Alta Plaza Park Grand Victorian Home

Location: 2219 Scott Street

Price:  $7,995,000

Built:  Circa 1850-1890        

Lot Size:  Approx. 47’ x 103’ (Irregular – see map)

Brief History:  Whereas tax records show that the Victorian was built in 1910, the San Francisco Directory lists occupant Carson MacDonald, Dentist, in 1890, meaning that the home may have been built close to when Alta Plaza was transformed from an unsightly quarry to a scenic park. (Anecdotal evidence places the home’s construction closer to 1850.)  This large plot of land had been reserved in 1855 specifically to be made into a park, but it wasn’t until the protests and petitions of the Pacific Heights residents were heeded in in the early 1890s that the park development finally began. According to Gables and Fables, Scott Street was already built up by 1885, and it was the neighborhood homeowners who hired designer R. Ulrich in 1890 (without City Hall’s approval) to begin designing the park. Finally, in 1890-1892, with the necessary funds from City Hall, the land was converted, and the terraced park with its broad stairs that we still know today was created. Early photos depict the same sweeping views that can be found today at the top of the park, and some even show couples enjoying a sunny reprise on a park bench with the nearby Washington-Jackson cable car – a line which no longer runs – in the background. Alta Plaza also became the site of one of many refugee camps after the 1906 earthquake that ravaged the city, and one photo shows the view of the blazing fires from the safety of the Pacific Heights park.   Today, Alta Plaza Park which contains a children’s playground, a large lawn area, two full tennis courts plus a multipurpose basketball/tennis court. There are plenty of paved walking trails, benches, and views of the City. There is a kids' paly area that contains three different play structures, a sand lot, benches, slides and seven swings. The off-leash dog area is on the east side of the park. Wheelchair access is at Scott and Jackson Streets.  Improvements are again in process. 

Summary: Grand scale, triple-parlor style Victorian home with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, library, gourmet eat-in kitchen with adjacent family room, formal dining room, living room, au-pair suite (or gym), top floor family room/play room, wine cellar, 2 laundry rooms, 1-car garage plus driveway for 2-3 more cars, landscaped gardens. This fully detached home enjoys an extraordinary setting – from the Doric-columned entry porch recessed from the street and surrounded with mature landscaping – to the enclosed rear garden and expansive park across the street. Verdant views are the highlight of the principal rooms on the main level which was thoughtfully renovated with coffered ceilings, tall archways with pocket doors, and exquisite architectural details including crown and wall moldings. The main floor plan flows seamlessly outdoors and is ideal for entertaining on a large or intimate scale as well as for everyday living.

Main Level: The grand foyer showcases a decorative, cut-out motif banister and lovely stained-glass windows. To the left of the entry, the extraordinary living room features a large bay window which perfectly frames a stunning Tulip tree against the leafy backdrop of Alta Plaza Park. Soaring, coffered ceilings contain recessed lights and built-in speakers. A tall arch with operable pocket doors opens to the gracious formal dining room with a marble-faced fireplace, custom hutches on either side of the pocket doors and a wall of south-facing windows that frame a lush stand of bamboo.  The adjacent family room opens to the deck equipped with a serene fountain beneath a wooden pergola and brick stairs to the beautifully landscaped garden and patio. The garden-view, eat-in kitchen also opens to the deck and garden, convenient for barbequing or al fresco dining. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, Wolf stainless cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch full-size dishwasher, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers, and a Miele microwave. In addition, there is a prep sink in the island and a porcelain farmhouse-style sink beneath the bank of windows overlooking the garden. There is abundant storage and a walk-in pantry. Exterior, retractable fabric awnings shield the afternoon sun and/or create additional privacy when desired. The thoughtfully landscaped garden includes multiple areas for lounging, dining, and playing. Throughout the home’s main level are lofty ceilings with recessed lights, built-in speakers, and beautiful crown moldings as well as hardwood floors. A discreet powder room with stainless sink and a stained-glass window completes this level.

