Real Estate Report: Great Bay Area Mid-Century Modernism by a Master, $5.995M

Where: 2424 Jones Street/43 Houston Street, Russian Hill
What: An exceptional house designed by Bay Area architect William Wurster in 1961, at a point in his career where he eased away from designing private residences and moved on to grander projects like Ghirardelli Square. With soaring redwood spaces and simple but exquisite details, the 4-bed, 3-bath, 5-level house recalls Wurster's austere (and radical) Modernist houses of the 30s. The double-height living room, below, with a sliding wall that opens to a luxurious guest suite:

Sensitively remodeled by the firm of Kuth/Ranieri in 2007, the house came on the market about ten days ago and is now in contract– the asking price was $5.995M– with new baths, impeccable cabinet and woodworking details in the spirit of Wurster's work. All floors are served by an elevator, and the c.2011 top-floor master bedroom suite has a huge deck looking over San Francisco:

Down a flight of steps from Jones Street on Houston Street is the exquisite renovated 1-bed, 1-bath cottage with its own garage:

More: Have a look at Kuth/Ranieri's site for more images. The remodel garnered and AIA award in 2007.  There's also a video walk-through:

Video Credit: Jassa Campbell

Downside: Probably none, since it has an elevator to all levels. Some people may be unhappy that the original clear-heart redwood walls have been painted over, but the rough-sawn unfinished wood Wurster specified can be difficult to care for. Across the street from the San Francisco Art Institute, the house may be technically in Russian Hill, but is North Beach "Adjacent" with Columbus Avenue only a few hundred feet away.

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