Top 10 Most Expensive Homes In San Francisco 2012-2013

2901-aerialThe last 18 months have been an exhilarating time for real estate in San Francisco. Residential sales in San Francisco have been accelerating and there have been a good number of significant home sales. Included in the portfolio of exceptional homes sold in the city are a pair of properties that broke the price per square foot record at over $4,000.

For its size the bay area and San Francisco in particular is a powerhouse at attracting and generating wealth.  Combine that with the extraordinary natural beauty of the city and this sets the stage for fierce competition for it’s exclusive homes from both local and global buyers. Buyers became more aggressive in 2012 and that has escalated in 2013, here are the top ten most exclusive and expensive homes sales in San Francisco through May of 2013.


2798-broadway2 copy2798 Broadway, Pacific Heights,
Closed February 2012

Just making the top most expensive homes in San Francisco at number ten is 2798 Broadway. The property is located in the most coveted neighborhood of San Francisco, Pacific Heights. You will see from our other top ten listings just how well Pacific Heights is regarded.

2978 Broadway was built in 1963 and has a modern architectural style. It is a two story home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and features an incredible expanse of windows from nearly floor to ceiling, taking full advantage of extraordinary bay views. The accompanying photograph was taken 15 months after the closing so be assured there is a substantial remodel underway.
The tax record’s square footage of 4,349 yields a price per square foot of $2,760.

Note to article: the listed square footages we researched and used for this article, particularly from tax records, is often inaccurate. Our calculations of price per square foot are based on these square footages so can not be relied upon to represent an accurate value.


3524-jackson3524 Jackson, Presidio Heights,
Closed December 2012

Our number nine most expensive home introduces us to the second most coveted San Francisco Neighborhood, Presidio Heights.

3524 Jackson has sweeping Presidio and Bay views from three levels. It is a 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home that occupies an over-sized lot with a huge backyard and garden and 4 car interior parking – a true rarity for a single family home in San Francisco. High points of the property include a dramatic staircase and 3 walk-out view terraces.
The tax record’s square footage of 4,960 yields a price per square foot of $2,515.


2020-jackson-mls22020 Jackson, Pacific Heights,
Closed March 2013

At number eight is the Hellman Mansion at 2020 Jackson Street in Pacific Heights. Designed by Julius Krafft it has a neoclassical architectural style, was completed in 1902 and has been thoughtfully restored and updated.

The home features 7 bedrooms, 7.5 baths on 4 levels. An entry foyer welcomes guests to the public rooms of the home including a reception hall that showcases a double curved staircase. The home includes 7 fireplaces and a grand outdoor terrance.
The appraiser’s square footage of 11,500 yields a price per square foot of $1,170.


130-sea-clif-mls2130 Sea Cliff, Sea Cliff,
Closed June 2012

Our number 7 most expensive home takes us to the third most exalted neighborhood in San Francisco, Sea Cliff. Homes in Sea Cliff look East at the Golden Gate Bridge toward the city from the wide open Pacific Ocean side of the bridge.

This stately property has 5 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, with 3 of the bedrooms being bath en suite. The home was built in 1920, was skillfully renovated and spotlights the exceptional Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate views.
The architect’s square footage of 6,375 yields a price per square foot of $2,040.


2636-vallejo2636 Vallejo, Pacific Heights,
Closed October 2012

Our number 6 most expensive San Francisco home is 2636 Vallejo in Pacific Heights. 2636 offers views of the natural beauty of San Francisco Bay shared by many of the homes on the Pacific Height’s hillside.

This 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom property was built circa 1900, has a level walk-out yard, great bay views and features a north facing roof deck also with bay views.
The tax record’s square footage of 5,478 yields a price per square foot of $2,510.


