The Record: A House That Chocolate Built Sells for $8.8M

Where: 2741 Vallejo Street, Pacific Heights
How Much: $8,800,000
What: Built in 1907 by a grandson and heir of Domingo Ghirardelli, the great Gold Rush entrepreneur and chocolate manufacturer, this 5-bed, 6-bath home achieved the highest price sold for a single family in San Francisco is September. The light-handed stucco facade wouldn't be out of place along the Cinque Terre (the Ghirardelli family was originally from Rapallo) while inside, the good bones and beautifully-proportioned rooms still shine through.

Tucked under the ridge of Billionaire's Row on Broadway, this stretch of Vallejo Street is one of the loveliest streets in San Francisco, lined with handsome, mostly Edwardian houses leavened with Arts & Crafts and Mediterranean Revival, many with views over Cow Hollow to the Marin Headlands and the North Bay.

The Team: The listing agent was Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union; Laurie Nierenberg of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

What We Love: The deep, multi-level garden.

More: Have a look at the Nina’s outstanding dedicated site for additional images, details, and floor plans. Below, the huge top-floor family room looks out over the North Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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