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There's Something About This House That's Irresistibly 1937

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The fact that this Lone Mountain house has been hit with buckets of white paint and a new kitchen can't hide its vintage appeal. The home at 40 Kittredge Terrace was built in 1937, and despite those updates, it retains many of the charming details that mark pre-war San Francisco houses. There's a knotty pine bar in the basement level, what more can you say?

Kittredge Terrace is one of the block-long, tree-lined streets that run between Turk Street and Golden Gate Avenue between the campuses of the University of San Francisco. It's within blocks of St. Ignatius Church, Negoesco Stadium, and the Koret Health and Recreation Center.

No denying it's a busy area, but the inside of the three-story home seems like an oasis of calm. Period details included scalloped plaster molding in the living room, an ornate fireplace mantel, marquetry floors, arched windows and passageways, and the previously mentioned knotty pine bar in the family room (which miraculously was spared the white paint).

We like that the center patio (a feature that acts as a light well for houses with few side windows) is still intact. There's also roof access from the master suite, which means you can step into some beautiful views. There's no deck there, but Planning Department willing, there's no reason why you couldn't add one (although you would have some skylights to work around).

For all the vintage charm there is a modern element; an asking price of $1.795 million.

· 40 Kittredge Terrace [Redfin]