A new listing in San Franciscoâs Cow Hollow neighborhood has turned heads for its unique design, both inside and out.
The 4,185-square-foot home with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms was built in 2016, is on the market for $18 million. It has an top-notch design pedigree that includes Aidlin Darling DesignÂ (architecture) and Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture (landscape), who were honored with National Design Awards for the project.
Neal Ward and Rick Teed of Compass are handling the listing. Built in 2016 for the current seller, it’s available for the first time.
âThe architecture of this property is so striking, and the detail, from top to bottom, is perfection in every way,â says Ward.
Cello & Maudru Construction built the home, and Allyn Davisâ interior design is showcased in the homeâs staging.
While natural light is prominent in the interiors, so is privacy, thanks to exterior walls designed with wood slats. In addition, a walnut and stainless-steel kitchen can be easily separated by five frosted-glass panel walls that are designed to retract if the cook prefers privacy. The home also has a green roof.
Inside, 20-foot ceilings in the living room and a 13-foot-tall light sculpture above the dining room table add elegance. Pivot-hinge doors on the north end of the living room lead to a cantilevered deck offering views of the Palace of Fine Arts, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and San Francisco Bay.
Ward calls out the deckâs âbirdâs-eye view of the Golden Gate Bridgeâ as another huge highlight. The home is at the north end of a tree-lined block of single-family homes on Filbert Street, which means that it has some of the neighborhoodâs best views. It also has a green roof.
This home is built for entertaining. On the lower levelâexcavated into the home and beneath a rockâare a media room and DJ booth, as well as a wet bar. That area connects directly with the outdoors, where you’ll find a dining and grilling area, as well as a lanai, bamboo leaves, an outdoor TV, in-ground fire pit, and spa.
“The person that owns the house is into music, technology, and high-tech, and was able to have all of this done custom,â says Ward.
Another selling point is the location.
âThe Cow Hollow neighborhood is highly sought after because of its proximity to the Presidio and all the wonderful shops on Union Street, and Chestnut Street in the Marina,â says Ward.
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And while San Francisco is often linked with fog and cool temps, this neighborhood does get its fair share of sunlight.
âItâs nice and sunny,â says Ward. âCow Hollow is known for its good weather.â
Ward believes that a young couple or single personâparticularly a tech employee drawn to the custom features who is looking in this price rangeâwill snap up the property.
âItâs not a typical young family with younger children that canât have the separation from their parents,â he says, alluding to the master bedroomâs location on the top floor, with other bedrooms below. âIâve also shown it to people looking for a pied-Ã -terre, couples from New York City,â he says.
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Kati O’Toole and her husband, Darin, wanted to create a giant piece of artwork on their private and heavily wooded seven-acre property in Montana. They ended up with what they refer to as the Montana Treehouse Retreat – a two-story, fully finished treehouse nestled among three living trees.
“Everybody thought we were crazy [at] the beginning, like ‘What are you guys doing building a treehouse here?’ Our parents thought we were crazy,” says Kati.
But the hard work and vision paid off, and now visitors from all over the world routinely come to stay at their carefully crafted work of art. The 700-square-foot treehouse features a master suite with a deck that overlooks the forest, a living area with three benches that can double as sleeping quarters, and two bathrooms. Guests can also prepare a meal in the treehouse’s downstairs kitchen, complete with a refrigerator, a stove, a sink and a dishwasher.
“There’s even air conditioning in this treehouse, because we wanted to create a very luxury experience here. I have to be honest – the treehouse is nicer inside than the house that I live in, so I like to come back here and just have a little retreat away from it all,” says Kati.
Every detail of the treehouse was painstakingly thought out, and most of the materials were either sourced locally or repurposed. The trim and the interior feature wood that Darin himself milled, sanded and finished, and the breakfast table nook was made from the base of a tree located right on their property.
One of Kati’s favorite details of the treehouse, however, is the spiraling exterior staircase, which is wrapped around a large tree shipped in from Darin’s grandmother’s yard, roots and all.
Although Darin handled most of the heavy-duty construction of the structure, Kati’s handiwork is all over the interior.
“We wanted it to be kind of funky and modern – but still have some Montana accents and still be a little rustic too. So there were many things coming into play, and we wanted people to feel like it was a very cozy home away from home when they came here, and just like a one-of-a-kind Montana experience,” she says.
