Clarendon Heights Custom Mid-Century View Home

Stunning three bridge outlooks include the Marin Headlands, Mt. Tamalpais and Golden Gate, past Angel Island, Alcatraz, the San Rafael Bridge, downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, Mt. Diablo. A bird’s eye view does not get much better than the vistas from this custom 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath, 3 Level midcentury custom home, designed by Marquis & Stoller, perched atop Twin Peaks in Clarendon Heights.

The main living level features a two story vaulted ceiling living room, warmed by redwood paneling and a step-down cozy fireplace den. Both rooms enjoy an abundance of natural light through the tall windows that show off splendid panoramic views. A modern eat-in kitchen also opens to the large entry deck courtyard through sliding glass doors, providing a sunny and verdant outlook. The formal dining room has hidden silver safe and dinnerware pantry plus drybar. Powder room and entry closet. Elevator.

A private master suite on the upper level includes an office with Golden Gate and downtown views to inspire, as well as a paver-tiled bedroom with sitting area and fireplace, separate dressing rooms and bath featuring double vanity and shower with overhead skylight.

The downstairs living area includes two spacious family bedrooms sharing a hall bath plus a family room/utility room with laundry closet. Cooled wine vault. Easy exit to Saint Germain Avenue is from this level.

The home can be accessed either from Saint Germain or from a private driveway off Glenbrook (just below Palo Alto) that leads to the entry courtyard and a large 3-car side by side garage and workshop.

Saint Germain is a charming cul de sac located near the crest of Twin Peaks. This scenic neighborhood of abundant green open spaces, mini-parks, hiking and biking trails is a serene location and enjoys the best panoramas of the city below and the bay beyond. It is a community of single family detached homes at the center of San Francisco and yet is a quiet retreat for its residents.

  • Stunning Panoramas of the Bay Area
  • Three Living Levels, 3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths
  • Master Suite + Two Family Bedrooms
  • Living Room with Vaulted Ceiling and Built-Ins
  • Den with Fireplace
  • Formal Dining Room and Pantry
  • Modern Eat-In Kitchen, Custom Cabinetry
  • Large Entry Courtyard Deck
  • Laundry Room, Wine Vault
  • Three Car Garage & Work Room
  • Elevator to All Levels

Floor Plans



The firm of Marquis and Stoller was established in San Francisco in 1956 and dissolved in 1974 when each architect began his own firm. Their early projects in the 1950s and 1960s were primarily wooden, single-family residences designed in a midcentury modern style. The practice evolved in subsequent decades, increasingly taking on commercial, governmental, educational and other public building commissions.

Robert B. Marquis (1927-1995) was born in Germany and raised in Los Angeles. After receiving his architectural degree from the University of Southern California, he studied for a year (1949-1950) in Florence. He moved to San Francisco in 1953 and opened a solo practice, then formed a partnership with Claude Stoller in 1956. Stoller (c. 1920-), the brother of noted architectural photographer Ezra Stoller, was born in New York and educated at Black Mountain College, where several Bauhaus alumni were based. He received a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and also spent a year studying in Florence. Returning to the States, he initially practiced in Boston and St. Louis, settling in San Francisco in 1956. Over the course of their careers, the partners were recognized in their field with awards and publications, most notably for the St. Francis Square housing complex in San Francisco, designed with landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, a favorite collaborator. This project won an A.I.A. 25-year award in 1989. Both partners taught architecture; Stoller, in particular, was associated with the architecture school at UC Berkeley from 1957-1991.

