Design lovers are going to flip over this newly listed architectural wonder in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Featured on the 2012 AIA Architectural Home Tour and designed by Zack | de Vito Architecture and Construction, the 3,200 square-foot residence brings together panoramic city views and forward-thinking, sustainable design.

Zack | de Vito designed the home as a “retreat on the hill for a professional couple.” Constructed on an eclectic block on a Ripley Street, the facade makes a clean and modern statement, but still provides privacy and quiet on the interior.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room set the tone almost immediately as visitors are confronted with sweeping views of the S.F. skyline. Natural light floods in from double height spaces while an open floorplan draws in dramatic views of downtown via floor to ceiling glazing and terraces from the back. A Scavolini Kitchen, touched with high-end appliances, opens to an eat-up bar and dining area – all intended to invite togetherness.

Entertaining is made easy with a family room, media room, extra spacious backyard and terraces oriented to take advantage of roofline views. Modern family living can be enjoyed, thanks to three bedrooms, four bathrooms and two thoughtful offices.

With Zack | de Vito’s focus on “green” design, environmentally conscious finishes and green technologies were incorporated at every turn to reduce consumption and energy loads. Examples extend from the home’s 14 solar panels to the 8-zone in-floor radiant heating and passive cooling technologies. It is obvious every detail of this home has been meticulously designed, right down to the 9-zone Sonos Music System with in-ceiling speakers, Fleetwood insulated windows and vertical grain oak floors extending all the way towards the view. And finally — a necessity for every city dweller: a 2-car parking garage.

The home’s location in Bernal Heights is another plus. Set at the southern edge of the Mission Valley, the quaint urban village of Bernal Heights is a bastion of artists and progressives that has enjoyed an explosion of new energy as hip new cafes and shops, trendy boutiques and new residences have entered the picture in recent years.

Offered at $3,199,000 by James Maxwell and Renee Gonsalves of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Market Street office, this residence offers a rare opportunity to own an AIA gem in one of the city’s most up-and-coming districts.