ELITE TRAVELER: Elite Luxury Homes
Want to get away from it all? These secluded properties have ample space, tons of amenities, and vast outdoor areas. If you’re after a city pad but still crave seclusion, occupy the highest floor for exception views and a feeling of privacy, or purchase your own wellness village.
Grand Penthouse – 181 Fremont, San Francisco
Soaring over 800 ft into the sky, 181 Fremont has an exoskeleton designed in a sawtooth pattern by Heller Manus Architects and engineered by ARUP group, and has won six global awards for innovative engineering, seismic safety and sustainability — more than any other building of its kind in the US. Sitting atop this building is the Grand Penthouse: the tallest residence in San Francisco, with 360-degree views through floor-to-ceiling windows (on clear days) of the Pacific and Farallon Islands, Golden Gate Bridge to Marin, Bay Bridge to Mt Diablo and south to Silicon Valley.
A private elevator will bring you into a walnut-paneled entry lobby and the exceptional penthouse. It covers almost 7,000 sq ft and has a master bedroom with two walk-in, custom-built closets and dual bathrooms, two additional en-suite bedrooms, and fourth bedroom that can be used as a gym with bathroom and shower. The grand dining room has a glass-walled wine cellar and tasting bar, while the informal dining area has a marble fireplace and wet bar. There is an exhibition kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, wine tower and teppanyaki station, plus a catering kitchen. The interiors are exquisite; curated by MASS Beverly, the furnishings are primarily Italian-designed (Bottega Veneta, Armani, Minotti Lawrence) with a selection of custom pieces. Holly Baxter & Associates (San Francisco-based art advisors) curated the artwork in the penthouse, a collection worth $7m.