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elegraph Hill Gardner Dailey
285 Telegraph Hill Boulevard
Offered at $4,950,000
Built in 1937
Expansive view living room
Formal dining room
2 kitchens
Sitting room, 2 studies
3 bedrooms & 4 baths
Elevator to 4 of 5 levels
3 fireplaces
Custom Lutron lighting
Solarium, large roof garden & gazebo
Laundry room, wine cellar
2 separate garages
Floor plans:




Description of the property

Gardner Dailey’s design of this Telegraph Hill residence is a fine example of the Bay Region’s late l930s streamlined Modernism. The elegant yet simple ironwork at both the Lombard Street and Telegraph Hill Blvd entrances play against the stark planes of the vertical façade. The light and airy interiors are made possible by high ceilings, tall doorways & windows.

The ever changing colors of the bay & sky can be enjoyed from three exposures. Landmarks such as the Bay & Golden Gate Bridges, Treasure & Alcatraz Islands, Coit Tower & the Embarcadero piers are prominent in the cityscape. This is truly a San Francisco house for the sophisticated buyer.

the floor plan

First Level (Telegraph Hill Blvd entrance & elevator)
Inside access from one of the 1-car garages and limited public parking in the cul-de-sac. (Additional garage on Lombard Street entrance).
Ascend the wide staircase to the main level, or
Step-down to the elegant Dining Room with recessed modern lighting and fireplace
Long gallery with recessed lighting leads to:
Main Kitchen for easy catering for formal dining; features include ample cabinets & Corian counters, 8-burner Wolf stove with double ovens & ventilator, Subzero refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher & disposal
Spacious Bedroom & large Bath with pedestal sink, deep tub and separate shower, brass fixtures & limestone surround
Smaller Bedroom & Bath with pedestal sink, shower over tub, ideal for staff quarters



Second/Main Level
Light and airy Center Hall with impressive 20 ft ceiling & oversized skylight, tall built-in bookcases and lovely staircase with patina brass railing to the top floor; elevator lobby adjoins
Expansive Living Room features a fireplace, tall built-in bookcases, tall ceiling & doorways; large picture windows & glass doors look out to the east bay, Treasure Island & the Bay Bridge; the wide balcony on the Lombard Street side takes in the north bay & Alcatraz Island
Custom Kitchen & Pantry for convenient daily use features custom cabinets, banker’s green marble counters, gas cook top & Dacor oven, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher & disposal
Cozy Breakfast Room with barrel vault ceiling and east bay view
Charming Sitting Room with fireplace, built-in cabinets & north bay view; adjoining wet bar
Study or Guest Bedroom & Bath


Third Level
Main staircase leads to the very private full floor Master Suite which includes a spectacular view roof garden
Master Bedroom enjoys the north bay, Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge view
Luxurious Master Bath with spa tub, separate shower, separate vanity area & dressing room with skylight and custom storage
Study with east bay and Bridge view
Solarium, Roof Terrace & Gazebo for relaxation & entertaining. Enjoy the quite dramatic view of Coit Tower and the bay!


lower Level
Secondary stair & elevator stop
Laundry & ample storage
Access to rear patio/garden & service entrance

301 Lombard Street Entrance
Elevator lobby in the Art Deco style with elegant ironwork, high ceiling, period lighting & granite floor
1-car garage with inside access

Taxes will be reassessed upon the sale to approximately 1.144% of the purchase price.
Prospective Buyers are advised to review, prior to any offer, the “Seller’s Disclosure Package" available on request with Listing Agents.
Karl G. Smith Associates, Architects’ renovation plans (including major seismic retrofit) & specifications may be viewed at the Property.


October 8, 2005 Fleet week
blue angels visit san francisco and Telegraph hill!

Biography of the architect

Gardner Dailey (1895 – 1967):

Gardner Dailey was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. He began his career primarily in landscape architecture with the firm of Donald McLaren.

Dailey opened his own architectural firm in 1926. He designed institutional and commercial properties in the City, bay area, along with several international exhibitions. His significant projects include the Red Cross Headquarters in San Francisco (demolished), the Brazil Building at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 and the WWII Pacific War Memorial in the Philippines.

Dailey greatly influenced Bay Area modern residential design. His buildings utilize natural as well as new materials on spare structural planes where the play of light and shadow create a simple beauty. His homes feature high ceilings, tall doorways and expansive windows to maximize natural light and views. His interior spaces relate to outdoor living and landscaping as one. Among his City residences are:
1928 – 301 Telegraph Hill Blvd (apt house)
1937 – 285 Telegraph Hill Blvd
1938 – 65 Montclair Terrace
1939 – 44 Normandie Terrace
1941 – 2674 Broadway
1942 – 351 Filbert Street
1942 – 275 Telegraph Hill Blvd
1949 – 2690 Broadway (demolished)
1951 – 1 Raycliff Terrace (demolished)

listing agents
  Malin Giddings
  Bob Gee
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