Velivela may have felt connected to the home, given the location of the company’s headquarters. “With his professional offices in the former Hills Brothers coffee plant on the Embarcadero, he now can come home to one of San Francisco’s most beautiful and historical residences formerly owned by the Hills family,” said Compass agent Karen Mendelsohn Gould. “A rare and whimsical opportunity!”
A serendipitous transaction, sure, but this home sale also had a unique objective for the anonymous sellers. A large portion of the proceeds are slated to be distributed among different animal and nature nonprofit groups in the Bay Area.
This was the first time the home had hit the market in 55 years.
Among San Francisco’s most iconic food brands, Hills Bros. pioneered the ability to vacuum-seal cans of coffee in the 1900s. The brand’s sign still stands today above 2 Harrison St. in the Embarcadero, though the offices are now occupied by Google.
Herbert Gray Hills lived in the seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom home with his wife Winifred and their family from the 1940s to the mid-1960s. Among many amenities, it features a gym, a separate caretaker’s apartment, a walk-in safe, an elevator to all levels and a four-car garage, according to the listing.