2500 Leavenworth Street
Unique detached single-family home in Russian Hill overlooking Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay. This stately Victorian was built in 1884 on an extra-wide lot with full south, east and west exposures. A lovely garden wraps around the home and includes a splendid heirloom Palm tree in front plus a lush rear seating area with southern exposure.
Entering on Francisco street through a welcoming blue door, you step into the inviting main floor of the house featuring soaring 12-foot ceilings and hardwood floors. Off the entry to the west is a gracious sitting room perfectly scaled for a library, media room or office. This room is centered on a large window bay decorated with elegant moldings and includes a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth flanked by built-in shelving. The entry hallway leads to a staircase, coat closet and powder room, and provides access to the kitchen and large entertaining spaces. The staircase features a landing ideal for art display, and the powder room is the picture of elegance, decked out in elegant brass and black tones contrasting with the gray and white patterned tile flooring and a Carrera marble-topped vanity.
Situated along the long south side of the house, the dramatic living and dining room includes a generous seating area at one end framed by an arched window bay, with a dining area at the other end complete with china closet and a wall of windows framing a picturesque view of Coit Tower. Connecting the dining area to the kitchen is an east-facing solarium creating a sunny breakfast area overlooking the garden. The breakfast nook flows naturally into the renovated chef’s kitchen, equipped with luxurious stainless appliances including a Liebherr refrigerator, double Whirlpool ovens, Bosch dishwasher, double sink with Grohe faucet, and a four-burner cooktop with griddle. Gorgeous white and gray quartz countertops and slab backsplash run the length of the back wall of the kitchen, ending at the cooktop with a gray tiled backsplash. Stylish dark cabinetry is below and white above, all with brass hardware. On the opposite side of the kitchen is a built-in desk area and built-in pantry cabinets.
Up the central staircase, the top floor has been transformed into a luxurious master suite. On the east side is a spacious bedroom with a walk-in closet, skylight, built-in shelving, and a wood-burning fireplace. Off the bedroom is a windowed door to a fabulous deck with expansive views of San Francisco Bay, Coit Tower, and the downtown skyline. The hallway is adorned with a stained-glass window and period moldings and is lined with closets. It leads past the renovated master bathroom to an office/nursery/sitting room with arched windows and a skylight. The master bathroom features chic star-patterned tile floor, wainscoting throughout, a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a large quartz-topped vanity. Windows to the west and east provide ample natural light, and industrial Edison bulb light fixtures add style.
The home’s lower floor includes two charming bedrooms with hardwood floors. The first bedroom has a cozy bay window seat and southern exposure, and the back bedroom features French doors to a deck overlooking the garden. Both bedrooms are served by an updated full bathroom with an extra-deep tub. At the west end of the floor is a windowed space currently staged as a wine room, that could also serve as an office or storage room. At the other end of the floor is an attractive laundry/utility room with Samsung washer/dryer and a closet. A covered porch spans the east end of the home with access to the private bricked garden featuring mature landscaping and trees. The garden has a separate entrance on Francisco Street. At the back of the garden is a freestanding garage with room for one full-sized car plus space for a workshop, storage, or a small additional vehicle.
This delightful family home is exceptional in its light-filled, expansive entertaining spaces, attractive period details, and contemporary kitchen and baths. A wonderful combination of style and substance, all in a quintessential Russian Hill location, blocks from the shops and restaurants of Ghirardelli square, dining at Gary Danko, Fay Park and Russian Hill Park, and grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, and an easy commute to downtown.
Year Built: 1900 (Per Tax Records)
Square Footage: 3142 (Per Architect)