March 31, 2017

55 Laurel St, Presidio Heights

c. 2017 @sf_daily_photo

San Francisco Architectural Survey c. 1976
7,428 square foot 5 bedroom 7 bath Colonial mansion built in 1911. Last sold for $7.011 million in 1999.

Currently valued at about $9.9 million. A quick permit search did not reveal any major renovations other than kitchen and bath remodels. There were some hints about a pre-1985 addition, but no other information.

Noted to be an "uninteresting building" by the city of San Francisco in a 1976 Architectural Survey. See the original document HERE

March 30, 2017

2604 Pacific Ave, Pacific Heights

c. 2017
c. 2015
Gently renovated and exquisitely detailed 6,520 square foot 6 bedroom 6.5 bath Samuel Newsom designed Queen Anne Victorian built in 1889.

Iconic views that go on forever!

In 2015, the property sold at list ($10.995 million) in less than 2 weeks.

BROKER BABBLE:This stately home showcases Samuel Newsom's architecture. Stunning Bay, Alcatraz, Marin views. Period detailing w/ updated amenities. Entry hall presents interior motifs: hi ceilings, wide doorways, crown molding, wainscoting & inlaid hardwd flrs. Grand staircase w/ skylite. LR & DR sized for lrg gatherings. Chef's kitchen w/ stainless appliances, stone counters, island. Adjacent eating area/FR has fireplce & terrace. Master ste has terrace, bath, makeup area & walk-in closet. 2 guest en ste BDs on this level. Top level: pent rm w/ lrg vu terrace, entertainment system, wet bar & fireplce & 2 guest en stes. Lower lvl: 2nd fam rm w/ built-in Crestron syst & opens to patio/garden, guest BD, BA, lndry & mechanical rms, storage, 3 car gar, elevator.


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March 29, 2017

2513 Pierce St, Pacific Heights

c. 2017
3,264 square foot 3 bedroom 3 bath colonial built around 1900. Last sold for $2,323,500 in 2012. Currently valued at about $3.4 million.

Edward Scissorhands was here!!!

March 28, 2017

3404 Clay St, Presidio Heights

c. 2017

c. 1975
3,722 sq ft Queen Anne Victorian built around 1900. Last sold for $2.5 million in 1999. Current estimates value the property at about $5 million.

Notable for the stylized Acanthus leaf design of the arched pediment gracing the entry. Acanthus ornamentation also appears on facade as well as atop the Corinthian capitals.

Leaf borders and scroll motifs were used extensively in the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Foremost of these was the acanthus motif. Some say the acanthus, one of the oldest flowers in the Mediterranean area, represents long life. Throughout most of its long history the leaf ornament generally known as acanthus is in fact an imaginary leaf adapted to many uses.

The Acanthus scroll
The symbolism and meaning associated with the Acanthus is that of enduring life, and the plant is traditionally displayed at funerary celebrations.

In Christianity the thorny leaves represent pain, sin and punishment. Acanthus symbolizes immortality in Mediterranean countries.

Acanthus Leaf detail c. 2017

March 27, 2017

64 Mercedes Way, Ingleside Terrace

By all measures, a rather pricey 3,400 square foot 4 bedroom 3.5 bath livable Mediterranean fixer built in 1917. Currently listed at $1.895 million or $557 per square foot, pretty far below the $888 per square foot normally garnered for homes in this neighborhood.

Last sold for $610K in 1997.

As is evidenced by the photos of the kitchen and the lack of photos of all but, what looks like, the master bath - this house needs to be updated.