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Finally, a house you never have to leave. Once you've renovated it, of course, but here at 2555 Webster Street you've got a 4-car garage, a heated lap pool and an elevator from the garage to the view deck on the roof. And lots in between, including a vast neoclassical stair hall, stained glass, a dining room big enough to need three chandeliers, next to a kitchen that appears to have been inserted into a high-ceilinged main floor room during a 1990s renovation, and probably the only kitchen in town with gold drapes. The 1-pool, 6-bed, 7.5-bath, 2-family room house was designed by architect Julius Krafft and came on the market over the weekend asking $6,995,000. It looks to be in good livable shape, just crying out for updated bathrooms and paint in anything other than white.

Ever the eclectic, Krafft gave his clients a grand house built entirely of wood- let's call it Renaissance Redwood- with some elements of Michelangelo's Farnese Palace. He had previously designed the 1902 Hellman mansion with the same kind of Edwardian enthusiasm for classical styles, plus his earlier 1893 St. Paulus Lutheran Church (destroyed by fire in 1995) was a fair crib of the 11th Century Chartres cathedral- in timber. The vast Hellman mansion is still on the market at $20,000,000, making this place look like a relative bargain.
· 2555 Webster Street [Redfin]
· Perfect for the Whole (Royal) Family [Curbed SF]
· St. Paulus Lutheran Church [NoeHill]