S.F. interior designer Jeff Schlarb conceptualizes penthouse in Nob Hill

A resplendent penthouse in Nob Hill awaits its next owner and showcases the vision of San Francisco-based interior designer Jeff Schlarb. Crowning the Crescent, the city’s newest collection of boutique residences, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom penthouse that’s listed for $7.1 million is an artistic, inspirational oasis with more than 1,800 square feet of living space and 925 square feet of exterior space, with views of the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco Bay and Coit Tower.

“My vision in designing the penthouse at Crescent was to imagine a resident feeling inspired every time they enter their home,” Schlarb said. “We kept drawing upon the idea of creating a custom, romantic space that feels exciting and familiar at the same time, straddling a careful balance of maximalism and softness while honoring the unparalleled architecture and world-class design of this one-of-a-kind building and its residences. The color palette, in particular, draws upon nature and complements the stunning sky and bay sightlines visible from terraces that span the home.”

Schlarb furnished and designed the elegant penthouse, which complements the building’s architecture and features a flowing floor plan awash in natural light. The refined interior embodies California lifestyle through its sophisticated, stylish material palette and thoughtful design scheme.

The Crescent is the work of Grosvenor Americas, which is part of the Grosvenor Group and one of the world’s largest privately-owned property companies.

“We are excited to debut this model penthouse at Crescent, which is an idyllic interpretation of a contemporary luxury retreat located in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods,” said Steve Buster, Senior Vice President of Development for Grosvenor Americas. “The home is an indoor-outdoor top-floor oasis, as residents have a privately accessed sprawling rooftop terrace overlooking downtown San Francisco and the Bay, along with two private terraces immediately off the living spaces. Crescent’s model penthouse personifies the romance of San Francisco and embodies exceptional design by the inimitable Jeff Schlarb, who has masterfully complemented interiors by renowned Champalimaud Design, in a building featuring world-class architecture by celebrated Robert A.M. Stern Architects.”

The penthouse’s seamless indoor/outdoor flow includes a 527-square-foot roof terrace boasting striking views of downtown San Francisco, landmarks and the water.

Schlarb’s ethereal, sophisticated and sophisticated design blends a variety of soft blues, teals and neutral tones contrasted by gold, glass and brass accents.

The penthouse opens to a formal foyer and hallway with a gallery wall featuring a curated selection of artwork including UNTITLED, a painting by Christoph Schrein by Saatchi Art. Schlarb’s design studio curated a piece of artwork for the foyer as well.. Speckled wallpaper by Rebecca Atwood in cloud blue adorns the ceiling and serves as a backdrop for a dramatic Ro Sham Beaux hanging pendant lights.

The foyer segues to open living and dining rooms designed for a modern sense of West Coast living. The living area’s highlights include a dynamic wall covering by Philip Jeffries, a sleek white Bernhardt bench, matte white ceramic chandelier, a custom blue sofa by JSDS Custom and a vintage coffee table from 1stdibs.

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Chicago’s Fascinating ‘House on the Roof’ Is a Penthouse Without Parallel

The key feature of this Chicago residence? It’s both a penthouse and a house, a three-bedroom home artfully perched on top of a building from the 1890s.

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When you think of a penthouse in Chicago, your mind wanders to a long elevator ride, at least 30 stories up. We’ve found a unit, however, that breaks that mold.

On the market for $850,000, this two-level penthouse is perched on a building with only eight other units.

The listing details aptly describes it as a “house on the roof”: a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home artfully perched on top of a building dating to the 1890s.


To access the 2,533-square-foot unit, you take a historic elevator to the eighth floor, followed by a jaunt up a flight of steps.

In something of a “secret” building, it’s listed with Bohdan Gorczynski of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.

“Many people who have lived in the neighborhood for years don’t even realize it’s there,” he says.



“If you go to the next block,” he adds, “you’ll see glass high-rises. The character of the South Loop is changing.”

This is a unique time capsule in the city’s Printers Row neighborhood, an area within the South Loop developed as residential living in the late 1980s, after the demise of the printing industry.

Although the building dates to 1892, this unit was updated in the later part of the last century.


An open floor plan means that moving through the living room, dining room, and kitchen is a breeze, while the upstairs features a loft.

And its key feature? It’s a penthouse and a house.

None of the comparables, Gorczynski says, offer anything like it. One reason are the views—both inside and out.


“Whenever I come back to this unit,” he says, “the first thing I do is look through the windows. It has great light and views of the city—the urban cityscape and the high-rises.”

Exterior of Chicago penthouse

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Open layout

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Living and dining rooms

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Kitchen

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Upper-level loft space

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Upper-level loft

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One of the bedrooms

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The seller, whose husband is an architect, bought the property for $875,000 in 2017, when she took a position at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.

The couple recently returned to California and listed the penthouse. They weren’t able to complete their renovation plans and had never moved in.

The ideal buyer is “a creative spirit” and “someone who will envision this restoration,” Gorczynski says.


Necessary restorations will include installing new windows and gutting all three bathrooms, which were last updated in the late 1980s.

The unit also includes ample storage in the building’s basement and a private terrace.

This is a penthouse with lots of privacy, a bonus during the pandemic. Because there are only nine units in the building, potential buyers have been intrigued by the property.

“This is what appeals

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