We have searched the world for epic spa retreats to take the edge off and discovered eco-minded developers building luxury residences that lessen their carbon footprint. And now we reveal the best of wellness and real estate with this 29.8 million-dollar modern masterpiece, Residence 2646, in the heart of San Francisco. The contemporary and elegant home design is the glitzy veneer to a tech-savvy smart home that was informed by nature itself—for a happier, and healthier, home and planet.
The company’s mission is to “maintain minimal impact on the environment without compromising luxury,” and this residence shows us they can deliver.
ICONIC LIFE spoke with creative entrepreneur and visionary, Gregory Malin, who is CEO and founder of Troon Pacific, California’s influential real estate development firm that imagined this impressive estate. The LEED Platinum-Certified home was executed by the firm to be a wellness-centric space that coheres with the regulations and standards of this highly regarded certification. The company’s mission is to “maintain minimal impact on the environment without compromising luxury,” and this residence shows us they can deliver. Residence 2646 is nestled in the prestigious residential area of the city bordering the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Infused with wellness amenities along with eco-conscious construction it emulates a day-at-the-spa—without ever leaving home. “The design and floorplans stem from our collective experience as a developer over the past 20 years. We consider specific amenities, with an emphasis on wellness- and sustainability-related offerings with careful thought to interior design,” Malin explains.
The wellness industry alone is a booming sector and for good reason, but green building and wellness real estate, specifically, is on the rise and was a $134 billion global market in 2017. This home responds emphatically to the importance of sustainability within the home and how glamorous green building can truly be. The home features energy-efficient appliances, electric Tesla car chargers, and solar panels to help off-set the use of energy throughout. This is all infused within the framework of the home’s five stories and beautifully breezy interiors. There are entire glass walls that slide away to reveal panoramic views of the Bay along with bright European White Oak flooring, sleek granite countertops, and a wellness center inspired by Scandinavian and Turkish spas.
• A thermal and humidity-controlled wine room
• The multi-purpose garage has a Tesla Power Wall and parking for three cars, including a car vault that allows residents to easily lower a vehicle to the ground floor
• Garage includes a private catering area and a pet spa
• Surround-sound media centers for high-class entertainment
• A wellness and spa center for at-home physical and spiritual health
Humans have an innate connection to nature and respond positively to biophilic designs in architecture that includes naturally-derived materials, vegetation, and exposure to views of the landscape.
The firm’s intent with their homes is to create residences using what we already know about human behavior. Humans have an innate connection to nature and respond positively to biophilic designs in architecture that includes naturally-derived materials, vegetation, and exposure to views of the landscape. The six-bedroom oasis utilizes all of these practices to craft a highly-functioning and stress-free home life. Beyond the spacious layout are ceiling-height glass doors that invite in the expansive vistas through a seamless connection to the outdoors where the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge can be seen. 10-foot ceilings and ivory and cream interiors offer a breath-of-fresh air and elegance is achieved through the glass-enclosed staircase connecting each floor along with an operable skylight above for the natural light to shine through.
The gourmet kitchen was crafted with both the chef, and the diner, in mind. Fitted with custom cabinets and a grand Boffi Italian-made island with waterfall stone edges and a convenient breakfast bar. A 20-foot wide window makes for a distinctly modern and light-filled backsplash and a 30-foot sliding glass wall that leads to the massive terrace overlooking the Goldengate bridge. The cook of the house will appreciate the herb garden off the terrace to use for their very own farm-to-table eats. Amongst the six bedrooms of the estate, you can find an impressively executed master bedroom on the fifth floor designed for the head of household. A custom wooden-crafted vestibule has a double-door entry leading to dual closets and a glass fireplace adjacent to the master bath with its own private terrace to find some peace and quiet above the city. Take note of the penthouse upstairs with its own entertainment room, a private Zen-inspired bath with a soaking tub, a glittering ‘School of Light’ chandelier from Terzani, and a staircase that leads to the open-air rooftop. There, a cozy fireplace and plethora of flora and fauna sets the mood for a romantic night in.
The wellness features reach further than just the layout of the home and the spaces within. To meet the strict criteria of the LEED certification, the home must consider the quality of materials and the energy consumption needed to run a home of this caliber. “We spend a great deal of time in the planning phases of each project, in order to create durable homes that benefit the planet. Our attention to detail around the quality of infrastructure, durability, sustainability and wellness is unique as we take a holistic approach, from Biomimicry to water and air filtration.” The Biomimicry system is modeled on biological processes in order to create nature-inspired solutions using materials and structures. Malin and his team have found a way to intelligently infuse environmental measures within the luxurious sanctuary.
• An air filtration system changes the air throughout the home every two to three hours to reduce pollutants and allergens.
• The system cleans the unhealthy and odorous air from every room as well as in the trash areas, kitchen cabinets, laundry rooms and replaces it with new, clean air.
• Mitigate the use of materials that have been ‘red-listed’ throughout the home that may emit toxic gases and chemicals.
• Shielded cables in the bedrooms helps prevent damage from exposure to Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) and potential harm to inhabitants.
To improve residents’ mental and physical health, there is an integrated fitness studio with a massage room, a glass-enclosed sauna and a steam shower to create an at-home spa experience. We appreciate the alfresco lounge with a hardwood deck that could be used as a place for meditation or yoga practice. The ultra-private backyard receives ample sunlight and was designed with a sunken living room and radiant heated seating along with gorgeous landscaping using drought-tolerant plants and rhododendron bushes. To protect the ecology of the surroundings, the home uses a smart irrigation system to reduce water waste, incorporating low-flow water fixtures, and through their graywater reuse system and harvesting of rainwater, the property can utilize natural resources when possible. With mindfulness at the forefront of the design, Troon ensures that all labor and the bulk of the materials, including recycled lumber, is locally and/or ethically sourced to support local businesses, farms, and engineers in the community.
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“In a place like San Francisco where homes are often located on steep hills and have nontraditional layouts, a home’s technology can make the difference between it being accessible and not,” said Malin. For inhabitants who plan to live in the home for years to come, there are elevators for easier accessibility and a Savant Smart Home automation system that controls everything from lighting to security. This easy-to-use system elevates the living experience with comforts like temperature-controlled rooms and minimizes maintenance around the home—something we can all get behind.
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