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There are more than 60 properties in Russian Hill on the market, but only one built any time before the 20th century. An expansive Italianate house on Van Ness between Lombard and Chestnut, which was built in 1875, just came on the market Saturday, and it’s a remarkably rare occasion. The 136-year-old house was originally located on Larkin at Broadway (well before the Broadway Tunnel was built in 1950), but it was moved in 1904 to its current location — its saving grace from the 1906 fire.

Another of the mansion’s unusual distinctions is that it has been owned and occupied by the same family who built it — and its fine architectural details, elegant staircase, grand rooms, opulent chandeliers, carved marble fireplaces and polished wood floors — more than a century ago. Which family? Well, I’ve done some digging in public records and come up short. I would be interested to hear their story.As for the interior décor, you have all the staples you’d expect from a home of that era: stained glass windows, ornately carved wood furniture, ceiling medallions, tufted settees, and family portrait oil paintings — all of which, naturally, are just superficial.

Anyone who’s ever taken Real Estate 101 knows that “location, location, location” is key to house-hunting, so let’s talk about the latitude and longitude of this beauty. One of the greatest perks of this palace is that it’s kitty-corner to Black Magic Voodoo Lounge, the best New Orleans bar in the city and one of the few places to find an Abita beer in SF. Meanwhile, if you stick your head out of one of the front windows and to the right, you can see the Bay — score! Another plus: you’re also a step away from the bus stop, whether you ride the 30, the 30x, the 47, or the 49. Unfortunately, the house is on noisy Van Ness — can stained glass be double-paned? — and the house is uncomfortably close to Galileo Academy, the alma mater of none other than O.J. Simpson. Ayeeeeeeeee!

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Russian Hill median sales prices

SF-based realtor Moya Robinson has rounded up some real estate market trends in the city, putting a spotlight on Russian Hill in particular. She writes:

The median sales price for homes in Russian Hill, San Francisco for Apr 10 to Jun 10 was $1,197,500 based on 28 sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median sales price increased 21.9%, or $215,000, and the number of sales increased 7.7%. Average price per square foot for Russian Hill was $939, an increase of 25% compared to the same period last year.

Looks like things are on the up and up in this ‘hood!

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A 1-bedroom, 1-bath remodeled condo at 66 Macondray Lane, which was recast as Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, was just listed on the market for $525,000. The listing reads:

Whimsical Macondray Lane remodeled 1bed/1bath view condo. Gorgeous hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, recessed lighting, private deck and magical views from the living/dining of Coit Tower and St. Peter & Paul. The kitchen has been tastefully remodeled with granite and stainless appliances. Master suite with built-in closet system, and newly tiled bath. Additional storage/laundry. Walk the steps of Armistead Maupin’s Barbary Lane of Tales of the City; truly quintessential San Francisco

Macondray Lane is also on the National Register of Historic Places, as it appears as “a right-of-way on an 1859 USGS map.” The name “Macondray” dates from 1923 and honors San Francisco merchant Frederick W. Macondray. In 1910, the tenants of this building in particular (58-66 Macondray Lane) were a furniture carver, a milliner, a theater misician, a bookkeeper, a jeweler, and two electricians.

Who will be next?

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We all know how much I love Russian Hill. But if I had to move (or I were tempted by a better apartment), I’d want to live in a neighborhood with equally stunning views — perhaps even a spot with views of Russian Hill like, say, Telegraph Hill. Enter my friend Ben’s apartment at 126 Pfeiffer St.

Ben’s magnificent 1-bedroom, 1-bath Telegraph Hill condo can be yours for $2,895/month (+optional $250/mo. furnished). His delightful digs boast panoramic views of the Golden Gate, Mt. Tam, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island. As for the interiors, it features a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, crown moldings, and an updated kitchen with stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and stainless steel fridge. Plus, it’s got garage parking, a large storage space, a washer/dryer on-site, and a shared roof deck. Can you say dream apt? If you’re interested, view more photos and find contact info here. Just remember to invite me to your Fleet Week party!

P.S. If this post seems irrelevant or slightly biased, just remember: it’s my party, I can cry if I want to.

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363406_1The home that belonged to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pregnant character in the 1994 male gestation flick Junior, a.k.a. 2552 Hyde St., has been reduced from $1.9 million to $1.7 million. But no matter how you do the math, you’ll never meet the offspring of the govnah’s uterus.

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