A Day in the Life of a Luxury Concierge

Have you ever tried to get a reservation at your favorite restaurant but to no avail? Or maybe you’ve been needing a dog walker but can’t quite find the right fit for your pup. At certain condominium high-rises, including The Harrison, you can rest assured that your very own concierge will take care of everything you both want and need. It’s no wonder today’s buyers are seeking out condos more so than houses. Below, get a glimpse of everything you can expect and more from your personal luxury concierge.


Whatever type of reservation you need, The Harrison’s concierge will acquire it. From snagging hard-to-get restaurant reservations to booking your next appointment at the spa or salon, the much-dreaded reservation process becomes one that’s much-anticipated. Additionally, if you’re in need of transportation, the concierge will happily arrange luxury car services, whether that be in and around the city or to and from the airport. And, even better, he or she will curate travel itineraries and city guides to make your next trip a breeze—with private or commercial air travel arrangements, too.

At-Home Assistance

Urban living can be chaotic at times, but The Harrison’s concierge is there to make your busy schedule a whole lot easier. If you’re on the go, call for immediate dry-cleaning and garment care. If your condo needs some sprucing, the concierge will recommend the best housekeeping or handymen. And, of course, if you have little ones to be taken care of—whether they be children or pets—you can rely on your concierge to put them in remarkable hands. But what about you? Request in-residence wellness services and fitness training for city living made effortlessly relaxing.


Organization & Installation

Life at The Harrison is luxuriously low-maintenance. With a home, you’re responsible for all maintenance. But here, all you have to do is call up the concierge for a bit of help. If you’re moving in or out, everything will be coordinated with storage solutions. Or, if you need some assistance in tidying up your abode, the concierge will accommodate with professional home organization and custom closet installation. Or perhaps you have significant artwork to hang—it’s all handled. And maybe you need help with utility setup or AV installation—it’s done before you know it.


You can’t work without having any time to play, right? Beyond completing your everyday tasks, The Harrison’s concierge is able to fulfill any and all kinds of daily indulgences. Whether you need gift suggestions, a personal shopper, impromptu floral arrangements and delivery, premium tickets, access to VIP events or entry to sought-after nightclubs and bars, he or she will be immediately on top of it. Here, life isn’t of the garden variety—condo living at The Harrison is, without a doubt, a botanical museum.

SF Giants Statue

Meet Residence 16H: Sky-High Retreat With Twin Peaks Views

From The Harrison’s remaining available residences comes this one-bedroom floor plan with far-reaching Twin Peaks views beyond floor-to-ceiling windows. Replete with diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and a Bosch washer and dryer, the residence boasts luxe interiors framed by unrivaled vistas. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this residence realizes an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by renowned designer Ken Fulk.

Floor Plan

Through the foyer, one is welcome by a bright and airy interior with each finish accented by natural light. The kitchen, complete with Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances, provide the ultimate setting for culinary enthusiasts.


Adjoining the kitchen are the dining room and living room, boasting an open-concept layout, ideal for both relaxation and entertaining. Extensive floor-to-ceiling windows frame the space, offering far-reaching views of Twin Peaks and inundating the interior with a bounty of warm sunlight. And, just off the living room lies a balcony—your own personal perch.

Living Room

The fluidity of this high rise home continues onward into the home’s master suite, where Twin Peaks views and neutral decorative details create the perfect palette for one’s design ambitions. A spa-like bath features porcelain Herringbone floors, custom unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, casted-glass wall sconces and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles, fully realizing the home’s sublime one-bedroom layout.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or inquire about this particular floor plan.

Resident Reveal: Cristian & Darrin Find their Idyllic Second Home at The Harrison

Now, more than ever, homeowners are seeking secondary residences—not abroad, but rather in their very own backyards. The Harrison resident Cristian Azcarate and his partner, Darrin, split time between their Walnut Creek home and their Harrison abode, which offers a unique contrast to their suburban lifestyle just miles away. Here, they revel in boutique hotel-style amenities, proximity to Azcarate’s workplace and, of course, the comfort of a sheer urban escape. Luckily, we had the opportunity to sit down with Cristian to get an inside look into this trending, dual San Francisco lifestyle.

