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San Francisco’s most and least expensive homes this week

Locust Street eats up highs, while Opera Plaza sings low

Friday is time for the High & the Low, a Curbed column chronicling the most and least expensive homes sold in San Francisco in the last seven days. Here’s this week’s pageant of extremes.

Time to break into the champagne stores, because another one of San Francisco’s most storied and most expensive homes (as well as one of its largest by square footage) on the market has passed into the hands of a new buyer.

The four-bed, three-and-a-half-bath house at 201 Locust in Presidio Heights dates to 1915, the product of George Applegarth, the Oakland-born, UC Berkeley-educated, Beaux-Arts architect (Beaux-architect?) who lived and designed in the Bay Area for the better part of a century.

It’s been almost a year precisely since the Applegarth mansion hit the market showing off its audacious central staircase in May of 2016, at the time asking $11.5 million.

Admittedly, the degree of class on display here almost hurts the home, as it’s so old-fashioned looking in some of the photos that you’d think Applegarth himself might have just put the finishing touches on it.

But it’s hard to blame previous owners Carlin and John Anton for not messing too much with a good thing; in 2016 we called this place “ideal for anti-renovation zealots.”

The final price did come down a not-inconsiderable sum in the last 50 weeks, securing a deal this week for $9.3 million.

Locust Street might bring the class, but this week’s least expensive home sold this week provides the culture, or at least proximity to it in the form of yet another Opera Plaza studio.

Few buildings in the city manage to move so many market-rate homes under the half-million mark these days. In this case it was a 440-square-foot studio, number 248, for $447,000.

That sale that took a little less than a month and knocked $12,000 off the original list price. The assessor-recorder’s office says that the last time this place sold was less than three years ago, then for $350K.

There’s Zen-like simplicity to the way they staged this little studio this time that complements the Applegarth house, however accidentally. Or maybe that’s just impression the Japanese-style paper sliding door in front of the small balcony.

“It works pretty well in lieu of curtains,” realtor Tom Baumgartner told Curbed SF.