As the pioneer of the California architectural look during the 1970s and 1980s, Michael Taylor has been called “The James Dean of Interior Design” and is considered one of the top 20 best designers by Architectural Digest. Michael Taylor’s California look creates light and airy rooms with natural elements and white walls in his mansion.
Listed at a whopping $32 million, the six-bathroom, five-bedroom, estate sits on 7,500 square feet of livable space and boasts 144 feet of ocean views in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood.
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This three-level home boasts giant picture windows that align with Taylor’s airy and light design while offering picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and gorgeous landscaping from all rooms. French doors command the main level’s grand entry hall, providing spectacular views.
The scale of the home is impressive, and the dramatic living room highlights soaring ceilings with exposed beams, a wood-burning fireplace, and herringbone floors. Other rooms include a library with a wet bar that connects to the massive living room, a formal dining room, a staff bedroom suite, and a full chef’s kitchen, perfect for hosting dozens of dinner guests.
The top floor is dedicated to executive offices and private suites, each providing a terrace. The floor also boasts two baths, custom cedar-lined built-ins, dressing rooms, and a wet bar. The lower level of the home is dedicated to entertaining with a private entrance guest suite, private Baker Beach access, a total gym, a wine-tasting room, walk-out terraces, and spacious lounges.
The three-car garage boasts a Tesla charging unit, while cypress trees protect the south-facing side to ensure seclusion and privacy.
His stunning mansion includes exciting features like a giant stone slate floor on the lower level, shell-theme wall sconces, oversized planters, a heated pool with fountains that feed cycle water, and a stately courtyard. The home has intricate railings, stately columns, and decorative arches, which offer a Mediterranean look and feel. All balconies deliver an excellent lounging spot with incredible views.
The best aspects of this mansion are found in the details, layout, and design. The well-manicured property and ocean view offer a meditative sanctuary to listen to the waves crash against the shoreline. The bright and open structure allows for a comfortable sea breeze when the windows are open during the warmer months, while the white paint maintains a calming effect year-round.
Features like the wood-burning fireplace and high ceilings create a cozy environment for owners and visitors. Additionally, the views from almost every room in the house add to the ambiance and appeal of Michael Taylor’s dream mansion. Taylor has managed to separate the house to entertain through wining and dining on the first floor and work and live on the upper floors.
By creating these separate areas, the residence doesn’t feel like you’re crammed into the same space.
About Michael Taylor
Although Taylor passed away in 1986 at 59, his legacy continues with his keen design style and attention to detail. His showrooms and stores in London, Cleveland, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and San Fransisco highlight his genius.
The listing is held by Neal Ward of Compass.
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