A Bold San Fran Mansion Owned by an Interior Designer and Former Hotelier Wants $16M

Did someone say five-star? This townhouse in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood embodies that hospitality rating. Especially so because it is being sold by the former CEO of Kimpton Hotels, Mike Depatie, and his wife, Holly Depatie—an interior designer. The mansion, created in 1933 by architect Angus McSweeney and serving as the Canadian Consulate in a past life, has been boldly transformed by the owners. And now, as the empty nesters head on to settle more permanently in wine country, their labor of love just listed for $15.995 million.

In the words of the designer and owner herself, “I would describe the style of the home as ‘sexy city chic sophisticate.’ And the house itself inspired me with its rich history, grand entrance, extraordinary hand-carved wood, custom ironwork, and gorgeously proportioned rooms.” While rich stone choices and moody colors scream 2022, it’s easy to pick out the preserved details that retain the home’s historic character.

Diving deeper into the home’s influences, Depatie continues, “The original owners of the house, the Bissinger family, were prominent patrons of the arts and Mrs. Marjorie Walter Bissinger was the founder of the Asian Art Museum. Also, the original site of the house was the famous backdrop for the Buster Keaton silent movie, The Navigator in 1924. Because of the house’s connection to the visual arts I wanted it to exude a sense of dignified drama, a grown-up modern aesthetic that embraced both its glorious past and its most relevant place in the present as one of the great San Francisco houses.”

Spanning 9,125 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 5.3 baths, drama was a given from the start. The changes the current and past owners have executed as well as its illustrious history, location, and spaciousness all land the San Fran home at its price. Neal Ward of Compass has the listing.