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Rare Ernest Coxhead home in Pacific Heights seeks $4.5M

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Coxhead influenced Bay Area architects like Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, and Albert Farr

Facade of three-story home with shingled and pointed roof, stained glass windows, and brown and beige painted exterior. Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Compass

“Arts and Crafts homes are fairly prevalent in the San Francisco area,” says realtor Nina Hatvany, “but Ernest Coxhead-designed homes specifically are quite rare.”

There are only an estimate 15 residential homes in San Francisco designed by Coxhead, noted for his Arts and Crafts specimens that incorporated characteristics of the English country house, including 2940 Jackson (known to architectural geeks as the Gillespie House).

The entry gate, a carved wooden affair, sets a dramatic tone for the rest of the 1894 home. Once inside, you’ll find stained-glass windows, soaring ceilings, a large landing, and (best of all) updated looks.

“Current owners, Nathan Tyler and fashion stylist Lauren Goodman (contributing style director for Wired magazine), collaborated with French designer Lili Diallo to modernize the sophisticated estate’s interiors with vibrant décor that, along with beautiful exterior gardens, unlocks the home’s informal, cultured essence,” reports Forbes.

The living room, still bearing a smattering of period detail, offers a punch of color in the form of a built-in seating area with purple accents as well as a couple of indulgently violet chairs.

But the real treat, fittingly enough, is the formal dining room drenched in emerald green from the baseboards to the ceiling medallion. A blue electric cord with a single exposed Edison bulb dangles from said medallion, which provides a bold yet humbling affect that’s downright delightful.

The moments of color contrast nicely with the contemporary kitchen, replete with new appliances and the now standard Carrara marble countertops and backsplash, and the master bedroom decked out in dark grey.

The garden, according to Hatvany, “is the crowning glory of this home,” a recent update care by architect Jenny Weiss, who used concrete pavers and steps, new fences, and a wood deck to create multiple levels for seating, dining, and a hot tub.

While San Francisco is awash in multimillion-dollar homes, this Arts and Crafts abode comes with architectural pedigree to spare and a look that outshines the plethora of antiseptic contemporary constructions too popular as of late. Swoon, indeed.

Asking is $4,500,000, listed through Nina Hatvany of Compass.

Living room in painted light gray, the fireplace painted black, and curtains are white. The twin seats come with violet upholstery, and the built-in seat by the window has light purple highlights in it. There’s also a lit fireplace.
Living room.
Dining room covered in emerald green paint with a single cord with exposed bulb hangs from the ceiling medallion. There’s a wood dining room table and white rectangular rug on the floor.
A fresh take on a formal dining room.
Bright and open kitchen with white cabinetry and ceiling, with new appliances. There’s a small eating area with windows that overlook the trees in the backyard.
Renovated kitchen with access to the backyard.
A bedroom covered in dark gray paint from the floorboards to the ceiling. There’s a lit fire in the wood-burning fireplace, a large bed, and two windows with gray window curtains.
Dark grey dominates the master bedroom.
The backyard it lush with evergreen trees and plants, a wood deck with chairs can be seen in the front, leading to concrete steps up to another level.
The new Jenny Weiss-designed yard.