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Wannabe French Chateau in Monterey Heights Asks $2.695M

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From the pillared entryway to the gold-plated decor, the four-bedroom home at One Rosewood Drive in Monterey Heights clearly has grand illusions of being a French-style chateau. The house would actually be quite lovely if it stopped trying so hard. Its main room is full of light, with a stenciled open-beam ceiling, a carved fireplace, and views out to the Pacific. But the entire house has been filled with big wooden armoires, gilded mirrors, and statues of naked angels. The brokerbabble even tries to sell the lovely backyard as "Versailles-style."

The home just hit the market asking $2.695 million, which seems rather reasonable. There are a lot of good things about the house, including beveled-glass windows, a twisting wooden staircase, and plenty of space, with 3,795 square feet. There are three and a half bathrooms, a formal dining room, and a library. We only hope that whoever buys this house will gently remind it that it's a very nice house in San Francisco, not an estate in the French countryside.

· 1 Rosewood Drive [Redfin]