CLARK JOHNSON & DONA CROWDER PRESENTS
The Hellman-Heller Mansion - Pacific Heights - Offered at: $17,500,000
Opens April 26th
2020 Jackson Street, once the temporary offices of Wells Fargo Bank after the 1906 earthquake, is not only distinguished for its place in history but also for its grand design, elegant appointments and impeccable modern updates. This stately residence is located in the most prominent Pacific Heights location, near Lafayette Park,a neighborhood with trendy restaurants and specialty shops, and is surrounded by architecturally significant properties. This Classical Revival estate presents a harmonious blend of contemporary comforts and period details. Designed circa 1902 by architect Julius E. Krafft, the home has been thoughtfully restored while maintaining the architect’s original masterpiece. Occupying four impressive levels, all accessible by an elevator, this seven bedroom, seven full and three half bath, home is a rare jewel.
Grand Main Level
- Rooms: Grand Reception Hall, Living Room, Dining Room, Salon, Service Kitchen, Powder Room, View Terrace
- An arched hand-forged wrought-iron and etched glass front door leads to the grand reception foyer, salon, formal living and dining rooms.
- The strength and determination of the four-story brick façade transitions to an elegantly ornate warm Cuban Mahogany wood paneled interior upon entering the main level reception.
- Foyer features symmetrically designed architectural details, striking herringbone pattern wood floors and impressively distinctive box beamed ceilings
- Living Room
- Majestic in scale and defined by intricate molded plaster and coved ceilings.
- Three French doors filter the natural light and provide a welcoming ambience
- Silk upholstered wall treatments add softness and sophistication
- A dignified verde marble fireplace is surrounded by handcrafted Indonesian mahogany
Bayside Dining Room
- This elegant dining room is encircled by distinctive Classical hand painted murals
- The marble fireplace features a hand carved Indonesian mahogany mantle with gothic detailing
- Impressive and large Crystal chandelier lights the grand room.
- Three arched doors lead to a balustrade terrace with weeping views of Alcatraz, Angel Island & Marin
Wide Double Curved Grand Staircase
- Entry framed by polished dual mahogany pillars
- Victorian style mahogany balustrades and handrails define the scale and grandeur
- Rich and royal maroon and gold carpet adds striking visual appeal and complements the silk upholstered curved walls
- A huge stain glass picture window graces the first level landing. A large hand painted classical sky mural on the ceiling above adds additional depth and elegance.
- Rooms: Master Suite with his and her baths, Sitting Room/Dressing Room, Bedroom, Paneled Office, Full Bath
- Features double door entry and encompasses the entire South wing
- The large room is accentuated with high baseboards, crown molding and soft yellow upholstered walls and its own intimate terrace.
- Cream marble fireplace with white painted mantle adds style and interest
- His and hers bathrooms are meticulously designed. His bathroom features a separate massage room and walk-in marble shower. Her bathroom features a luxurious jetted bath tub, separate shower, vanity area and crème marble sink.
- The combination sitting and dressing room is a true luxury with mirrored wardrobes, walk in closet and storage for every accessory
- The office is striking with paneled Cuban Mahogany walls and boxed ceiling, a reflection of the main level
- The room is completed with built-in bookcases, cabinetry and custom black marble fireplace
- Rooms: Media Room, Four Guest Bedrooms, Three full baths (one Jack & Jill), Half Bath, Laundry Room
- Media Room features a large screen and projection system complete with concealed electronics and surround sound speaker
- Views sweep from Russian Hill, Nob Hill to the Transamerica Pyramid
- Two sizable bedrooms share the north end with gorgeous Bay Views. These rooms share a Jack & Jill bath
- One of two laundry rooms is conveniently located on this level
- Two additional bedrooms are located on the South wing, both ensuite
- Rooms: Gourmet Kitchen, Baking Kitchen, Dining Area, Family Room, Au pair Suite, Half Bath, Laundry Room, Two Car Garage, Wine Cellar and Storage
- Kitchen features granite counter tops with tumbled marble back splash and large center island. Professional appliances include a La Cornue range, Sub Zero built-in refrigerator and freezer, twin Meile dishwashers and wall oven
- A large custom mosaic image of Renoirs takes center stage under the commercial stainless steel range hood
- Wide plank pine floors add warmth along with the old growth pine cabinetry
- The spacious Family Room is located off the kitchen and opens to an outdoor terrace. The room features beautiful built-in Birds Eye Maple cabinetry
Au Pair Suite
- Tucked away off the kitchen area, the suite is large and private.
- In addition to the bedroom and full bath, the suite includes a cozy sitting and kitchen area.
Originally the home of Emanuel S. Heller, a well-known turn-of-the-century attorney, and his wife, Clara, 2020 Jackson Street is one of the few remaining symbols of San Francisco's Gilded Age. The home was at the time an opulent symbol of San Francisco's growth and wealth. In 1902 Clara, signed contracts for the construction of the house–over $45,000–or about ten times the then-average construction cost of a San Francisco house. Part of the cost went into a lavish interior with exotic woods paneling a low beamed hall, Gothic detailing in the bayside dining room and a Colonial Revival library/front room.
Following the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, the home, remained intact (a tribute to the architectural skill of German architect Julius E. Krafft)–became the temporary headquarters to Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank and the Union Trust Company as well as the headquarters for Heller's own law firm, Heller Powers & Ehrman. The business leaders squeezed into one room with an adjoining water closet. As the firm worked to clarify deeds, file insurance claims and other matters, the partners had nowhere to hold confidential conversations other than the tiny bathroom. Heller Ehrman continued throughout the 20th century to play a major role in California, negotiating the financing for the Bay Bridge, putting together the consortium that built the Hoover Dam, taking Levi Strauss & Co. public, and then private again, and many other pivotal deals in history. As San Francisco's role as the undisputed financial center of the West began to wane, Heller Ehrman opened offices around the globe. At the height of its success in 2007, the firm had 650 attorneys in 13 cities, a far cry from its original days in the small room at 2020 Jackson Street. Though the Heller family has not been associated with the home for more than 60 years (it was Clara Heller's residence until her death in the mid-1950s), the home remains an important part of San Francisco history.
In 1945, this stately home was chosen as the location of the main reception for the International Conference in San Francisco. The convention resulted in the creation of the United Nations Charter. And in 1991, the home was selected as the San Francisco Designer Showcase home, a fundraiser for University High School. Thirty three design visionaries had the opportunity to display their talents.
Rising from the Marina and running along an east-west ridge between the Presidio and Van Ness avenue, the neighborhood of Pacific Heights delivers commanding views of the San Francisco Bay and the city below. When Hollywood wants to film a chase scene, Pacific Heights is where they come for cinematic thrills.
Some of the oldest, grandest, and largest homes in the city can be found in Pacific Heights which features ample stock of Victorians, Edwardians, Mission Revival and homes in the style of French Chateaus. This is an affluent neighborhood, home to large, quiet consulates of Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Russia. Some of these former baronial mansions now serve as elite private schools. These include San Francisco High School, Drew School, Town School For Boys, Convent of the Sacred Heart (in the former Flood Mansion), and Stuart Hall High School.
Pacific Heights is home to gorgeous parks and playgrounds, and bounded by the Presidio, offers easy access to open space, and miles of hiking, running and biking. The main shopping district can be found on Fillmore Street, which runs north and south through Pacific Heights. Some of the chicest boutiques, choicest restaurants, one of a kind floral arrangements, patisseries, and designer yogurt can be found on Fillmore Street.