Joel Goodrich Presents

World-Class Penthouse With Unparalleled 360° Views


1250 Jones Street #1901, San Francisco

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3,920 sq ft


Nob Hill

Located at the very pinnacle of Nob Hill, San Francisco's most historic Parisian-style neighborhood, the iconic Clay Jones Penthouse is a trophy residence with unparalleled, one-of-a-kind, 360', 4-bridge views of the City's most renowned landmarks… from the glittering lights of the Skyline to the Golden Gate Bridge, with the shimmering waters of the Bay and Pacific Ocean serving as a dramatic backdrop… from the Bay Bridge to Coit Tower, Alcatraz and the Riviera-style hills of Sausalito & Belvedere and beyond…truly one of the world’s most spectacular panoramic views…

From the ultra-chic, architecturally stunning interior spaces of this duplex penthouse to the incredible terrace, this ultimate City abode enjoys wonderfully gracious indoor/ outdoor living and entertaining spaces floating high above the Magical City-by-the-Bay… and surrounded by mesmerizing, fantasy-like views not to be found anywhere else…

Set high atop one of San Francisco’s most exquisite Pre-War 1920’s high-rise doorman buildings, this super-sophisticated home enjoys a premiere location in the heart of an internationally acclaimed destination- Nob Hill. With its close proximity to five legendary hotels, as well as major shopping, dining, entertainment, cultural and sporting attractions, beautiful parks and beaches, as well as the tech and AI capital of the world, this is truly a masterpiece of luxury urban living......

  • 4 bedroom, 4 bath condominium with formal dining room, library, entertainment room, and 2 car parking
  • 43 Unit building built in 1929
  • ~3,920 Square feet as per graphic artist, ~3,897 square feet as per city of San Francisco Tax Records; buyer to independently verify
  • All major windows double paned
  • Located steps away from Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park- Expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and City Lights from a private, one-of-a-kind terrace
  • $4,698 Dues include Cable TV, Common Areas, Door Person, Elevator, Insurance on Structure, Maintenance Exterior, Maintenance Grounds, Management, Roof, Security, Sewer, and Trash
  • Note: Furnishings can be included, making this a unique opportunity.

The Main Level
super-chic entrance foyer creates a warmly elegant entrance into the residence and is highlighted by a dramatic floor-to-ceiling Art-Deco clock from Paris, circa 1900, reminiscent of the one from the Musee D'Orsay in Paris- a masterpiece of craftsmanship reflecting the legendary history and significance of the building and this extraordinary penthouse residence.

The grand-scaled living room enjoys sweeping world-class views of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks… from the glittering lights of the Pyramid and Salesforce Tower, the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, Grace Cathedral, the Bay and East Bay Hills to the East… the City Skyline, Twin Peaks, the San Mateo Bridge and Silicon Valley to the South…Alcatraz and Angel Islands and the beautiful rolling hills of Marin to the North… with the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts framed by the Pacific Ocean to the West.. all framed by huge picture windows. Hardwood floors, built-in sound, and a custom-made, curved elevated platform with plush carpet create a wonderfully sophisticated space for grand-scale entertaining as well as for more intimate occasions and casual everyday lounging.

An elegantly proportioned formal dining room accommodates 10+ guests with the twinkling lights of the City as a wonderful backdrop.

The large, superbly equipped gourmet chef’s kitchen is beautifully outfitted with dramatically veined black and white Silestone Eternal Noir natural stone counters and back-splash as well as soft close drawers. Top-of-the-line appliances include a SubZero refrigerator and wine fridge, Maytag dishwasher, Thermador gas stove and oven, KitchenAid compactor. and a 6-burner gas Thermador range with professional grade hood. A pantry and stainless steel bar top with breakfast seating and more storage cabinets are additional amenities of this superbly equipped kitchen.

Enjoying romantic views of the Bay and Golden Gate, the luxurious North-facing primary suite is a serene retreat, with a chic, curved elevated bed platform and lounging area in the bedroom. The spa-inspired bathroom features spacious walk-in closets with custom built-ins, walk-in shower, soaking tub and a black granite vanity.

