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This San Francisco Penthouse is the Epitome of Apartment Goals


Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

You would expect an apartment a few floors above the Instagram and Facebook headquarters to be, well, Instagrammable, but this 2,575 square foot penthouse at 181 Fremont in San Francisco is on another level. The pre-certified LEED Platinum luxury condominium tower is the first in San Francisco to earn that designation, and features a wrap-around observation terrace, two lounges (including one with a piano bar), fitness center with yoga room, catering kitchen, and conference room. Okay, we're listening.

This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom penthouse, designed by Mahsa Afsharpour, the founder of Saga Interiors, boasts sleek style and gorgeous views of the Bay Area.

"When walking into this penthouse, you turn the corner from the entryway and cannot help but notice the stunning landscape of San Francisco," Afsharpour says. "This penthouse's floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the city give you a feeling of living amongst the clouds. My vision was to create a space that reflects an understated elegance that wouldn't take away from the surrounding views."

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Mahsa Afsharpour is the founder and principal designer of Saga Interiors, drawing from Scandinavian, modern, transitional design to create functional spaces with understated elegance.

Since the building was built in 2018 and offers many luxuries, including Brazilian Macaubas quartzite countertops in the kitchen and heated floors of full-slab Lincoln Marble in the bathroom (um, sign me up please), Afsharpour focused on adding neutral colors, clean lines, textures, and arthouse-worthy light fixtures to add a touch of glam while making the space comfortable and accessible.

"Effortless luxury and elegance that flows throughout the penthouse and reflects the architecture and richness of the building was a top priority," Afsharpour said.

My vision was to create a space that reflects an understated elegance that wouldn't take away from the surrounding views.

Keep scrolling to see every inch of this stunning family home in one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

living room

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Afsharpour positioned the furniture so the floor-to-ceiling windows were always in view. "In the living room, space naturally competes with the surrounding views," Afsharpour said. "My intention was to create a timeless and elegant space without blocking or taking away from the beautiful views of the city."

living room couch

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

A great tip for anyone (even those of us who thrive in our small space living!), is to keep your furniture's visual weight in mind. It will give the illusion of more space.

"The furniture pieces in this space are light and airy and allow you to almost see through them, even though they are significant in size and proportions," Afsharpour said.

circa lighting lamp
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dining room

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

What's a dining room without a standout light fixture? Afsharpour wanted a bold statement to pop against the oak sliding panels.

"The Taraxacum 88, an Italian industrial light fixture with 20 pressed and polished aluminum equilateral triangles fitted with electrical sockets, makes its presence known and ties the space together," Afsharpour said. "Each socket is filled with 60 globe lamps, invoking the bloom of a dandelion."

taraxacum 88 light
Flos Taraxacum 88 Chandelier Pendant Light $5,995.00

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

With such an open concept living area, entertaining will be a breeze. This built-in wet bar is perfect for whipping up cocktails or setting up a cheese board.

galley kitchen

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Ever wish you had time to clean up the kitchen before guests arrive? This kitchen can be hidden from view, thanks to a set of oak sliding panels. Though we can't imagine not having a place to stow our pots and pans in this sleek space.


Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

This bedroom boasts another stunning light fixture as well as lots of texture to create a "welcoming, comfortable, and sophisticated safe-haven." Afsharpour also added a wall covering behind the headboard to add a touch of color, pattern, and interest to the space.

kids bedroom

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

This kid's bedroom is space-themed without going overboard. The muted wallpaper and décor pieces are things that can grow up as they do.

master marble bathroom

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

This dreamy primary bathroom needed little design help, according to Afsharpour, as it came with full-height Arabescato Corchia marble walls (plus those heated floors we mentioned earlier). It's also equipped with soaking tubs with a separate shower and dual vanities.

The term "Primary Bathroom" is now widely used to describe the largest bathroom in the home, as it better reflects the space’s purpose. Many realtors, architects, interior designers, and the Real Estate Standards Association have recognized the potentially discriminatory connotations in the term "Master." Read more about our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.

bathtub with views of san francisco bay

"The primary bath was already a masterpiece when I first walked into the space,"Afsharpour said. "The floor and walls are adorned in full slabs of marble with a stand-alone bath tub facing the breathtaking San Fransisco Skyline. It couldn’t get much dreamier than this." 

home vanity

Design: Saga Interiors, Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

The client requested a vanity space so Afsharpour went to work, creating a feminine make-up space complete with a custom mirror.

"The lighting in the mirror can be adjusted to reflect various types of desired lighting for the perfect make-up application," Afsharpour said. Dreams do come true!

No matter where she's designing, Afsharpour is passionate about bringing the client's wants and needs to life.

"With Saga Interiors I get to see the pure joy on my clients’ faces when we’ve worked together to transform their home, expressing what’s truly important to them to live a magnificent life and in turn making it decidedly theirs," Afsharpour said. "Just as it’s meant to be."