Real Estate Report: The Perfect Kitchen For 2012's Holiday Entertaining, No. 1

If you're like us, you've been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you're going to pull it off. This week we'll be looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. First up, some rare Streamline Moderne in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

The Basics: A 3-bed, 3.5-bath house built in 1938 and beautifully renovated in the past few years. Asking $3.3M, it's been on the market for three months. We looked at it last March 2011 just before the current owners purchased it for $3.2M. Change in plans?

Not So Basic: the classic Art Deco variant we call Streamline Modern is rarely seen in the Bay Area, especially in this very shingled Victorian/Edwardian neighborhood.

What We Love: Renovation opened up the kitchen into the dining area, preserved the two long bays of glass block, and massed the storage and wall ovens so there would be no wall-mounted cabinets hanging over the counters. Plus the marble-clad island for prep/ bar/buffet multi-tasking and honed slate flooring.

More: Check out the realtor's site for more images of this exceptional house.

Listing: 849 Sanchez Street, San Francisco [Redfin]

Tomorrow: An IPO-ready house in Presidio Heights.

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