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San Francisco’s most and least expensive homes this week

A high class Hyde-away in Russian Hill, and Alamo Square squares things away

Courtesy Richard Bastoni, Sotheby's International Realty

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.

“Russian Hill townhouse with beautiful views” is almost the entirety of what the ad for 2322 Hyde Street had to say for the three-bed, three-and-a-half-bath place from 1978. But apparently that’s all it takes to catapult the townhouse to a Russian Hill-sized sale this week.

This condo listed back in March after being off the market for decades, asking $5.65 million. The late owner was co-founder of Quarryhill Botanical Gardens up in Sonoma County, but when it came to the home itself the arrangement here is less floral and more muted contemporary.

While that asking price seems ambitious for a place that hasn’t tested the interest of buyers since before the first tech boom, apparently it was (pardon the phrase) right on the money, as 2322 Hyde finally finished a deal this week for that precise sum.

Incidentally, whoever the lucky new buyer is has also bought proximity to one of the world’s largest and most eclectic collections of African art, owned by some neighbors in the same building. So anyone wanting to borrow a cup of sugar and a 13th century Dogon figurine knows where to go.

Meanwhile, this week’s lowball sale happened not on a hill but by a square, as a tenancy-in-common condo at 1118 Fell, just around the corner from the recently reopened Alamo Square, slid under the bar for $405,000, an almost shockingly small sum in modern San Francisco.

Unfortunately, no interior photos of the 500-square-foot studio in a house (circa 1904) circulated, so there’s not much to show. But a few quick pics of the larger home in the same building that also sold this week (for more than $700K) at least gives an idea of the state of the property.