November 30, 2016

1450 Masonic Ave, Ashbury Heights



5,586 square foot 6 bedroom 5.5 bath Richarsonian influenced and exotically turreted Queen Anne Victorian built in 1891. Currently listed for $4.2 million. Get this - last sold for $5.375 million in 2014 which was $620K under the original asking price of $5.995 million.

♦︎Substantial 2002 renovation
♦︎15 rooms on 4 levels
♦︎6 bedrooms 5.5 baths
♦︎3 room apartment on the lower level
♦︎3 car parking (one garage, two parking pads)
♦︎Office, family room, steam room, gym/yoga room, home theatre
♦︎Top floor views of the Golden Gate and Marin headlands
♦︎Limestone paved patio and landscaped rear garden with hot tub
♦︎Integrated AV systems
♦︎Radiant Heat with NEST control

BROKER BABBLE: One of the City’s most stately and unique Queen Anne Victorians. Lovingly restored and renovated in 2002, this exquisite home blends the best of period details and modern living. Ornate and grand public spaces, chef’s kitchen, landscaped rear patio and garden with hot tub and outdoor dining area, spacious and quiet master suite, home theatre, integrated audio system, lower level apartment, city vistas. “La Grande Dame” provides for elegant entertaining and comfortable family living.

This Victorian was originally built in the Queen Anne style circa 1888 and is located one block from Buena Vista Park, one of the oldest residential open spaces in San Francisco, in a neighborhood of important historical residences. The exterior ornamentation includes shingled turrets, dentil and scallop detail, mosaic tiled entry, bay windows plus many leaded and stained glass windows.

The formal reception hall leads to the spacious parlor and formal dining room, separated by antique pocket doors. The chef’s kitchen has been greatly expanded to include a family room and dining area with fireplace, and opens to the rear patio through double French doors. Green house windows surround the kitchen work areas and flood the room with an abundance of natural light. High ceilings, restored period fixtures, hardwood floors throughout.

The second level includes four bedrooms and three full baths plus laundry, with the master suite occupying the rear of the residence. On the top level a retreat features stunning Golden Gate and bay views, a rec room, guest suite, offices and west facing sun deck. The lower level provides for a home theatre and guest apartment with kitchenette and separate entrance, plus gym, steam shower, second laundry and extra storage. The garage and utility rooms are also on this level.

This significant Victorian structure was transformed into a comfortable contemporary residence with its historical architectural integrity intact by James McCoy & Associates.


1450 Masonic Ave c. 1975
San Francisco Architectural Survey c. 1975

2975 25th Ave, Merced Manor


1,825 square foot 2 bedroom 1 bath Art Moderne home built in 1939. Sold for $1.425 million in October 2016. Last sold for $800K in 2013 ($125K under asking).


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The Streamline Decade – Art Moderne or Streamline Moderne: 1930 – 1945

In stylistic terms, Streamline Moderne represents the last phase of Art Deco. Whereas Art Deco is concerned with surface ornament, color and abstractions of natural forms applied as decoration on buildings, Streamline Moderne is essentially a machine aesthetic focused on mass production, functional efficiency, and a more abstract aesthetic coming from the Bauhaus in Germany and the “white architecture” of Europe: The International Style. As the world was transitioning from the exuberance and richness of the “Roaring Twenties” and into the grips of austerity and self-discipline of Depression-era 1930s, the high-style architects were pushed aside in favor of industrial designers.

November 29, 2016

1200 Saint Charles St, Alameda


Gold Coast home that was listed for sale in 2014 for $3.3M and sold less than 2 weeks later for $100K over asking. The 6,631 square foot four-level 5 bedroom 5 bath Colonial Revival sits on three-quarters of an acre.

Designed by Bay Area architects Marcuse and Remmel. Built in 1898 by David S, Brehaut. Original cost to build was $3,500. Current estimates value the property at around $4 million.