White House: Just listed for $5.5 million this house is in a Buy

White House

White House: Just listed for $5.5 million this house is in a Buy

  • Just listed for $5.5 million, this house is located in a historic San Francisco neighborhood

White House

White House
White House
  • A house in the upscale, historic St.
  • Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco is being offered for the highest price per square foot that the neighborhood has ever seen.
  • A residence located at 55 Santa Paula Ave. in San Francisco’s historic St.
  • Francis Wood neighborhood has been listed for an unusually high $5.5 million.
  • Real estate agents claim that at $2,011 per square foot, it breaks the previous record for the highest price per square foot in St.
  • Francis Wood since at least 2000.

White House

White House

  1. The present sellers paid $2.6 million for the house in December 2019.
  2. They decided to remodel the house to make it their own, as many first-time homeowners do.
  3. Then COVID-19 struck.
  4. Renovations that were supposed to take a few months turned into a three-year project in “an effort to make every square foot count,” according to Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Grant Beggs.
  5. The renovations had new significance because the family would now reside and work from the house.
  6. In an interview over the phone, Beggs stated, “The sellers wanted a sanctuary.
  7. ” “They completely redesigned the interior.”
    The owners’ goal was to create a space that was open to the outdoors and had a lot of natural light.
  8. Beggs remarked, “In the St.
  9. Francis Wood neighborhood, this design is very unusual.

White House

White House

  • ” “The interior is distinctive, reminiscent of something you would find in Presidio Heights or Pacific Heights, even though the exterior still looks like a home you would expect to find in St.
  • Francis Wood.”
  • The exterior of the house, which was designed by Swedish architect Ivar D.
  • Peterson in 1924, is mainly original.
  • Inside, however, there’s a striking black hearth, black window trim, and black door frames that contrast with glass, skylights, and sand-colored wood floors.
  • A floating wine cellar divides the formal dining room from the marble-topped kitchen island.
  • The house has three bathrooms and five bedrooms.
  • There is a walk-in closet and a bay view in the master suite.
  • A terraced backyard with a gas fire pit for dining al fresco is located off the lower level.
  • Beggs anticipated a sizable turnout from the neighbors he had invited to the neighborhood open house for the Santa Paula house.
  • The greatest turnout he had ever seen at a neighborhood open house was something he had not anticipated.
    Beggs clarified, “The neighbors have been watching the renovations go on for three years.
  • “They were eager to see the Santa Paula house inside.”
    The locality
    The first architect to oversee the St.
  • Francis Wood project in 1912 was John Galen Howard, a former supervising architect for the University of California and one of Julia Morgan’s first employers.
  • Howard’s influence is complemented by the influence of numerous well-known architects.
  • The College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley stated that the developers of St.
  • Francis Wood “encouraged houses designed by prominent architects for specific clients, unlike many residential developments that offered only stock plans.”
  • Harry Shepherd’s landscape designs and the works of architects Julia Morgan, William Merchant, and Gertrude Comfort Morrow are all prominently displayed here.
  • Other elements, such as community parks, were created by the well-known Olmsted Brothers on a national and worldwide scale.
  • The Olmsted firm is also responsible for the famous circle fountain and entrance gates at St.
  • Francis Wood.
    The aesthetics of St.
  • Francis Woods set it apart from other San Francisco neighborhoods.
  • Its original purpose, which was to create a private, wooded setting with a view of the sea, has mostly been maintained today.
  • Broad, winding streets meander between immaculately landscaped lots that are home to opulent, European-inspired homes.
  • Despite the neighborhood’s central location in the busy southwest section of the city, a sense of suburban sanctuary is created by the abundance of parks and resident-only fountains.
  • The neighborhood’s racist past nearly prevented it from being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, despite its obvious physical beauty.
  • Many San Franciscans were against the neighborhood receiving this designation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, citing the neighborhood’s original covenants that forbade people of color from residing there:
  • “When St.
  • Francis Wood was established in 1912, a clause specifically prohibited people of ‘African, Japanese, Chinese or of any Mongolian descent’ from owning property in the neighborhood.
  • ” (Hearst owns both SFGATE and The Chronicle, but they have different newsrooms.)

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