Magnificent Georgian Mansion
2800 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
Year Built: 1908
A stunning showpiece of old world craftsmanship, Herbst Manor is a remarkable Georgian mansion. Built in 1899 by the renowned architect, Ernest Coxhead, this home was constructed with the finest materials and designed to take advantage of the flat, hilltop exposure and the glorious, sweeping views. A significant architectural gem with a distinguished place in history, Herbst Manor is one of San Francisco’s most iconic mansions.
• Historically significant grand Pacific Heights mansion
• Architecturally stunning formal rooms including foyer with dramatic staircase, French salon, formal drawing room, grand dining room
• Immense kitchen with butler’s pantry and private walled patio
• Five or six bedrooms including a gorgeous master suite with dressing room/office
• Wood paneled family room/library with fireplace
• Exceptional pentroom with a wrap-around terrace, sweeping views and a second, private terrace
• Lower level storage rooms, laundry; Garage for two cars.
Main Level: The entrance is framed with custom etched glass doors opening to a spacious, elegant foyer with a dramatic curved staircase. The French Salon, called the Versailles room, is an enchanting parlor imported from France. One of the rare remaining true French salons, one can find an installation of a similar salon at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. The salon has a stunning marble fireplace and French doors to the garden and beautiful Venetian Plaster ceiling. Across from the Versailles room is the formal drawing room. This spacious formal living room has a fireplace and is bright with windows. The drawing room ceiling is adorned with magnificent gold detailing, which, along with the intricate crown molding, is striking in its elegance. The floor is hand painted in a design inspired by the art of Cy Twombly. The grand dining room has a gorgeous coffered ceiling and beautiful herringbone hardwood floors. The dining room features a large view window and an elegant crystal chandelier. A dramatic marble fireplace completes this magnificent room. A hidden door in the dining room leads to the butler’s pantry with warming oven, storage, prep sink, and a china display & storage area. The kitchen is bright, spacious and perfect for entertaining. There is a large breakfast table area and cozy sitting space. The kitchen opens to a delightful walled patio with a private service entrance. This level is complete with an elegant powder room.
Second Level: Near the top of the grand staircase is an astonishing pencil drawing of the Palace of Fine Arts. It was drawn by the manor’s third owner, Mrs. Lee Herbst Gruhn, and was unveiled by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto in 1970. The master suite occupies the entire east wing. The bedroom is spacious and has a fireplace plus a balcony. Adjacent to the master bathroom is a private dressing room, a luxurious room with a fireplace and mirrored wardrobes. The master bathroom was designed by Siol Studios. The masterful design of Kevin Hacket and Jessica Weigley is exquisite and enchanting. The second bedroom is lovely and includes a walk-in closet with ample storage and a private bathroom en suite. This bathroom designed by Alfredo Gregory, features Waterworks tiles and has hand rubbed cement walls. The third bedroom features a classic cathedral ceiling, an antique golden chandelier, fireplace and many windows. The library is a large space with warm wood paneled walls, coffered ceiling and hardwood floors with bowtie detailing. This room also features a marble fireplace and a hidden wall panel that leads to a storage room that was once a powder room. This room can be another bedroom suite.
Third Level: This penthouse level has a marvelous pentroom for exceptional entertaining with beautiful views of the city and the Bay. Two of the walls are encased in glass to take advantage of the stunning views of the City. The top level includes a private breakfast terrace as well as a separate outdoor wraparound balcony that offers sweeping views of most districts in the City - from Noe Valley to downtown to a stunning view of Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Bay. This level has two additional bedrooms and a luxurious split full bath.
Lower Level: The lower utility level has two large storage rooms, laundry room, and full bath.
Garage: Large garage with parking for two cars, side by side. The roof of the garage is on level with the landscaped grounds and serves as an ideal space for tented outdoor events.
Furnishings may be available.
Escrow: Escrow has been opened with Kristin Therre, Old Republic Title Co., 265 Montgomery St., San Francisco. Phone: 415.421.9770. Escrow #0224022663
As a glamorous and fun incentive, a 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II from the Herbst Manor estate will be included in the sale of 2800 Pacific Avenue if your buyer closes escrow by January 31, 2014. Terms apply.
This magnificent 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II (valued at $50,000) has belonged to the Herbst-Gruhn family for over 45 years, but seldom used. The car was recently restored by Count’s Kustoms (featured on the History Channel). The car restoration includes beautiful new interior upholstery, amazing exterior show-quality paint and new whitewall tires. The Rolls Royce was updated to include Sirius satellite radio, custom speakers, navigation ready, Bluetooth and air conditioning.
Click on Gallery to see photo of this magnificent vintage Rolls Royce.
Herbst Manor: A Pacific Heights Treasure
The mansion was built in 1899 by Ernest Coxhead, a renowned architect in California, for Mrs. Sarah Spooner, who had recently arrived in San Francisco from Philadelphia. Mrs. Spooner was an art collector and her treasures were displayed in the Palace of Fine Arts at San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition. Mr. Coxhead accepted the challenge, and no expense was spared. He hired only the best European craftsmen, who imported the finest materials from around the world. Matilda and Herman Shainwald took ownership just before the 1906 earthquake and fire. Shainwald was head of a large real estate company Shainwald Buckbee, which later evolved into the prominent Buckbee Thorne and Co. In 1914, the property came into the hands of John A. McGregor. It remained in that family until 1967, after which it became the home to Adrian Gruhn and his wife, Lee Herbst Gruhn. Lee Herbst Gruhn, a very talented artist, singer, and actress, was an incredible woman who impacted the lives of many in San Francisco. At the top of the main staircase is a beautiful pencil drawing of the Palace of Fine Arts by Mrs. Herbst Gruhn. This lovely piece of art was unveiled by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto in 1970.The mansion is not only distinguished for its place in history but for its grand design and stunning old world craftsmanship.