The comfortable second/ guest bedroom suite features large wall closets and an en-suite marble bathroom with a walk-in shower and beige marble.

Located on the sunny Southwest corner, the third bedroom has dramatic City and Golden Gate views, abundant closet space and access to marble bath with shower-tub.

Located on the Northwest corner, the library/ den/ media room features handsomely paneled walls and coffered ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Bay and Pacific Ocean- a wonderful spot for enjoying evening sunsets and City lights. This room could also serve as an overflow 5th bedroom.

spacious laundry room with Maytag washer and dryer and abundant storage completes this level of the home.
The Upper Level
At the top of the elegantly designed staircase is the upper level club/media room/ entertaining lounge- a wonderful extension of the public areas downstairs with a fully equipped wet-bar and glass doors stepping out to the terrace and framing the dramatic Skyline views

Floating high above the City, the incredible one-of-a-kind terrace is one of the largest private terraces in the City and enjoys one of the world’s most spectaculars views spanning four bridges and unparalleled vistas of the City-by-the Bay’s most beloved landmarks…truly a top-of the-world experience not to be found anywhere else. Lined with classic terra cotta stone flooring, surrounded by a classic black iron balustrade, and with the Art Deco features of the top of the Clay Jones as an exquisite architectural backdrop, this unique space provides a seamless quality of indoor/ outdoor living rarely to be found in any penthouse of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities…

The fourth bedroom has an en-suite marble bath, a walk-in closet with sensor lights, and views from the Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge framed by lovely Art Deco-styled windows. This provides lovely, very separate, guest quarters and also serves as a 2nd primary suite.

“The first New York type skyscraper residential apartments.”
The San Francisco Chronicle on March 1, 1930.

“Built in 1927 at the intersection of Clay and Jones Streets to the plans of society architect Albert Larsen, the Clay Jones was an innovative luxury apartment building perched at the highest point on Nob Hill, echoing contemporaneous design trends in New York and Europe. One of the most romantic locations in the world, Nob Hill has been at the center of San Francisco’s social, political and economic history for well over a hundred years, and a neighborhood that remains elegantly vibrant today.” Northern California home & Design, March 18th, 2019

Perched high atop the very peak of Nob Hill, the Art Deco high-rise was one of the most luxurious and ground-breaking buildings of its time - and to this day remains one of the mostly highly sought-after doorman high-rises in the City because of its grand design, sprawling spaces, and intricate details of a bygone era. The subject of numerous articles over the years, the building retains its timeless appeal into the 21st Century…

