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$3.65M Italianate Charmer Gets an Upgrade But Keeps Its Soul

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In a city where many old homes are being polished into modernized shadows of their former selves, 50 Buena Vista Terrace is a breath of fresh air. The four-bedroom Italianate home was built way back in 1884, and although it has been upgraded, it retains all of its character and charm. The well-preserved period details — which include carved banisters and ornate doorknobs — even show gentle signs of wear and use. The historic touches have been combined with modern elements like solar power, seismic upgrades and a kitchen that was once featured in Dwell. The home just hit the market asking $3.65 million.

Inside, dramatic light fixtures and intricately carved fireplaces add elegance to nearly every room. The home also incorporates plenty of outdoor space, including decks and a landscaped backyard. Unlike many recently redone places, however, the landscaping feels elegantly restrained, with brick, bushes and fountains instead of top-of-the-line grills and outdoor fireplaces. Even the two-car garage, which is surrounded by vines, manages to be elegant.

· 50 Buena Vista Terrace [Redfin]