A 'notorious' San Francisco mansion abandoned by a tech exec and once inhabited by a squatter is on the market after a multimillion-dollar renovation. Take a look inside the $30 million 'mini-Versailles'

Daniel LunghiSan Francisco’s replica of Le Petit Trianon.

On the market: San Francisco’s mini-Versailles.

Just like the palace it’s modelled after, Presidio Heights’Le Petit Trianon replica has quite the history. The home was built by a wool merchant in the early 1900s only to be damaged shortly thereafter by an earthquake, reported Katherine Clarke for The Wall Street Journal.

It was later purchased by Salesforce and CNET co-founder Halsey Minor, who abandoned it after going broke during the financial crisis – after which skateboarders broke in to ride the stairwells, and self-described artist and nomad Jeremiah Kaylor squatted in it, according to Clarke. Kaylor told Clarke he sold $US300,000 worth of the house’s art.

Once Minor filed for bankruptcy in 2013, venture capitalist Ron Jankov bought it for $US12 million in a trustee sale, Clarke said. After spending millions on a multi-year renovation, Jankov is now selling the nearly 18,000-square-foot house for $US30 million because he gets lost inside, he told Clarke.

Here’s a look inside what Clarke calls “one of San Francisco’s most iconic – and notorious – homes.”


Sitting on a 20,311-square-foot lot, San Francisco’s mini-Versailles is a national historical landmark dating back to the 1900s.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Source: Le Petit Trianon


Modelled after Le Petit Trianon, the sandstone mansion underwent a multimillion-dollar facelift to its 18th-century grandeur. It took three years to complete.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Susan Lind Chastain, Inc. and Willem Racke Studio.

Source: Wall Street Journal


The chateau-style residence features nearly 18,000 square feet of living space and 20 rooms.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Source: Le Petit Trianon


It includes two kitchens, two wet bars, a butler’s pantry, and a breakfast room.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Source: Le Petit Trianon


There’s a grand living room, which juxtaposes French architectural elements like Corinthian columns and beamed ceilings with 21st-century details, such as a contemporary light fixture.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Chris Weir & Susan Collins Weir.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


On the same floor is a sitting room, which features a domed ceiling, grand fireplace, and double tall French windows.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Martin Kobus.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


There’s also a library featuring a marble and wood fireplace and barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by James Hunter & Paul Wiseman.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


On the second floor is a whimsical family room and library.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Jonathan Rachman.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Its colourful setting boasts an original beamed ceiling and grand fireplace.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Jonathan Rachman.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


Off to the side of the room is an intimate lounging area in a royal blue and gold alcove.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Jonathan Rachman.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


There’s also a ballroom on the lower level. Previously inspired by Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, it was transformed into a nightclub in the recent renovation.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Vernon Applegate & Gioi Tran.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


It includes a raised stage for entertainment …

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Vernon Applegate & Gioi Tran.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


… and a marble-clad bar with three under-the-counter wine fridges.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Vernon Applegate & Gioi Tran.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


There are also two home offices. This one uses bright colours to emphasise the renovation’s contemporary aesthetic.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Lindsay Anyon Brier

Source: Le Petit Trianon


The home has nine bedrooms, including a bright bedroom with grasscloth wallpaper and tropical-inspired details.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Alicia Cheung Lichtenstein & Eva Muller Bradley.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


And there are three powder rooms and six baths, many of which include adjoining sitting rooms.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryDesign by Deniece Duscheone.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


A circular entry with marble flooring features six Ionic columns, a domed ceiling, and four French doors leading to indoor gardens.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Source: Le Petit Trianon


There’s also a three-story central atrium with a stained glass skylight and lush greenery spilling over the third level for an indoor garden feel.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Source: Le Petit Trianon


Off the central atrium is a back door leading to classical French gardens and a gardening room with white Carrara marble counters and flooring, whimsical wallpaper, and a decoratively gilded, antique mirrored backsplash.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global LuxuryKari McIntosh Design.

Source: Le Petit Trianon


And encircling the atrium is a classic mansion staple: a grand central staircase.

Daniel Lunghi; Listing Courtesy of Joel Goodrich, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Source: Le Petit Trianon

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