How did you first learn about The Harrison?

I was browsing through Redfin and Zillow listings and came across The Harrison myself. What caught my attention were photos of the Grand Salon lobby and Uncle Harry’s. I thought the designs and finishes were incredibly inviting. We had gone to see a unit at The Lumina and drove by The Harrison’s front door; I remember asking Darrin to let me get out as I wanted to see the lobby. Well, we ended up visiting a few units that day, and about two days later we had submitted an offer on a two-bedroom unit that we both loved.

What motivated you to purchase a home at The Harrison?

Several years ago we sold our home in San Mateo as I was offered an exciting job with my company Genentech to lead a Sales Team in Texas and Louisiana. At that time we purchased a home in Walnut Creek and Austin, Texas. At the end of 2016, I took a new opportunity back in our headquarters in South San Francisco; as such, a new and convenient home was necessary. The Harrison was perfect—I can walk about 3 blocks to get on Genentech’s shuttle to my building. Easy access to the Embarcadero was a must for me as I wanted to be able to go for long runs in the evenings, which has been an incredible way to enjoy the city.

How do you divide your time between your primary residence in Walnut Creek and The Harrison?

We spend about 3-4 days at The Harrison during the week, then I try to work from home in Walnut Creek 1 or 2 days. We mostly spend the weekends there, though. I’m an avid mountain biker and runner, and our home in Walnut Creek boasts plenty of open trails, while our expansive outdoor patio is the perfect place to entertain. We love splitting our time between the two homes as they offer such different experiences for both of us. We have deer and wild turkeys roaming our yard in Walnut Creek, yet I have all of San Francisco right at my fingertips at The Harrison.

Do you own any other properties?

We own another condo in Walnut Creek that is occupied by my mother. She is less than 1 mile from our house there so it’s convenient for family get-togethers!

Beyond the convenience of owning homes within and outside of the city, is there an investment strategy to it?

We do see this purchase as a long-term investment. The location is fantastic and if work moves us away from the Bay Area again, we know our place would rent easily.

What features/amenities do you like most at The Harrison?

I take full advantage of the gym and always can be found there at the end of the day. It’s a great way to unwind from a busy day in the office. Of course, Uncle Harry’s is also another amenity that we enjoy. The views from up there are unmatched and it’s truly a magical setting for just hanging out or hosting a private party. Darrin drives to work so I know the valet parking feature is something he appreciates. Everyone in the garage is always so friendly! And last but not least, the bike storage area is wonderful. We do like getting out for exercise when we’re here so it’s great that we don’t need to store our bikes in our unit!

What’s your favorite time of the week to reside at The Harrison?

We are starting to spend some Friday nights here so we can enjoy the city more after work. In fact, we’ve been attending some of the pop-up art gallery shows recently that take place around the neighborhood. It’s a fun way to meet new neighbors and support local artists. Both Darrin and I love art and have a soft spot for it! We collect paintings and sculptures at both of our homes.

The Most SF Ways to Get Outside & In Shape for Summer

Although listening to the right music and buying the right apparel may motivate you to workout, there’s no better inspiration to get in shape than the sunshine and fresh air. While San Francisco is teeming with incredible gyms and indoor workout classes, exercising outdoors has proven to benefit both your mind and body: it uplifts your mood, improves vitamin D levels, enhances your focus and more. So with summer just around the corner, consider the following San Franciscan workouts to get outside and get fit.

Stretch it Out

San Francisco is known to be a highly progressive city, so it should come as no surprise that yoga is deeply rooted in the local lifestyle. And, with several parks and beaches by the bay, you can take your practice outside—unlike in most cities where the weather doesn’t permit. If you want to flow on your own, head just outside to The Harrison’s pool terrace or to nearby Rincon Park and South Beach Harbor. And, if you want to partake in a class, sign up for Outdoor Yoga SF for a session on the beach or Hiking Yoga for a more vigorous experience that aptly combines cardio and stretching.


