1. Let's start in San Francisco, a city I enjoyed calling home for several years. This shockingly stunning Victorian in Pacific Heights is the epitome of San Francisco architecture at its best.
Upon entering there is a large parlor filled with clean lined furniture and large pieces of modern artwork, setting the stage for a modern home within this grand Victorian.
An upstairs hallway isn't treated as such. Why should it, when graced with high ceilings and interestingly curved walls? Large simple glass pendants take advantage of the height, while a bookcase and built-in benches provide a space to catch up on a little reading.
At first glance the kitchen seems perhaps a bit too simple for this home, but when looking closer it becomes apparent that the details are what make this design special. Built-ins, an abundance of millwork, marble countertops and high-end appliances add up to a design that is in keeping with the clean aesthetic Dijeau Poage Construction used throughout the home. See more of this house
2. Now to the opposite coast, NYC. The intriguing mix of Old World glamor and sleek modern design within this project by Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc is quite remarkable.
The brick wall has traces of gray that is repeated in the color of the painted woodwork and also seen in the wood flooring. The result is a beautiful blend of warm and cool hues.
A glass wall encasing a stairwell brings in a reflective quality and is in striking contrast to the brick.
Set at the back of the home, the kitchen is very modern. My favorite features are the paned-glass pocket doors and steel window frame (seen in the first and second images of this home) which introduces an unexpected pop of red.
3. Back to San Francisco, this modern new construction home by Mark Brand Architecture sits on a long narrow lot in Noe Valley, a wonderful neighborhood over the hill from Pacific Heights. What a rare thing this home is, with its abundance of large windows and a garage!
The kitchen situated at the back of the home takes advantage of its location, with its large windows and access to a very spacious (by city standards) backyard.
The architectural details seen in the interior reflects the fact this home is in an Edwardian building, but in a pared-down way that feels ready to welcome a modern family. Simple wainscoting and utilitarian fixtures are seen alongside a modern painting and Asian console.
Light floods the large kitchen complete with an eat-in area, a luxury in the city. The design features glass-front cabinetry, simple finishes and 1006 Navy Side Chairs, which look great with the gray countertops.
5. And last on the tour of special city homes is one of the more popular homes on Houzz, the Brooklyn Townhouse renovation by Ken Levenson Architect P.C. This was a total gut renovation for a creative couple and their family. The outside is stately and only hints at what lies inside.
The amazing style created by the confident and bold combination of 19th Century architecture and modern taste is what makes this and the other rooms of this home so popular with Houzz readers.