Contemporary San Francisco Penthouse

This 1925 penthouse overlooks San Francisco's city views from inside and out. A new open-plan scheme allowed the space to reach its full potential, giving it the room for a spiral staircase and uninterrupted access to the world outside.

Contemporary Kitchen Blends Cool, Warm Finishes

A drawer-lined kitchen peninsula with a sleek waterfall side separates the kitchen of this contemporary urban apartment from the spiral staircase and living area beyond. Modern glass pendants illuminate the countertop without blocking the view.

Waterfall Marble Countertops in Cool Urban Kitchen

The white marble countertop on a bank of drawers is echoed on the backsplash of this contemporary kitchen. The peninsula, with its waterfall side, separates the space from the dining room beyond. Art and lighting are crisp and modern.

Rugs Delineate Spaces for Living, Dining

A fixture with multiple blown-glass pendants hangs above a rough-hewn table in the living/dining area of this transitional urban apartment. Picture windows offer sweeping city views, and a bump-out at the front of the space creates a sunny sitting room. Industrial-style shelving offers versatile display space.

Spiral Staircase Is Artistic Touch in Living Room

White walls are interrupted only by an accent wall of subtly striated tile behind the fireplace of this contemporary living room. In one corner of the space, a dramatic spiral staircase offers fun and functional access to the second floor. On another wall, a round, colorful painting depicts an abstracted aerial view of the city. Transitional furnishings are neutral, letting the artwork shine.

Contemporary Bedroom With Urban View

Multiple windows bring in tons of light and offer sweeping city views in this streamlined contemporary bedroom. Draperies along one wall allow the owners to block light for sleeping, and a valance above the window seat conceals its shade. A dramatic metal pendant above the bed adds a touch of glamour.

Contemporary Bedroom Embraces View

A comfy window seat adds warmth to a wall of streamlined built-ins and frames the view of the cityscape beyond. Above the bed, a glam pendant light adds a touch of whimsy and a functional accent.

Pendant Above Bed Gives Bedroom Wow Factor

A wall of streamlined built-ins provides a storage solution in this cozy, contemporary bedroom. A muted palette of cream, gray and brown is punctuated by the bling of a "gold leaf" pendant that adds a touch of whimsy above the bed. The chair and table by the window create a nice vignette and a great spot to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Mix of Styles, Textures in Contemporary Bathroom

Wallpaper on an accent wall adds dimension and richness in this small, contemporary powder room. The wood and metal vanity is starkly modern, while the mirror and lighting are transitional, balancing and softening the space. Accessories, like the coral placed on a metal tray beside the sink, create an interesting play of textures.

A Cozy, Transitional Urban Lounge

Rich, coffee bean-hued walls and a mocha sectional sofa turn this transitional penthouse into an urban cocoon. Eggplant pillows borrow their color from the whimsical artwork that hangs above a petite, gold-accented console.

Urban Bathroom is Clean-Lined, Restful

White walls and natural wood finishes inject a feeling of calm cleanliness into this contemporary master bath. The faucet for the freestanding tub is wall-mounted, and a hammered metal table keeps bathing implements in a handy, reachable spot. Multiple windows bring in loads of light.

Spiral Staircase Is Modern, Dramatic

A play of cool and warm materials and finishes ups the drama factor of this contemporary spiral staircase. Dark wood steps pivot around a metal central pole. Slate tile on the upstairs floor complements the stairway's crisp metal rails.

Rooftop Deck With Stunning Bayside View

The rooftop patio of this contemporary penthouse apartment features a hot tub with a sweeping view of the city and a table that's perfectly sited for dining al fresco. Glass walls surround and enclose the space without interrupting the view. A teak platform overlooks a rooftop garden.

Wood and Metal Mix on Rooftop Patio

A wood housing encloses the mechanics of this urban rooftop deck and adds warmth to its design. Glass walls frame sweeping city views.

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San Francisco Penthouse With Rooftop Deck

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