Side Digest: 10 Must-See Listings That'll Have You Swooning

Our broker and agent success teams are intimately involved with every transaction Side partner agents complete, and they get to see a ton of gorgeous, kitschy, unique, and extravagant properties. We all love real estate, and we get to help manage transactions for some seriously amazing listings. With that in mind, we asked our InSiders to nominate ten of the most memorable listings they helped transact over the last 12 months. Here they are, for your viewing pleasure. 

1. Best Views Case No. 2 - Malibu, California

Scott Gillen, the visionary creator behind the 15 masterfully designed residences in The Malibu Series, partnered with Side and announced the official launch of his game-changing luxury brokerage, Unvarnished. With the introduction of this new brokerage division, Unvarnished will offer prospective homebuyers a direct connection to Gillen — from curation and construction to closing —and true concierge service.

Listed at $75 million. Case No. 2 spans over three acres and over 10,000 square-feet of impeccable design with panoramic views of the Queen's Necklace, including the world-renowned Surfrider and Malibu Colony beaches. Featuring five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, Case No. 2 is a true masterpiece complete with a great room overlooking a 132-foot long infinity pool, perfectly symmetrical clean lines framing 360-degree views, the most exquisite materials and Gillen's distinct, warm minimalist design.  

Case No. 2's expansive pool and backyard view 

Gillen, who is well-known for his record-breaking purchase of 24-acres of oceanfront land in Malibu for $50 million in 2017 now known as The Case, and his warm minimalist aesthetic that consistently achieves market-topping prices, is currently recruiting by invitation only an elite group of brokers to comprise his Unvarnished team. His stunning properties never fail to impress and astound. 

2. Most Romantic 1910 Yosemite Rd - Berkeley, California

No need to escape to nature when it’s incorporated into your home! Tucked in between the Berkeley Hills, Kensington, and the vibrant Solano Avenue shopping district, Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood is a family-friendly enclave that boasts a great suburban feel close to the big city. This envy-worthy home, represented by Anna Bellomo with District Homes, has a seriously cozy feel to it that would make anyone want to snuggle up with a loved one (or a great book and a glass of wine).

Natural rock outcroppings are a notable feature of this neighborhood, with many such formations incorporated into backyards, driveways, and even interior home design.

Drenched in sunlight and full of gorgeous natural details, this property impeccably blends natural colors, materials, and textures with modern touches.

3. Best Value 1392 Mcallister Street - San Francisco, California

Talk about a steal! This four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,400 square foot home hit the market for just $1.65M in 2019! Represented by Eddie O’ Sullivan with Elevation Real Estate, this charming property oozes character, and the location can’t be beat! Located just off Golden Gate Avenue near Alamo Square Park, the property is centrally located, with easy access to Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and SOMA.

Carefully incorporated exterior paint accents and architectural details make this a quintessential San Francisco home. Neutral walls with pops of color throughout, give it a bright and airy feel.

4. Most Uniquely Modern 1681 Noe Street - San Francisco, California

Located on a lovely block in Noe Valley, this condominium is on the top floor of a beautiful turn of the century building. This light-filled home blends the charm of the Victorian era with all the modern comfort and style of the 21st Century. Nominated by Andy Leaf and represented by Jennifer Burden and Carren Shagley with Legacy Real Estate, the home earned its sellers $1,490.91 per square foot. It was the highest price per square foot transaction in the area for several months.

The ever-popular grey and white color scheme, thoughtful decor, and clean lines make the open space feel current and inviting. Dramatic open vaulted beam ceilings, ample skylights, and windows with gorgeous views add to the drama of this stunning space.

Picture windows in the living room provide an expansive view of downtown, while the sunlit loft window provides a peek at Mount Diablo. 

