stair access to the main kitchen, allowing for caterers or servers to move through the space discreetly.
Also, on the second floor, at the top of the stairs, is an octagon-shaped sitting room with a Juliet balcony overlooking the stairwell below. Off the sitting room are three large bedrooms and three bathrooms. The front bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with shower and is bright and sunny with windows to the east and a peek at the Bay. The south east bedroom is adorned with classic casement windows and offers south and east Bay Bridge and downtown views, a double closet, and an ensuite bathroom with a shower over tub, decorated with intricate lattice tile. The third bedroom faces south and gets great light and is served by a bathroom off the hallway with a shower over tub and a linen closet.
The grand staircase continues to the third level, curving around and revealing a spectacular great room at the top. This formal living room boasts three arched and windowed doors to Juliet balconies, a wood-burning fireplace with impressive marble surround, high ceilings, recessed lighting, and hardwood floors. Large picture windows offer beautiful direct Bay views. Windowed French doors lead to the formal dining room/solarium, with dramatic custom window treatments shading the room from the glass roof above. This formal dining space has views of the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, as well as the waters of the Bay to the north. It is adorned with decorative columns, beautiful woodwork and moldings, a terra-cotta tile floor, and two sets of French doors. A wet bar is attached, equipped with a sink, wine refrigerator, and ice maker, as well as glass storage. Off the main hallway is a lovely powder room with marble-topped vanity, a walk-in storage closet, a long office with built-in desks, and access to two sets of back stairs. The kitchen is at the south end of the floor, centering around an impressive stone island with handsome wood cabinetry. On the island is a Viking Professional six-burner range with overhead hood. Surrounding the island are custom cabinets, a built-in oven and warming drawer, a SubZero refrigerator, two dishwashers (Miele and Bosch) two sinks, and ample counter space. Windows facing south bring in sunlight and views of the greenery across the street surrounding the Alice Marble Tennis Courts and public park. There is a walk-in pantry, and through an archway is the breakfast room, surrounded by windows with views of the Bay Bridge, East Bay, Coit Tower, and downtown.
The final flight of stairs to the third floor is framed by windows offering spectacular views of the water to the east and the Bay Bridge. At the top of the stairs is the impressive master suite, surrounded by three sides with windows facing south, east, and north, allowing for outlooks of the North Bay and Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, and lush greenery to the south. The fourth wall offers a wood burning fireplace with marble hearth. Ensuite is a gorgeous master bathroom, ensconced in marble tile, with a marble-topped vanity, double sinks, a glass-enclosed marble double shower, and a marble Jacuzzi tub flanked by decorative columns. Attached to the bathroom is a huge walk-in closet, bedroom-sized in its own right, outfitted with a center island and beautiful wood built-ins.
Off the hallway is an additional large closet, and opposite the master suite is a family room or den. The elevator opens directly to this room, making it a great space for entertaining guests, and there is an ensuite full bathroom with shower and stone-topped vanity. French windowed doors from this room open to an incredible terra-cotta tiled terrace, with the best views in the house: west to the Golden Gate Bridge, north to the Bay and Alcatraz, east to Treasure Island, Coit Tower, and south east to the Bay Bridge, East Bay, and the Transamerica building.
This magnificent property, in close proximity to the water, parks and greenery, and the shops and restaurants of Russian Hill, is fabulously located. The combination of prestigious architecture, rich San Francisco history, stunning views, a bucolic garden, and the sheer size and scale of the residence, makes 2323 Hyde a rare treasure.
Year Built: 1900 (Per Tax Records)
Square Footage: 8,730 sq.ft. (Per Graphic Artist)
There's hardly a neighborhood that compares with Russian Hill, with its mesmerizing views, heart-stopping hairpin turns, and sheer historical grandeur.
Locals enjoy the hillside garden climbs, the exquisite tiny parks, and the classic ice cream parlor found at the corner of Union and Hyde. There is a delicate European flair to many of the boutiques and restaurants found along the lushly green streets of Jackson, Union, and Hyde. Green and Polk Streets offer exceptional international cuisine from French to Italian to Vietnamese, you can't go wrong in this vibrant stretch of city. If shopping is on your list, don't miss the many delightful boutiques dotting Polk Street between Union and Broadway.
There is a tremendous spread of possibilities when it comes to housing in Russian Hill. From turn-of-the-century backyard cottages, to lush million-dollar homes, to hilltop town houses and condos with mind-blowing Bay views - there is something for all sensibilities. The architectural influences in Russian Hill reach back to classic form - from Spanish Colonial, to Mission Revival, to Italianate, and Arts and Crafts, and beyond.
Russian Hill remains a very walkable urban landscape despite its hilly tendency. The Financial District and Civic Center are easily within reach. And if your smart you'll occasionally ride the cable car home, on a monthly pass from SFMUNI.
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