Open House Obsession: Shingled Classicism by Robert A.M. Stern on Filbert Street $4.7M

Where: 1050 Filbert Street, Russian Hill
When: Sunday, March 17 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
What: 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 2-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.

Downstairs, there's a master suite with matching dressing rooms plus a 2nd bedroom/study, bath, and laundry. Even the master bath is well-ordered, symmetrical and on an axis with the bedroom:

Downside: Despite the grand space upstairs, having the bedrooms below is not for everyone, and aside from the perils of guests (or yourself) navigating through the courtyard and the stairs to the street, the back of the house faces Michelanglo playground. While we think the sounds of kids playing is one of the best in the world, the noise from the basketball half-court is more of a worry.
More: Be sure to visit the agent's dedicated site for the house for many more images.

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