Open House Obsession: $5M Buena Vista Park Edwardian Takes the Phrase "Good View" Literally

Where: 167 Buena Vista East, Buena Vista Park/Upper Haight
When: Sunday, July 7 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM
What: With San Francisco's municipal records destroyed in the fire following the 1906 earthquake, many houses have a default date of 1906 despite having been built earlier. On one of the city's highest points, Buena Vista Park itself dates back to 1867– the fire never reached this far east– and this solidly imposing Queen Anne directly on the park may have been built a few years before the quake.

There are spectacular, unobstructed views of downtown San Francisco from the back of the house, and we especially like the way the once-formal main floor has been broken up into essentially one large space. There's a charming library facing the park but the other rooms– facing the view– have been opened up.

The tightly-organized kitchen is tucked away, but the long buffet/bar/counter is a great place for people to gather. With the occupants gone and the house coventionally redecorated by professional stagers, it's not easy imagine the blank slate these spaces offer.

All four floors are connected by an elevator, a main stairway and a classic narrow service stair, with the top floor transformed into a flexible entertaining/office space with a solarium and deck, making what passes for 21st Century family life easy and accessible.

Facing the view, the master suite has a bedroom alcove, a dressing room and bath, along with an immense sitting room on the well-organized bedroom level:

Downside: Aside from having to come up with the $5M, there's a lot to love here, although the kitchen is almost comically small for a house this grand and the open layout is not for everyone. The rear yard is easily accessible only from independent studio apartment on the ground floor and the 1-car garage is not connected to the house. This may help one ignore such inconveniences:

More: The 4-bed, 3.5-bath house was listed in May for $4.995M. The huge laundry room may be on the ground floor, but along with the wine cellar, it has direct elevator access to the rest of the house. Visit Sotheby's agent Betty Brachman's dedicated site for more images and a complete set of floor plans. For more information about Buena Vista Park, check out the exemplary local history site Found SF.


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