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A San Francisco Oasis Designed by William Wurster Asks $6.9 Million
An organic palette makes up this serene midcentury retreat, which is surrounded by verdant gardens.
It Took More Than a Decade for This San Francisco Home to Feel Complete
John Kleman and Georgianna Salz-Kleman create the house of their dreams with hard work, strategic planning, and the right opportunity.
A William Wurster–Designed Gem in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights Asks $6.9 Million
With sumptuous Douglas fir–clad interiors, an extensive back garden by Thomas Church, and an espionage-tinged backstory, this four-story home is stacked with intrigue.
Frank Herbert Wrote “Dune” in This San Francisco Home, Now Asking $1.6 Million
Art Deco and Victorian touches, plus an ample backyard garden, give this Potrero Hill two-bedroom presence as well as pedigree.
Before & After: An Eichler Apartment’s Kitchen Returns to Its Midcentury Roots
In San Francisco’s Laguna Heights complex, interior designer Christine Lin turns a discordant kitchen into an inviting space with room for the clients’ favorite things.
The Dwell 24: Llane Alexis
Multidisciplinary artist Llane Alexis utilizes discarded textiles and other materials to create distinctive furniture and home objects.
The Dwell 24: Mud Witch
Viviana Matsuda’s vibrant ceramic line, Mud Witch, has built a community by opening up conversations about contemporary social issues.
901 Fairfax Avenue by David Baker Architects
This community hub in San Francisco encourages social interaction and supports a safe, walkable neighborhood.
A Sumptuous Home in a Converted Neoclassical Church Lists for Just Under $6M in San Francisco
One of four units in The Light House across from Dolores Park, the residence boasts 30-foot ceilings.
This Radiant San Francisco Residence Hits the Market at $6.8M
Walls of glass, a full-length skylight, and a floating staircase keep this MAK Studio–designed house feeling sunny and airy.
Before & After: A Loft in a Former See’s Candy Factory Gets a Tasteful Renovation
Síol Studios cracks the shell of a candy factory loft to showcase its classic character.
An Idyllic Cottage With a Garden Studio Seeks $1.8M in San Francisco
Built by local architect Jim Jennings, the renovated home features pitched ceilings, board-and-batten walls, and a sparkling chef’s kitchen.
Before & After: A Time-Capsule Carriage House in San Francisco Is Gracefully Modernized
A century-old residence with a pest-infested hayloft becomes a minimalist home for a young, growing family in the Mission District.
Expanses of Glass and Broad Trellises Bring Clarity to a Renovated Home in San Francisco
Architect Anne Fougeron softens and brightens a ’60s-era residence, adding a new glass pavilion.
Before & After: A Jumbled San Francisco Home Gets a Timeless Makeover
Malcolm Davis balances the past with the present to craft a beautiful home that stands the test of time.
A Craftsman Bungalow in San Francisco Gets a Striking, All-Glass Rear Facade
An unassuming 1906 Craftsman in Noe Valley hides a three-story, steel-and-glass facade from view.
Before & After: A Designer Mixes Asian and American Influences in Her Family’s San Francisco Kitchen
Donald Judd and Japanese shoji screens inspired designer Amy Kwok’s renovated kitchen in Noe Valley.
Meg Ryan’s Former San Francisco Victorian Slides Onto the Market at $20M
Built in 1889, the thoughtfully remodeled Queen-Anne Victorian in Pacific Heights has a top-floor...
A Pair of Filmmakers Give Their San Francisco Edwardian a Sensuous Edit
Returning to the Presidio after two decades in New York, an auteur couple and their young daughters work with Geremia Design to create an evocative home.
An Expert Painter Explains How He Pulled Off an Electrifying Interior
With a portfolio that includes some of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, Phil Schinman was up to the challenge of a home’s shocking blue stairway.
Three Generations Live Under One Green Roof in San Francisco
Aidlin Darling Design recasts an unremarkable midcentury home as a multigenerational retreat crowned by a living roof.
A Darling Little Edwardian Studio Seeks $595K in San Francisco
Nestled on the border of the Upper Haight and Cole Valley, the petite abode offers 434 square feet of well-designed space.
This “Well-Behaved” Home Hides an Ocean of Blue Behind its Doors
Behind a subdued exterior, a San Francisco townhouse designed by OPA expresses its wild side.
A Tree Grows Right Through the Roof of This Radically Updated Eichler
A power couple in the tech world create the home of their dreams—with barely a gadget in sight.
Before & After: A Choppy San Francisco Duplex Becomes a Svelte Multigenerational Home
Persevering through a roller-coaster renovation, a San Francisco family makes room for extended relatives in their revamped hillside retreat.
One of San Francisco’s Instantly Recognizable Painted Ladies Lists for $2.75M
The Victorian that’s graced countless postcards needs a new owner to restore the interior.
A Dashing Converted Warehouse in San Francisco Centers on the Arts
A local couple turn the industrial space into a refined residence, recording studio, and gallery.
14 of the Best Midcentury Renovations Setting the Bar in San Francisco
These renovated homes in the San Francisco Bay Area stay true to their midcentury roots while reaping the benefits of modernization.
A Century-Old Arts and Crafts Home by Bernard Maybeck Lists for $4.25M
Built in 1916, the Erlanger House in San Francisco offers a striking English-style grand hall.
A Bay Area Chef Builds a Midcentury Ski Cabin Out of Gingerbread
San Francisco–based chef Anthony Strong offers workshops on building a picturesque Tahoe lodge out of candy and gingerbread.