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A Historic House in San Francisco With Impressive Views


A Historic House in San Francisco With Impressive Views

Privacy and plenty of outdoor space in the heart of the city

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Location: San Francisco, California

Price: $18.95 million

Privacy and a strong sense of connectedness don’t usually go together in densely populated urban areas, but the Boggs-Shenson house in San Francisco seems to accomplish both. It’s hidden from the street and perched at the top of a hill right on Nob Hill.

“You live in your own park in one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in San Francisco,” co-listing agent Helena Zaludova said. “Because it’s so close to downtown, you hear the cable cars, the parrots of Telegraph Hill come to visit and you hear the seals all the way from Fisherman’s Wharf.”

The house is named after its original owners, Angus G. and Mae H. Boggs, wealthy San Franciscans and philanthroposts, and two later owners, the physicians and brothers Ben and A. Jess Shenson.

Built in 1906, the house became a historical landmark in 2003. Remodeling began in 2009 and the gardens and the views remain as picturesque as ever.

The house has ample outdoor space, including decks and Japanese-inspired gardens with fruit trees.

“There is not one window that does not have a view. You have your own putting green, meditation decks and gardens,” Ms. Zaludova said.

The Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid and the Coit Tower are all within view.


The house has a total of 10 rooms, including four bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a study that can be used as a spare bedroom. The house has four levels, and 4,191 square feet according to property records kept by the City and County of San Francisco.

There is one fireplace in the living room, and another fireplace on the upper deck. The house has a two-car garage and additional off-street parking.

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Amenities include a gated entry, an outdoor kitchen including a pizza oven, an elevator that accesses all four levels, radiant floor heating, Control4 Smart Home System and Sonos. There’s an electric vehicle charger and a Carturner, eliminating the need to do a three-point turn out of the narrow driveway.

Neighborhood Notes

While the neighborhood is not a historic district, the house itself is a historic landmark. The house is walking distance to Union Square and plenty of shopping and restaurants to the southeast, as well as Lombard Street to the north and Chinatown to the east.

Agent: Dale Boutiette, Paragon RE Group

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