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This special Pacific Heights family residence was built in 1894 and designed by Ernest Coxhead, a leader in the early California Arts and Crafts movement.
Featured in Architectural Digest, this Tudor masterpiece combines the simple elegance of an English country cottage with the sophistication and grandeur of notable Pacific Heights homes from this time. Known to architectural historians as the Gillespie House, 2940 Jackson’s exterior showcases intricate carved wood details, leaded glass windows, dual dormers, distinctive red-bricked stairs and driveway, peaked roof and wooden double gate.
At the time of its construction, the Gillespie House represented the height of modernity. Coxhead deftly combined English cottage and half-timber details while working with locally sourced materials and craftspeople. Coxhead’s work would influence a generation of architects---including Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck.
The gracious entry and large foyer welcome you. The south-facing living room is adorned with natural light and accented by a central fireplace, built-in bookshelves, window seat and custom curtains. Dramatic dark hardwood floors, refined moldings, high ceilings and enchanting leaded windows are prominently displayed throughout the home.
A chic powder room is smartly tucked off the main staircase. The elegant formal dining room has a handsome wood-burning fireplace and china closet.
The state-of-the-art remodeled chef’s kitchen features Carrara marble counters and backsplash, six-burner Thermador oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and wine refrigerator. There’s an abundance of cabinet space and storage, as well as two pantry closets. Unwind with a casual meal at the breakfast bar overlooking the garden.
The spacious kitchen flows into the bright family room with oversized windows and Fleetwood sliding glass doors that open directly to the inviting landscaped garden. Designed by architect Jennifer Weiss, the garden fully embodies the Californian indoor/outdoor lifestyle and features poured concrete planters, an ipe wood deck, multi-level seating and dining spaces and a Japanese cedar ofuro-style soaking tub amidst a lovely variety of plants, trees and flowers by Terremoto Landscaping.
A perfect family home, 2940 Jackson has four bedrooms and three full baths all ideally located on the upper level. The stunning, south-facing primary bedroom has vaulted ceilings, plaster walls, low-set leaded glass windows and fireplace, original built-ins, and walk-in closet with cedar-lined drawers and walls. Clad in gorgeous marble finishes and Waterworks fixtures, the en suite bathroom has a walk-in glass shower and double vanity.
The second bedroom with en suite bath has exquisite marble finishes and shower over a jet tub. Two additional bedrooms are down the hall, with the sunny rear bedroom overlooking the garden. All bedrooms are graced with beautiful custom curtains.
A smartly designed third full bath with stylish sliding steel barn doors is conveniently located off the hall, along with the laundry center featuring side-by-side LG washer/dryer and built-in shelving.
The top floor is the perfect hideaway for an office, media or playroom. An attached finished storage room rounds out this level.
Modern conveniences include Tesla solar panels and Powerwall battery and EV charging outlet in the garage. The home has built-in Klipsch ceiling speakers on the main floor, central air on the sleeping level, Nest thermostats, doorbell and security cameras, and SimpliSafe alarm system. The one-car garage features built-in storage and direct access to the backyard. There is parking for a second vehicle on the driveway.
2940 Jackson is located on a prime neighborhood block a short distance from Alta Plaza Park, Divisadero, Fillmore and Sacramento shops and restaurants, the JCC and Presidio. Steps from Waldorf, Town and University High schools.
[As seen in Architectural Digest]
Living in Pacific Heights provides an opportunity to rub elbows with some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players. PayPal founder Peter Theil, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and Apple designer Jonathan Ive have all made their homes in what is considered the most expensive neighborhood in the United States. Palatial highrise condos and luxurious row houses are the most common types of real estate you will find in Pacific Heights.
Although Presidio is just a short trip away from Pacific Heights, the neighborhood features two small parks of its own: Lafayette Park and Alta Plaza Park. Lafayette Park offers beautiful grassy hills, a playground, and an off-leash dog park, while Alta Plaza is perched even higher with most of the same amenities.
When Pacific Heights residents are looking for a place to eat, they usually make their way to Fillmore Street. Notable local restaurants on Fillmore Street include:
Palmer’s Tavern: Featuring daily happy hour specials, Palmer’s also offers a variety of delicious salads, entrees, and desserts.
La Mediterranee: A quaint cafe perfect for those Middle-Eastern cuisine cravings.
Salt & Straw: After a great meal for a day of exploring, locals love to stop by for unique ice cream flavors and handmade waffle cones.
Fillmore Street is also a great place to enjoy a day of shopping and entertainment. Explore the amazing shoe boutique Superga San Francisco, then walk north to Mureta Antiques. After the shopping is done, catch a flick at the Landmark Clay Theatre, or visit Boom Boom Boom for a night of live funk, jazz and blues.
Locals and tourists are often amazed at the variety of landmarks and attractions you can find in Pacific Heights. Enjoy a guided tour through the Haas-Lilienthal House, an excellent example of Victorian architecture, or check out the McElroy Octagon House on the second Sunday or second and fourth Thursday of every month. Lastly, the southeast corner of Presidio is less than two miles away, so there is always something fun to explore near the Pacific Heights neighborhood!