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Modern home takes advantage of hilltop views in San Francisco

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Sitting on a double lot above Dolores Park, this family house connects indoors and outdoors

Modern house surrounded by trees Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography

Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco, this modern house cuts a striking image next to the more traditional architecture of the neighborhood. Designed by John Maniscalco Architecture, the Dolores Heights house aims to maximize its sweeping city views while still making the home, which is smack in the middle of the city, feel like a hideaway.

Part of the glassy two-story house is encased in cedar slats, which give it a sense of privacy while still allowing plenty of sunlight to filter inside. The house is open plan, but it’s laid out as a series of platforms that connect by steps, including the home’s main feature—a bent steel staircase that seems to float between floors.

Living room connecting to deck Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography
Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography

The dining room leads down to a sunken living room that extends to the back patio thanks to a large sliding glass door that opens the house to the elements. The connection to the outdoors can also be found on the upper levels, highlighted by expansive skylights and terraces.

Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography
Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography
Staircase leading to main floor Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography