The brick facade of 1735 Franklin Street, a landmark Pacific Heights mansion built in 1904, is both elegant and imposing, with a lofty (but not insurmountable!) hedge and intricately crafted iron gates. Inside, the home opens up into a masterpiece that blends history (think heavy wood-paneled walls and wainscoting galore) with contemporary touches like non-historic lamps, modern art, and—in a momentary lapse—one of those inane pig-dressed-as-a-chef statues. The kitchen steps onto a landscaped deck that brings to mind the back patio of a hipster restaurant, but the rest hews pretty closely to tradition. The wood-paneled entryway, dining room, and elevator are straight out of another era. Even the bathroom mirror has a gable.
The house has 9,815 square feet, with eight bedrooms, four and a half baths, a library, and six fireplaces (one of which may be fairly recent, if this old Redfin listing can be trusted). Lafayette Park and Whole Foods are both within walking distance, and there's also a four-car garage. Last sold in 1997 for $1.75M, the home is now asking $9.7 million ($1.21M per bedroom!). That's just a touch beneath $1,000 per square—a relative bargain for Pacific Heights, where the current median price per square foot over the last three months has been hovering around the $2,000 mark.
· Here Now, a Photo Tribute to Danielle Steel's Enormous Hedge [Curbed SF]
· Franklin Mansion [Official Site]
· 1735 Franklin St [Redfin]