2511 Pacific Avenue
Pacific Heights Queen Anne Victorian
Location: 2511 Pacific Avenue (between Steiner and Pierce)
Year Built: 1889 Lot Size: 34.33’ x 127.68’
Abstract: This vintage Victorian presents a rare opportunity to customize a unique and historic home on an extra-large lot in one of San Francisco’s best locations. Featured in Gables and Fables, a Portrait of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and Noted in Here Today, San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage. The home consists of 7-8 bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, and a grand triple parlor consisting of a living room, formal dining room, and family room. In addition, there is a breakfast room off the kitchen, a media room with prohibition-era bar, 2 bonus rooms plus tremendous storage and open space in the basement. 1 car garage with interior access. Huge south-facing garden with a patio. Design Schematics by EAG are available which show the existing floor plan and proposed contemporary re-design within the existing envelope.
Brief History: 2511 Pacific is one of an extraordinary row of four classic Victorian ‘sister’ homes numbered 2505-2511 designed by San Francisco architect William F. Smith, who practiced architecture in San Francisco from about 1878-1910. The land was originally purchased by the developer, James Stewart, in June of 1889: In 1890, the homes were ready for occupancy. 2511 Pacific was rented from 1890 – 1926. Afterwards, it was purchased by a noted San Francisco attorney, Andrew F. Burke, who moved into the house with his wife Mary, and their three daughters. The Burke family occupied the home for the next 90 years. This is the first offering in almost a century!
Description: The exquisitely embellished façade with exceptional floral tracery in the pediment sets the tone for the classic and original architectural details inside. A wide and graceful set of stairs defined by a handsome wrought-iron railing leads to the entry portico with transom-topped, double doors that open to the foyer. Main Floor: Enter into a spacious foyer which immediately reveals the ornate central staircase and the grand triple parlor which progresses from front to back providing tremendous flexibility in the use of these rooms. Tall ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, and period moldings on windows and arches accentuate the principal rooms. At the front of the home, the formal living room presents an elegant scale accented by a marble-faced, corner fireplace, rich hardwood floors with intricately patterned, inset mahogany, and a bay window providing a lovely, tree-lined streetscape. The adjacent formal dining room is open to both the living room and family room and boasts a wonderful scale for entertaining. The third parlor is shown as a cheery, garden-view family room which accesses both the kitchen and the sunny breakfast room. The breakfast room features a charming built-in hutch and mullioned windows which perfectly frame the lovely garden view. The kitchen is just off the breakfast room and leads to the mud room which opens to the delightful and highly desirable, south-facing garden with a delightful brick patio and multiple seating and planting areas.
Second Floor: 5 bedrooms, 2 baths and a sunroom comprise the 2nd level. Across the front of the home is a two-room suite which may be used as shown today as a grand master suite with sitting room or as two separate bedrooms. From the master, a passage lined with a period, built-in cupboard leads to the vintage bathroom with tiled shower over tub and a porcelain pedestal sink. Off the hall is the middle bedroom which opens to both the master and the rear bedroom. Shown today as a child’s bedroom, this room may be alternatively used as a nursery or even a large, walk-in closet for the master bedroom. Overlooking the garden are two more bedrooms, one of which opens to a charming sun porch. Another vintage tiled bath with separate stall shower and tub is located off the hall.
Third Floor: There are 3-4 bedrooms and 1 bath (with an antique claw foot tub) on the 3rd level. The front bedroom provides a glimpse of the bay and the large back bedroom overlooks the garden.
Basement/Garage: At the front of the home is a wonderful media/family room with an elaborate and antique “prohibition bar” complete with hidden panels for concealing the once-illicit drink. There is tremendous development potential on this level with two large rooms off the garden, a half bath, additional storage and a central, open space. The one car garage has interior access.
To Show: Shown by appointment only with listing agent.
Exclusive Listing Agent: Janet F. Schindler, Sotheby’s International Realty