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.
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.