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The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is nationally recognized as one of the premier showcase houses in the country. Designed in 1921 by Lewis Hobart, architect of Grace Cathedral, this stately Tudo Revival style mansion sits on one of the most desirable blocks in Pacific Heights. For the past century, the house was the diplomatic home of the British consul general and the scene of the mission's long tradition of receiving and entertaining distinguished visitors including members of the Royal Family and senior British political figures.


Magnificent reception rooms, a newly renovated kitchen and master suite, seven additional bedrooms, and five fireplaces are part of the 11,000 square foot, four-level living and entertaining space. A large deck overlooks the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The extensive landscaping includes a gracious front garden with a large lawn and an elegant terraced back garden. The entry hall, designed by Gretchen Berggruen, serves both as a room of welcome and a collector's delight. The space provides a graceful transition from living room to library or dining room. Whether it be Matisse etchings or a Nathan Oliveira painting, the works of art add interest and invite guests to pause and enjoy the collection.