The San Francisco Planning Commission is scheduled to review plans for a new mansion at 170 Sea Cliff Avenue in San Francisco’s affluent master-planned residence park. The application follows already-approved plans for a mirrored home at 178 Sea Cliff Avenue. Dan Friis is listed as the property owner.
Mark Cavagnero Associates is the project architect. The San Francisco-based firm has overseen the design of several projects recently complete or under construction across the city, including the Bowes Residences on South Van Ness, an academic building on the SFSU campus, the redesign of the Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School Campus, an expansion of the Congregation of Emanu-El Synagogue outside of Presidio Terrace, and one of the rising housing blocks on Treasure Island.
For 170 Sea Cliff Avenue, the design studio’s approach exhibits the familiar contemporary style with floor-to-ceiling windows punched into undecorated limestone panels. The landscaping around the building will have attractive pavers for vehicles down the center of the lot, looking out toward unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Interior renderings show the basements of each home fitted with a pool deck overlooking the ocean.
The 35-foot tall structures will yield around 11,400 square feet each, including four bedrooms and parking for two cars using a hidden car lift.
Sea Cliff is one of several residence parks in the city, also known as Garden Suburbs, that were developed after the 1906 earthquake. The neighborhood was first established in 1913 for the John Brickell Company. While most of the first homes were designed by Carl Bertz, three were designed by Willis Polk (9, 25, 45 Scenic Way) and one by Julia Morgan (50 Scenic Way). For a more in-depth neighborhood history, the city published a comprehensive study of eight residence parks in San Francisco, available here. The history of Sea Cliff starts on page 112 of the PDF.
The property is two doors away from 224 Sea Cliff Avenue, a seven-bedroom home that belonged to the art scammer and real estate mogul Luke Brugnara. The property has struggled to sell since Brugnara was sentenced to jail for fraud in 2015.
City records show the property last sold in May 2019 for $11 million. Demolition will be required for two existing homes.