Chris and Amber Marie Bently are San Francisco’s Gen-X power couple — chic, green, successful, sophisticated and savvy.
Owners of notable properties in San Francisco and Marin, they’re versatile, too. They can morph from black-tie to green power to Burning Man. She’s a fashion icon with style that’s both innovative and classic; he’s right there with her.
They have deep roots in Northern California and love nature. Hailing from the same small town near Tahoe (they met and fell in love at first sight), the two have arranged their lives for growth, a lot of interaction with people as well as home-alone time.
Their rooftop garden and deck reflect their choices. Situated 10 stories high, with a panoramic 360-degree view of The City, the 1,700-square-foot deck features plants that can withstand sun, wind and weather — not to mention parties or benefit events they host on the premises.
The couple chose succulents, grasses and hardy Northern California plants, which are placed in an arrangement of 14 large containers. Each container holds a surprise, with multiple plantings at various heights. Soft pastels play against shades of green, and contrasting broad-leafed plants boast tiny budded pearls of color.
All of the plants were chosen to conserve water; most are able to flourish in very dry conditions. The tilelike flooring is a light, environmentally sound amalgam that highlights the garden containers.
The effect of the plantings and deck, with its modern ship’s railing and unlimited vista, is of space, comfort and relaxation.
Their expansive rooftop view runs in tandem with the way they run their business. Among their real estate holdings are notable commercial and residential properties in San Francisco’s Financial District, Union Square and Nob Hill, and in Marin. Bently Reserve, their historic, multi-columned former Federal Reserve Building on Battery Street has just been certified green.
Other properties include 250 Stockton St., near Maiden Lane — which will be home to Gucci — and 1390 Taylor St., the Bently Nob Hill, a 10-floor Spanish residential treasure. Belvedere Place in Mill Valley sports heavenly views.
They’re also involved in one of Northern California’s first biofuel “gas” stations near Lake Tahoe.