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917-919 Hampshire St., San Francisco
Ideally located on a quiet residential block in the heart of the vibrant and hip Mission district, this meticulously maintained and upgraded Victorian-era home offers close to 2000 square feet of contemporary living space on three levels.
With a head-to-toe remodel in 2007, the property combines iconic architecture, such as bay windows, period moldings and vintage details, with the latest modern conveniences, including a renovated chef's kitchen with stainless Viking and Bosch appliances, in-lay hardwood floors, modern + recessed lighting, and updated plumbing & electrical systems.
The flexible floor plan includes a main residence on the top two floors with four bedrooms and one bathroom, plus a one bedroom/one bathroom flat below. The entire home can easily function as a “house like” residence, with extra living space for extended family/guests, or the lower-level unit can be rented for additional income.
Enter the main residence up a vintage Terrazzo stairway through a picturesque Victorian street facing façade with original details including corbel brackets with Tulip cutouts, vintage fish scale shingles and gabled roof. Step through the front door to an entrance hall under soaring 10-foot ceilings with original restored hardwood floors below boasting an inlay border trim design.
To the right is a cozy vintage living room, complete with period moldings, and gorgeous preserved decorative fireplace, with hand carved wooden mantel offering foliate detail, ornate columns, and pristine tile surround, originally built in 1870. To the right, three iconic Bay windows, with custom window coverings, offer west facing light.
Opposite the living room is a guest bedroom or office, with hardwood floors, street facing window, a closet and modern overhead lighting.
Step down the hall to the dining room, a centrally located gathering space. With overhead drum light fixture, and east facing window, the dining room provides a communal space for meals & entertaining and opens to a lovely chef’s kitchen at the back end of the house.
With a stainless suite of appliances, including Viking gas range with hood, Bosch dishwasher, and Jenn Air refrigerator, the modern kitchen features granite counters with contemporary silver tile backsplash and burgundy tile floors, and is accented by a row of bright Milgard windows overlooking the garden and backyard.
To the right of the dining room, enter a primary bedroom suite, offering hardwood floors, modern drum lighting overhead and closet. Adjacent the bedroom enter a full bathroom with large shower and custom tiled wainscotting and flooring.
At the north side of the dining room, find a stairway leading up to two additional sweet bedroom retreats that feature sloped ceilings, hardwood floors, and a large closet between the two rooms.
From the back of the kitchen head outdoors down a stairway to access a large patio surrounded by a garden with rose bushes, a lemon tree, redwood fence siding, and a vintage “carriage house” structure.
To the right, off the patio, enter a street level one bedroom, one bathroom garden apartment, which also has exterior access to the street. Here a living room with bay windows overlooks the front rose garden, with wrought iron fence, in a spacious room featuring wall-length built-in shelving, hardwood floors and recessed lighting.
An open efficiency kitchen separates the living room from a back bedroom, and offers tiled flooring, granite countertops, stainless sink, and built-in cabinetry with wine storage racks. The kitchen is adjacent a full bathroom with tiled floor and shower over tub, and window. At the rear, the bedroom opens to the backyard and features ample windows and a closet.
Adjacent the first-floor unit, find a deep and well-maintained garage, complete with full-size front-loading washer & dryer, utility sink, storage cabinets and attached driveway with ample space to park two cars.
Step outside and you’re in the lively and sunny Mission District, just a short stroll to the coveted shops on 24th Steet, and a few blocks from the eateries and cafes on the Valencia corridor. With an enviable walk score of 99, this turnkey property is conveniently close to the Zuckerberg General Hospital with easy access highways 101 & 280.
Sunny, flat, and centrally located, the Mission represents the heart and especially the soul of San Francisco. Equally attractive to immigrants and a burgeoning herd of hipsters, the Mission is still the melting pot of San Francisco. Here you'll find traditional Mexican taquerias and panaderias, pop up galleries, freshly minted block-long live/work lofts in former canneries, and a new generation of chefs determined to make their mark and earn a Michelin star. The neighborhood is highly walkable: a major urban shopping center at 16th and Potrero offers groceries, a gym, post office, office supplies, and Peets Coffee. The museum district at 3rd and Howard is nearby, and the ball park is not far. Public Transportation is great. MUNI bus lines crisscross the neighborhoods and there are two BART stations at 16th and Mission and 24th and Mission which serve the neighborhood.
With the rise of the dot-coms in the mid-90s, the old industrial warehouses of the Mission district were converted into open air, open concept workspaces. These attracted a new kind of population: educated, highly-skilled, and eagerly looking for the next big thing: be it entertainment, dining, culture, or dance club. And they wanted to be able to walk to work, or at least ride their bike.
Housing was developed to match the taste and needs of this generation of newcomers. Many of the old warehouses preserved their old brick facades. Inside luxury interiors feature exposed brick walls, huge timbered beams, two-story high living rooms with airy ceilings, industrial kitchens, and of course, high speed Internet connections. Stately turn-of-the-century homes line the sunny blocks of this uniquely San Franciscan district. In between its main thoroughfares of Dolores, Guerrero, and Valencia, you can find many smaller hidden architectural treasures dotting the intimate cross-street alleyways.
San Francisco's oldest building stands at the corner of 16th and Dolores. Constructed in 1776, Mission Dolores draws the gaze of passersby's with its clean, early-colonial Mexican style. It remains an active Roman Catholic church, and is open daily for services and to visitors alike. Just around the corner is Dolores Park, one of the city's great neighborhood hangouts, where you might be lucky enough to catch an outdoor performance by the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Time seems of no consequence on sunny afternoons while families recline along the comfortably sloping landscape. Daytime is for the sun-worshipping crowds, while warm nights are all about people watching.
Valencia Street is among the hippest nighttime destination on the planet. Throngs of young folks dropping into the trendy new eateries, filling the local watering holes for their fix of poetry and music, hitting the local performance spaces for inspired avant-garde happenings. You will find a cultural mecca, as well as a food experience beyond compare along these lively streets.
Public transportation is as good as it gets in the Mission. Two BART stations, at 16th and Mission and 24th and Mission, complement a complete bus schedule to downtown and beyond.