This wonderful mid-century home is located right on the Presidio Wall, a coveted and renowned Presidio Heights location with terrific bucolic views of the Presidio Park.
Past a lush, private front garden and up the staircase, one reaches the gracious entry landing with LED lights illuminating each step of the outside staircase. The landing surrounded by walls of glass, flooding the interior of the home with light.
An elegant entry with gleaming hardwood floors faces the beautiful curved main staircase. To the left of the entry is an impressive sunken living room, featuring large picture windows facing the green expanse of the Presidio, treetop outlooks and peeks at the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. A stately wood burning fireplace, recessed lighting and an attached wet bar nook with cabinetry and a sink, complete this fabulous entertaining space.
To the right of the entry is a lovely formal dining room, which has ample seating for an elegant dinner party.
The eat-in kitchen is spacious and upgraded with Carrera marble countertops, a suite of luxe stainless appliances, and attractive light gray cabinetry. Windows above the sink overlook the pretty backyard greenery. The kitchen opens to a casual tiled sitting room with an ensuite bathroom with a shower. Adjacent is a full laundry room with side-by-side washer dryers, cabinetry and plenty of folding space, as well as backyard access.
Attached to the kitchen/family room is a breakfast room, perfect for informal dining, with a wall of storage and sliding doors out to the garden. There is a chic built-in wet bar cabinet with screened doors and a mosaic tile backsplash, as well as white cabinets overhead.
Ascending the main staircase, one reaches an open landing illuminated by a round skylight above. Off the hallway is a walk-in storage closet. The superb master suite boasts a spacious bedroom with picture windows overlooking the Presidio and the Bay, and a wood-burning fireplace. Off the bedroom is a large walk-in closet with built-in vanity and sink area, as well as a luxurious ensuite master bathroom with a handsome double floating vanity, a separate tub, and a walk-in shower.
At the back of the home are two generous bedrooms, both with decks overlooking the lovely garden, sharing a bathroom with a shower over tub, and one of them has a built-in bench along the windows facing the garden. A fourth bedroom or family room offers an ensuite bathroom with a shower.
Downstairs is a roomy two-car side by-by-side garage, as well as a fantastic office area (also great as a gym space) and a stylish ensuite bathroom equipped with a shower.
The backyard is a verdant, landscaped urban oasis, with a winding brick pathway through the greenery and a BBQ area for outdoor grilling.
The location of the home is right across from Presidio Wall Park, which includes a baseball diamond, playground, tennis courts, basketball court, and plenty of open green play space. The Presidio itself consists of 1500 acres, about two square miles, of green space – the largest and only National Park within a city in the United States. It offers an incredible array of services, events, and destinations, including the Presidio Officer’s Club, with art exhibitions and regular programming, the Presidio YMCA Gym & Pool, Arguello Restaurant, the Commissary Restaurant, Presidio Social Club, Sessions, the Presidio Bowling Center, the House of Air, the Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio Golf Course, and countless beautiful hiking, walking and biking trails from Mountain Lake Park to the Golden Gate Bridge and Crissy Field.
To the south four blocks is bustling Sacramento Street, with renowned shops and dining including Spruce, As Quoted, Garibaldi’s and more, and five blocks away is Laurel Village shopping center.
Architects of 3555 Pacific Avenue: Hertzka & Knowles
Wayne Hertzka & William Knowles, architects of 3555 Pacific Avenue, both received Master's degrees in Architecture from MIT in 1932 and opened their office in San Francisco in 1933. Hertzka & Knowles became one of the most successful and prestigious firms in the City, designing the Crown Zellerbach Building (One Bush at Market) with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in 1979 (Winner of the AIA (California) 25-Year Award in 1997); 555 and 575 Market for Standard Oil (1964 and 1975) and 77 Beale Street for PG&E (1971).
One of the few residential homes they designed was 3555 Pacific (1949), a Mid-Century Modern home located on The Presidio Wall, for Louis and Miriam Honig. Mr. Honig was principal in the largest independent advertising firm in the West (which, following a merger in 1975, was known as Foote, Cone & Belding/Honig). The Honigs were well-known art collectors and founded the Honig Vineyard in Napa Valley. In 1985, the Honigs sold 3555 Pacific to the present owners.