2424 Larkin Street
This marvelous home has been renovated with meticulous detail, creating a space perfect for both entertaining and comfortable family living. Entering through a whimsical blue door you step into a gracious entry with a coat closet. Off the entry is direct access to the garage. With plaster walls and curved arches overhead, an appealing mahogany wood staircase leads up to the main floor of the home. The space opens to a wide dining room, with high exposed beam ceilings, recessed lighting, and a bar “nook” to one side with space for wine storage, cabinetry, and a wine fridge. To the right of the dining room is the expansive living room, illuminated by a wall of windows to the west, with an inviting built-in window seat. Wood beams overhead add character to the space, and one on side of the room is a wall of attractive wood built-ins, creating an office/desk area. A large wood-burning fireplace has a clay hearth, and to the left is a column of custom shelves and cabinets.
Off the dining room is the gorgeous newly renovated kitchen, a chef’s dream. Top-of-the-line appliances include a Miele refrigerator, dishwasher, gas range with griddle, built-in combi-steam oven, and built-in Miele espresso/coffee machine, as well as a pot filler over the range, a custom range hood, a stainless Elkay prep sink and a large stainless Kohler Prolific main sink. The cabinets are a warm solid walnut wood, contrasting with elegant veined natural quartzite white countertops and a mosaic tile backsplash. At the back of the kitchen is a wall of built-in pantry cabinets and an appliance storage cabinet. The larger sink faces a fantastic living wall of greenery on the back stairs, infusing the kitchen space with an indoor/outdoor feel. Around the corner in the kitchen is a remarkable hardened redwood built-in desk, creating a wonderful nook for a home office. The stairs lead down to the garage and side entrance to the home, with storage on the landing.
Down the hallway is a beautifully renovated bathroom, outfitted with textured hand-made Ann Sacks square wall tile and sleek gray floor tile, radiant heated floors, Hansgrohe fixtures, a roomy curbless glass-enclosed shower, and a luxurious in-wall Toto Washlet toilet. It is across from a sizeable bedroom which looks out to the backyard greenery and has a closet stretching across the width of the room. At the end of the hallway is an incredible custom-built wine cellar. Temperature-controlled, with storage for over 900 bottles, display lighting and racks, and a unique stone overhang on the wood shelving, this cellar is truly state-of-the-art. Next to the cellar is a door opening to the garden, where one can walk out to a covered area ideal for BBQing and with ample space for outdoor dining or seating.
Up the main staircase, the second floor of the home houses the master suite, an additional bedroom and bathroom, and a family room, plus laundry. At the top of the stairs is a skylit landing with a sophisticated built-in wet bar/kitchenette, complete with Perlick wine refrigerator, hammered sink, a black matte granite countertop, and plenty of storage within the elegant wood cabinets. Across the hall is a beautiful bathroom, with a marble stone-topped vanity and shower over tub, as well as a sizeable bedroom with double closets.
The master bedroom is at the back of the home, private and quiet with a pleasing wall of windows facing the garden. The room takes up the entire width of the home and boasts two built-out double closets, AC, and built-in speakers. A windowed door opens to a back deck with steps down to a level brick area in the backyard. The master bathroom is completely custom-designed, with a marble-topped double vanity surrounded by rich walnut cabinetry. A Duravit soaking tub with shower attachment is encased in the same rich wood paneling and shelving on the sides, and the focal point of the space is a stunning glass-enclosed shower with dual shower heads, overhead open-air skylight, ensconced in Ann Sacks chic gray and white mosaic tile with marble framing and a stainless-steel mosaic tile floor. A frosted glass door encloses a water closet with Toto Washlet toilet, and at the back of the bathroom is a fabulous walk-in closet with ample built-ins.
On the other end of this floor is an expansive family room, with charming west-facing casement windows bringing in great light and striking exposed beams decorating the soaring ceilings. The room is equipped with a gas fireplace and in-wall speakers, making it the perfect space for informal family gatherings and entertaining. Off the family room is a stacked Samsung washer and dryer closet.
The lush garden is landscaped and terraced, allowing for two sizable landings for seating or play, and a covered area for grilling. The garage can fit up to four cars in tandem and has a sink area with counter, freezer, and multiple storage cabinets.
In this prime Russian Hill location, just steps from the shops and restaurants of Polk and Hyde Streets, and convenient to transportation and tech bus stops on Van Ness, this unique home offers delightful character, spacious rooms, stylish design, and useable outdoor space.
Year Built: 1924 (Per Tax Records)
Square Footage: 2,615 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.