Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Apple's Jonathan Ive’s $17 Million Home in San Francisco

Jonathan Paul ‘Jony’ Ive, the design head of Apple, purchased a home on San Francisco’s Billionaire Row in September, 2012. This British designer has led Apple’s core design team since 1996, and has amassed a fortune of more than $130 million, which is how he could afford to buy this home. Interestingly, a few months ago, Jony Ive received a knighthood from the British government, and is now known as Sir Jonathan Paul Ive.

The mansion Sir Jony has purchased is located in the elite ‘Gold Coast’ neighbourhood of Pacific Heights in San Francisco, on Broadway Street. Jonathan Ive is believed to have bought it for a sum of $17 million, which is much less than the $25 million, it was listed for a few years earlier. Quite a bargain, after the real estate prices in the area fell dramatically! This house was constructed in 1927, and was designed by architects Willis Polk and Company.

Jonathan Ive’s San Francisco home is spread over an area of 7,274 square feet, and has five levels. It has a beautiful brick design and is made entirely of bricks. The house also has a deep portico entry, a signature slate roof and a beautifully manicured courtyard garden. It offers stunning views of the San Francisco Bay area, right from Alcatraz Island to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Features of Jonathan Ive's San Francisco Property

The interior of Jonathan Ive’s San Francisco mansion looks fantastic. As you enter, you’ll see the intricate ‘period’ architectural details in the foyer. The windows have operable steel frames, and offer a view of the garden courtyard and moss covered bricks beyond. Further inside is the main gallery hallway, with its steel-frame French doors, and the living room with its shining hardwood floor.

This San Francisco real-estate property has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and an oak-panelled library. The bedrooms on the top floors have cathedral ceilings with exposed beams. The master-suite has custom blinds, a huge closet for storing clothes, and a wood-burning fireplace. In fact, there are a total of six wood-burning fireplaces in the whole Pacific Heights mansion. On the lower level of Jonathan Ive’s San Francisco home is a staff apartment, with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The kitchen of this San Francisco mansion has granite slab countertops, a tall box-beam ceiling, and a large central island with space for a butcher-block. Check out the view of the San Francisco bay area, from the kitchen windows, in the photo above. The home also has a large dining area, a fitness room that can double-up as an extra bedroom, a sundeck, a spa and a laundry room.

Other homes in the Pacific Heights-Gold Coast neighbourhood of San Francisco include Peter Thiel’s (Paypal founder) $6.5 million home, Nicholas Cage’s (Hollywood actor) $9.4 million mansion, and Mark Pincus’s (Zynga Co-founder) large $16 million home.

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