Enchanting Garden Home with Spectacular Golden Gate Views

Location: 140 Belgrave Ave (between Stanyan & Shrader)

Built: 1934

Lot: 60’ x 100’

Summary: Rare offering! First time on the market in almost 30 years. This one-of-a-kind, 3BD/3BA architect-designed home features light, views, and garden access from virtually every room and characterizes the indoor-outdoor lifestyle so desirable today. The understated, cottage-style facade belies the exceptional 30’s style interiors renovated to the 21st century. Rare in San Francisco, and due to the extraordinary site, the home extends across the extra-wide, 60-foot-wide lot and is completely detached with a large, south-facing, entry-garden courtyard and a huge, sun-filled rear garden. All principal rooms feature spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and bay views, by day, and St. Ignatius Church, by night. Every room has a garden view. Significant expansion potential appears likely (buyer to independently investigate). Each bedroom is well situated to ensure privacy as well as being adjacent to a full bath. All rooms have wood or limestone flooring. Walls, including interior ones, have been insulated to provide serenity throughout the home. This is Carmel-style living in the heart of the city.

Description: A charming garden gate, set back from the sidewalk, opens to reveal an enchanting, south garden patio and the home that surrounds it. The courtyard windows provide the first glimpse through the home of the stunning north views. The front door opens to the foyer which leads to the dramatic living room with vaulted ceiling and a warming fireplace. The north wall of windows perfectly frames the Golden Gate Bridge, bay, and Marin Headlands. The south windows illuminate the room and provide verdant views of the entry garden. Bookcases line the adjacent dining room which doubles as a library and features the same spectacular north views as the living room. Adjacent to the living room, the breakfast room is a cheery spot with warm, wood-paneled walls, a built-in hutch, fresh garden views and French doors that open to the sunny patio ideal for morning coffee, al fresco dining, or entertaining large parties outdoors. The gourmet kitchen enjoys spectacular Golden Gate and bay views framed by an impressive deodar cedar (Himalayan cedar). The kitchen is equipped with an 8-burner Wolf Gourmet stove with pot filler and double ovens, a Bosch dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and beautiful limestone counters with bar seating. A prep sink is in addition to the stainless kitchen sink set beneath the view windows. This exquisite kitchen is finished with a custom built-in butler’s pantry which provides additional storage beneath glass display shelves. A few steps away is the below-grade, walk-in pantry, perfect for wine storage or wine cellar. The thoughtful peninsula counter design with bar seating facilitates both cooking and entertaining. A garden-view bedroom and a limestone-finished bath complete this wing of the home.

A second bedroom is situated on the opposite side of the home and enjoys garden views. The adjacent full bath serves as the guest powder room and features a shower over porcelain tub, Jerusalem gold limestone floor, and a stunning bronze vessel sink atop a built-in Asian chest.

Lower Level: A spiral staircase from the dining room leads to the sublime master suite which comprises the lower level. As you enter the master suite, your first view is of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tranquil garden views and a rare sense of privacy are also featured throughout the master suite. The area surrounding the stair landing makes a practical home office. The master bedroom with hidden doors features views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the luxuriant garden through a wall of floor to ceiling windows. A door opens directly to a wooden deck and the park-like garden. The adjacent room also features spectacular Golden Gate Bridge and garden views and contains built-in closets for the dressing area, and an open area ideal for lounging or reading. French doors open to the deck and garden - a peaceful place for a morning cup of coffee. The luxurious master bath is finished in Imperial Gold limestone and features double sinks set in a custom vanity and a huge walk-in shower with serene garden views and seclusion.

The rear garden comprises almost 50% of the approximate 6,000 square foot lot and has Golden Gate Bridge views. It presents a blank canvas for the new owner who may keep the current style or re-landscape. 140 Belgrave also has a recorded view easement over neighboring trees (see document).

There is substantial storage throughout the home.


140 Belgrave boasts an exceptional location equidistant from Tank Hill Park, with its panoramic views, and Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, a dense eucalyptus forest with miles of accessible walking and bike trails. Belgrave is one of the San Francisco’s best-kept secret streets – a virtual cul-de-sac at the highest point of Cole Valley. It is 4 blocks away from the charming neighborhood shops and restaurants on Cole Street. Walk Score® rates the location as “very walkable, most errands can be accomplished on foot.” Located on the best block of coveted Cole Valley, 140 Belgrave commands unobstructed views from the Marin Headlands to the East Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Angel Island. The home’s northside lot is one of the very best sites on the block and features exceptional privacy to complement the expansive views. Off-street parking is typically plentiful.

About Janet

Janet Schindler's extraordinary success in real estate sales derives from her fundamental belief: the client is #1. For the past 30 years, Janet has taken this approach in her full-time career and it shows.  According to the MLS, Janet is ranked as the #1 individual Realtor for homes sold in District 7 – Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Marina, and Cow Hollow - since 2010.  In 2015, she ranked the #1 Realtor in San Francisco for all homes sold. She is consistently one of the top 25 Sotheby's International Realty Realtors and is regularly named on the prestigious Wall Street Journal's list of the Top Realtors in the USA. When Haute Living published a list of the Bay Area's Top 8 Real Estate Power Brokers, Janet was one of them, dubbed "The Professional," a title that truly characterizes her approach to her career and her relationship to her clients. 

Janet looks out for her clients' best interests. She specializes in preparing and presenting properties for sale to assure her sellers maximize their returns. When representing buyers, she is quick to point out the hidden upside in a property as well as drawbacks. Her clients enjoy her positive attitude and sense of humor during a process that is often beset with stress.  Whether her client seeks a world-wide marketing strategy or a discreet private sale, Janet has the wisdom, resources and experience to successfully negotiate the transaction.

Media frequently seek out Janet's opinion of the San Francisco real estate market. She is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Mansion Global, and local newspapers.  She researches and writes the annual Schindler Report, which appears in San Francisco's Nob Hill Gazette, analyzing luxury real estate sales in San Francisco's north side neighborhoods. In addition to her real estate writing, Janet has published articles on other areas of interest including architecture and gardening. 

Janet graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in philosophy, emphasizing Asian philosophy, from Brandeis University and was a Regents Scholar at UCLA Law School. Her education and expertise add value to every real estate transaction. 90% of Janet's business comes from repeat clients and their referrals because they know that she always puts clients' interests first.  Janet Schindler is the trusted name in San Francisco real estate.


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