Financial District, San Francisco
720 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
In a city where history meets history-in-the-making, 288 Pacific is an ideal blend of old and new, a collection of luxury condominiums that nods to the past while embracing the future. The location itself is firmly rooted in San Francisco’s Gold Rush days when the neighborhood was lined with bars and the corner of Pacific and Battery was the site of a shipwreck-turned-saloon. To this day, the Old Ship Saloon pays homage to its predecessor and provides an anchor for the new building. Designed by Handel Architects, its facade combines a masonry base with more contemporary materials like glass and steel, while interiors pair old-world panache (think painted paneling, heritage marble, and wide-plank flooring) with top-of-the-line appliances and modern amenities—including a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Downtown San Francisco and the Bay.
Developed By Grosvenor
About 288 Pacific
Built on an L-shaped lot around the Old Ship Saloon, 288 Pacific responds to its neighbors with a combination of historic materials and segmentation of varying heights and widths. This staggering respects the low-rise architecture of the area and allows both buildings, 288 Pacific and the Old Ship Saloon, room to breathe. Handel Architects also introduces differentiation to the brickwork, with lighter and darker sections, as well as newer materials, namely glass and steel. The overall effect is at once simple and complex, referential and fresh. It feels at home but with a contemporary edge.
The Financial District is San Francisco’s business epicenter, where you’ll find Fortune 500 companies like Gap and Salesforce and the power lunch spots that go with them. But the neighborhood is more than just a hub for corporate headquarters; it also encompasses some of the city’s most iconic tourist destinations, including the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building, and Union Square, as well as date-night restaurants like Cotogna, some of the Bay Area’s best fried chicken, and one-of-a-kind boutiques like William Stout Architectural Books.
There are just 33 homes at 288 Pacific, ranging from compact studios to sprawling two-bedrooms. Regardless of size, all manage to exude a sense of grandeur. Residents enter through a foyer or gallery space, which makes the open living area, with its 11-foot ceilings and wide-plank oak floors, feel even more dramatic. Kitchens are outfitted with Taj Mahal slab counters, dark cabinetry, and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, while bathrooms range from dark and moody to slightly cooler in palette. Throughout, brass accents lend a sense of warmth.
There are buildings with more amenities than 288 Pacific, but you’d be hard-pressed to find buildings with more thoughtfully decorated living spaces. The lobby immediately transports you from the streetscape outside to an Italianate sanctuary swathed in wood paneling, marble, leather, and velvet. You could easily sink into the sumptuous furnishings with a good book or admire art from Swiss-Italian artist Christian Tagliavini while being warmed by the Paonazzo fireplace. And seven floors up, the rooftop terraces are less ornate but no less transporting, thanks to a complete outdoor dining setup and, of course, those skyline views.