Interior Designer Interview
From the minute you enter 2626 Larkin, the inventive and artful work of Architect Sandy Walker and Interior Designer Helga Horner becomes apparent. The design of the formal entryway captures the principles of the centuries old Golden Mean; the philosophy of perfect balance, a pendulum frozen in the middle of extremes, creating a spatial elegance setting the tone of your arrival. The Fossil Stone and Petit Belgian Granite used in the entry’s floor pattern are extraordinary, and unwittingly calming in their perfection.
Circular stairs winding up three stories provide the vertical spine to the home. The sleek yet powerful handrail was hand-crafted of hammered bronze by sculptor Brian Martin. The stairway envelops the sublime three story chandelier like the Bay fog it is meant to represent. It is the inspiration of world renowned Italian glass manufacturer Venini. This is a tour de force of light and glass that descends like a waterfall through the core of the home. One of only seven in the world, it mesmerizes and captivates – drawing you into a whimsical journey from one floor to the next.
The kitchen and its adjacent lounge are swathed in a muted tonal palette that sets off the exquisite marble island. A chef’s dream kitchen, it is filled with only the finest quality appliances. You want to create food and share in this space. The glass wall to the east reveals a symmetrical marvel of a garden, encircled and private, a contemplative oasis. Opening the full width glass doors, the garden beyond becomes one with the interior, flowing in and out like a measured breath.
There’s the capacious formal living and dining room spaces offering world class views of the Presidio and the Palace of Fine Art. These public spaces have a sense of comfortable elegance featuring custom built-ins and stunning attention to every detail.
Following the chandelier up again we arrive at the primary bedroom level and the masterpiece that is the master suite. The master bedroom is dominated by the same breath taking views seen from its charming terrace. Here your life can pause briefly for a morning coffee or evening aperitif.
Superlatives only begin to describe the master bath. Covered in pale blue quartz slabs, every detail is perfect. The twin vanities are clad in a glorious Eglomise. The shower is surrounded by floor to ceiling glass walls. The deep soaking tub is its own oasis.
This elegance continues into the massive dressing room clad in Macassar ebony. Refined details abound including suede upholstered shoe shelves.
Finally, there’s the top level and the inviting entertainment room with its accompanying terrace. Here is the ideal spot to go to get away and either curl up in front of the large fireplace or escape up to the roof terrace with it’s fire pit and bask in the glow of our majestic City enveloping you in anticipated excitement, an implied invitation to come and partake of all the dynamic neighborhoods that surround 2626 Larkin.
This is the unique work of art that you have waited for. Timeless and moving, it awaits discovery and to be called home.
• 9,570 sq. ft. (approximate per graphic designer)
• Four bedrooms plus an independent au pair/in-law apartment
• Five full bathrooms plus three half-bathrooms
• Elevator to all levels
• LED lighting throughout
• Integrated sound system
• Venini chandelier designed by Diego Chilo
• Lime plaster walls
• Hammered bronze handrail by Brian Martin
• European white oak floors
• Window and doors by Cooritalia
• Four parking spaces
• Gym area
• Gated entry
• Siedlel entry system
• Water feature
• Storage room
• Independent au pair/in-law apartment
• Wine Room
• Laundry/Utility room with dog wash basin & catering refrigerator
• Piet Belgian Granite Foyer
• Office with full bathroom
• Media room
• Powder room with Donghia wallcovering
• Living room with balcony and fireplace
• Dining room
• Kitchen/family room
• Powder room
• Water feature
• Barbeque and pizza oven
• Fire pit
• Storage area
• Master Suite with balcony
• Pair of Eglomise vanities
• Dressing room in Macassar Cabinetry brushed stainless square poles and mohair carpet
• Master bath with open waterfall shower, separate tub, separated double sinks, linen closet
• Two additional bedrooms, each with rear balcony
• Additional full bathroom
• Entertainment room with curved fireplace surrounded by carved texture walnut panels
• Terrace off the entertainment room
• Bar Cabinet with floating bronze shelves
• Bedroom with full bath, walk-in closet, and balcony
• Skylight over the stairwell/chandelier
• Outdoor terrace
Use floor plans to get a clear idea of the home layout and the room sizes.
About Russian Hill
Russian Hill is a quaint, upscale residential community known for the famously crooked Lombard Street, a major tourist destination. The iconic San Francisco cable cars crest the neighborhood’s hills, which provide views of a number of city landmarks including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges.
Commercial stretches along Polk and Hyde Streets offer an assortment of trendy and old-school restaurants, bars and shop.
The neighborhood is most famous for Lombard Street, the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being "the crookedest street in the world". The switchbacks design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and instituted in 1922, was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb. As it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city, this section of the neighborhood is frequently crowded with tourists. Tourists also frequent the famous cable car line along Hyde Street, which is lined with many restaurants and shops.
A small park at the top of the hill on Vallejo Street features a small plaque and memorial placed by the Russian Government that is dedicated to the original Russian cemetery that is the neighborhood’s namesake.Another park is named after Ina Coolbrith.Views from the top of the hill extend in several directions around the Bay Area, including the Bay Bridge, Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Russian Hill is home to the San Francisco Art Institute, located on Chestnut Street between Jones and Leavenworth Streets. Academy of Art University also maintains a presence in this neighborhood with their Chestnut St. building hosting their fine art MFA studios, photo classrooms, and photo studios.
Because of the steepness of the hill, many streets, portions of Vallejo and Green streets, for example, are staircases. Another famous feature of Russian Hill are the many pedestrian-only lanes such as Macondray Lane and Fallon Place, both with beautiful landscaping and arresting views.
Alice Marble Tennis Courts are four hardcourt tennis courts located at Lombard and Hyde Streets. The courts offer a view of the bay and North Beach and can be unsuitable for tennis on windy days. A basketball court is located adjacent to the tennis courts. The San Francisco Cable Cars serving the Powell-Hyde line stops nearby.
Showings by appointment.
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