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Clarendon Heights View Home

Custom Midcentury Modern

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Iconic Mid-Century residence with breathtaking, panoramic views on what is thought to be the highest elevation residential street in San Francisco

This stunning custom home, designed by well-known local modernist architects Campbell & Wong, is offered on the market for the very first time having been enjoyed by the same family since it was built in 1958.  At the time there were few homes in Clarendon Heights, which is situated on the eastern slopes of Twin Peaks facing the north and east bay with bridge-to-bridge views. Each new home constructed on the hillside represented a personal vision and provided accommodations for another new family as the neighborhood grew. And now, with homes rarely available on the hill, this property site is available for another grand adventure.

Surrounded by serene open spaces and hiking trails, in touch with nature and the changing weather patterns, and watching the city below from a hawk’s eye view, you are able to experience the visual impact of the bay laid out before you: Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, Sausalito and Tiburon, Raccoon Straits, Angel Island, distant east bay hills and further north, the Richmond Bridge, Alcatraz, San Francisco downtown high rises and marinas, the Ferry Building, Beaux Arts City Hall, sail boats, shipping lanes, the Bay Bridge, Berkeley, the ports of Oakland and Mt. Diablo … the view is an ever-changing dynamic scene, simply awe-inspiring!  

An article about the house that appeared in 1961 House & Garden Book of Building featuring the interior by designer Peter Rocchia, describes an original solution for “stepping down a hill”. By using the spacious two car garage at the uphill street level as a screen for the house, the architects developed a planted, canopied and terraced entrance with a large center courtyard, and placed the house at the rear of the downhill side, creating entry to the residence on the middle level. Located here are all the main public rooms, spacious with high ceilings, living and dining rooms facing the north city views, kitchen and family room turned to the sunny garden patio. All five bedrooms are upstairs, two capturing grand city vistas from the rooms as well as an attached wide deck. Three family bedrooms, also with their own deck, overlook the tranquil garden courtyard. The lowest level is a rumpus room/guest suite that includes the bay view.

  • Top of the Hill Twin Peaks Location
  • Sweeping Panoramic Bridge to Bridge Views
  • Original Modernist Design by Campbell & Wong
  • 6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths on Three Levels
  • Open Floor Plan with Lofted Ceilings
  • Living Room with Built-Ins and Fireplace
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Large South Facing Private Center Courtyard
  • Family Room off Kitchen Opens to Courtyard
  • Teak and Mahogany Paneling, Cork Floors
  • Corner to Corner View Decks, Front and Back
  • Recreation Room Down
  • Guest Suite and Laundry
  • Two Car Garage plus Extra Storage
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Showings by Appointment Only
Contact Dona Crowder
(415) 310-5933
[email protected]


Coldwell Banker Realty COVID-19 Prevention Plan
for In-Person Visits

Where a virtual property showing or other visit is not feasible, all persons who attend an inperson showing or other property visit will comply with the applicable County COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order and the State COVID-19 Guidelines published by the CDPH and
CalOSHA. This Prevention Plan is consistent with such Order and Guidelines.

Every prospective visitor must, before entering the property, electronically receive, read, and sign a copy of this Prevention Plan, including its one-page attachment entitled “Rules Under
COVID-19 Prevention Plan.”

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Rules Under COVID-19 Prevention Plan

1) Rules for the Listing (Seller’s) and Showing (Buyer’s) Agents
a) All in-person property visits (showings, inspections, appraisals, etc.) must occur by appointment only.
b) Listing Agent must post a link to the Plan (including these Rules) on any online public and MLS listing, including the public and private comments.
c) Listing Agent must electronically deliver a copy of the Plan (including these Rules) to the Showing Agent, who must electronically deliver the Plan to all persons expected to attend the in-person property visit.
d) Both the Listing Agent and the Showing Agent must deliver any promotional, disclosure, advisory, or other materials electronically. No hard copies.
e) Listing Agent must post the Rules on the front entrance.
f) Prior to any visit, Listing Agent must introduce fresh outside air and minimize the risk of surface touching, for example by opening interior and exterior doors, opening windows, and operating ventilation systems.
g) Listing Agent must provide hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and a tie-off disposal bag at the front entrance. Sanitizers must be recognized by the CDC as effective in combatting COVID-19 (e.g., at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol).
h) Showing Agent must have hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
i) Listing Agent must confirm that any and all occupants are not present during the entire visit.
j) Listing Agent must, before and after each visit, clean commonly used surfaces including mobility and safety fixtures (such as handrails and banisters), counters, pulls, handles, levers, buttons, switches, keys, etc. All cleaning products used must be on the EPA-approved list (e.g., diluted household bleach or alcohol solutions that are appropriate for the surface material).

