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A Hefty Price Hike When a Victorian Comes Back on the Market

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When this house sold in 2011, it fetched $1,345,000. Now, it's back on the market, but this time it's asking for $2,595,000. Anywhere else, that might seem like a bit much; but in San Francisco, where some real estate agencies report prices up 40 to 50 percent in the last four years, it's pretty much par for the course.

The house has a lot going for it, but because of its aesthetic mix, it will attract people who prefer a transitional style (a mix of classic and contemporary.

From the outside, the three-story, four-bedroom, four-bath home retains its original 1880s ornamentation. Inside, it has those elements too (for example, in the fireplace surround and mantel and in the in newel post and stair rail). But modernity has also touched this house, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you like to have your style both ways, this is the house for you.

Other features in the 2,879 square-foot home include great views and a jungle-like garden with a climbing wall. Add in a spacious room that could serve as a family or media room (it seems to serve as an office now), and you have an old home that's fit for a modern family.

· 712 Castro St. [Zillow]