Within the Four Seasons Private Residences at 765 Market Street in San Francisco, arguably the West Coast’s foremost luxury address, there lies a home that stands apart. Combining what were once two separate units on the building’s thirty-second floor, it was constructed to achieve a level of distinction above even the Four Seasons’ formidable standards. Marshalling the very best materials, the finest artisanal craft, and the most exacting engineering prowess, it represents an uncompromising vision of excellence and taste, an experience of living entirely apart from the city even while gazing across its skyline to landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. To call this a two-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, 3800-square-foot home is to do it great injustice, as the experience it provides transcends any such quantification.
The team responsible for this feat includes some of the most celebrated names in the world of architectural design. Fu-Tung Cheng, founder of Cheng Design, created the initial concept and Greg Stewart, Principal Designer at ODADA, completed the interior architecture and design. Acoustical design and management by Charles Salter + Associates ensures a self-contained sonic ecosystem with completely silent climate-control and plumbing systems. The world beyond these walls never intrudes, and one can enjoy the full potential of a world-class home cinema any time of day or night.
Upon entering the residence, one is immediately immersed in a cohesive vision of understated elegance. The entry hall, with a floor mosaic in Jurassic marble emulating a natural stream, provides a calming transitional experience. Integrated foyer tables in kiln-formed glass, part of the extensive custom furniture suite found throughout this home, catch and reflect ambient light to mesmerizing effect. Exactingly cut, selected, and assembled to match the dimensions of each wall, veneers of the finest European Sycamore glow with subtle, symmetrical patterns. Not a square inch of paint can be found throughout the entire residence, every surface of which is enriched with nuanced fabric and wood wall coverings, opulent stone cladding, hand-made tile, or hand-troweled Intonaco plaster.
So astounding are the views throughout the living room that it might take a few moments to notice the five-inch, rift-sawn walnut floors and hand-made rugs. These sumptuous floor treatments effortlessly sweep one from room to room through an interior design scheme of the utmost sophistication and coherence. The dining room allows for ease and grace in entertaining parties of any size in the light of a pendant lamp made from the same art glass featured in the entryway. Fine granite buffets segue into the kitchen, where one finds an island with bar seating constructed massive slabs of the same stone and finished with striking knife-edge angles, a design motif repeated throughout the home. Kitchen appliances include a state-of-the-art suite by Miele, augmented with a Wolf cooktop and a custom hood of laminated glass designed and executed by Bendheim Glass Artisans. As for wine storage, two Miele cellars, each with room for 176 bottles, are located in the foyer, seamlessly concealed behind radiant sycamore panels.
In terms of technology, the home’s greatest achievement is found in its world-class home theater. Occupying a room designed for this sole purpose, it allows one to enjoy a completely immersive cinematic experience while luxuriating in custom seating of fine Swedish leather. Boasting Dolby Atmos audio, Kaleidescape 4k digital video, and audiophile speakers, its capabilities meet those of commercial movie theaters. Painstaking sound isolation allows you to enjoy the exhilarating clarity and power of this system any time of day or night.
Between the home theater and the dining room lies an impeccably appointed home office. Walls of mirror-finish Grassello Venetian plaster complement a suite of furniture selected for its ergonomics, its peerless craftsmanship, and its dignified presence. Located next to the office, a full bathroom in glass tile and dark granite is also accessible directly from the foyer. An additional powder room is located across from the laundry room, which is itself outfitted with granite counters, a dedicated dog-washing station, and ample cabinetry.
The primary bedroom suite offers the pinnacle of comfort and craftsmanship to ease you into rest and rouse you at the beginning of a new day. Sensational views and sensuous artisanal technique—from the lush carpets to the precision-crafted wood, glass, and custom Tadelakt plaster walls—all afford the utmost refinement within this innermost sanctum of your urban escape. Space and style abound, with a corridor of closets and cabinetry for your wardrobe leading to a bathroom fit for royalty. An immense enclosure of brilliant Starphire glass houses showers for two, as well as a spa tub. The arresting granite double sink in this bathroom was designed by Fu-Tung Cheng himself.
The guest suite features the luxurious touches one would by this point expect, from the fabric-covered walls in the bedroom to the heated floors, granite double-sink vanity, spa tub, and separate shower in the bathroom. Here, as throughout the home, one can expect instant hot water and utterly silent plumbing and ventilation, as well as a home automation system that is second to none.
From within this singular dwelling, we return to the building to which it belongs, the preeminent facility of its kind on the West Coast. At the Four Seasons Private Residences, one enjoys five-star amenities, including the services of their concierge, security, and doorman; round-the-clock in-room dining; housekeeping; and access to the Equinox Sports Club, with its 25-yard saline lap pool and full-sized basketball court. Above and beyond other buildings in its class, this Four Seasons Private Residences is uniquely well situated, steps away from the world-class collections of the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among several other important cultural institutions, as well as the excellent shopping on Union Square, right at the beating heart of the city. More than a work of architecture, this residence is a completely optimized environment, a total sensory experience, a symphony. Few will have the pleasure of ever experiencing it, let alone calling it home