Real Estate Report: Romantic and Old-School on Russian Hill $1.795M

 

There's a stretch of San Francisco's Hyde Street that's classic: tree-lined, clanking with cable cars and lined with lovely Edwardian apartment houses. Here's one of them.

The Basics: A classic two-bedroom, 2-bath cooperative apartment on Russian Hill's historic Hyde Street, with parking and a separate servant's room now remodeled as a gym. Asking $1.795M, with monthly maintenance charges of $942. On the market for almost seven months.

Not So Basic: This stretch of Hyde Street was among the first developed after the earthquake of 1906, and with apartment houses instead of private homes. It's along a ridge (the crooked part of Lombard Street is a block away) and offers sweeping views east, even though the apartment's only on the second floor. 2164 Hyde Street was built in 1914 by architect Patterson Ross—he was involved in a number of new "co-operative" buildings in the area—and prospective owners had to be interviewed and approved in advance. They still do. Buying a co-op requires approval by a committee of other owners, plus in a co-op, you're getting a proprietary lease rather owning the apartment outright. 

It's a good renovation, retaining a lot of original detail and the big volumes of the rooms, and the owner managed to open up the kitchen to the dining room without making it look awkward. The kitchen cabinets are beautifully crafted, and there's that amazing La Cornue range in black enamel to reckon with. The range and hood are the only obvious appliances—everything else is concealed behind millwork.

One of the best features is this long enclosed loggia, which still retains its Arts & Crafts period details, with french-door access from the living room and a small second bedroom/study. Plan below (before the kitchen renovation):

 

The Hyde Street front. #202 is in the back. The view from the bay window loggia:

Listing: 2164 Hyde Street, #202, San Francisco [Redfin]

For more about the history and development of Russian Hill, along with self-guided walking tours, check out Russian Hill Neighbors outstanding website.

 

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