For well over 100 years, San Francisco's uber-posh and mansion-lined Pacific Heights neighborhood has been home to socialites, big business barons, moguls and magnates of every stripe. And, for the last 16 years, at least one head banging heavy metal rock star lived here as well: Metallica's Kirk Hammett.
Way back in March of 2007, after 14 years living large at the tippy-top of Pacific Heights, Hammett and his wife decided to sell their hulking house and listed it with an asking price of $12.5 million. After more than two years on the market, the price tag dropped to a much lower but still very expensive $8.995 million. The final price drop must have done the trick because the guitar guru has finally sold his real estate white elephant to an unknown buyer for a not yet known price.
Perhaps the best way to get a handle on the magnitude of Hammett's weathered brick and wisteria wrapped Georgian style mansion on Divisadero Street is to have a little look see at the numbers. The 9,000-square-foot home is more than 110 years old, with 20+ rooms spread over 4 floors. There are 7 or 8 bedrooms, depending on how one counts and 7 full and 3 half bathrooms. An elevator services three of the gorgeous beast's four floors.
A walled and gated courtyard leads to the front door, which opens into a ballroom sized entrance hall with meticulously maintained original woodwork. To one side, a baronial living room is warmed by a fireplace, and on the other a much more intimately scaled library is lined with floor to ceiling built-in book shelves. Behind the living room, a banquet worthy dining room is lit by an antique chandelier and opens through glass and wood doors to a brick terrace overlooking the back yard.
Even a kitchen queen like Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray would find the kitchen commodious and well equipped with dark stained wood cabinetry, a Mercedes-sized commercial range, Sub-Zero fridge, dignified green veined granite slab counter tops, a huge work island with butcher block top and a walk-in pantry. A sun soaked breakfast nook–or, this house being located in San Francisco, a fog shrouded breakfast nook–has cozy built-in seating for casual dining.
A wide, carved wood staircase leads up to the second floor where a wood-paneled study with built in shelving opens through French doors into a glassy, wood paneled sun porch/office with private bathroom. Two additional guest rooms, one with an elaborate hand stenciled ceiling and fab Fortuny light fixture, have private bathrooms. A back staircase rises to the top floor where 4 more bedrooms, a bookshelf lined hobby room and 2 full bathrooms are tucked up under the eaves and lit by large windows in arched gables.
The generously sized master bedroom has plenty of square footage for a cozy sitting area, and includes a walk-in closet and a luxurious bathroom with double vanities and separate spa tub and steam shower.
The basement has been finished into an rock star's paradise with a paneled and mirrored billiard room with built-in wet bar, a card room, two rooms with acoustic tile ceilings, which are perfect for a music studio and/or media room. The elevator makes for easy access to the basement's laundry facilities and storage areas.