San Francisco home listed for $4.3 million may have best backyard in the city
When the long-time owners of 2 Casteneda Ave. remodeled their 1926 Forest Hill home, they really went all out on the outdoor space of their quarter-acre property. In addition to putting in more Southwestern-style plantings to go with the "Pueblo-style" look of the facade, they also have a fountain and a recessed patio complete with gas-plumbed heat lamps, custom lighting, and an outdoor sound system. Look up from the patio for a nice view of the drought-tolerant plantings on the living roof.
The outdoor kitchen has the usual, like a barbecue, and the unusual, like a smoker and a wood-fired pizza oven. Speaking of unusual, how often do you see a backyard in San Francisco with its own turfed basketball court? "The sport court surface area needed to have some density to enable the kids to play basketball," explained sales agent Cece Doricko of Coldwell Banker. "The owners preferred short-cut turf to concrete or other sport court surfaces."
Now that their children have grown, that sports court isn't being used like it was in the past and the owners have decided to pursue their dreams of living in wine country, Doricko said. "They've loved their home in the city, but it is now the right time to make the move," she said. They are asking $4.3 million.
Doricko explained that the owners began their labor of love shortly after moving in in 1998, but the biggest and final renovation came in 2012. In addition to all the work in the backyard, they also replaced the facade's "faux adobe" stucco with a more authentic color-integrated plaster. "They aren't quite sure of the origin of the Pueblo style of the home but they have done everything they can to preserve it and enhance it," she said. This includes a new perimeter fence that has a more southwestern flair and plantings that "add a touch of Santa Fe to the property."
The Santa Fe vibe carries into the house as well, where the family room has rounded wood beams and a wood mantel with metal accents over a gas fireplace. There's another fireplace in the formal living room. There's also a formal dining room and remodeled kitchen with heated slate floors and an oversized pantry. One bedroom, one full bathroom and one half bath complete the main level.
The other three bedrooms are located upstairs, as well as two more full bathrooms. The rooms at the back of the house overlook the living roof, as well as all the backyard entertainment.
The lower level has even more space to entertain, including a billiards room. There are also more practical amenities, like an office, laundry room and access to the two-car garage. "The current owners lovingly created a perfect space for entertaining and everyday living," said Doriko. "The quality of the extensive upgrades coupled with an extraordinary lot is what makes this property not just a home, but an estate."
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