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Where: 1591 Upper Bench Road in Alpine Meadows (listing | virtual tour)

Enjoy the amazing panoramic mountain views from this gorgeous lodge-style home, backing to Forest Service land for serenity, seclusion & a remote alpine feeling. Boasts an open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, heated driveway, and is immaculately maintained throughout. Explore a lifetime of nearby hiking/biking trails, including the famous Five Lakes Trail accessing the Pacific Rim Trail and Granite Chief Wilderness, and in winter drive just 2 miles to Alpine Meadows Ski Area. Only ten minutes to Tahoe City restaurants and Lake Tahoe beaches. This spacious home is perfect for large gatherings or quiet, relaxing weekends away!

This home is listed by Linda Granger of Alain Pinel Realtors Lake Tahoe.

Offered at: $1,250,000

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San Francisco native, socialite, and activist, Francesca Vietor had the unique experience of growing up in the Jackson Street Julia Morgan designed home featured for this year’s Decorator Showcase.  She shared memories with us of milk and honey, sounds of the Presidio cannon, and an old world lifestyle now gone.

When did you live in the home? For how long? With who?

I lived there from 1964 to 1984 with my blended family—my father, Jack Vietor, had two children from his previous marriage, and my mother, Lita Vietor, had one from her previous marriage. They had four more together when they married, my twin brother Christopher and I being the last two.  There were seven children total in the house for twenty years. I was six months old when we moved there.

Do you have some favorite memories in the home?

Of course, many. My pink room upstairs was connected to my twin brother’s room. He had a bedspread that looked like a car and we would sit on the bed and drive it.

My parents entertained a lot. We had to help serve hors d’oeuvres and charm the guests which I sometimes liked and sometimes didn’t. Lots of famous folks came through the house, Carol Channing, Ethel from I Love Lucy, Tennessee Williams and Jacques Cousteau are first that come to mind but many others.

I spent practically every afternoon at JK and in the Presidio woods. We had to be home by the 5:00 canon.

Has the house changed since you lived there? How so?

Yes, very much so! I can barely find the back stairs or much else. What happened to the sewing room? What happened to the original bricks in the driveway and front that were so worn and cozy? The views felt like the only familiar thing left.

They flipped my twin’s room and mine upstairs and made the girl’s room the boy’s room. The downstairs (basement) floor is completely different.

Did you have a favorite redesigned room? Why?

I guess I’m glad they kept the laundry room in the same place upstairs, though it was wood-paneled and had a washboard when I was a kid. There was also a little inset space next to it in the hall that had a stovetop and where our nanny made me milk and honey when I didn’t feel well, which I miss as it gave me comfort.

How would you classify your personal design style?

I grew up in a world and lifestyle that is now gone and live in style now that is about comfort and ease.


The Jackson Street home in San Francisco.

Francesca Vietor opens up to APR about living in the Jackson Street Julia Morgan designed home featured for this year’s Decorator Showcase.

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Where: 2170 Jackson Street #4 in San Francisco (listing)

Located in one of the most prestigious cooperative apartment buildings in San Francisco, this full floor apartment is enchanting and elegant. There are sweeping views of the Bay, and lovely vistas of the city from every room of this impressive, renovated home. The spacious public rooms have beautiful classic architectural details and wonderful light. The kitchen is a chef’s delight. The master suite is a luxurious retreat with immense Bay views. There is a fully equipped family room/media room. The additional bedroom suites are equally beautiful. Laundry room and well-appointed office, plus parking and storage. This unique home offers true EMF protection, a rare and special feature. Designer finishes, prime location.

The home is listed by Pattie Lawton of Alain Pinel Realtors San Francisco.

Offered at: $8,600,000

This home was also featured on CurbedSF.

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Where: 7230 Panoramic Highway in Stinson Beach (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Sunday, May 17th, from 2:00-4:00 pm

Spectacular Pacific Ocean views and sunsets from your private Stinson Beach paradise. Perfectly sited on 2.6+ acres bordering Mt. Tam State Park, this retreat features striking modern architecture. Abundant gardens including lawn, large deck with hot tub, and private view deck off expansive master suite. Open floor plan ideal for entertaining. Rebuilt in 1991, 2002 and recently updated. Features an elevator & wheelchair access. Close to beach, trails, cycling, and quaint town!

The home is listed by Stephanie Lamarre of the Alain Pinel Realtors Corte Madera – Central Marin office.

Offered at: $2,300,000

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Where: 16161 Skyline Boulevard in Los Gatos (listing | virtual tour)

This one-of-a-kind Silicon Valley estate is only ten miles from Downtown Los Gatos, but also boasts spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Situated on 42.42+/- acres of privacy, the stunning contemporary estate designed by Paul Mehus features 8,811+/i square feat of space which includes a separate 1,289+/i square foot guest house. The home takes advantage of its stellar location, with multiple patios, lush landscaping, an infinity pool and spa. The home itself features a home gym, media room, an executive chef kitchen and a designer kitchen.

The home is listed by Joe Piazza of Alain Pinel Realtors Los Gatos. See more at

Offered at: $7,998,000

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