Tech CEO buys Presidio Heights home once owned by Hills Brothers scion

Tech CEO buys Presidio Heights home once owned by Hills Brothers scion

A Presidio Heights mansion once home to Hills Bros. Coffee Co. scion Herbert Gray Hills and his wife Winifred has just sold for $12.5 million, according to Compass Real Estate.

The 6,385-square-foot home at 3498 Jackson St., originally listed by Compass agent Karen Mendelsohn Gould for $12.9 million, was one of the most high-profile listings to hit the market since Labor Day. The French eclectic style home was designed by renowned San Francisco architect F. Frederic Amandes in 1937 and includes an elevator, two third-level balconies, a rooftop deck with expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge and a private garden. The sale closed on Nov. 29.

The estate now belongs to entrepreneur Vignan Velivela, CEO and founder of San Francisco-based AtoB, a tech company focused on lowering the cost of transportation for small and midsize trucking companies. He was represented by C.J. Nakagawa and Susan Hewitt of Sotheby’s Golden Gate. Founded in 2019, AtoB has raised a total of $27 million in funding, according to Crunchbase, with investors such as General Catalyst, Bloomberg Beta and Y Combinator, along with tech founders and CEOs like Eric Schmidt and Marc Benioff.

“Our buyer is a wonderful fit for this San Francisco legacy residence,” Gould said in a statement. “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. A rare and whimsical opportunity.”

A representative for the previous owners announced the sellers’ intention to donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale to eight different wildlife and animal preservation organizations in the Bay Area. The owners are deceased and their trust is bequeathing the proceeds, a Compass representative said.

Hills Brothers Coffee earned a reputation as a favorite San Francisco coffee roaster first beginning in 1878. With the brand’s success, the Hills family was able to acquire the home. Hills lived at 3498 Jackson St. from at least 1947 until his death in 1964. He shared the house with his wife Winifred, a well-known Bay Area socialite until her death in 1958. Born in Oakland, Hills joined the coffee company and would remain there until his retirement 50 years later, in 1962.

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