In San Francisco, a Queen Anne-style mansion that has been in the family for more than six decades goes on sale for $ 28 million.
The property in Pacific Heights and near Presidio National Park was built in the 1880s for ship manager William F. Babcock as a wedding gift for his daughter. This emerges from the book “San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights” by Tricia O ‘. Brien. In the early 1900s, it was relocated about seven blocks to its current location.
“I remember my mother saying the house was cut in half, or maybe quarters, and you could see where it was put back together,” said Gordon Andrews, whose parents were the youngest owners of the house. He said he could never find these places.
The eight bedroom home is approximately 10,300 square feet and sits on a large lot with views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. A foyer with redwood-paneled walls, hardwood floors, and a chandelier opens to the main living areas, which include a 50-foot living room with 20-foot ceilings, and windows and balconies overlooking the bay. There is also a formal dining room with French doors that open onto the lawn.
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In the library with a coffered ceiling, built-in window seats and shelves, a bar is hidden behind a fake bookcase. “You don’t know it’s there until someone shows up with a cocktail,” said Mr. Andrews. The property also includes an upper level game room and rooftop terrace, as well as a four car garage.
The house was purchased by Mr. Andrews parents, Adolphus Andrews Jr. and Emily T. Andrews, in the late 1950s, he said. They had passed out over the property while attending a party there years ago and had taken the chance to buy it when it became available. They raised their three children there. While they kept the property in good condition and restored it several times, they did little to change the look of the house, he said. They also installed an elevator.
Mr. Andrews, 64, remembered his own nursery in the upper northwest corner of the house: the upper stairs creaked so loudly that he could never sneak into the curfew. His father, who worked in the lumber shop, was an antique collector so Mr. Andrews and his siblings were often banished to certain parts of the house where they could not break anything.
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Elderly Mr Andrews died in 2017 and his wife in 2019. Gordon Andrews said the property decided to sell the property because neither he nor his siblings wanted to move in.
The San Francisco luxury real estate market has been picking up momentum in recent months after a slower 2020. According to a recent report from Compass, luxury home sales in the city rose 87% in February from February 2020.
Neal Ward of Compass got the listing.