Meet the famous residents inside San Francisco’s own “leaning tower”

TRD New York /
Aug.August 06, 2016 10:44 AM

Before it garnered additional fame for sinking and tilting at an alarmingly fast rate, San Francisco’s Millennium Tower was renowned for its A-list residents, incredible luxury properties, and sky-high prices. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the building has sunk 16 inches into the ground and tilted two inches to the northwest since its completion in 2008.

But even with the current scandal that’s enveloping the building and causing serious concern among city officials and homeowners alike, the tower remains iconic.

Here’s an inside look into some of the notable names that have called the formidable 58-floor skyscraper home, as well as the stunning properties that have given the place its standout reputation.

Completed in 2008, the Millennium Tower features top-notch amenities like a fitness center, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, pool, a children’s playroom, a movie theater, and a four-star restaurant under the direction of top chef Michael Mina.Entry-level prices for properties hover around $1.6 million, though the more exclusive properties have sold for upwards of $10 million.


It’s no surprise that the building has been home to a slew of high-profile residents over the years. Legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana used to own a condo in the building, until he sold it to San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence for $1.65 million in 2014.

In 2015, Pence dished out $4.25 million for another luxury unit in the building. Covering more than 2,200 square feet on the 51st floor, the property has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows with exquisite views of the Bay Bridge.

The late venture capitalist Tom Perkins owned one of the building’s penthouses — a 5,500-square-foot property with a variety of unconventional elements. Among them were a 7.5-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture of a minotaur, a custom-made harpsichord with intricate paintings inside, and a bar formed from a slab of optical glass.

Football executive Carmen Policy, whose time with the San Francisco 49ers helped them to four Super Bowl victories, is also listed as a resident.

And finally, this insane $9.45 million penthouse — the most expensive two-bedroom in San Francisco when it was on the market in 2015. Among its perks are huge chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows with luxurious drapes, and a white marble bathroom with an ornate pewter tub. It was delisted in September 2015.

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