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A European Townhouse in San Francisco

This six-story property in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood offers views of the Bay Area. It is asking $25 million —Emily Nonko



Kim Tyler has spent the past decade overseeing the design and construction of this newly built townhouse in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. ‘My husband and I moved out to the country in Marin County, I’ve had two children, and in the meantime the house kept going,’ Ms. Tyler says.
Kim Tyler has spent the past decade overseeing the design and construction of this newly built townhouse in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. ‘My husband and I moved out to the country in Marin County, I’ve had two children, and in the meantime the house kept going,’ Ms. Tyler says.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


Ms. Tyler, 43, grew up with a father who worked in the custom home-building business. She purchased this 30-by-105-foot lot for $2.75 million in 2008, with plans to demolish an old structure on site and build a new townhouse. It took her three years to secure permits and another seven years to build the property. Ms. Tyler estimates the building costs to be as much as $20 million.
Ms. Tyler, 43, grew up with a father who worked in the custom home-building business. She purchased this 30-by-105-foot lot for $2.75 million in 2008, with plans to demolish an old structure on site and build a new townhouse. It took her three years to secure permits and another seven years to build the property. Ms. Tyler estimates the building costs to be as much as $20 million.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


Ms. Tyler worked with architect Sandy Walker, later hiring designer Helga Horner for the interiors. The architect created ‘an architectural plan that seemed very San Francisco, but at the same time had a European feel,’ Ms. Tyler says. Many building materials were imported from Europe, including the rounded-steel windows. Hand-applied plaster lines the interior and exterior of the home.
Ms. Tyler worked with architect Sandy Walker, later hiring designer Helga Horner for the interiors. The architect created ‘an architectural plan that seemed very San Francisco, but at the same time had a European feel,’ Ms. Tyler says. Many building materials were imported from Europe, including the rounded-steel windows. Hand-applied plaster lines the interior and exterior of the home.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


The seven-story home was built with a four-car garage on the first level and an in-law apartment, wine room and laundry room above. The third floor holds the foyer, lined in fossil stone and Belgian granite, while the fourth floor includes the kitchen, dining and living rooms. This kitchen opens to a rear outdoor kitchen and terrace.
The seven-story home was built with a four-car garage on the first level and an in-law apartment, wine room and laundry room above. The third floor holds the foyer, lined in fossil stone and Belgian granite, while the fourth floor includes the kitchen, dining and living rooms. This kitchen opens to a rear outdoor kitchen and terrace.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


A French door from the dining room leads to a terrace. ‘It’s your first view of the San Francisco Bay and skyline,’ says Ms. Tyler.
A French door from the dining room leads to a terrace. ‘It’s your first view of the San Francisco Bay and skyline,’ says Ms. Tyler.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


The sixth-floor entertainment room is adjacent to another terrace. ‘There’s an indoor, outdoor feel to it,’ Ms. Tyler says. The space includes a catering bar with floating bronze shelves.
The sixth-floor entertainment room is adjacent to another terrace. ‘There’s an indoor, outdoor feel to it,’ Ms. Tyler says. The space includes a catering bar with floating bronze shelves.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


A circular staircase winds up three stories of the home, carrying light from the sixth-floor skylight. The hammered-bronze handrail was made by sculptor Brian Martin. The three-story chandelier, by Italian glass manufacturer Venini, was customzied for the home. ‘It basically floats,’ Ms. Tyler says.
A circular staircase winds up three stories of the home, carrying light from the sixth-floor skylight. The hammered-bronze handrail was made by sculptor Brian Martin. The three-story chandelier, by Italian glass manufacturer Venini, was customzied for the home. ‘It basically floats,’ Ms. Tyler says.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


The master suite includes a balcony, bathroom, dressing room and fireplace. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and three half-bathrooms in 9,570 square feet.
The master suite includes a balcony, bathroom, dressing room and fireplace. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and three half-bathrooms in 9,570 square feet.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


The home is listed by Pacific Union agent Val Steele for $25 million. The master bathroom is lined in pale blue quartz slabs. The floor-to-ceiling glass shower ‘gives the space an open element,’ Ms. Tyler says.
The home is listed by Pacific Union agent Val Steele for $25 million. The master bathroom is lined in pale blue quartz slabs. The floor-to-ceiling glass shower ‘gives the space an open element,’ Ms. Tyler says.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


There is both a terrace with a roof deck above that offers views across the city. ‘My husband and I invited people every year to our home to watch the Blue Angels,’ a navy flight team, Ms. Tyler says. ‘So I envisioned a rooftop entertaining space.’
There is both a terrace with a roof deck above that offers views across the city. ‘My husband and I invited people every year to our home to watch the Blue Angels,’ a navy flight team, Ms. Tyler says. ‘So I envisioned a rooftop entertaining space.’
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


Ms. Tyler and her husband considered moving into the home themselves. Given the difficulty of new residential construction in San Francisco, however, ‘We were convinced there was an opportunity for a high-end property like this to sell,’ she says.

  Ms. Tyler and her husband considered moving into the home themselves. Given the difficulty of new residential construction in San Francisco, however, ‘We were convinced there was an opportunity for a high-end property like this to sell,’ she says. DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON



The fourth-floor terrace is lined with plaster walls, a sculptural fireplace, pools and a fountain. ‘It has a meditative quality to it,’ Ms. Tyler says.
The fourth-floor terrace is lined with plaster walls, a sculptural fireplace, pools and a fountain. ‘It has a meditative quality to it,’ Ms. Tyler says.
DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON


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