Home is ‘complete retreat’

By Kate Williamson

Staff Writer

When Porter Deese began renovating an 1893 Alamo Square bed-and-breakfast as his home, he had a different type of hotel inspiration for its heart, the bathroom. Now, troubled by repeat surgeries, he’s ready for a smaller pad, leaving 847 Fillmore St. on the market for a fan of steam and spa.

“The feeling is really one of relaxed luxury and abundance. That’s the feeling … at the end of the day in a hotel room I’ve always found most relaxing,” said Deese, who imports architectural antiquities and has stayed in fine hotels throughout Europe and Asia.

The end result is a “bicycle built for two” of a bathroom, Reese said: double-shower-headed European open shower, two-person sunken spa tub with hot water jets and its own water heater, in-shower bench with foot bath, two oversized Kohler sinks and stone tiles and floors.

“The surround of the tub actually has areas where you can sit or lay. One if the great things in Asia is that when you get out of their deep hot tubs, you’ll lay on cool stone,” Deese said.

Realtor Paul Barbagelata is understandably marketing 847 Fillmore St. as a “complete retreat.” But there is room for more than just the lucky denizens of the master suite, making it a potential family home or legal two-unit building.

The kitchen is also done on a grand scale, like the bathroom. It hasa 12-burner Viking range, two dishwashers, a trash compactor, an island that seats six, a breakfast room and direct access to the media room.

Other Hot Properties

WHERE: San Francisco

ASKING PRICE: $2.695 million PROPERTY TAX: $35,035*

WHAT: A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with two legal in-law units, 4,000-square-feet

AMENITIES: Hardwood floors, two decks, landscaped patio with mature palms, 3-car side-by-side garage

LISTING AGENT: Susan Ring, Pacific Union, 298-6577, www.susanring.com, open from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4

OTHER HOT PROPERTIES

Property 1: 2186 Parkside Avenue

WHERE: Hillsborough

ASKING PRICE: $4.65 million PROPERTY TAX: $60,450*

THE PROPERTY: 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home, 3,490-square-feet, plus guest house with full kitchen

DESCRIPTION: Robert Haynie of Haas & Haynie Construction built his wife this home in 1961 in a desirable neighborhood; it has never been sold.

NOTABLE: Elegant French doors, “immense” pool, spacious rooms, raised moldings, space for renovation, formal gardens, brick terraces.

CONTACT: Anne Riley, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 931-2020, open 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4

Property 2: 3700 Divisadero #203

WHERE: San Francisco

ASKING PRICE: $899,000 PROPERTY TAX: $11,687* plus $556.33 monthly association dues

THE PROPERTY: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,150-square-feet

DESCRIPTION: Contemporary condominium, built in 1993, on southeast corner of 10-unit building near the Palace of Fine Arts and Marina Green

NOTABLE: Two bay windows, fireplace, elevator, parking, Jacuzzi-style jets in bathtub, marble bathroom details, hardwood floors

CONTACT: Stephanie Ahlberg, Hill & Co., (415) 321-4232

Vacation Home:

WHERE: Monterey

ASKING PRICE: $1,525,000 PROPERTY TAX: $19,825*

THE PROPERTY: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,800-square-feet

DESCRIPTION: Single-family contemporary home with Monterey Bay views and proximity to golf and downtown Monterey

NOTABLE: Completely remodeled with hardwood floors, designer garden, air tub, steam shower, radiant heat, Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Jerusalem stone, slate and granite, cherrywood cabinets.

CONTACT: Thomas Hughes, Sotheby’s International Realty

(831) 659-6806

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