This $18 million Seacliff home was the second-biggest real estate deal in San Francisco this year
Seacliff is known for its historic and high-end view homes. But even for the neighborhood, 140 Sea Cliff had one of the best views — and highest prices — in recent memory.
The 6,300-square-foot home came to market on June 17 asking $19,500,000. Despite the ultra-high price tag, the five-bedroom, 5.5 bath was in contract one month later and just closed for $18 million.
That makes it the biggest deal to close in 2019 so far, except for Vanessa Getty's former residence on Vallejo. That 9,700-square-foot home came to market asking $29 million in February and sold for $27 million in April.
Janet Feinberg Schindler of Sotheby's International Realty represented the Sea Cliff buyers, who asked to remain anonymous to protect their privacy, but did say that the view and the design sold them on the home.
"We were struck by the stunning view from the main living spaces and master suite, as well as the graciousness and scale of the architecture, and quickly decided to put in an offer," they said.
The home was designed by architect Sylvain Schnaittacher, who also created the Argonaut Club and Temple Emanu-El. It was built in 1920 and still has the original classic, columned facade. Most of the interior has been renovated, but smartly utilizes finishes like leaded glass windows and marble countertops that suit the home's age and overall look.
Some distinctly modern amenities can be found on the top floor, where a family room with wet bar leads out to the view deck. The top-floor deck is the perfect place to take in the unobstructed Golden Gate Bridge views, especially while relaxing in the inset hot tub.
The buyers said these are the exact views they had been searching years for, before finding 140 Sea Cliff.
"We looked at various homes in the Seacliff neighborhood, but there is limited supply of homes with views of this sort," they said. "We are based in SF and were focused specifically on the Seacliff neighborhood because of its natural beauty, access to outdoor trails, and proximity to Baker and China beach. This area reminds us of the Amalfi coast, one of our favorite travel destinations."
Soon the buyers will be moving into the starry neighborhood, filled with current and former owners like Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Sharon Stone, Eugene Levy, Cheech Marin and photographer Ansel Adams. "We are looking forward to enjoying the view and getting to know our neighbors," the new owners said.
Emily Landes is a writer and editor who is obsessed with all things real estate.