a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion
a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion
aug 12, 2014

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

a sneak peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive’s san francisco mansion
all images courtesy sotheby’s international




nestled away in the foothills of san francisco’s gold coast neighborhood of pacific heights, stands jonathan ive’s $17 million USD five-level brick mansion designed by architectural firm willis polk & co in 1927. contrary to ive’s minimalist design aesthetic, the 7,274-square-foot residence is wrapped with a classic brick façade, slate roof, and deep portico entry. the plan comprises a series of formal rooms on the main floor, a lower level with an expansive gourmet kitchen, a bottom-ground apartment, and two additional levels of bedrooms above.

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

the living room offers views of the SF bay that stretch from the golden gate bridge, across alcatraz island and to russian hill

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

a grand-scale dining room at the end of the hallway is expanded by large windows that lead to views of the bay area

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

the space integrates original architectural details throughout, including high ceilings and hardwood flooring

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

 double oak doors in the entry lead into the main-level library, which also boasts oak wall paneling

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

the master bedroom suite is located at the front of the home for maximum sunlight

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion

light-filled bedroom suite

a peek inside apple lead designer jonathan ive's san francisco mansion
a view of the san francisco bay area

  • what a contradiction! My thinks such ostentation belies great insecurity.

    Rich says:
  • Are you sure this is Ive’s place? It’s so boringly traditional and unimaginative — like rooms at the Waldorf. No interesting art, generic furnishings, half-empty bookshelves and those that have books feature large sets (implication: Ive doesn’t read).

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • can’t be true- a joke?

    michael penck says:
  • The strange case of Dr Apple and Mr Ives

    airborne says:
  • Disappointing – looks like a nursing home.

    Freddy says:
  • This can’t be John Ive’s furniture. Really? Floral prints? 4 post bed? Wood veneered dishwasher? This is all pretty disturbing. Is this just staged for sale?

    Adam says:
  • What?

    mArkW says:
  • Blimey…bit ‘nan’ innit?

    Feral Cole says:
  • I gotta say, that’s not at all what I expected. Looks like something my grandmother would live in.

    Brad says:
  • That’s what I figured… very conventional old-skool-classist-classclimbing-conservative-midlands-brit-hovel-estate-cond in the city… perfectly situated in SF, the most conservative “progressive” city in the US. FYI Jonny’s more myth than fact as designers go. Cheers Jonny!

    MochiMochi says:
  • that’s what it looked like BEFORE the renovation… will look very different once the renovation is done next year

    Jeft says:
  • Cool, just like Mies Van der Rohe

    Indigo says:
  • I hope so… ^^^^

    ube urban says:
  • Thanks for the clarification Jeft. I thought this didn’t add up – not sure I buy the idea that the guy responsible for the Apple aesthetic is the same person who chose this decor.

    Douglas says:
  • …. oh wait, there’s a limited edition iMac behind the oak panelling. Must be his pad.

    Douglas says:
  • This is classic robber baron capitalist architect. It’s meant to communicate to his cronies that he has taste and money – aka power. What is the meaning of that view in SF today? It has value above the cost of the house and furnishings. It would be too obvious for him to live in an Apple-ish contemporary home – too much like the office and his stores. Also, that look is a bit to Bond villain for Ives. Leave that look for Larry Ellison.

    Mark M says:
  • i guess there is someone else with nasty taste called ivy in sf bay.

    maja m marinkovic says:
  • The entrance implies a retreat, but the rooms are flooded with light from the outside, while offering wonderful panoramic views. Great place to refresh one’s soul and mind.

    Alice says:
  • so bourgeois..

    elasticeye says:
  • Hey guys, you might not understand it, but people compensate in different ways. You could imagine he would live in a house that looks like a set of the movie Tron Legacy, but actually his home is a place where he needs to rest from work. This gap in style between his work and home just shows the great range he has as a person, he can design something amazing for the masses, and it could be something very different from what he would like for him.

    Luis says:
  • All you negative people out there, you just don’t get it. There is a radical new concept behind the interior design. It’s called iBoring.

    ds says:
  • It’s like a Queen Ann style mansion from the 1920s that was popular with the Hollywood elite of that time.

    Ric says:
  • This is not his actual home, (and this is not news either). He purchased it years ago, my guess is just as an investment, or a sentimental property of some kind.

    Román says:
  • De gustibus non disputandum est. Anyway, I’ve seen interiors that communicate more, both emotively and meaningfully. Interiors look plain and very traditionalistic. Probably its the way Johnny tries to ‘balance’ its revolutionary spirit with the rest of himself. To me, it looks still too boring. There is any trace of sculptures, notable paintings, rooms which are destined for unimaginable and clever aims, or weird art pieces. Maybe I am the more traditional in the way I imagine a ‘creative’s house’ to be!

    Dennis says:
  • It’s the kind of environment that calls for an orderly life. I’d go for something like that too.

    Isaac Grant says:
  • perhaps mrs ives had a say in the decor, and compromise is the basis of a lasting relationship

    mackenzie collins says:
  • … mind you, strips and circles in the master bedroom?
    methinks something fishy.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • that would be — stripes —

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Do you really think that Jony would allow anyone to photograph the interior of his house??? Don’t think so.

    These are obviously Realtor photos taken before the sale.

    sgk says:

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