Blending classic comforts with cutting-edge updates, this fully renovated home offers San Francisco living at its best in quiet, convenient West Portal, one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. The fully detached, three-level residence has plenty of natural light, formal living and dining areas, and high-tech amenities, all within walking distance of West Portal Village shopping and dining.
The remodel, done 10 years ago by San Francisco architect Daniel Piechota, added an expansive lower level to increase the property’s real estate value. But the home’s approachable aesthetic flows from the kitchen, which is a handsome, highly functional space built to the exacting standards of the owners, a former professional chef and a tech entrepreneur, both of whom are passionate about food.
The kitchen features vertical-grain walnut cabinetry, Caesarstone quartz counters, and elegant oak flooring. The walk-in pantry holds extra shelving, a prep area, and an espresso bar with filtered-water hookup. The stainless-steel bar area is complete with a Miele dual-zone wine cooler. The restaurant-grade appliances include a BlueStar 36-inch 6-burner cooktop, Viking Professional hood with stainless steel surround, Miele dishwasher with extended drying feature, Miele side-by-side refrigerator, and freezer, and a Wolf 30-inch electric oven, separate steam convection oven, microwave and warming drawer. The owners’ eye for detail is exemplified by the circa-1840 marble sink that they discovered in a French wine cellar, San Francisco handmade Heath tiles (in kitchen & bathrooms), a three-panel glass door folds completely open to provide access to the private back deck and garden, which is lush with greenery, trees, and a fountain.
Architect Piechota’s philosophy is “deliberate without being loud and subtle without being quiet.” It is also stunning without being ostentatious—and this is evident everywhere on the bright and open main level. Adjacent to the kitchen, the spacious dining room is lit by a bay window and, above the table, a Heracleum II Pendant by Bertjan Pot for Moooi.
The living room is simply chic, with walnut built-ins, recessed lighting, wide-plank oak floors, and a charming powder room just off the foyer. Sound is delivered by Gallo Acoustics ceiling-integrated surround-sound speakers, and video by a Runco PlasmaWall SP-50DHD monitor. The pocket closets between the living and dining rooms provide convenient storage for a broom, vacuum, and other needs. Caseta wireless switches and dimmers control the lights here and in all common areas. New double-paned windows ensure energy efficiency. The entire home is climate-controlled by a dual-zone HVAC system with Nest thermostats.
The main staircase is one of the original architectural features preserved in the home. It’s lit by a large window on the landing and leads up to the top level, where there is fir softwood flooring throughout. There are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, one of them serving the large office. The primary bedroom has an ensuite, linen closet, walnut-veneer walk-in closet, and a mahogany deck that looks out over the garden. All full bathrooms are fitted with Hansgrohe fixtures, Toto one-piece toilets with remote-control bidets, Nuheat warm floors with internet-connected controllers, and Wetstyle bathtubs (except for the master bath). The master bath is filled with natural light by day, which is provided by a long clerestory window. Its almost-seamless floor is comprised of three large limestone slabs.
A second staircase off the home’s foyer leads to the lower level. The reformatted stairway shows no space in this residence has been overlooked. It’s lined by a stylish wood screen for safety and lit by a David Trubridge Nikau pendant inspired by a palm tree native to New Zealand. On the landing is a coat and A/V closet with master controls for the home’s entertainment and data systems. The lower level is airy, with 8-foot, 9-inch ceilings. It also has a full bedroom and an ensuite bathroom with heated floors, dual vanity, and a built-in walnut-veneer closet. There is a mudroom and a laundry room with an LG steam washer and dryer, along with ample storage. There is also a temperature-controlled wine cellar and a Tesla Powerwall connected to the home’s SunPower solar system.
The property has received several improvements following the primary remodel 10 years ago, which had already included a new foundation, drywall, plumbing, and electrical systems. From June 2013 to April 2014, there was a landscaping and exterior renovation by San Francisco landscape architect Lutsko Associates. This entailed a new roof, Washington black basalt parking court, restoration of the original terrazzo front steps, new fencing, Corten steel planters, backyard water feature, a three-camera Arlo Ultra wireless camera system that covers the front door, driveway, and side door, as well as blueberry bushes and other plantings. In August 2016, the SunPower solar system was installed, followed by a 3 battery Tesla Powerwall home backup system. In August 2020, the water heater was replaced.
One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, West Portal gets its name from the Muni Metro Station which runs through Twin Peaks Tunnel. Developed in the 1910s and ’20s as a family-friendly suburb west of downtown San Francisco, it remains to this day a pleasant small-town vibe. Yet all the urban conveniences are here as well.
There are coffeehouses, fine dining, and shopping in West Portal Village. There are numerous commuter connections, including the K, L, and M light-rail lines to downtown and the Financial District, and easy access to Interstate 280, the Peninsula, and Silicon Valley. It’s popular with families, due to its good schools. It’s walkable and quaint, with a lot of mom-and-pop businesses still thriving.
It has all the services residents need, including fresh produce, doctors, dentists, diverse food options, parks, and bookstores. For mall shopping nearby, there is Stonestown Galleria Regal Theater, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.
The Stern Grove Festival takes place every summer just outside of the southwest section of West Portal. Each Sunday from the beginning of June through mid-August, locals, and tourists gather for a day of music, food, and fun. Even when the festival ends, there is still plenty to enjoy and explore at the Sigmund Grove Recreation Center including an off-leash dog park, several outdoor athletic courts and fields, a playground, and the Tracedro House, which is reservable for private events.
Enjoy the best of easy commuting and fun activities when you live in West Portal!
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