Some of the notable projects of the firm and the individual partners include:

  • Heath Ceramics Factory, Sausalito, 1959
  • Park and Shop Market, San Francisco, 1959
  • St. Anselms Episcopal Church, San Rafael, 1960
  • La Strada Educational Center, San Francisco, 1961
  • City of Santa Clara Recreation and Parks buildings, 1961
  • St. Francis Square housing complex, San Francisco, 1963
  • Green-Johnston House, Mill Valley, 1959
  • Stanton House, Belvedere, 1959-1963
  • Ezra Stoller Studio, Rye, New York
  • Rodef Sholom Synogogue, San Rafael, c. 1967
  • Marin County Library, Novato, 1970-1971
  • Mc Allister Street Public Housing for the Elderly, 1972
  • San Francisco Zoo Primate Discovery Center
  • Sacramento Department of Justice Division Headquarters
  • Robert F. Kennedy Library, Cal Poly
  • Rosa Parks Apartments remodel, San Francisco, 1985
  • School of Music, Stanford University
  • Music Building, CSU Fresno
  • Visitor Center, FDR Memorial, Washington, D.C.
  • SFO South Terminal modernization
  • Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College, New York, 1992


There are two collections documenting the work of Marquis and Stoller in the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley. The Claude Stoller Papers contain mainly materials related to his tenure on the faculty at Berkeley. The Robert Marquis Papers include extensive project files, including the Heumann house (which is documented with photographs by Ezra Stoller, slides, project drawings, correspondence, etc.).

Principal Sources:

Curbed San Francisco, “Award-winning Mill Valley Midcentury Asks $1.795 Million,” 27 July 2016.

Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley, “Marquis, Robert.”

Online Archive of California (OAC), Claude Stoller Collection, 1957-1996 (UC Berkeley Environmental Design Archives).

Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD), Marquis and Stoller, Architects (Partnership).

Paul Goldberger, “Robert Marquis, Is Dead at 67, Noted Architect,” New York Times, 6 January 1995.








Clarendon Heights

This is a centrally located, friendly San Francisco neighborhood on the east slopes of Twin Peaks facing the city, surrounded by natural open spaces, hiking and biking trails, with undoubtedly the best panoramic views of the city and bay. This entirely residential neighborhood has stately homes as well as small bungalows - a tranquil area with easy access to city life and activities.

Clarendon Heights is also home to a wide spectrum of architecture. The eclectic styles found here are a mostly a mixture of Tudors and Villas as well as Mid-Century Modern and Sleek Contemporary homes. Rightfully motivated by the panoramic views, the homes were built into the hills, complete with hillside stairways and terraced flat streets to help residents navigate the neighborhood on foot.

While it resembles a completely upscale suburban environment, the compact community is also home to thoroughfares along Clarendon Avenue and Twin Peaks Boulevard, a portion of the SF 49-Mile Scenic Drive, providing links to amenities found in neighboring districts.

Tank Hill, in the northeastern corner of the neighborhood, is a hidden park and local favorite as well as a city destination, with a pathway leading to Cole Valley.

Clarendon Heights offers a serene respite in an ideal location with a calm undertone that lures residents looking for a peaceful life within the city.


Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Park and Trails Info

It's all downhill from Twin Peaks. Literally. These are two prominent hills with an elevation of about 925 feet, only Mt. Davidson is higher at 928. The 31 acre protected Natural Area is mostly undeveloped and is a preserve for native fauna including Red Tail Hawks and the Mission Blue Butterfly as well as indigenous plant life.

Twin Peaks offers the ultimate views of the city within the bay. On a foggy night, watching the lights of the city far below, and listening to the mournful toll of the fog horns, it’s easy to believe you are standing on the prow of a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Instead you are nearly at the geographic center of San Francisco. Stroll down one hill and you are in Cole Valley, with access to Golden Gate Park, a tidy retail district of shops and restaurants, the N-Judah and an easy commute downtown or to Ocean Beach. In the other direction, straight down 17th Street, the Castro lies stretched out at the foot of the hill, serviced by Muni Metro. Hugging the slopes of Twin Peaks, the quiet, curving streets lead to homes offering unobstructed views of the city below.

Sutro Tower hovers over the city from these hills and its beacon can be seen from all over the bay area. Clarendon School, located here, is one of the most sought after public schools in the city.


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