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3 Beds + Office | 3.5 Bath | Deck | Private Garage

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3 Bedrooms + Office | 3.5 Baths | View Deck | Private Garage


Welcome to Union Terrace. Once through the gates of this 1921 Co-op building perched near the top of Russian Hill, visitors are treated to a tranquil garden courtyard that removes any sense of the outside city. Unit 12 is a fully renovated masterpiece boasting incredible attention to detail throughout. In addition to the 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on the main level, the unit includes a bonus room and bathroom downstairs, perfect for a guest room, gym or home office.  The unit features expansive views from the east side of Russian Hill and Alcatraz across North Beach to Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower and the Bay Bridge. 


Upon entering the arched front door of unit 12, you are greeted by a large foyer and wide hallway with a framed outlook onto Alcatraz Island. At the end of the hall, the space opens into a dramatic open living area with views from almost every window. The kitchen on the left is a chef’s dream. A massive six burner Wolf range with two ovens and central griddle is surrounded by ample stainless steel working space and framed by a single slab marble backsplash. Meile appliances blend artfully into the custom cabinetry and a hidden pantry around the corner provides easy access to additional prep and storage for the kitchen. A large Calcutta marble peninsula separates the dining area from the kitchen while allowing the cook to enjoy the amazing views. Off the dining area is the view deck. Finished with Ipe wood decking, specialty metal railings and trellis, irrigated planters, radiant heaters, gas grill and speaker system, this is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or sunset glass of wine. 


Just steps from the kitchen and dining area is the living room. Large enough for a multi-generational holiday gathering, this room is also intimate enough for someone to relax and enjoy their favorite book while taking in the lights of Coit Tower and St. Paul's church at Washington Square Park. An additional cozy sitting area is artfully separated from the main living room by a small “fire feature” without obstructing the panoramic views. A powder room just off the hallway rounds out the public spaces of this amazing home.


The bedrooms are equally stunning. Located back down the main hall is the beautifully appointed primary suite featuring two walk-in closets and a large ensuite bath. The views are equally impressive from this room, as are the motorized shades when in need of privacy. A large pocket door between the bathroom and bedroom can be opened to let natural light in or closed for privacy. Two sinks, a large shower and stand alone bath tub make the primary bath  truly a spa inspired experience. 


Across the hall is the guest bedroom with ensuite bath. This cozy suite looks out onto the garden courtyard with French doors that open onto a small Juliet balcony. The third bedroom is found off the living room and is currently being used as a wonderful TV room with a large picture window that frames a view of Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.


Off the kitchen are the back stairs that lead down to an additional bonus room and bathroom. This space has been used as a fourth bedroom, home gym and is currently configured as a perfect home office with its own “peek-a-boo” view of Coit Tower. Across the hall is a brand new bathroom with storage closets and second laundry for the unit (additional washer and dryer is located in one of the primary closets). A private, one car garage is located on the Union Street side of the building, just steps from the main entrance. 


No expense was spared in the remodel of this amazing unit. Completed in 2016 by Ryan Construction, the project was undertaken in collaboration with San Francisco Designer, Kendall Wilkinson, and Architect, Ken Linsteadt. Some of the design details include artisan “Venetian” plaster walls throughout, Lutron lighting, recessed electric shades, French Oak hardwood floors, dedicated in-unit heating system as well as all new windows and doors. 


Situated near the top of Russian Hill, Union Terrace provides access to some of the most popular neighborhoods in San Francisco. Located just a few blocks away, in the heart of North Beach,you can find some of the best Italian food in the city.  Equally convenient are the shops and restaurants of Polk St. as well as Union Street and Chestnut Street in the Cow Hollow and Marina districts. Exploring the rest of the city is easy with access to the historic Hyde Street cable car line just a block and a half away as well as multiple bus routes. This stunning home is truly a unique offering in one of the world's greatest cities.

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(415) 601-2227
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The Townsend Group

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1020 Union Street #12

Breathtaking views, palatial houses, and home to the Crookedest Street in the World: the Russian Hill neighborhood is as unique as it is beautiful. Russian Hill homes feature an eclectic mix of architectural styles and influences. From Spanish Colonial mansions to century old row houses and everything in between, there is a home or townhome for every taste and sensibility.

Surrounded by some of San Francisco’s most popular neighborhoods (Pacific Heights and Marina to the west; Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach to the north/east; and Nob Hill and Chinatown to the south), there is no shortage of fun activities and landmarks to explore when you live in Russian Hill.

Locals enjoy the hillside garden climbs, the exquisite tiny parks, and The First Swensen’s Ice Cream Store, the classic ice cream parlor found at the corner of Union and Hyde. There is a delicate European flair to many of the boutiques and restaurants found along the lushly green streets of Jackson, Union, and Hyde.

Both Green and Polk Streets offer exceptional international cuisine, including:
Aux Delices: A beautiful, elegant upscale Vietnamese restaurant which has served incredible cuisine since 1987.
Fiorella: One of two San Francisco locations, Fiorella offers a scrumptious brunch, amazing entrees, and a fantastic wine selection.

If shopping is on your list, don't miss the many delightful boutiques dotting Polk Street between Union and Broadway. Between the great food and even better shopping, Russian Hill will never disappoint!

Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular place for both locals and tourists to spend their leisure time. A short walk from Russian Hill, many visitors like to start their day at Fisherman’s Wharf with a visit to the Maritime National Historical Park. Enjoy a walk through the Maritime Museum followed by a history lesson through the various historic vessels located along Hyde Street Pier. After a day of sightseeing, locals love to grab a bubble tea at Quickly or enjoy a delicious basket of fish and chips at Lou’s Fish Shack.

Despite the hairpin turns scattered throughout the neighborhood, Russian Hill remains a very walkable urban landscape. The Financial District and Civic Center are about a thirty-minute walk, depending on which part of the neighborhood you’re in. However, there are several Muni routes that pass through Russian Hill which can get you to these areas in about the same time with less walking.