Pacific Heights, Estate of the Day
Should he not be moving to Sacramento, it almost seems like Gavin Newsom, candidate for California's lieutenant governor position, should buy today's estate. It's a lovely mansion in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco and it was designed in 1904 by Samuel Newsom of the renowned firm Newsom & Newsom Architects. The four-level manor is done in a lavish Classic Revival style that sets a note of florid elegance with a rotunda portico entrance supported by decorative Roman columns. Inside, the home opens with a dramatic Imperial staircase framing a massive foyer which opens into grand-scale rooms with carved wood details, massive fireplaces and fresco-like borders. The nine-bedroom home is a mixed bag, some rooms are gorgeous and flawless (especially the library and sitting rooms) while others seem in need of a little attention. The kitchen might not appeal to the demands of today's buyers although its retro appeal is adorable.
San Francisco real estate blog SocketSite discussed this one back in August and revealed all sorts of fun details including the fact that the owners once kept white doves in a coop on the top floor balcony. The doves would be released to fly around the area. This home is listed at $14 million.
Gallery: Pacific Heights Mansion