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Hidden Nob Hill single-family home asks $1.39M

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Built sometime around 1900

The back of a house with a pointed roof and brown wood shingles on its facade.
Wood shingles make up the home’s exterior.
Photos courtesy of Compass

Tony yet mysterious, Nob Hill comes with deliriously steep hills that sprout small little side streets that go unnoticed by anyone who isn’t a longtime resident or a diehard pedestrian.

Take, for example, Torrens Court, a small stretch of pavement off Clay between Larkin and Hyde. On this hidden and private oasis on a hill, a single-family home (rare for this neighborhood) hits the market.

Featuring three bedroom, one bathroom, and 1,305 square feet, 5 Torrens Court, located on a private easement, comes with a wooden gate hiding the abode’s entrance. Once inside you’ll find a sun room, hardwood flooring, built-ins, stained-glass windows, a formal dining room, a recently renovated kitchen, and French doors.

A little room with hardwood floors and windows next to a larger front door.
A small sunroom greets you before you even step inside.

The ceilings, which are low, could be refreshed into something more stylish, like the zig-zagging pattern of white painted beams found in the master bedroom.

And for daredevils, views of the Golden Gate Bridge can been seen from the roof. There’s also the chance to reimagine the home’s unfinished 760-square-foot basement, and to add a new deck engineered to support the weight of a vehicle. (In other words, no parking with purchase.)

Speaking of renovating: The ad points out that a recent evaluation by the SF Planning Department did not categorized this house as a historic property, meaning that the circa-1900 home (built then or sometime before the quake of 1906, which destroyed most city housing records, hence the 1900 placeholder given to many old SF houses) could conceivably be demolished in favor of a newer—and possibly larger—building.

Asking is $1,395,000; it’s listed through Austin Herman and Robert Funston of Compass.

A white room with a couch and a window above it.
The living room.
Dark wood countertops and a pantry with glass door.
New finishes and appliances in the kitchen contrast with the old built-ins.
A white room with a bed with white linens and a ceiling with white painted wooden beams.
The master bedroom comes with plenty of light from its many windows.
A long wooden gate with a latched door open.
The entrance gate.
Blueprints of the home with a yet-to-be-built car deck.
Approved plan for a new deck, which would be built by the new owner.