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Location: Belvedere, Calif.
The Skinny: Set high on the Belvedere peninsula—one of Northern California's most exclusive neighborhoods—this Mission Revival mansion was designed in 1912 by legendary architect John Mead Howells, who would later pen the blueprints for NYC's Art Deco Daily News Building and Chicago's neo-Gothic Tribune Building, in collaboration with Raymond Hood. The 7,800-square-foot pink palace sits on just a half acre, but boasts seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and stunning views of San Francisco, encompassing the bay, the skyline, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The pastel-hued exterior gives way to a rather standard interior, besides the beamed living room and stone fireplace, but the expansive rear patio makes the most of the views, and a rare ballroom, with a dozen windows, offers plenty of space to entertain on a grand scale. Of course, that usually means the price is grand as well, and it is, at $11.75M.
· 339 Golden Gate Ave [Zillow]
- John Mead Howells