San Francisco 'Dream House' raffle

Special features of the "Dream House":
>> See photos and description of the Noe Valley house
Two key design concepts for this house were for it to be both timeless and transitional with bold architectural details, such as cherry wood columns, high ceilings and gorgeous wood floors. The substance of the house is found in the beautiful natural stone, custom tile and cherry cabinets used throughout, which are rich and textural.

The exterior shingled façade in front and back were designed with handsome wood trim, including substantial roof brackets and window framing, pronouncing the home's allegiance to Arts and Crafts. But the massive oversize ball finial decorating the corner of the upstairs balcony that matches the round window, is a whimsical Art Nouveau detail popular of that time. There is also a ten foot garage opening with a door that evokes a carriage house feeling. One enters the home through an open porch with beautiful tile on the landing and an impressive cherry wood front door opening to an over-sized vestibule with coved ceilings and an alabaster pendant light.

Once inside, the home's layout is a study in contrasts. Extensively remodeled, this tri-level home was designed to create a traditional warm feeling with a modern open floor plan on the main level--making it perfect for entertaining. Behind this classic façade is a top of the line built-in intercom, lighting and music system. There are three fireplaces in this home that are surrounded by tile produced by local artisans.

Another interesting feature is the twelve foot Bonnelli window at the first hallway landing made of anodized black aluminum, creating an architectural light well that reaches to the second story adding an abundance of interior natural light. There are views from every room of one or a combination of the bay, City skyline or surrounding hills. On each level are hallway patios to add additional outdoor space and light and both the front and back of the home have balconies with expansive views.

The gourmet kitchen has elegant cherry columns with display cases on either end. There are owner-designed light fixtures, four ovens, cherry wood cabinets with Dakota Red granite countertops and an enormous center island that houses the six burner cook top with a Zephyr hood. This fabulous kitchen has ample room to prep for large parties and there is a butler's pantry that has a wine cooler, food pantry and additional food preparation area.

The dining room has a hearth at eye level, which serves a dual purpose of giving diners a view of a cozy blaze and it can also be used as an indoor bar-b-queue, which is wonderful during cold winter evenings. Both the kitchen and dining room over look the lush garden.

Ascending the staircase to the top bedroom level is a marble slab of fossil rock artwork on the wall that looks like rocket ships and constellations at night and comes with the property. The banister has bronze-finished iron railing that was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's wheat pattern. The large master bedroom suite has a sizeable sitting area with a fireplace that is surrounded by stacked tiles. The shower in the master suite has a shoji-screen wall, letting in natural light, while maintaining privacy.

The view from the garden looking back at the house is stunning. The landscaped back yard is an urban oasis which creates another dining and entertaining area where one can relax among the mature palm trees and other interesting plants.

Event Information:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Sponsors 2nd Annual "Dream House Raffle"
Raffle tickets go on sale March 3
"Dream House" Winners Drawn July 10
1st prize: $3 Million San Francisco "Dream House" or $1.5 Million in Cash.
More than $350,000 in additional winnings"1-in-100"Chance to Win a Prize

Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-870-7886 or by downloading the registration form at Forms can be mailed or dropped off at YBCA Dream House Raffle, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Entrants may also fax ticket forms to 415-324-8554. NOTE: Ticket sales do not commence until March 3rd at which time both the website and phone number will be active.

About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA):
It's located in San Francisco's Yerba Buena cultural district, is one of the nation's leading multidisciplinary contemporary arts centers. With a belief that contemporary art is at the heart of community life, YBCA brings audiences and artists of all backgrounds together to express and experience creativity. The organization is known for nurturing emerging artists at the forefront of their fields and presenting works that blend art forms and explore the events and ideas of our time. As part of its commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area, YBCA supports the local arts community and reflects the region's diversity of people and thought through its arts and public programming.Performing arts, visual arts and film/video programs are curated thematically around Big Ideas which illustrate the connections and associations between the works. Public programs and What's the Big Idea? Parties, YBCA's popular free open house series, are dedicated to establishing a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. YBCA presents programming year-round in the Forum, Screening Room, Galleries and Novellus Theater.

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