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Monday Price Chopper: Save $3.5M!

Not in San Francisco, but involves two dead and eminent San Franciscans, Lurline B. Roth and Joseph Esherick. Waiulaula, her Esherick-designed home on the grounds of the Mauna Kea Resort, is on the market for $31.5M, reduced from $35M. For perspective, Mrs. Roth owned (and later donated) Filoli. She also had a son, William Matson Roth, and provided much of the financing for one of his projects, the now classic Ghirardelli Square. Tourists and time shares be damned, Ghirardelli Square is still the first adaptive mixed-use urban project in the US.

There's some quibbling about dates, some sites say 1963, another 1965. Mrs. Roth proved impatient, and managed to have the house completed in five months. Or three years. Whatever. Esherick provided her with a group of colonnaded pavilions and lanai a few yards from the surf. Looks like mostly reinforced concrete, terrazzo, and native woods, theoretically the same stuff they were using a mile away at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's original Mauna Kea building. Not hard to imagine the original austerity of the house with the big repeated posts-and-lintel on the lanai, possibly influenced by Japanese Tori gates.

Currently, no surface left undecorated, with white lattice panels and furnishings like any other swank beach house in Hawaii- chintz, potted palms and Asian antiques. The lattice panels appear to give additional screening on the jalousied clerestory originally designed by Esherick. If you look at other listings on the realtor's site, it's not hard to see why it's been reduced: not nearly suburban enough.
· Waiulaula [MacAthur/Sothebys]
· Waiulaula Video Tour [MacArthur/Sothebys]
· Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine [Farstrider]