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George Shultz's former San Francisco penthouses are currently on the market

The diplomat's north apartment is listed for $17 million – while the south property is asking for $12 million

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse
(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

George Shultz's two penthouses amid San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood are on the market for a combined value of $29 million. 

George Shultz was an American diplomat, economist, and businessman. He is one of only two people to have held four different Cabinet-level posts throughout his career. George died in February last year at the age of 100. Together with his wife, San Francisco Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz, he combined the two penthouses to create a mansion-style home. 

The renovation left the couple with one of the world's best homes – complete with ample space for entertaining and a view across the Golden Gate Bridge. Here, we tour the properties. 

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

Designed by the developer Joseph Eichler, The Summit (where the penthouses are located) is one of the few high-rise buildings on the northern end of San Francisco. Its construction is said to have inspired the city to pass height-limiting legislation – meaning they have unrivaled views of the cityscape. 

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

Both the north and south penthouses exhibit similar, sleek decorating ideas – seen primarily through their neutral color palette and modernist pieces. The main living space is subtly furnished with cream sofas and curated houseplants that allow the city's colors to make their statement. This room also boasts a wet bar and wood-burning fireplace below its towering 20' ceiling.  

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

The cool, cream scheme continues into the open-plan kitchen ideas – complete with light cabinetry and a marble countertop. The cooking area flows into a breakfast nook, where the circular glass table and rattan chairs bring a retro aesthetic to the sunlit space. 

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

The primary suite maintains these room color ideas through its beige scheme – accentuated by the large mirrors that reflect the city throughout the room. The bedroom has two adjoining spa-like bathrooms, three walk-in closets, a dressing room, and a private balcony with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. 

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

In the south penthouse, there is another gourmet kitchen, plus an upper-level mezzanine with a wet bar with space for entertaining. The primary bedroom boasts stylish bedroom ideas that lead into a marble-clad bathroom and two walk-in closets. Both penthouses include grand staircases and central elevators. 

George Shultz Russian Hill Penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

The penthouses are located on Russian Hill, an upscale postcode that is most famous for Lombard Street. Other notable residents include figure skater Brian Boitano and California Governor Gavin Newsom.

George Shultz penthouse

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jackson Fuller Realty)

Jackson Fuller of Jackson Fuller Real Estate in San Francisco holds the listing. Photos courtesy of TopTenRealEstates.com (opens in new tab).

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.