Open House Obsession: A Slice of Mid-Century Sophistication in San Francisco

Where: 2512 Broadway, San Francisco
When: Sunday, February 24 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
What: New to the market today and asking $4.4M, a house that pulls elements from all over, starting as a deconstructed Victorian with bay windows and a scrap of cornice, some shingled Marin cottage here and a little Post & Beam there. Inside, there's William Wurster-influenced detailing in the well-proportioned rooms, custom double-hung windows, and French doors. The architect, John Field, managed to make a small house on a constrained lot seem quite grand but with plenty of private spaces. It's also great to see a house that's only been partially staged for sale:

Field reinterpreted the traditional Victorian plan, putting the dining room is at the center of the house with the staircase on one side, functioning as a passage rather than a closed-off entertaining space. It's also open to the south-facing terrace, as is the breakfast room.

At some point, the decor became very Francophile, with two kid's bedrooms becoming this very Parisian library:

Great views from the top floor master bedroom and a den at the top of the stairs. There are also two bedroom suites on the ground floor and lower level that look out into the garden.

John Field was a well-respected architect and planner who specialized in urban retail developments and adaptive re-use, combining traditional elements with modern services over a long career. His best known project is Santa Barbara's Paseo.

Downside: Aside from coming up with $4.4M, the powder room is on the ground floor and there does not appear to be a laundry room. The plan is  formal– note the staircase direct from the kitchen to the front door, presumably so the housekeeper could answer it or receive deliveries without passing through the living room.


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