Real Estate Report: Modernist house overlooking San Francisco, $2.59M



San Francisco’s Clarendon Heights neighborhood of is full of mid-century modern houses by interesting architects. This one was built at the end of the Depression and on the brink of World War II.

The Basics: A circa-1942 house with 4-bedrooms, 3.5-baths house and great views, asking $2,59M.

Not So Basic: Aside from the great views, it was designed by San Francisco modernist architect Clarence W. W. Mayhew in 1941 and finished in 1942 before wartime rationing and conscription would put an end to home-building in this country. It’s also a reverse floor plan- with the living and dining rooms and kitchen on the top floor, bedrooms and a small family room in the middle, and a 2-car garage and another bedroom and bath on the ground floor. So yes, it’s a hike from the garage to the kitchen, especially with groceries or a case of Pinot Noir. But the views are grand:

The kitchen appears original, and while it looks obliquely into the side of a french-style limestone mega-mansion built in the ‘eighties. it probably still has a good view. 

Above, a mossy patio at the rear of the property, also a hike from the kitchen. Mayhew’s best houses are on larger lots and and spread out in wings, but on this constrained, steep lot he came up with a kind of stacked, chunky boomerang. It’s a subtle house, with the bands of windows applied in boxes and deep eaves, even if the front door is a little odd. See for yourself, though, the house is open Sunday, January 16, from 2-4pm.

Listing: 29 St. Germain Street, San Francisco  [Redfin]

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