Pine Brook Property Listed in Atherton

A 12+/- acre Atherton property, which once belonged to a great-grandniece of Levi Strauss, has been listed by Mary Gullixson of the APR Menlo Park office.

Known as Pine Brook, the property sellers are the children of San Francisco philanthropist Madeleine Haas Russell, who died in 1999. The family has owned it for a century and used it as a summer retreat. The main, English Tudor-style home boasts more than 11,000 square feet of living space. The property also features a 6500+/- square foot guest house, a swimming pool, pool house, tennis court and gardens.

Read more about this fabulous offering in the Wall Street Journal.

Just Sold – 2518 Buchanan Street

2518 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, a magnificent Pacific Heights mansion, was just sold by Townsend & Townsend of the APR San Francisco office.

This prestigious home was built by Houghton Sawyer in 1911 and has over 8500 square feet of gracious living space including grand public rooms that are elegant and sophisticated, six bedrooms, and five full baths plus two half baths. The dramatic foyer features a curving staircase, a wall of beautiful stained glass, and a distinctive secret bar. Designed by San Francisco’s Anthony Hail, the living room boasts an oversized fireplace and is bright with large Palladian style windows.  The spacious dining room has a lovely fireplace and opens to the wonderful garden, while the bright and expansive kitchen, which is wonderful for both everyday living and major entertaining, features a large china/catering pantry and gourmet appliances. A wonderful master bedroom suite with a fireplace, a luxurious bath, and two dressing rooms are located on the second floor, along with two additional bedrooms, a full bath and a large library. The third floor features three additional bedrooms, two full baths, and a large craft room. The lower level of the home has an exercise room, workroom, storage rooms and a two car garage and a one bedroom, one bath apartment. Featuring graceful elegance and an extensive floor plan, this is a San Francisco classic.

Just Sold – 3649 Market Street

3649 Market Street in San Francisco, a modern 33-unit apartment building with many recent updates, was just sold by Stephen Pugh, Mirella Webb and Mark Bonn of the APR Investment Group. The property sold for $5.9 million to a local investor who was represented by Paul Radcliffe, also of the APR Investment Group.

A good portion of the exterior of the building, as well as the interior common areas and the stairwells, have been freshly painted. The common areas also have new vinyl flooring and the wooden landings have been replaced. The wooden balcony railings on the east side of the building were recently upgraded and many of the windows are new. About 85% of all units have been updated with new kitchens, baths and custom hardwood flooring. The kitchens feature beautiful wood cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. All of the units feature decks or small yards with stunning views of downtown San Francisco, the surrounding hills, and the bay. All units have individual parking.

Historic Casa Linda Vista Listed in San Rafael

Acclaimed as the “finest home in Marin” by the San Rafael Independent Newspaper when it was built in 1932, Casa Linda Vista was one of the first homes in the West End of San Rafael – in fact, it is parcel number one. Located at 9 West Street, San Rafael, the Spanish Mediterranean home, reminiscent of old Santa Barbara, was originally built as a showpiece for local craftsmen. Today, the home has been impeccably restored and renovated, and is now listed by Stephanie Lamarre of the APR Ross office.

The original owners of Casa Linda Vista, the Cummesky family, lived in the home from 1932 to 1999. At that point, the home was bought by Steven Baldridge when it was in some disrepair. Baldridge embarked on a four-year extensive renovation, adding a story to the home, where the master suite and family room are now located. Meticulously renovated with all the modern amenities, including marble baths, a dazzling kitchen with stainless professional appliances, and a spacious family room, the restoration was historically accurate, featuring Venetian plaster, Spanish tiles and period fixtures, and included a new roof and new foundation. Upon completing the renovation in 2004, Baldridge sold the home to the current owners, Liz and Andrew Allen.

At nearly 3200 square feet, Casa Linda Vista features four large bedrooms including a gorgeous master suite, three baths, and a studio apartment that is a legal income unit. The home boasts stunning details including graceful arches, vaulted beamed ceilings, Spanish tiles, massive fireplaces, hardwood floors, and grand living areas, as well as patios, terraces, mature gardens, and a level lawn.

The scale of the rooms, the grandeur, and the completeness and integrity of the renovation make this home a rare find!

Luxury Estate of Signifigance Sells in Sonoma

Alain Pinel Realtors is proud to announce the sale of perhaps the most luxurious country estate ever offered in Sonoma and Napa counties. Tucked away on 362+1- acres of prime Sonoma hillside, Shanel includes a magnificent residence completed in 1995, 7 acres of Syrah vineyards, guest house, caretaker residence, equestrian center and Lake Miwok, all surrounded by acres of woodland, meadows and wildflowers. The sellers are Gary and OJ Shansby, who have moved on from their twenty-year labor of love in order to travel and focus more on their company, Tequila Partida. “OJ and I wish the new owners as much happiness at Shanel as we’ve enjoyed creating and living on this wonderful property,” stated Gary Shansby.

Offered at $35,000,000 the stunning estate sold for an undisclosed amount. The listing was represented by Nicki Naylor of Alain Pinel Realtors in Sonoma. Nicki expressed, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to represent the Shansbys and their beloved Shanel. Certainly this has been the highlight of my 22 years of representing some of the most wonderful estates in wine country. “

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