Millennium Tower: Luxury Living in San Francisco

When not busy watching the wrecking ball destroy the old transbay terminal this morning, I was touring the Millennium Tower. For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, the Millennium Tower is at the corner of Mission and Beale streets in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena mls subdistrict.

The Millennium tower actually offers three different residential living experiences to prospective buyers. These are the Millennium City Residences in the 11 story building adjacent to the main tower, the Millenium Residences on floors 3 – 25 of the tower, and the Millennium Grand Residences, starting on the 26th floor and going up. Each has its own homeowner’s association, concierge, lobby, and set of default finishes. All have access to the shared building amenities like the owner’s lounge, fitness studios (pilates, yoga, etc. bring your own trainer), salt-water lap pool, fitness center, outdoor decks, kid’s play area, and wine lockers.

The city residences are on the east side of the Millennium Tower, and tend to offer a more “bohemian” or “new york loft” style living experience (although how many bohemians could afford a $1.2 million 1+ bedroom condo is open for debate). Whatever you call them, we like the high ceilings and layouts that are more open or flexible, depending on your favorite adjective. Photos of unit #404 are below, which can be yours for roughly 1.2 million dollars.

The grand residences on the upper floors of Millennium Tower are exceptional. From the 26th to the 48th floor, there are 6 homes per floor. On the 49th floor and above, there are four homes on each floor. The standard finishes in a grand residence at the Millennium tower are solid plank beech hardwood floors in the foyer, kitchen, living room, and library, teak studio becker cabinets, marble countertops and backsplash in the kitchen,Wolfe and Miele stainless steel appliances (including a five-burner cooktop), a 48″ Sub-Zero refrigerator and a wine cooler. The feel and color palette of these finishes is a bit more pleasing to my jaded eye, but your mileage may vary.

We viewed two grand residences at the Millennium, one a tricked-out unit on the 47th floor, with finishes that clearly demonstrated while you can buy a luxury condo you can’t buy taste. The second theory about my reaction to the finishes on the 47th floor were that I’m just too poor to know pretty when it smacks me upside the head. Residence 47B is on the northeast corner of the Millennium tower, and when I wasn’t running in fear from the overstuffed-floral-print sofa or the mirrored tile backsplash in the kitchen, I really couldn’t help but admire the views!

The second grand residence was 55A, which is perched high above San Francisco on the 55th floor. It is currently being used as a sales center, so don’t think you have to put conference tables in the bedrooms like they did. (I’d also like to point out that there is probably no need to keep the large letters with the building name in the foyer, unless you have memory issues…). It is a rather large and impressive floorplan, clocking in at over 2,300 square feet of luxury views on the northwest corner of the building. The northwest corner of the building has been a rather popular seller in the building, so this particular residence can be yours for about $3, 910,000. But there aren’t too many left, so move sooner rather than later.

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