75 San Lorenzo Way
St. Francis Wood | San Francisco, CA
Offered at $4,150,000
Grand View Home On The Park
This prominent home impresses with its stunning Arts & Crafts architecture, magnificent double lot, wonderful park setting, two-story floor plan, remodeled condition, captivating outlooks and amazing views to the Pacific Ocean. Designed by renowned Master Architect Henry Gutterson, the home was built in 1918 with pure quality and craftmanship. From the charming front portico to the inviting entry hall, the home flows perfectly with large scale rooms and natural light that warms every space.
Overlooking Santa Monica Park, the house features massive windows, woodwork detail, original built-ins, beautiful hardwood floors and handsome center staircase. With a nod to the past and a look to the future, the present owners upgraded the home’s systems including electrical, plumbing, windows and lighting. They thoughtfully redefined the home designing a five-star chef’s kitchen with open space to work, cook and gather. The kitchen incorporates a den with wall-to-wall sliding glass doors thus creating a greater connection to the outdoors. In addition to this, a first-floor guest suite was added, bathrooms were remodeled, and gardens were thoughtfully restored to their original glory in homage to when the house was built.
- Five Bedrooms (Four on Upper Floor)
- Three Full & One-Half Bathrooms
- Formal Entry Hall with Custom Crafted Staircase
- Grand Living Room with Fireplace & Floor to Ceiling Windows
- Banquet-Size Dining Room with Gas Fireplace
- Chef’s Dream Kitchen with Top Appliances, Island & Den
- Walk-Out Deck from Kitchen to Outdoor Living
- Park-Like Backyard with Mature Landscape
- Master Suite with Spa Bath & Custom-Built Closets
- Family Room with Massive Windows, Views & Roof Deck
- Two-Car Off-Street Parking & Gated Yard
- Double Corner Lot -10,197 Square Foot (per tax record)
- Interior Living Space – 4,005 Square Feet (Per Appraisal)
- Superb Location with Ocean Views & Park Outlooks
- Remodeled Condition & Stunning Architectural Detail
- Hardwood Floors, Custom Woodwork & Original Built-Ins
- Wall-to-Wall Sliding Glass Doors that Open to Garden
- Laundry Area with Broad Counters & Abundant Cabinetry
- Miele & Bosch Stainless Steel Appliances & Stone Countertops
- Upgraded Electrical & Plumbing Systems
- Mature Landscape & In-Ground Irrigation System
- EV – Electric Vehicle Charger
- In-Home Security System & Nest Thermostat
ST. FRANCIS WOOD
The developers of the St. Francis Wood, Mason and McDuffie, began planning the neighborhood more than 100 years ago, advertising St. Francis Wood as the city’s first residential park. The sales brochure touted lots that were twice the size of the average city lot, lush parks and boulevards to be designed by the Olmsted Brothers and streets lined with trees and plants. It was to be a planned community, a place that would appeal to families and to those seeking a grand lifestyle in a unique city setting. The majority of the neighborhood’s 540 homes were completed between the years of 1920 and 1940. While home styles range from Colonial Revival, Spanish Mediterranean to Tudor there is a common thread as all were built under the architectural guidance of the homeowners association. It is for this reason that the neighborhood was able to achieve homogeneity of scale, color and style and it remains that way today.
HENRY GUTTERSON – MASTER ARCHITECT ST FRANCIS WOOD 1912 – 1954 (excerpt from the St. Francis Wood by Richard Brandi)
Henry H. Gutterson (1184-1954) attended University of California, Berkeley from 1903 to 1905 where he studied architecture under John Galen Howard. He assisted with the drawings of the Burnham Pan for San Francisco and then studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1906 – 1909, working in Victor Laloux’s atelier, the same workshop that John Galen Howard had studied in earlier. Due to financial difficulties, Gutterson left Paris before completing the course of study and worked briefly for the Governor Atterbury in New York City before returning to Berkeley. He then taught briefly at the University of California, Berkeley and joined John Galen Howard on the design staff for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Although Gutterson received training in the classical architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he was also influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and became one of its acknowledged practitioners in the Bay Area. Gutterson was adept at houses that were small scale, woodsy, sheathed in redwood inside and out, related to their place in the landscape, and filled with visual and ideological contradictions. This placed him alongside luminaries such as Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Louis Mullgardt, and John Hudson Thomas.
Duncan McDuffie had hired Gutterson’s mentor, John Galen Howard, to supervise the architecture for the tract in 1912. Howard turned over the duties of supervising architect to Gutterson, who held the position until his death in 195. This assignment was a tremendous vote of confidence for the 30 year old architect. As one of Howard’s earliest students, with his Beaux-Arts training, and first-hand experience with the Burnham Plan, Gutterson was well qualified to supervise the building of the garden suburb.
All plans for St. Francis Wood homes had to be submitted to supervising architect Gutterson for “criticism and advice”. With the goal of maintaining the high character of the tract, Gutterson’s advice could focus on anything from proposed color schemes and designs of radio aerials to setbacks and fence heights. Homes built without his approval could be removed at the expense of the owner. Gutterson did review plans and his contract was renewed yearly by the St. Francis Wood Homes Association for four decades, reflecting both approval of his performance and recognition of the need for architectural supervision to main the cohesiveness of the tract. St Francis Wood continues to retain architectural supervision provided by the Homes Association.
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