As seen in San Jose Mercury News on Saturday, April 8, 2016

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By Monica Lander, Correspondent


An investment in impeccable real estate with world-renowned views, and luxurious amenities inspires the ultimate pied-a-terre in one of the most exciting and beautiful cities in the world.


Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square, recognized as the “Best Private Residence Club in Northern America” by U.S. News & World Report Travel and the only one of its kind in San Francisco, offers fractional ownership opportunities in one of San Francisco’s most iconic and historic buildings.


There are 53 residences ranging in size from one bedroom and one bath and about 730 square feet to the largest unit with three bedrooms and three baths and almost 1,800 square feet. The location promises amazing bay or cityscape views in addition to full kitchens, private parking, outdoor terraces, yearround storage and wine cellar space, complimentary bicycles and golf clubs, and use of common areas including an exercise room, lounge, meeting space, and the Mustard Terrace with views, fire pit and expansive entertaining space.


A majority of the owners already taking advantage of this unique property live within a 120-mile radius of San Francisco and enjoy escaping to their second home in the City by the Bay and the luxury and comfort of a fully furnished, elegant hotel but without the hassle and cost of full ownership and maintenance.


Amenities rival any fivestar hotel and include full concierge and butlers service to pre-stock the kitchen or schedule activities, owner chauffeured house cars, daily breakfast and wine and cheese socials, and a commitment and attention to each owner’s personal needs and desires.


The 1/10 deeded ownership entitles the owner to a minimum of 35 nights of use annually in San Francisco. This fractional ownership offered by the Fairmont represents the upper tier of shared ownership opportunities that sets itself apart from others with its unique reciprocal use program that offers owners exclusive access to more than 200 Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel properties worldwide including resort destinations.


What once was home to the Pioneer Woolen Mill became the series of structures and factory in 1893 for the famed Ghirardelli Chocolate Company founded by Italian immigrant Domingo Ghirardelli 27 years earlier in North Beach.


After being designated a San Francisco landmark in 1970 and listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places in 1982, the property was purchased in 2004 by JMA Ventures. The world renowned San Francisco firm of Hornberger + Worstell, Inc. Architecture & Planning, revitalized and restored five of the nine buildings for the Fairmont property retaining the structures’ historic facades or character-defining features, some of which have survived for more than 150 years.


Hornberger + Worstell Inc. is known for its projects worldwide including renovation work at San Francisco’s historic Olympic Club founded in 1860, and its modern design of the Village at Squaw Valley.


An exciting culinary addition to the Fairmont Heritage Place neighborhood and convenient venue for its residents is the highly anticipated and newly opened Waxman’s. Located in the Mustard Building, Waxman’s is the first San Francisco restaurant owned by veteran chef Jonathan Waxman. The restaurant and café features a dining room, patio and bar, and self-service café, all of which showcase his signature Italian cuisine and fresh local produce with handmade pastas, grilled and wood oven roasted meats and the famous JW roasted chicken with salsa verde. Raised in Berkeley, Waxman is currently the chief-owner for restaurants in New York, Atlanta and Nashville.


Price: Ranges from $200,000 to $269,000. Open House from Saturday, Apr. 9 through Friday, Apr. 15th. Walk-ins welcome or by appointment. For additional information visit the Preview Gallery in Ghirardelli Square at 900 North Point St., San Francisco. Information: Call 415-292-1000 or visit www.