A combination of white shiplap and multicolored wood paneling covers the interior walls, giving the home an eclectic yet polished farmhouse look, and expansive windows create an open, airy feeling in the small living spaces. Modern elements that are dotted throughout the house, like the industrial chandelier in the kitchen and the black hexagon and subway tiles in the bathrooms, are more reminiscent of a boutique hotel than a remote treehouse located near Glacier National Park.
Close to Kati’s heart are the pieces by local artists that don the walls, with some of the pieces coming from guests who created the artwork while staying at the treehouse.
“It’s been really cool to see [how] this place inspires people,” she says.
But the defining characteristic of this home – and what guests travel miles for – is the unique experience of living out your childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse.
“It’s a very unique feeling that most people have never experienced, to be lying in bed and seeing a tree – or you’re actually moving. And people have told me that they love the experience, and it’s – yeah, it’s a treehouse. That’s the beauty. It’s a real treehouse,” says Kati.
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“The scene: An Italianate villa in a once-fashionable section of Los Angeles. Its hallsâonce crowded with the bright, the beautiful, the celebrated. A window barred against the world…”
That’s how this iconic home in Hancock Park was described in the trailer for “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” starring the film legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
The classic L.A. residence was built in 1928 and played a crucial role in the 1962 film. It was where the aging Hudson sisters lived, loved, and fought.
It’s been spruced up considerably since its cinematic turn and is currently on the market for the first time in 50 years. The asking price for this slice of silver screen history is $3,795,000.
The home offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms on 4,778 square feet of living space.
In addition, the quarter-acre lot features a saltwater pool and a detached two-story guesthouse with a cabana, as well as a full bathroom and sauna downstairs. Upstairs is a studio apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace.
Most importantly, there are no traces of the dark, dreary interiors that gave the film its creepy vibe.
The classic black wrought-iron staircase railings do still exist, but they’ve been painted a cheery white. Most of the walls are also white and bear no evidence of the sad, patterned wallpaper seen in the movie.
A large kitchen is also stark white and features gray-toned granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and a bay window that looks out onto a colorful bougainvillea.
Above that bougainvillea might be the tell-tale window through which the young neighbor caught glimpses of an imprisoned Joan Crawford.
But even with all the changes to the interior, the front view remains the same.
And here’s a reason for that. The home sits in a historical zone, where changes to the facades of homes aren’t permitted.
However, fresh paint and classic landscaping have worked wonders. The arched entryway, red tile roof, and symmetrical windows are as elegant as ever.
The classic psychological thriller tells the story of two sisters, both former child actresses, one of whom is planning a comeback and has evil designs on the other.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, also in the twilight of their careers, starred along with Victor Buono.
Davis created her own makeup for her role as Baby Jane Hudson and was nominated for an Academy Award. The film received a total of five Oscar noms, and won one for Best Costume DesignâBlack-and-White. A tale based on the story behind the film’s conception was told in the 2017 series “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
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A Florida family has embarked on a wild ride to bring a 1970s time capsule in Indiana into the 21st century.
On a whim, they bought aÂ vintage gem in Fort Wayne, IN, covered top to bottom in shag carpet, after seeing it online. It was our most popular home of the week in early December and garnered hundreds of thousands of viewsâthe Jackson family among them.
How the time capsule was won
âSo we weren’t actually looking for a home to buy,â says Alysha Jackson, who lives in Clermont, FL, with her husband, Nate, two toddlers, and a rescue dog, Ingrid.
âWe have a home there and we love it,â she says. âWe had talked about getting into real estate one day, but it wasn’t really on our radar yet. Then this house went viral.â
Nate saw the house online and came in with his computer to show the listing to Alysha.
âHe’s like, âHey, don’t shut this down right away, but what if we put in an offer on this house?ââ she says.
âUsually, I’m the skeptical one, but I just looked at it and had this gut feeling, and I said, âYou know what? I actually love it. Let’s put in an offer.ââ
Like everyone who laid eyes on the photos, Nate and Alysha first spotted the colorful carpet. The deep shag is hard to miss: It’s everywhere, even on some of the walls.
Alysha says her first reaction was: âWhoa, that’s a lot of shag carpet!â Then, she noticed how much potential the house had.
âI kind of envisioned what it could look like with some renovating,â she says. âWe’re staying thing true to the vibe of it and the time period, but we have to update it.â
The Jacksons journey back in time
Just a few weeks after putting in their offer, the two former teachers, who now sell on Amazon, packed up their family minivan (including Christmas presents) and headed north. Their work offers them the freedom to work where they choose.
