The first new residential development in San Francisco’s storied Nob Hill neighborhood in four decades, Crescent is an icon in the making. The project brings together a dream team of designers and architects, led by global development firm the Grosvenor Group. Exteriors by acclaimed New York architect Robert A.M. Stern were inspired by art-deco landmarks and designed to take advantage of the hilltop location, which offers spectacular views of the city from expansive bay windows, from private terraces and covered loggias, and from the rooftop deck. Residences pair generous prewar layouts (including formal entry foyers) with sophisticated finishes by Alexandra Champalimaud and oversized windows that flood the homes with natural light. The famed interior design firm Champalimaud is also behind the gracious amenities, which include a serene marble-clad lobby, a wood-accented gym and yoga studio, and a double-height drawing room overlooking a private garden with Japanese maples and climbing roses.
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Designed in collaboration with BDE Architecture, Crescent is Robert A.M. Stern’s inaugural multifamily development in San Francisco. “I was thrilled to be given this opportunity to connect to the wonderful art-deco-inflected classicism that abounds in the neighborhood, working with traditional ideas and interpreting them in fresh new ways,” said Stern. The result is a majestic crescent-shaped building, clad in rusticated granite, stucco, and travertine, designed to maximize views from its hilltop perch, and surrounded by lush landscaping.
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This historic San Francisco neighborhood was once home to wealthy railroad magnates who chose to build their elaborate mansions on a hill above the city’s seaport. The palaces of these barons of industry were destroyed during the Great San Francisco Earthquake, but the area still retains an upscale, storied vibe. This is where some of the city’s swankiest hotels can be found, as well as the neo-Gothic Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park, which, located on the site where railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington once lived, is considered by some to be the most beautiful park in San Francisco. Known for its architecture and views, Nob Hill also has a spate of local restaurants and shops and is convenient to Union Square, the Embarcadero, and SoMa.
Crescent has just 44 residences, ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms. They are divided between two wings, each with its own elevator, for maximum privacy, and their prewar-inspired layouts were designed by Stern to flow seamlessly from one room to the next: in other words, they were designed with living in mind. New York-based design studio Champalimaud took a similar approach: “Neutral earth tones, paired with soft textures aligned themselves with the laidback California lifestyle, creating a light and timeless atmosphere,” said Winston Kong, a partner at Champalimaud. With custom cabinetry, Mediterraneo marble countertops and backsplashes, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in the kitchen, and master bathrooms with polished Bianco Dolomite marble and Dornbracht fittings, this is relaxed but classic luxury at its finest.
Champalimaud also designed the amenities, a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that create an atmosphere of grandeur and tranquility. The oval-shaped lobby, for example, is clad in white marble, with scalloped crown moldings and handcrafted feather paneling adding just the right amount of opulence. The drawing room has double-height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the so-called “secret garden”—and it also houses a collection of abstract art curated by Champalimaud to complement the neutral palette. And then, among other inviting on-site destinations, there’s the cozy rooftop terrace, with a double-sided fireplace and west-facing city views.