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Dolores Heights: Streamline Moderne Amongst the Shingles

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Built in 1938, this rare example of Streamline Moderne in San Francisco is back on the market. No word on who the architect might have been, but the 4-bed, 3.5 bath house was admirably remodeled a few years ago by interior designer Steve Gray in a no-surface-left-untouched overhaul. It sold in 2008 for $3,400,000. Which is what they're asking today. And it's quite lovely. It's even uncharacteristically grand for this neighborhood of charming wooden houses and their bike-racked, fleece-clad, casual occupants, and a velvet smoking jacked wouldn't be entirely out of place. Spectacular vintage steel stair rail, plus swell bathrooms. As for views, they're open to the east and south; the money shot of downtown doesn't seem to be in the pictures. Outdoor space- there's a great terrace/balcony off the kitchen plus a small rear yard, plus it's on a corner, so no neighbor on the south side, which slopes downhill fast.

We love that there are no overhead cabinets in the kitchen, and the vintage glass block is impeccable. Poor glass block. It got such a bad rap in the nineteen-eighties when someone decided to use it for interior partitions. We're not expecting open houses here, but hey, you never know.

· 849 Sanchez Street [Redfin]
· 849 Sanchez Street [Joost van de Water/Zephyr]
· Mystery Solved: Streamline Moderne at 849 Sanchez [Curbed SF Archives]