5. Best City Listing 3437 Ella Lee Lane - Houston, Texas

This eye-catching new build property is located in a highly desirable neighborhood in the heart of Houston. Represented by Michael Afshari with Happen Houston, this home beautifully combines an open floor plans with tasteful modern design. Beyond the canopied front yard, an airy foyer spills into soaring, open living spaces, awash in natural light and complete with walls of glass and steel that fuse the interior spaces with the loggia and pool.

A formal living room and private office sit opposite the elegant dining room with a butler’s pantry that connects to the phenomenal kitchen. Featuring top tier appliances, a stunning marble slab island, and breakfast area, the kitchen opens to a soaring open great room with a wet bar.

On the second floor, the master feels like a home away from home, made even cozier by a fireplace, a window-lined lounge, and an en-suite that rivals a stunning spa. The home also includes four additional en-suite rooms with walk-in closets, and a game-room that complete the floor. But that's not all! The third level, ideal for an exercise or theater, is finished with a full bath and wet bar. The whole home is outfitted with full automation systems. 

6. Best Entertaining Space 1458 Bienveneda Ave - Pacific Palisades, California

Whether you want to play tennis (table or court), enjoy a cocktail at the bar, hang out by the fire pit, or sit on the patio and take in the gorgeous views while you contemplate life, this home has got you covered. Listed by Anthony Marguleas with Amalfi Estates, this Pacific Palisades home truly has it all - and then some.

Reminiscent of a Georgian manor, this grand estate lies on close to two acres of land and truly has something for everyone. 

7. Best Beach Listing 0 Cabrillo Highway - Pescadero, California

While there's not much here by way of a property, this listing’s beauty exists in its endless possibilities. Represented and sold by David Oliphant with Ocean Blue Real Estate, this lot of land with private beach access offered one lucky buyer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a waterfront dream home, hidden away from the masses.

You truly can't beat those ocean views!

8. Most Extravagant Mega mansion - Bel Air, California

This jaw-dropping four-story mega-mansion in Bel Air features 12 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms spread across 38,000-square-feet. Represented by Ben Bacal with Revel Real Estate, the property sold for $94 million in October 2019.

The home includes three kitchens, five bars, and two wine cellars. The new owner won’t need to go far for entertainment either; there’s a bowling alley, a candy room, and a 40-seat movie theater inside. Looking for serenity? Check out the massage studio. Need to put in some sweat equity? Stop by the fitness center. 

Last but certainly not least, the outdoor space is made up of over 17,000 square feet of patio decking and includes an 85-foot infinity pool with a swim-up bar, all overlooking Los Angeles. Oh, and of course, there’s a helicopter pad!

9. Coolest Architecture 326 Capp Street - San Francisco, California

A home that’s as impressive as it is functional does not come on the market often. This lovely home features intricate detailing and bountiful living space, nestled in the heart of the Mission. Alexander Clark, with The Front Steps, helped the original buyers purchase the home in March 2019 for $3.6 million, then sold it off-market to the buyer who ‘lost’ the original listing two months later for $5.5 million! 

It's an amazing property with unique details and character. The warehouse boasts vast exposed beam ceilings, concrete floors, and custom finishes throughout. Ideal for entertaining, the kitchen opens to a dining room and sizable living room.

Through double doors, the master bedroom features a walk-in closet and four-piece bathroom with a double vanity. The guest bedroom and sleeping loft are accompanied by a second full bath. Upstairs, the main home serves as a second unit and has external and internal access from the warehouse. The whole home features Victorian details with a flexible floor plan.

10. Most Unique 651 Dolores at The Light House - San Francisco, California 

This amazing 5400+ square foot loft is a converted church located in Dolores Park, one of the city's most iconic outdoor spaces. The asking price on the currently off-market listing is $6,195,000. The property was sold by John Woodruff and Marcus Miller with the  Woodruff Miller Team in 2016.

The upstairs portion of the home, owned by the seismic engineer who built a private oasis in the space, was featured in Curbed San Francisco in 2016.

We hope you enjoyed an inside look at some of our partner agents' most incredible listings!