View from the Top: Touring San Francisco’s New Tallest, Mixed-Use High-Rise

Earlier this month, APR’s director of career development for San Francisco, Marin and the Wine Country, Christi Willits, led an APR Master’s Training Group to one of the highest points in San Francisco to talk about the future.

From the 70th floor of 181 Fremont Residences in the city’s SOMA neighborhood, APR agents Nestle Lapena, Subhi Barakat and Adam Lash were introduced to the city’s tallest mixed-use high-rise with a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour.

The APR Group (Pictured from Left to Right: Nestle Lapena, Subhi Barakat, Adam Lash, Rick Turley, and Christi Willits)

“The best way to see San Francisco’s future is to step foot into it and share these experiences with our clients,” said Willits of the tour. Touring the 70th floor, 7,000-square-foot penthouse, listed for sale for a record $42 million, the APR group also toured other to-be-completed floors of the building, and received an early preview of several two- and three-bedroom layouts planned for just above the building’s wrap-around observation terrace.

According to Willits, first-hand knowledge of San Francisco’s newest luxury developments – knowing the construction, the design elements and luxe-trends – will help prepare the area’s agents to be better informed about the changes and rapid developments across the Bay Area. “We’re experts in our industry,” said Willits. “The way we remain experts is to go beyond what we see on paper or online. We have to have these types of experiences and insights to best relate to the luxury buyer interested in new construction in the Bay Area and beyond.”

The APR Master’s Training Group was accompanied by APR Sales Manager Rick Turley, as well as representatives of 181 Fremont Residences.

Featured home: 25021 Hidden Mesa Court in Monterey

Custom villa with panoramic ocean views

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Where: 25021 Hidden Mesa Court, Monterey, CA 93940 (Listing | Tour)

Resting on 1.4 acres of sun-soaked land, this custom villa and separate guesthouse provide the best scenery Monterey County has to offer. Breathtaking ocean views from Santa Cruz to Monterey Bay highlight the beauty of the area. An outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, and fire pit, make this home’s spacious patio great for outdoor entertaining. The inside of the residence was crafted with exquisite architectural detail and high-end finishes. A gourmet chef’s kitchen and a wine cellar with cork flooring are just a couple of the amenities this home has to offer.

With unbelievable views, extensive living space and prime location in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, this estate makes for a superb family compound, investment opportunity, or car enthusiast.

The 6,378 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 baths
  • 4-car garage attached to main villa
  • 3-car garage with guesthouse
  • High vaulted ceilings
  • Wine cellar
  • Pizza Oven
  • Media Room

Listed as $3,298,000 by Monika Campbell of the Carmel office

Featured home: 11 Jewel Court in Oakland

The crown jewel of the court

TwilightsB_18Where: 11 Jewel Court, Oakland (listing | tour)

This Phillip Perkins-designed 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom house impresses with contemporary sophistication, from its stylish street presence to its airy atmosphere to its luxurious amenities. Thoughtfully arranged with a unique, horizontal floor plan, it is part of on newly developed cul-de-sac neighborhood in the Montclair Hills that has become a showcase for custom homes from a select group of architects and home builders.

Two garages on either side of the house and different tones of stucco make a statement of balance and symmetry. Inside, the foyer welcomes you with an Italian Cambria tile balcony overlooking a canyon and dramatic bay view. The home opens to gracious spaces with high ceilings, recessed lighting and an open layout.

The chef’s kitchen includes a large island with waterfall edges, refined quartz surfaces, high-end appliances, two sinks, LED lighting and a polished, European design. Imagine enjoying your coffee in the breakfast nook surrounded by bay and canyon views. The living room has several oversized windows on either side of the fireplace, creating an incredible panorama.  In the formal dining room, two walls are formed by sliding glass doors that open onto the central patio, extending the living space and creating seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining opportunities.

The mezzanine bedroom suite is a private refuge replete with gorgeous views, a modern fireplace, generous walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom. Up a flight of stairs is a reading nook with views of city lights in one direction and hillside lights on the other.

Down the hall, the luxurious, comfortable master bedroom provides a sanctuary. A fireplace creates a cozy retreat for winter nights, while an overhead fan and access to the wraparound balcony cools down summer evenings. The sleek bathroom has fabulous details: a glassed-in shower with six jet sprays, beautiful glass tiles and vessel sinks, a free-standing tub in front of a picture window framing Sibley Park, a large walk-in closet and a separate WC with toilet and bidet.

A convenient laundry room and an office or nursery complete this level. Downstairs there are two more guest bedrooms with a full bathroom.

One of Montclair’s newest streets, Jewell Court is perched high on the hill and conveniently located equidistant from Oakland and Orinda. Privacy and quiet, comfortable level-in living, deluxe detailing and bright and modern style make this home a sparkling gem.

Listed at $1,895,000 by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors – Oakland Hills.

See more homes for sale in Oakland | Visit our Alameda County community page.

401 Palomar Drive in Redwood City

Elegant Palomar Park manor offers a charming escape

EntranceWhere: 401 Palomar Drive, Redwood City (listing | tour)

Just listed! This impeccable five-bedroom, three-bath Palomar Park manor is offered for sale for the first time in 30 years. A design jewel of the West, the classic English kitchen has been featured in Sunset Magazine. The home offers nearly 3,000 square feet of living space on beautifully landscaped third of an acre.

From the master bedroom, enjoy enviable views of the San Francisco Bay and Stanford’s famed Hoover Tower. The formal living and dining rooms afford ample opportunities to entertain family and friends in style, with large bay windows and intricate picture molding. White wood paneling lends the bonus room and light and airy feel—with plenty of natural light.

Tinker freely in the detached artist’s studio soaking up inspiration by the natural surroundings. The quiet back garden truly is a tranquil retreat populated by roses, bougainvillea, and azaleas.

To top it off, the home is just minutes to highway 280, highway 101, shops, restaurants, miles of trails, and state parks. It’s an ideal central location for exploring the best the Bay Area has to offer.

Listed at $2,088,000 by Vanetta Wiseman of Alain Pinel Realtors – Los Gatos.

View more homes for sale in Redwood City | Visit our Redwood City & Woodside community page

Featured Home: 3 Heron Drive in Mill Valley

Classic Mediterranean home with luxurious details

Front of home3 Heron Drive, Mill Valley (listing | tour)

Located in the Strawberry Point neighborhood in peaceful Mill Valley, this is a beautiful and majestic Mediterranean home with exquisite designer features. Enter into the grand two-story foyer with split staircase. Upstairs, find the spacious private master bedroom suite, two additional bedrooms (each with private updated bathrooms), and an office/den. The two formal living rooms are detailed with intricate inlaid wood floors, fireplaces, and crown molding. Each room includes a private tiled terrace.

Offered at $2,750,000.

See more homes for sale in Mill Valley | Visit our Marin community page

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