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The Sweet Life


Willie Wonka would be proud. The Fairmont Heritage Place in San Francisco’s famed Ghirardelli Square has garnered a sweet honor—the Best Private Residence Club in North America. The property, built into the square’s former chocolate factory, has 53 spacious, one-to-three bedroom apartments, available for rent or as a second home, with sweeping views of this city by the bay, just steps away from the Marina district and Russian Hill.  The development overlooks Aquatic Park and the Hyde Street Pier with its Maritime Museum, a collection of ships from tugboats to steam wheelers. To the east is Ft. Mason national park; to the west, the bustle and hustle of Fisherman’s Wharf. Close by are some of the best shops and restaurants in the city.


The Fairmont Heritage Place has the look of a boutique hotel with an elegant lobby, a handsome wine bar for daily wine-and-cheese pairings, a billiards lounge, fitness center, and outdoor terrace with a fireplace. While residences reflect the historic setting that dates to the 1860s, they are thoroughly modern, with contemporary furnishings and high-tech features from LCD televisions to Wolf appliances. They also come with 5-star service, including a butler, concierge, a house car and chauffeur to whisk you around the city, and private wine storage. Personal shoppers will even stock your Sub-Zero before you arrive.


In addition to overnight stays, Fairmont Heritage Place offers fractional ownership opportunities, priced from $169,000, geared to those who want a second or vacation home, without the hassles of full ownership. It offers 35 days of use throughout the year, as well as reciprocal access to Fairmont and Raffles properties around the world. (888.991.4300, www.fairmontatghirardelli.com)      ANDREA NAVERSEN


Photography courtesy of Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghiradelli Square


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