220 San Jose Avenue,
San Francisco California
>Offered at $3,798,000
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- Noe Valley address with hip Mission vibe
- Grand eight room home
- Magnificent Italianate details
- Can be used as 4 or 5 bedrooms
- Four Full Baths
- Original softwood floors
- Five marble wood-burning fireplaces
- Walk-out garden and dining deck
- Two car garage
- Year built: 1871
- Square footage: 2,820 per graphic artist
- Lot size 4,591
220 San Jose Avenue is a very rare 1871 Italianate mansion on an oversized lot. Visiting it is transporting. Living here is better. Just seeing it might stretch your imagination of what city life can be. From the crown moldings to the baseboards, it is a magnificently conceived and preserved home. The external expression of the Italianate style can be seen in the way that wood has been used to imitate stone, the exceptionally tall windows and the inviting portico-style entry way. On the interior, the ceiling heights are lofty and the rooms are grand. It is classified by the City of San Francisco as being historic register eligible both as an individual property and as part of the Horner’s Addition East Historic District.
To enter the home you leave the city behind by walking through the garden gate and up just nine steps. Upon entry through the front double doors, you are greeted by the sweeping well-polished bannister that leads upstairs and the view down the hall and through the dining room and kitchen to the sun-drenched back garden. On your left are two large adjoining entertaining rooms, both with marble fireplaces (one of these can also be used a a guest/5th bedroom). Behind these two rooms is a dining room the full width of the home (also with fireplace). This in turn flows to a tastefully remodeled kitchen with hip open shelving, Mexican tile details and a Wolf cooktop, where you can enjoy morning coffee with a view of the rear yard. You will often be tempted to drink it outside – the kitchen spills out on a dining deck the full width of the property and one small step down takes you into one of the biggest rear gardens in the city. Also overlooking the garden at the rear of the first level, there is a bedroom with it’s own entry and en-suite bath. A second full bath for guest use is cleverly hidden beneath the staircase to upstairs.
After climbing the graceful staircase you will find yourself in a large hall. The master bedroom at the front of the home has a marble fireplace, exceptionally large closet and three tall windows that flood it with light. The adjacent bath (#3) has a claw foot soaking tub and handmade Italian tile floors. Upstairs there are two further bedrooms – one of which is currently used as an office and also has a fireplace – and a convenient laundry closet. Also upstairs, the 4th bath has light-magnifying glass brick, a step in shower and a handmade Italian tile floor. In addition, the home has a large attic for expansion or storage and a two car garage installed in 2015.