So what makes a house the most expensive in any market, much less the market of San Francisco, California? For Residence 950, that price starts with considering that the site takes up an entire city block. That’s 0.36 of an acre and actually covers two lots. Granted that’s not all just house taking up that city block. The site also holds a one-bedroom guesthouse that doubles as a spa with massage, steam, and sauna rooms. It also holds a tree-lined, garden-filled private park. The house itself measures 9,500 square feet and easily accommodates more than 300 guests.
Set on the urban hillside of Russian Hill, Residence 950 has views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Salesforce Tower, Coit Tower, the Financial District, and the Bay Bridge. It’s an ideal setting for large gatherings, or for intimate dinner parties. The home has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The original cottage is still there, but the builders expanded on the home extensively. The top floor holds a suite of bedrooms, including a stunningly large master. Another flor has two en suite bedrooms as well as a two-story art gallery, a sport court, a concert hall, and a wine wall.
The gardens are a mix of sprawling lawns and rose, lavender, and olive tree gardens. Irrigation for the gardens is rainwater captures from the rooftops and decks, which is stored in a 12,000 gallon tank. To not take up precious space that could be used for beautifying the lot, the builders constructed a four-car garage complete with a granite floor that is accessed through a tunnel from the street.
The lot also holds an infinity pool that measures 40 feet long. The pool is cantilevered over the illside, making it seem like the water pours directly into the bay. There’s also an outdoor kitchen with a dining area and a fireplace, plus a glass chandelier, that can seat up to 24 people.
The house was originally listed at $45 million, but in August, the price was dropped to $40.5 million.