2009 Buchanan Street
Open, modern Victorian home with a fabulous contrast of period details and contemporary finishes. A gracious entry with high ceilings opens to a large formal living room, complete with an east-facing set of Bay windows and a wood-burning fireplace with ornate wood surround. Base and picture moldings are found throughout the home, lending a touch of elegance and historical detail, as well as handsome wood flooring. Adjacent to the living room is an expansive formal dining room, completed by a chic powder room and a coat closet for guests.
Light streams in from a wall of windowed French doors out to the garden into the delightful family room, which is next to the kitchen. The chef’s kitchen is styled in black-and-white, with checkerboard marble and tile flooring, Carrara marble backsplash, and white upper and black lower cabinetry. Butcher block countertops and brass accents and fixtures add warmth to the room. The space is equipped with top-of-the line appliances including a Subzero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and Wolf four-burner range and hood, as well as a large pantry for storage. There is a wonderful eat-in breakfast area with a sunny skylight and windows overlooking the walk-out garden.
The level yard is beautifully planted with thoughtful outdoor lighting, automatic irrigation, and a mature Japanese maple provides privacy and shade.
Ascending the staircase, exquisite woodwork details on the railings, stairwell, and landing come into view. The second-floor houses three bedrooms, with two lovely and sizeable bedrooms overlooking the garden, both with step-in closets. These bedrooms share a limestone bathroom with a floating vanity and glass-enclosed shower. The well-appointed master suite includes a sitting room with a window Bay and bench, a wood-burning fireplace with a granite surround, and a large walk-in closet. There is an additional closet right outside the room for more storage. Connected to the sitting room is the master bedroom area, which has a small balcony attached and treetop outlooks. The master bathroom is ensuite and includes an attractive stone-topped vanity and a glass-enclosed limestone shower over tub.
Past an adorable under-the-stair nook, stairs lead to the third floor, which a very special and unique part of the home. This level features peaked ceilings with exposed beams throughout, with a spacious playroom or family room at the center, next to an eastern bedroom and a bathroom with in-wall toilet and glass-enclosed tile shower. On the other side of the family room is a fabulous study/library or additional bedroom, featuring a turret and large picture windows with sweeping outlooks to the west across the city to Sutro Tower, Twin Peaks and Saint Ignatius Church.
On the ground floor is an additional family room or large media room, set up for entertaining with built-in lighting and surround sound system, a projector, and double doors leading out to the landscaped front deck. An AV closet hidden under the stairs houses state-of-the-art equipment. On the other side of the stairs is a contemporary bathroom outfitted in sleek gray tile, a floating vanity, an in-wall toilet, and a fabulous curb-less walk-in rain shower. There is also a large laundry room with a side-by-side LG washer and dryer and a stainless sink, as well as a great storage and utility room which could also function as a wine cellar.
Down a flight of stairs is the three-car garage, complete with electric charging station as well as a secured storage room. The home has been extensively seismically retrofitted with a concrete foundation in conjunction with the construction of the garage and downstairs family room. There are many modern upgrades throughout, including Nest thermostats and security cameras, and a radiant heating system. The location is wonderful, just two blocks from Fillmore Street shops and restaurants, as well as Lafayette Park and Mollie Stone’s Grocery. It is convenient to the 1 California Muni, Whole Foods, Alta Plaza, and excellent nearby schools.
Year Built: 1900 (Per Tax Records)
Square Footage: 4,640 sq.ft. (Per Appraiser)
Lower Pacific Heights offers home buyers a stylish, upscale-feeling neighborhood bolstered by an approachable, casual attitude. Within the confines of these blocks, you'll find Japantown, the oldest and largest such enclave in the United States. From the spectacle of the Peace Plaza pagoda to the grandeur of St. Dominic's Church, it really seems there's something here for everyone. This area is a shopper's delight, with bustling commercial centers along both Fillmore and Steiner streets. The Japan Center mall is a mecca for all things Japanese. When it comes time to eat, the possibilities are endless. Evenings see the streets fill with patrons looking to dine at one of many gastronomic destinations, or music fans lining up at the Boom Boom Room and the adjacent historic Fillmore Theater. Sundance Kabuki Cinema is a welcome addition to the neighborhood; as the largest independent theater in the city, the Kabuki screens first run features and plays host to a number of film festivals, attracting cinephiles from all over the Bay Area. The neighborhood is home to an interesting mix of classic Victorian homes and mid-rise condo developments. As throughout much of the city, you'll find wonderful diversity among your neighbors. You can get a picture of the sense of community that exists in this diverse pocket of the city each April during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Freeway access has been greatly improved in recent years thanks to the completion of the Octavia corridor freeway entrance, opening up the area to south and east bay commuters. If you'd like to dip your toes into the Northside life, Lower Pacific Heights is a great place to begin your search