Train Together

Maybe yoga isn’t your thing, but you still want to break a sweat outside. Luckily, there are a variety of outdoor fitness classes to choose from throughout the city. Basic Training is a local favorite, bringing small groups on 55-minute adventures around the city while running, jumping and stretching. Or, if you want to be pushed to your limit, sign up for a class with Bootcamp SF. Over the course of a week, you’ll get in tip-top shape via cardio, strength training and agility—all amidst San Francisco’s most picturesque settings.

Outdoor Workout

Take a Hike

One of the greatest perks of living in San Francisco is the amount of hiking you can accomplish without ever walking the same trail twice. And, what better way to get fit than climbing to the top and witnessing spectacular views? While there are countless hikes to choose from, you can experience the best sweat and vistas from the cliffs of Land’s End, top of Twin Peaks, peak of Fort Funston and more. And, if you’re willing to venture a bit outside of the city, be sure to check out Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais. Time to turn your workout into an adventure.

San Francisco Bay

Go For a Joy Ride

Road biking is one of the most popular activities amongst San Franciscans, particularly because of the many paths that exist around the bay. So if you wish to escape the city for a leisurely Sunday afternoon, consider taking Paradise Loop—an easy 38-mile ride from the city, over the Golden Gate Bridge, through Marin and back. Suitable for experienced bikers or a leisurely family outing, Paradise Loop is incredibly accessible from The Harrison. Just ride along the Embarcadero, through the Marina and Crissy Field, then you’re at the gates of the Golden.

Bay Bridge

One Winning Day on The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero, San Francisco’s prime waterfront hotspot, is considered one of the most scenic and iconic destinations, not just in the city, but worldwide. Built along a three-mile seawall, the locale is teeming with cultural and coastal attractions that afford a most fulfilling day spent on the water. Yet, with so much to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed; below, get an inside look into one winning day on the Embarcadero.

But First…Coffee

It’s often said that the best way to experience a city is by checking out its local haunts, so start your day off by meandering the streets of the Embarcadero in search of the best coffee. A favorite amongst San Franciscans and visitors alike, Blue Bottle in the Ferry Building serves up some of the best pour over and single origin espresso in the city. And don’t forget to get a made-to-order caramelized Belgian waffle to munch on while watching the ferries glide by outside.

Blue Bottle BrooklynPhoto courtesy of Hoodline

Be a Tourist

Who said you can’t be a tourist in your own city? Head into the Exploratorium at Pier 15 for a unique scientific experience. Perfect for both kids and adults alike, the Exploratorium features galleries that showcase weather phenomena, human behavior and more. You might just be able to catch one of their special events. Check the calendar here before your day of explorative adventure.

Treat Yourself

Walking along the wharf and engaging in such eye-opening scientific experiences can be tiring. That’s why you should indulge in a treatment at Spa Vitale next. Enjoy a relaxing facial or massage with sweeping vistas of the bay just beyond, then unwind or meditate in the private bamboo garden. You’ll need this refresher before continuing on with your fulfilling day.

Spa BathPhoto courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler


After relocating your inner zen, you’ll likely need to satiate your appetite. Luckily, the Embarcadero is brimming with dining options both casual and high-end. We recommend heading to The Slanted Door in the Ferry Building for an unforgettable Vietnamese meal paired with stunning Bay Bridge vistas. Charles Phan’s menu is nationally acclaimed, featuring top-quality, local ingredients in dishes like soft gulf shrimp spring rolls and barbecue pork spare ribs.


Following a long day of adventure, relaxation and indulgence, you deserve a drink. Hard Water is one of the Embarcadero’s trendiest, most sought-after whiskey bars while Coqueta serves up one of the most glorified Manhattans in town, known as the “Championship Policy.” No matter where you choose to take a seat, you’ll certainly find the perfect cap to a winning day.

Restaurant BarPhoto courtesy of Serious Eats