Located on a quiet cul de sac in Russian Hill, 25 Bret Harte lately got here to marketplace for solely the third time because it was in-built 1938. It is priced at $four million.
The sellers purchased the house from the unique homeowners in 1978, and truly lived subsequent door earlier than that. “They at all times admired their next-door neighbors’ backyard. In order quickly as the house got here in the marketplace, they jumped on the alternative to buy it,” mentioned itemizing agent Janet Schindler. “It was a probate sale and fairly contentious with a number of bidders at Metropolis Corridor. Happily, they received the bid!”
The long-time homeowners made a number of upgrades to the house through the years, together with including a master bedroom with views of Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge and downtown.
There are two different bedrooms as properly, all on the higher flooring. In addition they up to date the lounge hearth from brick to travertine, added recessed lighting and took out quite a few built-in bookshelves to present a larger sense of scale to the rooms, Schindler mentioned.
The present homeowners possible spent probably the most time on the sunny and wind-protected backyard, which was impressed by Italianate structure. They used a mix of repurposed antiques and self-designed works to create a number of distinctive items within the backyard, together with a centerpiece fountain and an arbor primarily based on the sellers’ authentic design, which is welded from wrought iron and lined in climbing roses.
There are additionally a number of “follies” within the backyard, in line with Schindler, like a “backyard door” that can be a storage shed and a “backyard gate” constructed from stair railings bought at public sale.
“The backyard gate is a folly — purely for impact,” she defined. “At evening, the darkish ivy behind the gate nearly disappears, and the backyard lights give the impression that the gate results in yet one more backyard. It’s a pleasant folly and one hardly ever encountered.”
Giving this gate to nowhere much more grandeur, the homeowners had columns and aspect partitions fabricated, and mixed them with lion busts that had been as soon as a part of a bench.
A lot of the home continues to be in its authentic situation, together with the kitchen and a full corridor lavatory. It additionally has not been expanded past the master suite addition and has solely about 1,700 sq. toes, plus about 300 sq. toes of cupboard space that may very well be additional developed.
“Enlargement potential must be explored however for somebody prepared to remain contained in the constructing envelope, the storage room seems to have potential to develop into a media room,” Schindler identified, including that extra formidable future homeowners might be able to go up, as lots of the properties on the block are already taller than this one. “A possible roof deck would function wonderful views and solar,” she mentioned.
Consumers should issue these potential renovation prices into the $four million asking value. They will additionally want to think about whether or not they’re up for the continuing work of maintaining the luxurious backyard, which Schindler factors out has no grass to mow and an computerized irrigation system.
However, she thinks whoever the longer term homeowners are, they’re going to most likely have the identical inexperienced thumb as the present homeowners, who’re promoting their beloved dwelling as a result of they’re transferring out of the town. “Consumers have been delighted by the backyard, and nobody has but talked about upkeep,” she mentioned, “though I do really feel that the client can be somebody who finds pleasure within the artwork of gardening moderately than viewing it as ‘upkeep’.”
Emily Landes is a author and editor who’s obsessive about all issues actual property.