Guests enjoying a Sea Cliff view
Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey
When you enter a Sea Cliff home, with its unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge, you realize why the phrase “million dollar view” is actually an understatement here. With recent home sales in this neighborhood ranging from $5,400,000 to $18,000,000, a million dollar view would be a bargain.
As there are less than 40 homes in Sea Cliff located along the coastline, there are very few opportunities for anyone but homeowners and their families to know what it’s like to live from such a vantage point.
David Stanton with wife Shanna McBurney (right) and Friend
Thankfully David Stanton and wife Shanna McBurney (owner of the Hang Art Gallery on Sutter Street), often use their stunning Sea Cliff home for entertaining and philanthropic events, giving their guests a lovely opportunity to experience Sea Cliff living at its best.
Moanalani Jeffrey of examiner.com recently photographed the home during a recent event, and noted that besides the sweeping views “The talk of the night was the once nonexistent bottom level of the home.” Stanton and McBurney, who have owned the home for over 10 years, underwent a painstaking renovation to create an indoor basketball court beneath the building.
“Sleek wood paneling lead you down multiple corridors of stairs opening up to the court and its high ceilings,” according to Moanalani. “To be on you’re A-game you’d have to ignore the large glass wall, which revealed the outdoor patio, infinity pool and breath taking view of the Bay.”
Most Beautiful Basketball Court in the World
This particular home (built in 1913 for the W.A. Doble family — a name known best today for the Doble Steam Car collected by Jay Leno, among others) was mentioned in a 1920 editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, with the author suggesting it would be the perfect location for a movie setting. “There is the sea, the rocks, the cliff, the palace and the gardens,” the article said, in one of the first instances of someone lobbying for San Francisco to be a prime location for filmmaking.
The Chronicle’s words are just as relevant today as they were in 1920. The sea, the rocks, the cliff… the grand homes of Sea Cliff are in a setting unlike any other in the world.
Photos: Moanalani Jeffrey [moanalanijeffrey.smugmug.com]
This home is not for sale, but one major Sea Cliff home is on the market with similar views for $11,500,000. If you are in the market for a San Francisco home with a stunning view, let us know and we will put you in contact with a qualified luxury real estate agent.
Osso Steakhouse (1177 California Street at Jones), a new venture from Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bozzo in partnership with Dante Serafini, recently celebrated its grand opening.
The restaurant offers a diverse a la carte menu featuring the highest quality of 4-6 week dry-aged tender prime beef with bone-in (osso) steaks, along with specialty offerings like Hot Iron Skillet Dungeness Crab. Great pride is taken in the extensive wine list.
The Dal Bozzos and Serafini are the same group behind other San Francisco favorites like The Franciscan Crab Restaurant, The Stinking Rose, Calzone’s Pizza Cucina, and the recently revamped The Old Clam House.
Osso Steakhouse is open everyday for dinner only, from 5-10pm. Valet Parking available for $10. 1177 California Street at Jones. 415-771-6776.
Osso Steakhouse (1177 California Street at Jones), a new venture from Jerry Dal Bozzo and Jennifer Dal Bozzo in partnership with Dante Serafini, opened on May 3, 2013, and aims to become a new favorite with San Francisco foodies and steak lovers especially.
The owners hosted an intimate gathering of friends and supporters to support the new restaurant the day before the opening.
Osso Steakhouse is open everyday for dinner only, from 5-10pm. Valet Parking available for $10.
With Sloan and Roger Barnett, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jean-Pierre Conte, and Alison and Mark Pincus, Gucci recently hosted a private cocktail party at the San Francisco store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the loafer, and the new 1953 collection for men and women.
Catherine Kwong’s living room, inspired by Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, is one of the highlights of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, taking place at 2800 Pacific Avenue.
San Francisco Symphony fans recently gathered for a launch party at the Macy’s on Union Square in anticipation of the Symphony’s first Spring Gala, featuring R&B singer, songwriter, and fashion icon Janelle Monae performing with the Orchestra.
The 2013 Spring Gala featured Monae’s funky, soulful hip-hop and R&B style in combination with brand new orchestral arrangements of her songs, plus new material from her upcoming album. The Spring Gala raised money for the Symphony’s education programs, which reach over 75,000 children each year.
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson.
Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall’s Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios.
Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at www.sfcm.edu
UCSF Partners in Care recently held its 2013 kick-off membership event at Reed & Greenough. Membership co-Chairs Schuyler Hudak and Libby Leffler hosted the launch party and kicked off the well-attended evening with brief remarks, followed by UCSF Partners in Care President Katie Budge, who spoke about the services that the auxiliary organization provides to the hospital.
UCSF Partners in Care works with UCSF hospital staff to fund programs that provide comfort and well-being to patients and their families while visiting the UCSF medical center.
Guests enjoyed spirited greyhounds nicknamed “Doctor’s Orders,” and a “Members Only” wine special while noshing on sweet treats from Kara’s Cupakes, and savory sliders and arancini from Cedar Hill Kitchen and Smokehouse.
Please visit www.ucsfpartnersincare.org for more information about this important organization.
Renowned European designer Ms. Madeline Pauw recently made an appearance at a delightful luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, where her Spring 2013 collection was presented.
The Pauw collection is designed by Madeleine Pauw, daughter of the original founders. Pauw is known for its luxurious fabrics and soft touches of femininity while integrating just a splash of masculine undertones, but always keeping the fit and style in mind for the female physique. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and originally was created in the Netherlands where it currently has 29 stores.
You can purchase pieces from Pauw at Saks Fifth Avenue at 384 Post Street, San Francisco, or online at Saks Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus and Vanity Fair, with writer Amy Fine Collins, recently hosted a luncheon in celebration of Vanity Fair’s 2013 International Best Dressed List. Guests included some of the West Coast’s best dressed women, such as Vanessa Getty, Pamela Joyner, and Sobia Shaikh. It also provided an opportunity to meet Alan Morell, the new general manager for Neiman Marcus’s Union Square store, following the move of our beloved John Capizzi to Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
HBO recently presented the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 3 with a VIP screening at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, attended by cast and creators, and VIP guests.
After the screening there was an on-stage discussion with Executive Producers D.B. Weiss, David Benioff and Co-Executive Producer George R.R. Martin, moderated by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, Co-Executive Editor’s at All Things D.
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.