2) Rules for Every Visitor
a) Electronically deliver a signed copy of the Plan (including these Rules) to the Listing Agent prior to the first visit.
b) Electronically deliver all materials intended to be exchanged with others. No hard copies.
c) Any vehicle trip to the property must involve only people from the same residence.
d) No person may visit the property if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.
e) Use hand sanitizer at the front entrance and sanitizing wipes for any gloves, necessary equipment, or other necessary material that may touch an inside surface. If hand sanitizer or wipes are unavailable, visitors must wash hands with soap (for at least 20 seconds) and water at the closest sink on the property before touring or inspecting it.
f) No more than two visitors who are from the same household or living unit and one agent inside a structure at a time.
g) Maintain at least six-foot social distancing from others (who are not part of the same residence) at all times within and outside any structure on the property.
h) Minimize surface touching.
i) Wear a face covering at all times on the property.
j) If safe to do so, place any disposable covers (gloves, masks, booties, etc.) in the disposal bag at the front entrance.


Dona Crowder

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Broker Associate

DRE# 00570185

(415) 310-5933 mobile


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180 Palo Alto Avenue

Clarendon Heights

This is a centrally located, friendly San Francisco neighborhood on the east slopes of Twin Peaks facing the city, surrounded by natural open spaces, hiking and biking trails, with undoubtedly the best panoramic views of the city and bay. This entirely residential neighborhood has stately homes as well as small bungalows - a tranquil area with easy access to city life and activities.

Clarendon Heights is also home to a wide spectrum of architecture. The eclectic styles found here are mostly a mixture of Tudors and Villas as well as Mid-Century Modern and Sleek Contemporary homes. Rightfully motivated by the panoramic views, the homes were built into the hills, complete with hillside stairways and terraced flat streets to help residents navigate the neighborhood on foot.

While it resembles a completely upscale suburban environment, the compact community is also home to thoroughfares along Clarendon Avenue and Twin Peaks Boulevard, a portion of the SF 49-Mile Scenic Drive, providing links to amenities found in neighboring districts.

Tank Hill, in the northeastern corner of the neighborhood, is a hidden park and local favorite as well as a city destination, with a pathway leading to Cole Valley.

Sutro Tower hovers over the city from these hills and its beacon can be seen from all over the bay area. Clarendon School, located here, is one of the most sought after public schools in the city.

Clarendon Heights offers a serene respite in an ideal location with a calm undertone that lures residents looking for a peaceful life within the city.


Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Park and Trails Info

Twin Peaks

It's all downhill from Twin Peaks. Literally. These are two prominent hills with an elevation of about 925 feet, only Mt. Davidson is higher at 928. The 31 acre protected Natural Area is mostly undeveloped and is a preserve for native fauna including Red Tail Hawks and the Mission Blue Butterfly as well as indigenous plant life.

Twin Peaks offers the ultimate views of the city within the bay. On a foggy night, watching the lights of the city far below, and listening to the mournful toll of the fog horns, it’s easy to believe you are standing on the prow of a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Instead you are nearly at the geographic center of San Francisco. Stroll down one hill and you are in Cole Valley, with access to Golden Gate Park, a tidy retail district of shops and restaurants, the N-Judah and an easy commute downtown or to Ocean Beach. In the other direction, straight down 17th Street, the Castro lies stretched out at the foot of the hill, serviced by Muni Metro. Hugging the slopes of Twin Peaks, the quiet, curving streets lead to homes offering unobstructed views of the city below.