Second Level: The main staircase is topped by an opaque skylight which naturally illuminates the home’s core. The spacious master suite enjoys a tranquil park view and mornings awash in eastern light. The luxurious, ensuite dressing room is fitted with built-in storage and a charming, park-view window seat. The ensuite bath has a separate tub and glass-enclosed stall shower, a marble vanity inset with dual porcelain sinks, and a heated towel rack. A second walk-in closet is accessed from the master bath.

At the back of this level and overlooking the garden, there is a handsome library fitted with custom bookcases above storage cabinets, a cozy fireplace, and a convenient sink and refrigerator hidden inside the closet. This large room may be used as an additional bedroom on the 2nd level. Off the main hall is a convenient laundry room equipped with an Asko washer and dryer, a sink, and storage. Just across the hall, the bedroom is equipped with an en-suite bath. (It may be possible to open a doorway from the bath to the hall and convert the library into one or two additional bedrooms on this level, if desired.)   

Third Level: The third floor contains 3 bedrooms and a large media/play room. Two bedrooms with park views share a full bath which is en-suite for one of the bedrooms. The guest bedroom and full bath are at the back of this floor. The central lounge/media room/play room gets tremendous light from two large skylights and south-facing windows.

Lower Level: The lower level is accessed from the back staircase located behind the kitchen and dining room. This level is conveniently equipped with a caterer’s prep kitchen and a full-sized laundry room with plentiful counter space and utility storage. The huge wine cellar has room for a tasting table and tremendous storage for bottles and cases. A large, open room is shown today as a multi-purpose gym, but it may be used as an au pair suite or separate guest quarters.

The garage holds one car and there is room for 2-3 more cars in the long driveway which could also function as a sport court.

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This grand Victorian home is exceptionally well-sited opposite the 11.9-acre square, Alta Plaza Park in prime Pacific Heights. Possessing a Walk Score® of 97, it is deemed “A Walker’s Paradise” and is within a few blocks to the chic boutiques, restaurants, and cafés on popular Fillmore Street. Several of the city’s best private schools are also close by. Pacific Heights is considered one of the most scenically advantaged locations in the world. It is bordered to the west by a mature forest of pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees which the army began planting in the Presidio in the 1880’s. To the north is Crissy Field, originally a rich salt marsh at the bay’s edge and now a wildlife sanctuary. Just beyond is the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin Headlands. All are protected sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), one of the largest urban national parks in the world.

About Janet

Janet Schindler's extraordinary success in real estate sales derives from her fundamental belief: the client is #1. For the past 30 years, Janet has taken this approach in her full-time career and it shows. Janet is the #1 Realtor in San Francisco for all homes sold and is ranked one of the two top realtors in San Francisco per the 2012 MLS. In 2015, she ranked as one of the top 3 Realtors in San Francisco. She is regularly one of the top 25 Sotheby's International Realty Realtors nationwide and is consistently named on the prestigious Wall Street Journal's list of the Top Realtors in the USA. When Haute Living published a list of the Bay Area's Top 8 Real Estate Power Brokers, Janet was one of them, dubbed "The Professional," a title that truly characterizes her approach to her career and her relationship to her clients.

Janet looks out for her clients' best interests. She specializes in preparing and presenting properties for sale to assure her sellers garner favorable media attention and maximize their returns. When representing buyers, she is quick to point out the hidden upside in a property as well as drawbacks. Her clients enjoy her positive attitude and sense of humor during a process that is often beset with stress.

Media frequently seek out Janet's opinion of the San Francisco real estate market. She is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, First Republic Bank's Prestige Home Index and local newspapers. She also researches and writes the annual Schindler Report, which is published in San Francisco's Nob Hill Gazette, analyzing luxury real estate sales in San Francisco's north side neighborhoods. In addition to her real estate writing, Janet has published articles on other areas of interest including architecture and gardening. She is an accredited EcoBroker formally certified in "Green/LEED" building practices.

Janet graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in philosophy, emphasizing Asian philosophy, from Brandeis University and was a Regents Scholar at UCLA Law School. Her education and expertise add value to every real estate transaction. 90% of Janet's business comes from repeat clients and their referrals because they know that she always puts clients' interests first. Janet Schindler is the trusted name in San Francisco real estate.


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