2808-broadway2808 Broadway, Pacific Heights,
Closed July 2012

Pacific Heights hosts the number 5 of our top ten San Francisco home sales, 2808 Broadway. The house was designed by renowned architect Willis Polk who had a significant role in planning the reconstruction of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire in 1906. He was Supervising Architect for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and those familiar with the city will recognize numerous San Francisco Icons that he designed including the Palace of Fine Arts, the Hobart Bank Building and Le Petit Trianon.

The home was completed in the 20’s and has 4 bedrooms and 7.5 baths on 4 plus stories. This “Gold-Coast” location offers sweeping views of the bay. Some design features of the home include a main foyer the opens on to an interior garden courtyard, two staircases and an elevator that give access to the homes four levels, sun deck, 6 fireplaces, and peg-in-board hardwood floors.
The tax record’s square footage of 7,274 yields a price per square foot of $2,337.


3700-washington copy3700 Washington, Presidio Heights,
Closed October 2012

Coming in at number 4 is 3700 Washington Street in Presidio Heights. The house was built in 1951 and was designed by Joseph Escherick a renown AIA Gold Medal Architect that was one of the cofounders of University of California’s College of Environmental Design.

3700 Washington is a 7 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 2-story home. In keeping with Escherick’s work the home is integrated in to its setting and features an L-shape design that creates a private garden and an extended entry promenade. Double-height windows provide wonderful views of the Presidio and the bay.

With a reported size of 4,080 square feet, the $17.5 million sales price makes 3700 Washington the most expensive house per square foot sold in San Francisco at nearly $4,300.


2701-broadway2701 Broadway, Pacific Heights,
Closed February 2012

2701 Broadway, the number 3 in our list, is another home located on the renown “Gold Coast” of Pacific Heights. It too boasts sweeping views, from the Golden Gate Bridge in the West; to Marin County, Angel Island, Alcatraz and finally city views in the East.

This elegant home was built in 1910 and features 7 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms, and 4 half baths. A commercial elevator services all 5 levels of the home which reportedly encompasses over 16,000 square feet. The privacy created by three side gardens and south lawn are complimented by three roof-top terraces.

Like many other classic properties of San Francisco, 2701 Broadway underwent a seismic upgrade and restoration in 2002.
The tax record’s square footage of 14,910 yields a price per square foot of $1,811.


2901 Broadway, San Francisco most expensive home 2012 - 20132901 Broadway, Pacific Heights,
Closed December 2012

2901 Broadway comes in second on our top ten list, second for price per square foot at over $4,100 and it is also the third most expensive home in terms of sale price in the history of San Francisco.

Not only is it at the pinnacle of Pacific Height’s “Gold Coast”, it stands head and shoulders above all other homes making it the most prominent home on the heights. 2901 Broadway is a 8 Bedrooms, 7.5 bath, 3 story property that was built in 1927. It features an outdoor garden and tennis court.

Peggy Economos from Pacific Union International was a listing agent for the property and worked a number of years on the sale. Peggy noted:

2901 Broadway occupies what is probably the best parcel of land in all of Pacific Heights and its Italian Renaissance architecture is exquisite. Despite the fact the property is a relatively small 7,000 square feet and requires substantial renovation, it is no surprise that it sold for a near record of over $4,100 per square foot. When renovations and expansions are completed by the buyer, who is an extraordinarily talented and renowned developer and contractor, the property will stand toe to toe with any home in the world.

At approximately 7,000 square feet the price per square foot is the second highest at $4,100.


2950-broadway22950 Broadway, Pacific Heights,
Closed March 2013

Coming in at number one by a wide margin is 2950 Broadway. Designed by Frederick Mayer this extraordinary 1922 Grand Tudor Revival Mansion has dramatic Bay and Golden Gate Bridge views from each of its four levels. Occupying over 1/3 acre on Pacific Height’s “Gold Coast” the property has both a Southern garden and lush Northern garden with a walkway the leads to an outdoor heated swimming pool.

The 17 room home has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, exquisite public rooms and 4-car garage parking.

The architect’s square footage of 11,000 yields a price per square foot of $3,182.

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