The fact that the mansion at 2505 Divisadero St. has been on the market for two years can only mean one thing: Contrary to what you’ve been told, not everyone wants to live like a rock star.
The nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom Georgian home is owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and includes a professional-quality studio, from which its future owner can live out his metal fantasies deep into the night (maybe with a pal barking out orders from the control board, to make it seem more real). Just think: Kirk Hammett sat here.
Before he was Rolling Stone magazine’s 11th-greatest guitarist in the world and the owner of large Pacific Heights mansions, Hammett was just a scrubby kid running around El Sobrante with his guitar. He was playing lead guitar for a thrash-metal band called Exodus when Metallica tapped him to replace overly drugged-out guitarist Dave Mustaine in 1983.
Twenty-five years later, Hammett is still with Metallica, whose members have come a long way from their days of sleeping on couches and partying with fans after the show.
Hammett’s Pac Heights pad bears no scars from rock-star partying. Instead, it resembles more the home of a dignitary or captain of industry than of a rocker with multiple piercings. It is a classic of its period, with box-beam ceilings, wide staircases, high ceilings and preserved woodwork.
The home has four levels, including the basement, which contains the aforementioned studio plus a very clubby billiards room. All nine bedrooms, plus a sun room, are on the two top levels. On the main floor, living, dining and gourmet kitchen are joined by a morning room and a lounge — everything an established thrash-metal guitarist could need.
The home at 2505 Divisadero is listed by Sotheby’s agent Mark Levinson. It was on the market for 475 days at $12.5 million before a $2 million price reduction left it at $10.5 million.
WHERE: San Francisco
ASKING PRICE: $10,500,000
PROPERTY TAX: $136,500*
THE PROPERTY: Nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 9,519 square feet; 1899 Georgian mansion on top of Pacific Heights.
NOTABLE: Recently returned to market with a $2 million price reduction; owned by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.
AGENT: Mark Levinson, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 441-5500.
* Estimate based on 1.3% of asking price.