By Kate Williamson
When Porter Deese began renovating an 1893 Alamo Square bed-and-breakfast as his home, he had a different type of hotel inspiration for its heart, the bathroom. Now, troubled by repeat surgeries, he’s ready for a smaller pad, leaving 847 Fillmore St. on the market for a fan of steam and spa.
"The feeling is really one of relaxed luxury and abundance. That’s the feeling … at the end of the day in a hotel room I’ve always found most relaxing," said Deese, who imports architectural antiquities and has stayed in fine hotels throughout Europe and Asia.
The end result is a "bicycle built for two" of a bathroom, Reese said: double-shower-headed European open shower, two-person sunken spa tub with hot water jets and its own water heater, in-shower bench with foot bath, two oversized Kohler sinks and stone tiles and floors.
"The surround of the tub actually has areas where you can sit or lay. One if the great things in Asia is that when you get out of their deep hot tubs, you’ll lay on cool stone," Deese said.
Realtor Paul Barbagelata is understandably marketing 847 Fillmore St. as a "complete retreat." But there is room for more than just the lucky denizens of the master suite, making it a potential family home or legal two-unit building.
The kitchen is also done on a grand scale, like the bathroom. It hasa 12-burner Viking range, two dishwashers, a trash compactor, an island that seats six, a breakfast room and direct access to the media room.
WHERE: San Francisco
ASKING PRICE: $2.695 million PROPERTY TAX: $35,035*
WHAT: A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with two legal in-law units, 4,000-square-feet
AMENITIES: Hardwood floors, two decks, landscaped patio with mature palms, 3-car side-by-side garage
LISTING AGENT: Susan Ring, Pacific Union, 298-6577, www.susanring.com, open from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4
OTHER HOT PROPERTIES
Property 1: 2186 Parkside Avenue
ASKING PRICE: $4.65 million PROPERTY TAX: $60,450*
THE PROPERTY: 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home, 3,490-square-feet, plus guest house with full kitchen
DESCRIPTION: Robert Haynie of Haas & Haynie Construction built his wife this home in 1961 in a desirable neighborhood; it has never been sold.
NOTABLE: Elegant French doors, "immense" pool, spacious rooms, raised moldings, space for renovation, formal gardens, brick terraces.
CONTACT: Anne Riley, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 931-2020, open 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4
Property 2: 3700 Divisadero #203
WHERE: San Francisco
ASKING PRICE: $899,000 PROPERTY TAX: $11,687* plus $556.33 monthly association dues
THE PROPERTY: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,150-square-feet
DESCRIPTION: Contemporary condominium, built in 1993, on southeast corner of 10-unit building near the Palace of Fine Arts and Marina Green
NOTABLE: Two bay windows, fireplace, elevator, parking, Jacuzzi-style jets in bathtub, marble bathroom details, hardwood floors
CONTACT: Stephanie Ahlberg, Hill & Co., (415) 321-4232
ASKING PRICE: $1,525,000 PROPERTY TAX: $19,825*
THE PROPERTY: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,800-square-feet
DESCRIPTION: Single-family contemporary home with Monterey Bay views and proximity to golf and downtown Monterey
NOTABLE: Completely remodeled with hardwood floors, designer garden, air tub, steam shower, radiant heat, Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Jerusalem stone, slate and granite, cherrywood cabinets.
CONTACT: Thomas Hughes, Sotheby’s International Realty