The stretch of the Sunset between 33rd and 36th avenues from Kirkham to Lawton streets is home to the city's largest cluster of Rousseaus—those storybook homes dressed in pastels that blend fanciful turrets with practical garage bases. The late developer Oliver Rousseau built these fairy-tale-conjuring yet modest homes for the working and middle classes in the 1930s, for people who were priced out of places like Forest Hill and St. Francis Wood. Mediterranean archways or ornate medallions adorn the facades, and the interiors are at once formulaic and romantic, mixing vaulted ceilings and interior patios with sunken living rooms—as though a ranch house had signed up for castle lessons.
This Mediterranean-style Rousseau has landed on the market for the first time in 47 years. It's got four bedrooms, two-point-five baths, two fireplaces, and, of course, that sought-after two-car garage. The vaulted ceilings are criss-crossed with dark wood, the bathroom tiling scheme looks clashy enough to be original (with warring hues of peach and pink taking on black-and-white checkered tile), and this specimen appears to have one of the coveted interior patios, just glimpsable through a few doorways. The ask is $1.295 million.
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· 1537 34th Ave [Redfin]
· Oliver Rousseau Infused the City with Rows of Romantic Homes [SFGate]