Stunning Home Of San Francisco Chronicle Founder Descendant Hits The Market For $14.2 Million

Perched on a prime corner of Pacific Heights, just steps from the Presidio and boasting some of the greatest views offered by the City by the Bay, this 7,675 square foot, six-bedroom home is the pinnacle of San Francisco elegance.

It was the home of Charles “Kip” C. Thieriot, who passed away of Covid 19 on January 2, 2021. He was the great-grandson of San Francisco Chronicle founder Michael de Young, who launched the newspaper in 1865. It remained in family hands until 2000, when it was sold it to the Hearst Corporation. 

Thieriot spent his life in the Bay Area community, engaged in a wide variety of professional and personal interests. After receiving a BA from Stanford University in 1970, and an MBA from UC Berkeley in 1972, Kip began his professional career with the Chronicle Publishing Company in San Francisco. He later started a luxury vacation-rental business in Hawaii.

Built in 1928, the residence was designed by architect Henry Gutterson, a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts and the supervising architect for St. Francis Wood. Set back from the street and accessible via two driveways, the limestone Mediterranean-inspired house is true to its historic inspiration. Behind a garden with manicured hedges, a classical loggia leads to the home. Entry is by way of an elegant foyer with a groin vaulted ceiling; it opens through graceful arched doorways to the living and entertaining spaces. The grand living room features gleaming wood floors, a fireplace, large windows that provide a stunning view of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz, and a door to a balustraded terrace. The generously proportioned dining room boasts a wall of glass facing the bay over the terrace. Adjoining is a butler’s pantry with ample cabinets, which opens to a skylit kitchen with a vintage Wolf range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer, crisp white cabinets, stone counters, and a light-filled breakfast area with a fireplace and a view of the front garden. Nearby are a convenient marble powder room and access to the two-car garage and the elevator, which connects the two upper levels. The powder room is the single half bath in the home; there are eight full bathrooms.


A gently curving stairway leads to the upper floor and the principal suite, which encompasses two baths and walk-in closets and a spacious bedroom with a Presidio-facing bay window and richly hued hardwood floors. Completing this level are three large guest suites, a gym with a bath, and an office with built-in shelving, a fireplace, striking ceiling beams, and windows offering lovely light and an expansive view that includes Alcatraz. The ground level features a generous family room with arched light-admitting windows, extensive storage space, a laundry room with a kitchenette, two baths, two bright bedrooms with a bay view, and stairs to abundant finished storage on the lowest level.

The property is listed by Neill Bassi of Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage for $14,200,000.

The Tycoon Herald