Built in 1906, this historic Bay Regency-inspired Arts & Crafts home captures the beauty and understated grandeur of a bygone era. The property was impeccably restored inside and out in 2008–2009 to enhance many of its original features, some of which include 6 fireplaces, vertical grain fir floors, tray ceilings and a grand staircase. The home also subtly enables all of today’s ultra-modern amenities, from wireless technology to a bio-dynamic orchard and gardens.
A coveted and historic street, Junipero Plaza is the Queen of the Upper East. Centrally located, the property is a block from the Mission Rose Gardens, a few blocks from parks, restaurants, stores and walking trails that wind up through Mission Canyon and Rocky Nook Park. In nearby Downtown is the Tuesday and Saturday Farmers’ Market, many retail stores, world-class restaurants and theaters.
Sitting near the top of the “Mission Knoll”, this property is uniquely situated to capture both Riviera and ocean views. In addition, the back of the home and much of its orchard and gardens are South facing, thus receiving much sunlight throughout the day.
Once you set foot into the formal entry foyer you are greeted with a grand staircase, tray ceilings and an over all sense of understated elegance. The floor plan allows for formal and casual entertaining with a living room and a less formal adjacent library, both of which have fireplaces and are connected by restored pocket doors.
The formal dining room has an original built-in hutch, fireplace and windows overlooking the back gardens. Adjacent to the dining room is the Butler’s Pantry and eat-in kitchen which features many modern amenities, including an original and restored walk-in pantry, newer cabinetry, kitchen island, double oven and a gas stove. Next to the kitchen is a convenient laundry room and half bath. There is also a bonus room or office off the kitchen.
Halfway up the grand staircase is a landing where a small library nook gets soft Northern light. The spacious landing at the top of the stairs creates an airy openness that leads you into the bedroom wings.
The Master Bedroom looks out over the rooftops of the Upper East to the ocean. Cozy up to the fireplace before resting in the spacious Dressing Room, which could also serve as an in-suite office or sitting room.
All the upstairs bedrooms have walk-in closets to accommodate today’s storage needs. In addition, all the upstairs bathrooms have tubs (2 claw-footed) and have been tastefully remodeled to match the historic character of the rest of the home.
Architectural details abound with built-in bookshelves and storage, elegant moldings, leaded glass window and 6 restored fireplaces.
The utmost attention to detail was paid in every facet of the remodel and restoration planned by Harrison Design in 2008. In 2008 – 2009 the general contractor, Giffin & Crane, did extensive restoration work which included foundation work, plumbing, electrical, installing wireless technology and much more.
Bio-dynamic vegetable, flower and cutting gardens were thoughtfully designed in order to realize the most of the property’s orientation and potential. Crushed granite pathways lead you from the front yard, that’s defined by a specimen redwood tree and many mature shrubs, to the orchard on the West side of the home, which includes various citrus, avocado and stone fruit trees. The back and South-facing side is defined by a custom pergola over a generous stone patio. From the patio are pathways that take you through Iceberg rose arbors, flowering shrubs, a water feature and a raised vegetable garden.