This eccentric $39 million San Francisco mansion could become the most expensive home ever sold in the city


Birch home, Golden Coast

  • A mansion on San Francisco’s Gold Coast is on the market for $39 million.
  • If it’s sold at the asking price, it will tie the record for San Francisco’s most expensive home ever sold.
  • The mansion is being sold by Michael and Xochi Birch, a tech industry power couple.
  • It features a double staircase with zebra-print carpeting, a Union Jack mosaic above a fireplace, and a pub with an antique bar repurposed from an old British tavern, among other eclectic installations.
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In one of the world’s priciest real estate markets, a newly-listed mansion has the potential to become the most expensive homes ever sold in the city.

The 11,600-square-foot home offers stunning views of the coast and combines opulent architecture with eclectic interior design. Its grandiose, manor-like halls are decorated with avant-garde features like zebra-print carpeting and quilted leather walls.

Tech industry power-couple Michael and Xochi Birch, who created the social-networking site Bebo, listed their mansion on the Gold Coast for $39 million. If it sells for that much, it will tie the record for the priciest home sale San Francisco’s history, set last year by the sale of venture capitalist Matt Cohler’s mansion.

Interior designer Ken Fulk decorated the house, and Deborah Svoboda of Sotheby’s has the listing.

San Francisco has seen several home sales over $30 million in recent years, all of which occurred on the so-called Gold Coast — an area that encompasses just three blocks on outer Broadway, according to Svoboda.

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The Birch’s listing is unique in the Gold Coast because it was built in 2004 and doesn’t require any renovations, Svoboda told Business Insider. 

Here’s a look at the mansion’s stunning features.

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The home’s interior embraces a wide range of materials and textures, giving it an eclectic feel.

In the foyer, a double staircase with zebra carpeting is flanked with artwork.

At 11,600 square feet, the home is extremely spacious.

The home’s interior designer, Ken Fulk, gave every room a unique mood using disparate design elements.

Quilted leather is a recurring theme in the home’s decor, adorning furniture and some walls.

The fireplace is decorated with a Union Jack mural, another nod to Michael Birch’s British heritage.

Some of the mansion’s rooms embrace contemporary design.

A dramatic spiral staircase winds through the center of the home.

The mansion is five stories tall, providing sweeping views of its surroundings.

The view includes the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

The master suite features a walk-out terrace overlooking the San Francisco bay.

The home’s pub features a bar that was repurposed from a decommissioned British tavern.

The mansion sits on a hill, looking down over the Gold Coast.

An upper balcony of the mansion features outdoor seating and a hot tub.

At night, the Golden Gate Bridge is illuminated across the bay.

The home includes a romper room complete with a pool table.

The master bathroom offers stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.

Courtyards and balconies provide plenty of outdoor space.