Designed by Bliss & Faville and built following the Great Quake of 1906, the nearly 14,000-square-foot Pacific Heights mansion at 3001 Pacific Avenue was purchased by the Egyptian government in 1960 and served as its Consulate up until around 2010 when it was last renovated and reinforced.

And having hit the market at the end of 2016, priced to “define the city’s high end with a $22-million price tag,” the corner mansion has just returned to the MLS having been virtually staged, with newly rendered photography and a dramatically reduced $16 million list price.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by jenofla

    I love how they try to name all these random rooms in the floor plan.

    “Office,” “sitting room,” “nursery,” when they’re all just featureless rooms. And the “nursery” is at the very end of a long hallway around a corner. No attachment parenting for these homeowners! That nanny better come up from the servants quarters to handle that!

    But mainly, it’s five floors, no elevator, four kitchens, and basically still feels like a (very nice) office rather than a home.

  2. Posted by Glaucon

    The floor plan reminds me somewhat of Rockefeller’s mansion in NY upper east side which just went into contract.

    Also lots of servant rooms, two staircases and no elevator (and a significant price cut). 3001 Pacific has 2 half-baths on most floors, but other than that it doesn’t remind me of an office very much. Most offices wouldn’t have kitchens at all, and here there’s four of them, I wouldn’t be surprised if those were original.

    Still not a very appealing floor plan though.

  3. Posted by frozentoast

    Yes quirky layout. From the floor plan it looks like there is an elevator but what’s odd is that it only goes from the 1st floor to the 3rd floor bypassing the 2nd bedroom floor.

    Interesting how this traditional looking house has the kitchen/dining floor above the main bedroom floor. The ‘help’ are on the servant’s floor (in the basement of course) with multiple bedrooms it’s own kitchen and living room etc. Downton Abbey!

    No bay view but prime location and huge. I would think it sells this time at 16M.

    • Posted by BobN

      It looks like the consulate reconfigured the building so that the upper two floors were an actual residence.

  4. Posted by Amewsed

    Interestingly simple and not overly pre-designed. Ample opportunity for new buyers to customize to their tastes but I would make sure in install an elevator to all floors.

    • Posted by Amewsed

      Virtually staging sounds great. What is the costs of that compared to actual staging?

  5. Posted by goodmaab50

    SF should buy it back [and the San Francisco Community Land Trust] should receive it and sub-divide it into essential units in that district. Not enough “affordable” units in that sector of SF….

    • Posted by Neighborhood Activist

      You should suggest it for the Small Sites Program.

    • Posted by Conifer

      How about an SRO for at least 100 people? There must be something the so-called “progressives” can do to punish the rich. An encore to their racist removal of a decent and honorable acting mayor!

      I agree that virtual staging is much better than staging. A prospective buyer with taste does not have to be subject to the tastelessness of stagers. If staging is virtual, they can just look at the real house.

      • Posted by Amewsed

        Not going to happen. Who are you seeking to punish? Well to do Democrats? Or Is this infighting between Bernie Sanders camp and the DNC?

      • Posted by hundo_p

        You’re mixed-up about who removed London Breed from office: “Farrell’s appointment as interim mayor was delivered not by his allies on the Board of Supervisors’ moderate faction but by the board’s most progressive members, including Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim, who is herself running for mayor. Their goal was to remove the political advantage Breed had as acting mayor in the June election — and they did.”

        • Posted by Conifer

          Just as I said. The “progressives” removed Breed. Farrell’s allies included Breed; both are moderates, reflecting tolerance and prudence.

    • Posted by Philip

      Good suggestion! The people on outer Broadway would appreciate housing for their servants.

  6. Posted by MDG399

    I agree – Buy it – break it up and turn it into low income housing in the middle of Pac Heights….

  7. Posted by Adam

    If I was in the market for a home this size I would want to completely reconfigure the floor plan. I suspect that the current layout is very different for how it was as originally built, and very few of the finishes look original.

  8. Posted by Wahrheit macht frei

    Dang. I’ve been looking for a house with at least ten 1/2 bathrooms. This one only has eight. (Sigh!) I guess I’ll keep looking…

  9. Posted by Philip

    Ghastly great barn of a place. Not quite as much of a white elephant as the ludicrous faux “Petit Trianon”, but close.

  10. Posted by Metroliner

    I cannot imagine a private citizen being able to live in something that large. Governor’s mansion, mayor’s house, diplomat’s residence… but much too large for even a large family to inhabit.

    • Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

      See the comment above from “frozentoast” and then try imagining again. Anyone wealthy enough to buy this place is going to have servants…er…household staff is the currently politically correct term I guess, living with them. Especially if they have a large family.

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