This article comes to us courtesy of California Home + Design.
By Philip Ferrato
The perfect couple's house, originally built in 1907 but classically remodeled out of existence by architect Robert A.M. Stern in 2003. The street front is dominated by a two-car garage above a guest apartment, with the actual house downhill and across a landscaped courtyard. Once you've navigated the koi pond and plant material, you enter through a portico into a domed, octagonal foyer with clerestory and oculus windows before finally winding up in the open living space. The kitchen/dining/living space manages to be both loft-like and formal, with carefully thought out details -- the kitchen may be open, but there's a scullery/pantry/prep space off to one side.
With windows on three sides and a massive entablature/cornice, the paneled walls are filled with built-in bookcases and cabinets. Nice old-school detail: the window frames have pockets to conceal drapery hardware.
1050 Filbert Street, Russian Hill, $4.7M. Open Sunday, March 2 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.