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250 Santa Paula Ave
San Francisco, California, United States


This work of art was originally designed by Angus McSweeney, a prominent San Francisco architect who is credited with the design of several residential high-rises in Russian Hill, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights; as well as his collaboration with several other accomplished architects on the building of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough. McSweeney and his bride Beryl moved into the home after it was built in 1925.

Wilke Colter, a San Francisco attorney and his family, purchased 250 Santa Paula from McSweeney, and then eventually left it vacant for 25 years. Now it has been lovingly restored into an engineering masterpiece and an inviting and luxurious home. The famed Olmsted Brothers laid out the curvilinear street plan for this historic “residence park” and there are strict restoration guidelines that preserve the neighborhood’s coveted qualities. Thanks to careful stewardship of these ideals many original pieces of the home are intact – including the front facade, the dark beam over the window in the great room, and the distinctive wood windows.

Walking in the front door of this abode, the re-claimed, distressed maple floor feels sturdy under your feet and you’ve arrived, gratefully, at home — where every comfort is offered. Presenting a grand living room centered on a majestic fireplace wrapped with views of San Francisco’s ocean side hills and lush green valley inspires magnificent events. Coupled with a beautiful formal dining area and powder room, the space is worthy of elegant meals and lively fundraisers for your favorite charity.

The secluded master suite boasts attractive views, a flat screen, grand fireplace, spacious closet, and in-suite washer/dryer. And, the master bath is like a spa, with steam shower, sunken tub ready for bath salts, and a calming natural stone décor.

There are multiple uses for the four additional private bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms has an outdoor space plus considerable closet space. There are three bedrooms and two baths on one level and an additional bedroom suite adjacent the laundry/work-room with independent access from the rear of the property – perfect for a care taker or guest quarters.

Considerable West-facing windows blanket the home in warmth and light. Daily life is lived in the great room, a comfortable, open primary living level. The media area is bookended by two built-in cabinets and bookshelves, each with its own flat screen (for those sports fans, video game lovers, and movie buffs) with plenty of room for informal dining.

The multi-functional kitchen can meet the need of any gourmand or consummate entertainer. Use the professional six-burner cook-top with its own pot filler or grill out on the deck. Parties are easily arranged in the butler’s pantry/caterer’s area and on the island bar, where there is ample storage for wine, party trays, and dish sets. The convenient work space and service elevator allows for easy management of any category of gathering.

Your opportunity to live on the park is here. The towering back of the house opens to Terrace Park playground, a gathering place for the neighborhood. The park is the habitat for tennis competitors, playing, and regular pee-wee soccer games. St. Francis Wood is centrally-located with convivial walking; where social neighbors are known to group garden, host wine tastings and have block parties. The West Portal MUNI station is a quick walk and Powell Street Station can be reached in about 10 minutes.

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