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Inside San Francisco’s Second-most Expensive Property Listing

Property of the Week: Even with its grand price tag, this penthouse surpasses the most grandiose expectations.

By Ellys Woodhouse

Yes, okay, I get it. We’re talking about the San Fransisco property market here, when and where the median house price already topples well into the millions of dollars, it has to be seriously heavy on the digits (and purse strings) to get our attention. 

Well, this penthouse apartment crowning a historic building – with a landmark price to boot – Unit 10, 2006 Washington made national headlines when it was listed as San Francisco’s most expensive on the property market. 

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Unit 10 2006 Washington San Fransisco most expensive property lounge interior
The penthouse apartment is floor-ceiling-opulent, with gold furnishing and exquisite detailings / ©Roger Davies

Since researching this article and being published in our summer issue, another property has come onto the market, 2990 Broadway St, and since it sits with an even weightier asking price of $38m, 2006 Washington is pipped to the post of the title of most expensive on the market currently in San Francisco.

While we’ll have to watch what happens in this million-dollar property showdown, both the $35m Unit 10, Washington 2006 and the $38m former home of philanthropist family the Jewetts would have to receive well over their respective asking prices to claim the full title of San Fransisco’s most expensive property ever sold – that was sold to a mystery buyer in 2021, for a whopping $48.5m.  

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Unit 10 2006 Washington San Fransisco most expensive property kitchen interior
The chef’s kitchen also serves magnificent views across the Bay / ©Roger Davies

Nevertheless, carrying such a grand price tag, thankfully the three-bedroom, five-bathroom property at 2006 Washington surpasses even the most grandiose of expectations – and certainly needs no comparison.

The 5,700-sq-ft penthouse spans the entire top floor of 2006 Washington, and the endless city and sea vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows add to the feeling of expansive grandeur. Georgian-inspired architecture — think: marble fireplaces, wood paneling and soaring, ornate ceilings — evokes the sense of a grand English manor (that is until you spy those views across the Bay from the chef’s kitchen).

Off from the grand-scale entertaining rooms, including a family room and a more formal living area, French doors open up to the wraparound terrace, offering 360-degree views of the city’s most iconic landmarks. There are enough opulent gold finishes and furnishings that this apartment alone can lay claim to San Francisco’s nickname, the Golden City.

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Unit 10 2006 Washington San Fransisco most expensive property lounge interior
French doors open from the formal living room onto the wrap-around terrace / ©Roger Davies

The two primary suites are warm and intimate, each with an all-stone en suite; a well-appointed guest suite occupies the southern wing. Built 100 years ago, 2006 Washington is a Beaux Arts icon, a blush pink tower in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood.

And since it’s San Francisco’s leading cooperative, residents benefit from a round-the-clock attended lobby with a doorman, an elegantly landscaped private garden and two-car parking.

$35m. Gregg Lynn,, +1 415 595 4734

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This article appears in the 03 Jun 2024 issue of the New Statesman, Summer 2024

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