SOURCE: Zephyr Real Estate

Zephyr Real Estate

January 20, 2011 19:33 ET

Mayhew Beaux-Arts Showpiece Goes on the Market

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) - New to the market is an architectural showpiece in Clarendon Heights designed by acclaimed Bay Area architect Clarence W. W. Mayhew. Mayhew, who received his degree from UC Berkeley, also studied at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He designed the Manor House in Orinda, the Reinhardt Alumnae House for Mills College, and the Alumni House for UC Berkeley.

This Mayhew showpiece is perched atop the geographic center of San Francisco. Scenic panoramas abound as well as a design that maximizes clean lines, natural light and an interior that is aesthetically and artfully planned. Mayhew's ability to capture both the indoors and the outdoors is apparent here.

Situated on a large lot, 29 St. Germain Avenue is carefully angled to maximize views of downtown, the Bay and the East Bay Hills from every room. Four bedrooms, three and one-half baths, a gracious living room with a large fireplace, an open dining room, family room, sunroom, and two-car garage fill out the three levels with a spatial continuity that is both pleasing and elegant. That and the graceful proportions of the rooms are trademarks of Mayhew's status as an architect of considerable note.

The house is built on a "reverse plan" with an inviting entry on the first floor bedroom level, then continuing upward to the living spaces on the second floor. The view-filled rooms on the second floor flow gracefully to the sunroom, which opens onto a private deck. The kitchen and pantry, on the north side, open to a service yard and garden.

Three bedrooms and a large light-filled gallery comprise the first floor level, with the gallery opening onto a patio and hillside garden.

A double garage, an additional bedroom and full bath, suitable for guest or au pair quarters, comprise the ground level along with a laundry room and abundant storage space.

The home is listed by Else Townsend and Susanna Townsend, Zephyr Real Estate, and is offered at $2.59 Million. According to Else Townsend, "The proportions of everything, from the bedroom sizes to the window-seat height, show a 'humanist' designer at work."

For more information, contact the listing agents: Else Townsend, 415.271.7684; Susanna Townsend, 415.713.8977.

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    Melody Brown
    Zephyr Real Estate
    San Francisco, CA
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