Penthouse terrace showcases panoramic views

San Francisco “society dentist” Dr. Alan Malouf enjoys a busy practice and high-profile clients. While it can be tough for him to find a few spare moments to take in the outdoors and breathe fresh air, his penthouse-condominium terraces and rooftop garden provide him a treasured haven.

North and south terraces leading directly off the main residence offer climate contrasts with varying degrees of sun and shade.

On the warmer south terrace, off the living room, Malouf has planted annual flowers, including snapdragons and violas.

On the cooler north terrace, off the master suite, there are sculpted boxwood, flax in two large urns and impatiens. Of particular note is the limestone, travertine and marble fountain with its imposing lion-head centerpiece. 

Malouf’s 1,650-square-foot, private rooftop terrace above the penthouse provides an almost unobstructed 360-degree view of San Francisco’s panorama. To the south are City Hall and the theater district; to the east are the Financial District towers and the Bay Bridge; to the north, San Francisco Bay and Marin; and to the west, the Golden Gate Bridge. 

The rooftop-terrace garden is arranged for entertaining. Outdoor tables and chairs and comfortable loungers are spaced around the perimeter and are easily movable for impromptu gatherings. Large stone urns are planted with Mediterranean palms, agave and flax. The effect is flexible and open, perfect for someone with a demanding schedule.

The busy man-about-town, co-chair of 2008 Macy’s Passport, has brought many of his friends to the host committee and has been busy with preparations for the major fundraising event, which is Sept. 18. 

Not only is he involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, which raised more than $2 million this year, he is a member of San Francisco Opera’s Medallion Society and a patron of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Malouf, a trained pianist, says, “I feel a commitment, being in the health profession, to support such charities as Passport and JDRF, and being a lover of art and music, I’m delighted to support the arts.” 

Sitting on the edge of his fountain, Malouf surveys the view and smiles. “It’s my own private retreat,” he says.

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