Offered by Zephyr Real Estate, Historic San Francisco Victorian Home Captures Bygone Era

Posted by Karen Monroe — April 22, 2007

San Francisco, CA – April 23, 2007 – San Francisco is famous for lots of things, including its iconic, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. Considered historic treasures of the City, many of these Painted Ladies, so named for their colorful, detailed exteriors, have been preserved and maintained for modern living. One stately Victorian mini-mansion on Haight Street, lovingly cared for by its various owners for more than 100 years, is now for sale as a Zephyr Real Estate Premiere Property.“This 122-year-old historic home is grand. It’s like stepping back in time,” said Eric Castongia, the Zephyr agent representing the seller. “You just don’t see this level of preservation anymore. It’s enough to make Victorian aficionados’ jaws drop open.”Located at 760 Haight Street at Scott Street, the four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath Victorian is listed for $2,149,000. The home is a Zephyr Premiere Property from a quality and price perspective. It is a San Francisco premier property from a historic standpoint. Zephyr, the largest independent real estate firm in the City, recently launched the Premiere Property program exclusively for marketing luxury properties.“This place really stands out,” explained Castongia. In San Francisco’s real estate market, a $2 million-plus price tag is not out of the ordinary. In fact, Castongia said there are currently many properties throughout the City listed in this price range, but none as extraordinary as this Haight Street residence.For the past 10 years, the owners of the property have been conscientious stewards of a bygone era, applying their passion to preserve the rich history of the building. “It would be a shame for someone to come in and change this house,” said Castongia.Built in 1885, the formal home was designed by German-born architect Charles W. Kenitzer, of Kenitzer & Raun, for Adolph Hochstein, an accountant for Paris, London & America Bank, and his family. The house cost of $8,000 to build, according to the April 1885 edition of California Architect and Builder News. Among the first houses on the block, 1893 city maps show the Victorian house was one of only two residences on that side of Haight Street.Elegant and wonderfully maintained with unique detail intact, the home features generous sized rooms and period charm with 11-foot and higher ceilings. Original, operational gas chandeliers in the double parlor and entry hall add the ideal lighting for entertaining in a Victorian setting.The formal interior style includes wood floors throughout, a grand entry staircase and a service staircase off the kitchen. It also includes five fireplaces. The double parlor serves as a beautiful receiving room – the library as a calm respite. Today’s lifestyles demand an up-to-date kitchen and in this home, history yields to a modern family’s needs. Fit for a chef, the stainless kitchen offers all the conveniences for today’s living. Four bedrooms and two baths complete the upper floor.The home is gated and private; it includes a deck off the kitchen and a yard with exotic landscaping. It also offers a particular value for urban dwellers: three parking places and convenient access to public transit and freeways.For more information visit or call Castongia directly at 415.307.1700. Scheduled showings start Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, May 6, or by appointment. Check the website for specific times and details.Zephyr Real EstateFounded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco’s largest independent real estate firm with nearly $1.5 billion dollars in annual gross sales in 2006 and a current roster of more than 200 full-time agents. Zephyr has six offices strategically located in San Francisco and serves a large customer base throughout the City. For information, visit

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