Since then, the family has been living bare-bones in the house, with just a few mattresses and other essential items. They have decided to live in the home as is for a while.
âWe wanted to just stay in it a little while before changing anything, because we just wanted to get a feel for the house before we just came in and made sweeping changes,â Alysha Jackson explains.
âI’m so glad we did, because we actually changed a lot of our designs based upon actually living in the home for a little bit first.â
Most importantly, they staged a 1970s-style photo shoot.
Even Ingrid, the dog, seems to have settled in.
âShe has a spot in the house where she can see the entire yard, thanks to the surrounding sliding doors and windows,â Jackson says.
âIngrid was so sad when she saw us packing the van for our trip here, but literally jumped up and down when we got the leashÂ out and she realized she was comingÂ with us on the trip.â
The former owner of the house, James Sherbondy, a retired architect, designed the home as his familyâs personal residence. It was occupied until just a few months ago, so everything inside was in working order.
âWe walked in, brought in our stuff, and used the fridge. The bathrooms were functional. It was pretty great,â Jackson says.
Everything in the kitchen works, and the cabinets are in good shape. However, the layout may not work for the family, she adds.
The family made some immediate changes for safety reasons and are currently living on the lower level. Theyâre tackling that and the main level first, and leaving the upstairs master bedroom and bathroom for last.
A bathroom with green counters and blue sink will ultimately meet its demise, but the Jack-and-Jill style entry is staying.
âThe more we see, the more we want to keep, which is kind of funny,â Alysha says. âBefore, we didn’t really know too much about ’70s style, and we didn’t know too much about midcentury modern even. But the more I talk with people and more research I do on my own, the more I see the beauty and the value in it, and so I want to keep that style in the home.â
The Jacksons have sought input from a number of experts on the Instagram account they started for their rehab project. They had hopes of reaching 10,000 followers by the summer. As of now, they’ve blown past their goal and have over 30,000 folks tracking the renovation journey.
âI just love sharing projects with people. When we did a ’70s photo shoot, we thought it would be really fun to share these. We had no idea it would go viral as quickly as it did,â Jackson says. âIt’s been really fun to share what we’re doing with people, and we’ve gotten so much great input.â
The carpet can’t stay
Sadly, for lovers of colorful floor coverings, the carpet is one of the first things that’s going to go.
âThere’s literally carpet in every single room, including the bathrooms. It’s everywhere and it’s 50 years old. From what we know, it is original to the home,â Jackson says.
She added that there are stains in several places, and it doesnât smell particularly great, especially in the bathrooms.
Eventually, there will be new flooring in many of the rooms and tile in the bathrooms. But the carpet wonât vanish completely.
âI am going to be making an art piece of the different carpet colors,â she says. “There’s about four or five different colors in the home, and we just want to keep a piece of each. I’m going to cut some out from each colorâdeep-clean it, of courseâand then create some sort of art piece with it to hang in the house on the wall.â
People on social media had a lot to say about the carpet-bedecked bathtub in the master bedroom. The tub has purple tile and no curtain. For now, itâs the only bathtub in the house, so the kids need to take their baths there.
Jackson says the tub is super clean, but the trick for the couple is to keep the children from enjoying their time on the floor.
âTo them, it’s like a big towel,â she adds. The first time their son took a bath, she says, âHe got out of the tub and started rolling on the shag carpet.â
Other modifications on the way
Back on the main level, the dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace will stayâbut with some modifications for safety.
Some of the wood paneling and carved accents throughout the house will also remain.
âI stare at the wood every day. I think thatâs maybe my favorite part of the house,â Jackson says.
Some people on Instagram say the carved wood might be by an artist named Ackerman, and the Jacksons are trying to verify that.
âIt’s the first thing you see when you walk in the home on the door,” Alysha says.
Life outside the box
The Jacksons rehabbed their Florida house, so a huge project isnât entirely new for them and they have some family support nearby. Both Alysha and Nate are from Indiana, and much of their family still lives there. While some close to them were surprised by the somewhat impulsive purchase, they weren’t shocked.
âWe kind of joke with people that Nate and I are ‘Go big or go home’ people. We kind of live life outside the box, so they were excited for us,â Jackson says.
Some relatives thought they were crazy, she adds, but changed their minds when they saw how beautiful the home isâand they’re especially excited that the family will be closer to them.
For now, the family plans to split time between the two homes and rent the other one as a vacation rental.
We’ll be tracking the process of this time capsule transformation and can’t wait to see what’s next.
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