155 Terrace Drive – San Francisco Examiner Article

The scarcest commodity in St. Francis Wood is also its most basic: land. Less than 20 years after Duncan McDuffie stood on the edge of Adolph Sutro’s estate and looked west, St. Francis Wood was all but completely built out. Empty lots weren’t just rare; they were — and are — nonexistent. The only way 155 Terrace Drive, a new Tudor home located at the end of a cul-de-sac, could come into existence was for its next-door-neighbor to subdivide its double lot. In 2005, the 10,000 square foot lot at 153 Terrace became two approximately 5,000 square-foot parcels, opening the door for the spectacular home now known as 155 Terrace Drive.

The home is listed by Jane Poppelreiter of Paragon Real Estate for $3.85 million. This block of Terrace Drive, Poppelreiter correctly notes, is among the most desirable addresses in St. Francis Wood. Because it is a cul-de-sac, there is no through traffic. Its residents — who populate only one side of the block, overlook the elegant St. Francis Wood park. Once the land was subdivided, its new owners began navigating the long, twisty path required for new construction in St. Francis Wood. “Every step (of the development process) had to be approved,” says Poppelreiter. “This is what keeps the neighborhood consistent.”

However tortuous the process, it’s difficult to argue with the final product. The new 155 Terrace Drive looks no less a part of its environment than any of its century-old neighbors. It’s not until you’re inside that its differences begin to show. The home was built for a large family, with four en-suite bedrooms — including a sunny master suite spanning the entire width of the building — all on the top-most of three levels. On the lowest level is an elegant home office and an enormous family/bonus room, a flexible space large enough to serve numerous functions. Media room? Check. Game room? Check. Entertainment space for large parties? Check.

Back on the main (entrance) level, 155 Terrace utilizes a modern floorplan, placing formal living and dining rooms at the front of the home and a kitchen/family great room at the rear. The living room features a fireplace and French doors leading to a small private balcony. There is a second office adjacent to the family room. The kitchen boasts top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances by SubZero, Bluestar and Bosch and a large center island with a marble countertop to match the family room fireplace’s mantel.

What sets this home apart from others is its commitment to workmanship and quality. It’s unusual for a home this size to maintain such a high level of finish and detail in each room. 155 Terrace does this, while incorporating traditional, understated styling cues like crown molding and mahogany floors. As a rare St. Francis Wood newcomer, 155
Terrace Drive has a responsibility to live up to the elegance of its neighborhood. It does this effortlessly, with a flourish.