Albert Herman Larsen was born in Santa Barbara on June 7, 1890. His father, Mads Larsen, was Danish and his mother, Ida, was Swedish. His father had immigrated to the United States in 1874 and his mother in 1880. They had two sons, Albert having a younger brother Theodore, born in February 1895. Mads Larsen worked in the construction industry. Prior to the 1906 earthquake, the family lived downtown on Pine Street next to Mads’ brother and sister-in-law, Hans and Margaret Larsen.
Albert Larsen received his architectural training in the atelier of the San Francisco Architectural Club, tutored by George Kelham and John Bauer. He served during World War I, reaching the rank of Lieutenant by the time hostilities ceased in November 1918. He got married December 26, 1918 to his wife Carolyn (Brown), moving in with her parents at 1231 29th Avenue, just south of Golden Gate Park. He started work that year as a draftsman for Rousseau & Rousseau, later working for Weeks & Day, Miller & Pflueger, John Reid, Jr., Sylvain Schnaittacher and Leo J. Devlin before obtaining his State architectural license (B1297) and opening his own office in 1925.
With his training and practical experience, Larsen gravitated to the design of hotels and apartment buildings, such as these classics, all designed between 1927 and 1930:
  • 975-85 Bush (the 100+ room Mayflower hotel)
  • 631 O’Farrell (the Alexander Hamilton, now 186 condos)
  • 1280 Pine (24 apts.)
  • 1080 & 1090 Eddy (42 & 48 apts.)
  • 1925 Chestnut (12 apts.)
  • 3515 Fillmore (21 apts.)
  • 3316, 3326 & 3336 Laguna
  • 3436 Pierce (each 12 apts.),
  • 2240 Lombard (15 apts.)
  • 96 Toledo (18 apts.)
Pacific Heights:
  • 2045, 2055, 2065 & 2075 California (each 16 apts.)
  • 1830, 1840 & 1850 Clay (each 20 apts.)
  • 1835 Clay (16 apts.)
  • 3140 Clay (now 12 condos)
  • 1840 Sacramento (16 apts.)
  • 1725 Van Ness (24 apts.)
  • 1735 Van Ness (36 apts.)
  • 1745-65 Van Ness (60 units)
Russian Hill
  • 1150 Union (51 apts. on the crest of the hill)
Nob Hill
  • 1250 Jones (the Clay-Jones, now 44 condos)
The Clay-Jones, opened on March 1, 1930, was profiled at that time as a luxury building, with large apartments and separate accommodations for servants. It is 22 stories tall with a 121 ft. antenna on the roof, advertised then as providing “good radio reception” and still providing communications for various services today. It was one of San Francisco’s early condominium conversions, with the condo map being recorded on March 7, 1973, so it is now celebrating a half-century as condominiums. The building has sweeping views, 24/7 doorperson service, and the staff accommodations were transformed into restaurant space, which has housed several restaurants of quality over the years.
Albert and Carolyn Larsen moved into an apartment in the Clay-Jones when it was completed. They moved to San Mateo and Redwood City in the 1940’s, and later retired to Honolulu. Albert died on May 15, 1972 and Carolyn the following year. Larsen left a significant legacy of quality hotels, apartment buildings and single-family homes in San Francisco.

welcome to

Nob Hill

Elegant and glamorous, Nob Hill is home to five legendary hotels, Huntington Park and one of San Francisco’s most iconic structures- Grace Cathedral, San Francisco’s sister version of Notre Dame de Paris. Perched on the commanding heights made accessible in the 1870s by the California Street cable car that runs through the heart of the neighborhood, Nob Hill is home to old San Francisco. The descendants of San Francisco’s founding families still frequent their private clubs here, including the University Club, and Pacific Union club, previously owned by James Flood.

The neighborhood remains one of the most affluent and desirable in allof San Francisco with its historic, yet vibrant character. With its stunning Beaux Arts-style pre-war luxury buildings decorated with wedding-cake facades, the magnificent palace-like Fairmont Hotel, and emblematic Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill is truly San Francisco’s own version of Paris. It has also been the scene of many famous movie and television filmings over the decades from Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless Vertigo in the 1950’s to 2019’s Matrix 4 with Keanu Reeves which was recently filmed there, as well as the long-running TV series “Hotel” which was set at the Fairmont Hotel- and countless others.

The heart of Nob Hill is Huntington Park and its incomparable 10-foot tall Fountain of Tortoises. Shady benches around the classic urban square provide a welcome rest for those who hike up the hill- and a children’s playground is a hidden gem. In addition to its acclaimed world-class restaurants, charming neighborhood eateries dot the neighborhood. The Masonic Auditorium, a classic example of Mid-Century architecture, is also used as a venue for concerts and events. During the Holiday Season the Laurel Court Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel features the largest gingerbread house in the world and is a huge attraction for locals and visitors alike- both children and adults!

Nob Hill is conveniently located in the heart of the City, in the midst ofworld-renowned hotels, hight-end boutiques, and theaters, as well asChinatown, North Beach, and Union Square. The Theater District, Financial District and SOMA’s booming technology center are perfect for enjoying a sophisticated, yet comfortable urban lifestyle.
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Joel Goodrich

Coldwell Banker | Global Luxury

(415) 308-8184


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