Some nights, Gunther Gopp stands on the deck off the master suite of 305 Filbert St. on Telegraph Hill and is mesmerized.

"You just see lights of the cargo ships in a sea of black," Gopp said. "It's like they are floating in space."

Gopp purchased the building in 2006. Previously, it served as a multiple-unit residence and it had fallen into disrepair. Gopp, who also owns a home down the street, wanted to redesign the space as a home for his daughter. She recently took a job in the Southwest, so Gopp is putting it on the market rather than renting it out.

The ambitious project added square footage, brightened the home and added outdoor spaces off all three levels. A courtyard fashioned from reclaimed bricks was installed, and the home also includes an updated foundation, new plumbing and new electrical wiring.

"We wanted a Dwell Magazine concept, something with a lot of light and a lot of space," he said. "It's modern living for modern people."

Previously, a steep slope led from the street to the entryway of the home. Bricks reclaimed from the tri-level home's exterior were integrated into a rustic courtyard. Besides aesthetics, the brick installation made the area easier to navigate.

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"Now you can walk down during the winter without slipping," he said.

The main level offers a great room featuring a gas fireplace with Italian marble surround and oak floors. It includes the dining area and opens to an eat-in kitchen with Thermador appliances, a commercial-grade exhaust hood and dual oven.

A rear garden and south-facing terrace are also accessed off this level.

Crowning the building is an elaborate master suite with a balcony and south-facing roof deck. Features inside the suite include a walk-in steam shower and limestone finishes. A balcony looks over the home's garden and the neighborhood, while the deck provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge.

The flexible layout of the middle level offers versatility to the home. The living room/family room includes a gas fireplace and is large enough to be divided into a third bedroom with views of the bay.

Spanning the length of this level is a fresh-air balcony, and the middle level includes a bedroom with walk-in closet.

Listing agent: Louis Silcox Jr., Sotheby's International Realty, (415) 296-2229, louis.silcox@



Address: 305 Filbert St., Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

Price: $2.8 million

Features: Remodeled tri-level home with modern floor plan, contemporary finishes and outdoor spaces on every level. The home offers views of Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island and the Bay Bridge, as well as an eat-in kitchen with commercial-quality appliances.

Open home: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.