San Francisco home designer Riaz Taplin, 25, had an unusual and fortunate opportunity to begin his career very young. Now, another one of his multimillion-dollar homes has hit the market.
The turn-of-the-century Pacific Heights house at 2525 Webster St. had become, in the words of Coldwell Banker Realtor Naomi Glass, a "functionally obsolescent" home with 13 bedrooms, out of touch with today’s families. Over the course of 10 months, Taplin redesigned the property into a seven-bedroom house designed with family life and entertaining in mind.
"I’ve known Riaz since he was 4 years old," said Glass, who is a friend of the Taplin family. "I think that … he takes traditional homes and adds a finish to them that’s a blend of the classic with something more contemporary … which I think is more in keeping with today’s lifestyles."
She says she’s hoping the Webster home, located near shopping and several private schools, will appeal to a family.
Taplin, a San Francisco native, is the son of real estate attorney and investor Russell Taplin. When he was 16, his father let him renovate his first house, in Burlingame, Riaz Taplin said. He then went on to study economics and architecture at the University of Southern California, and graduated from the London School of Economics. When he returned, he said, his father decided he had too many properties. Riaz Taplin began renovating them for sale.
"I’ve done 13 homes in the past three years," he said.
He said he decided to modernize this home while keeping enough of its original elements that he wasn’t
"fighting the house." The home was owned by another family, which decided to sell it rather than move in.
"When people have a better emotional experience of being in a place, nothing is disjointed," Taplin said. "There must be something thematic about what you’re doing."
Taplin said he hopes to continue to design residential properties, including more mid-range homes.
Where: San Francisco
Asking price: $6.65 million
Property tax: $86,450*
The property: 7 bedroom, 6½ baths, 7,800 square feet
Amenities: High ceilings, large public rooms for entertaining, airy upper family areas, limestone fireplace, interior courtyard, recessed bookcases, custom cabinetry, wine cellar, au pair suite, sauna, five-car garage.
Agent: Naomi Glass, Coldwell Banker, (415) 447-8729, www.2525Webster.com
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