Historic Pacific Heights home, one of San Francisco’s largest residential facilities has just gone on the market for $30 million, making it the most expensive new listing in San Francisco in 2012.
This Queen Anne style home at 2724 Pacific Avenue is recognized by its asymmetrical shape, round tower, and steeply pitched roof lines. Built in 1894, and restored after being purchased in 1983, this mansion that is in great condition, spreads on three lots totaling approximately 26,000 square feet (more than 0.6 acre), in a prime area of San Francisco luxury real estate.
Offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island State Park, downtown financial centers and Alcatraz Island, this historic 13,500 square feet home comprises of four levels and features 7 bedrooms plus 1 staff bedroom, 7 full bathrooms, and 2 half-baths, as well as a carriage house with flexible use space and high ceilings, and attached 4-car garage along with considerable off-street parking. This mansion which served as the 1984 Decorator’s Showcase, also boasts gorgeous gardens with a koi pond, terraces, and a solarium that’s absolutely divine.
This stunning mansion has a rich history. It was originally built for Captain Hermann L.E. Meyer (a German-born seaman), wife Annie, and their eight children, but in 1944 Paul Verdier and his sister, Countess Suzanne de Tessan, moved into house and Verdier family (founders of San Francisco’s legendary City of Paris department store) actually gave the home its most illustrious history. In 1945, it was used as a home for French President Charles de Gaulle’s delegation to the United Nations, and because the Verdiers were such notable representatives of the French community in San Francisco, the home was considered a base for any diplomatic visits for the next 40 years! The current owner is the former chairman of the Pacific Stock Exchange, Doug Engmann who bought it from Verdier family back in 1983. [Steve Gothelf]