San Francisco mansion with ‘the Pacific Ocean as its backyard’ costs $32 million


A San Francisco mansion on the edge of the Pacific Ocean is set to hit the market Friday for $32 million.


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A San Francisco mansion on the edge of the Pacific Ocean is set to hit the market Friday for $32 million.

The 7,540-square-foot home is located in the city’s Sea Cliff neighborhood and offers more than 100 feet of water frontage, according to the listing with Neal Ward of Compass. This means almost every room has a view of the water and the Golden Gate Bridge, with Marin County in the distance.

“Sea Cliff is such an exclusive private enclave,” Mr. Ward said. “There are only 25 houses on the cliff, which is literally on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. When people buy here, they live here their entire lives.

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Indeed, the house is on the market for the first time in 35 years.

Built in 1941, the house was the former residence of the late Michael Taylor, the interior designer famous for developing the “California look”. The style has been “hailed as the new look in decorating in the 1950s and 1960s” and is defined by open spaces, neutral colors and “the light, airy, laid-back California style,” according to his obituary in the New York Times. He bought the house in 1970, according to the listing, and died in 1986 at the age of 59.

The home was purchased in 1987 for $2.35 million by the late Arthur Ciocca and his wife, Carlyse, according to PropertyShark records. Arthur Ciocca founded The Wine Group in 1981, which today is the second largest wine company in the United States. He died in December at the age of 84, according to his obituary in the Wine Industry Advisor.

“We bought it within 10 minutes of seeing it with no surprises. That’s how special it is,” Ms Ciocca said in a statement. “Where else in San Francisco can you live with the Pacific Ocean as your backyard and be where you want to be in 10 minutes?”

The couple brought the house back to the studs, “while maintaining both the integrity of the original architecture and Michael Taylor’s iconic ‘California Look’,” the listing reads. The pair worked with Porter and Steinwedell on the redesign, the same architects Taylor had employed.

The house retains its original exposed ceiling beams and herringbone parquet flooring, according to marketing materials. The living room also has a fireplace and picture window overlooking the bay, and the formal dining room also overlooks the water.

There is over 7,500 square feet of indoor living space.


“We really wanted a California feel with an Italian influence to frame the view as she walks into the house,” Ms. Ciocca added. “At night the view becomes like black glass, and you see

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the traffic lights for ships entering the bay and the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Other amenities include a library lounge with a bar that leads to the garden terrace, an upper level master bedroom with two bathrooms, each with a walk-in closet; two private offices; and a lower level with a sitting area, wine tasting room, and terrace with views through mature cypress trees.

The pool was designed by Taylor, and there is also an enclosed stairway to the beach, which only a few homes in Sea Cliff have, Ward noted, adding that the home has been meticulously maintained.

“For a property on the ocean, that’s so important,” he said. “It’s in amazing condition. Someone might want to change some of the finishes to suit their own tastes, but it’s move-in ready.

This article originally appeared on World Mansion.


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