Situated on a prominent corner lot on what is considered to be the neighborhood’s most prestigious street, 100 St. Francis is an impressive Mediterranean Villa style home with dramatic Hispano Moorish architectural features. Pictured on page one of San Francisco’s St. Francis Wood (Centennial Book), the home is described as a “demonstration house” built using the latest construction methods of the time and with the highest quality level of detailing and artisan craftsmanship. This is a spectacular, one of a kind luxury property that will appeal to families with children, people who enjoy entertaining and anyone who is looking for a distinctive and comfortable home that they can be proud of. With a prime location and superb architectural detail, this is a magnificent two-story home with superb architectural detail inside and out. Beginning with the facade, the signature elements are the central turret, terra cotta tile roof, two front terraces with their extensive carved wood detail, beautiful windows and grand formal front entry door. The architectural drama continues with the two-and-a half story formal entry hall (the turret) with its circular patterned polished terra cotta tile floor, decorative beamed ceiling & grand scale chandelier. The spectacular winding staircase features hand forged iron and brass rails, highly decorative tile stair risers and an artist designed stained glass window.
The formal living and dining rooms are also singular. The grand living room captivates with its massive fireplace trimmed with elaborately carved stone, vaulted open beam ceiling, beautiful windows and random plank hardwood floors. In the dining room is a beautiful coffered mahogany ceiling, wainscoting and gorgeous 12 panel arched doors with original handles and hinges. The open kitchen with casual dining areas is beautifully remodeled with quality appliances, fixtures & finishes, fine cabinetry and limestone countertops. Off the kitchen is a private guest bedroom and remodeled half bath in what formerly would have been a maid’s quarters. Tucked just outside the front hall is a fancy guest powder room dressed in black slab stone.
To complete the main floor, during the early 1990’s, a large solarium was added just off the living room. That room continues the feeling of the house with coffered wood ceiling, limestone floors, three sets of French doors that lead to the beautifully landscaped garden with charming fountain.
On the second floor through a wide archway decorated with an original hand-painted mural, are three comfortable bedrooms. The large master suite has an uncommonly nice vintage tiled bath, a gas fireplace, his and hers walk-in closets and three more sets of French doors that open to the wrap-around upper terrace. The second and third bedrooms share an equally elaborate tiled vintage hall bath with tub and separate shower. Without describing every room, the detail and consistency of this home are unparalleled.
At the same time that the solarium was added, the owners engineered a new two-car side-by-side garage underneath the house. The original garage which sat behind the building as a separate structure was removed to accommodate the new solarium and improved garden. More recently, the lower level was further developed to include a work studio, laundry room and improved storage.
Built in 1928, the interior square footage has been measured as 4,075 which does not include the added living space on the lower level which adds an approximate 500 square feet. The beautifully landscaped corner lot is 6,744 square feet (per tax records) which is typical of the corner homes on the Boulevard but significantly larger than the average 5,000 square foot neighborhood lot that is most common on the side streets.
The property is in excellent renovated condition and it is wholly evident that the home has been extremely well cared for throughout all of its 91 years. Major improvements include exterior paint with Rhino Shield, an entire roof replacement (retaining the vintage tile), all new Renewal by Anderson windows & doors, fully upgraded electrical & new electrical panel, all copper plumbing with copper connections all the way to the street and energy saving solar panels. While the upper baths retain their vintage character with their exceptional period tile, toilets are low flow and the plumbing is copper. Other upgrades include the additions of ceiling and wall sconce lighting, extensive seismic improvements and all new landscaping front and rear.