Envisioned by two of San Francisco’s internationally renowned designers, architect Andrew Skurman and interior designer Suzanne Tucker, 1001 California #3 employs authentic Louis XV and Louis XVI designs to create a home that is at once a meticulously executed expression of 19th century design and an elegant, livable city home within an iconic Neoclassical San Francisco building.
Perched atop Nob Hill within 1001 California, this full-floor, 3,474 square foot apartment encompasses grand entertaining rooms, a library, formal dining room, and two exquisite bedroom suites. Neighborhood outlooks include the Fairmont Hotel, the famed Pacific Union Club, glimpses of Downtown, and park greenery. A series of rounded rooms, the home begins with a circular marble foyer – with walls painted in cerulean blue with muted gold trim and flanked by concealed closets – leading to a magnificent living room featuring hand-scraped, white oak parquet floors in a Versailles pattern, a red marble fireplace, a concealed wet bar, and a 16th century 12-panel coromandel screen.
A library/office clad in white oak panels lies adjacent to the dramatic lacquered dining room. The round room and gold ceiling are anchored by a showstopping chandelier of tapered candles, setting the room aglow for formal entertaining. Mirrored pocket doors create a formal and private setting and reflect the warmth of the chandelier, candelabras, and sconces.
The large kitchen boasts an abundance of oak cabinetry and topline appliances, highlighted by an Eiffel Tower-shaped hood set above an oversized island – topped with a single slab of très chic black granite. An ornate hand-painted tortoise shell motif adorns the powder room, furthering the “wow” factor felt throughout the apartment.
The curvilinear hallway arrives at the master suite, replete in a subdued strié palette of elegant and serene ambiance around the beautiful four-poster bed. The spa-inspired bath features a free standing wood panel bath tub, inlaid marble floor, large bay window, dual custom-designed dressing areas, and two generous walk-in closets. At the opposite end of the apartment, the den and adjacent guest bedroom suite both feature a view on California Street, the Pacific Union Club, and Grace Cathedral. The den and bedroom combine to create a generous suite to accommodate long-term guests.
Amenities include lighting, shading, security and climate control systems, including air-conditioning to several rooms. While the truly one-of-a-kind home in the heart of San Francisco’s most renowned neighborhood has been exquisitely designed, 1001 California #3 incorporates possibilities for customization to suit the vision of the new owner.
Built in 1914 in the Haussmann style, the blush-hued 1001 California is a portrait of classical San Francisco living. The Beaux-Arts building has a pedigree of past residents and a reputation for excellent management, including 24/7 door staff and security protocols. Its central location offers close proximity to Huntington Park, Union Square, and the Financial District. The building has just completed an extensive, 3+ year exterior water-proofing program from roof to decks, glass doors, balcony wrought iron railings and facade restoration.
Contemporary Classical – Andrew Skurman
Rooms to Remember — Suzanne Tucker