First Look: Chic Earthquake Cottage on Russian Hill, $4.5M

Where: 1338 Filbert Street, Unit D, Russian Hill
Asking: $4,499,000
What: Earthquake Cottages, the sturdy little redwood structures that sprouted up all over San Francisco as emergency housing after the 1906 earthquake and fire, are much admired as a symbol of the town’s legendary grit. Most are gone; the remaining ones are landmarked, and now this unique quartet, long known as the Filbert Cottages, have been reinvented and reconstructed. Offered by Pacific Union’s top agent Nina Hatvany as condominiums, they range in price from $3,999,00 to $4,999,000, and line up in a row along a brick path in a gated garden.

The main living spaces are on the top floor, with all levels joined by simple, almost Shaker-like stairs under a skylight.


Exceptional construction values and finish details show up throughout. Below, in the expanded kitchen, an original exterior wall has been incorporated with immaculate cabinets and metalwork.

What We Love:
Beauty is more than skin deep. In a feat of engineering, a 6,000-sq-ft garage with deeded parking for two cars per unit (including charging stations and private storage) was slotted underneath and each unit has a dumbwaiter directly from the garage to the kitchen. Plus the baths are incredible Below, two glimpses of the master suite.


More: Check out the agent’s outstanding dedicated site for additional images, details and an irresistible video.

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