The Atkinson House on Broadway in Russian Hill was built back in 1853, meaning that it is now 161 years old and one of the oldest standing houses in San Francisco. Designed (probably) by architect William H. Ranlett and renovated around the turn of the last century by Willis Polk, this historic abode—among the first Italianate villas built in these parts—is within walking distance of the city's original settlement at Yerba Buena. It also shows up in some of the very first photos of San Francisco. This hot piece of history is designated as Landmark 97, and it just landed on the market for $12 million.
The grand old home has aged extremely well. All told, there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 3,890 square feet of space, much of it tucked handsomely behind a living green wall. The kitchen and baths are modern, but the fireplaces, beamed ceilings, millwork, and sweeping arches and pillars have all hung on to their stunning details. The brokerbabble-hyped grand chateau–style fireplace is historic, whereas the elevator to the two-car garage is not.