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San Francisco ‘secret’ hilltop estate


San Francisco ‘secret’ hilltop estate

Walking by the gate at 1266 Washington St., you would never know the address marks a fabulous estate sitting on a quarter of an acre of San Francisco land with an apple orchard.

The historic Boggs-Shenson House is tucked away in a garden paradise—the home is an unusual oasis among the densely-populated, apartment-filled Nob Hill neighborhood in the heart of the city.

At $18.95 million, the home is among the city’s most expensive listings right now.

“Anyone who has walked through the grounds will say they’ve never seen anything like it,” says listing agent Dale Boutiette of Paragon Real Estate.

The home features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, four parking spaces and a park-like garden setting with views of San Francisco Bay.

The brown-shingled facade is humble and handsome while the interior is fully remodeled and boasts smart, sophisticated decor worthy of the glossy pages of a design magazine.

There’s also a putting green, manicured Japanese gardens and a deck with sweeping views and a full outdoor kitchen equipped with a pizza oven.

Mae and Angus Boggs first purchased the property in March of 1906, and a month later it burned to the ground in the infamous earthquake. The Boggs purchased a home built in Seattle and moved it to San Francisco. That original structure provides the general framework for the existing house that has been expanded on and remodeled over the years.

Physician brothers Ben and A. Jess Shenson purchased the home in 1954 and lived there with their mother. The story goes that one day Mae Boggs, who had since lost her husband and was living in what’s now called the Metropolitan Club, was walking by and told the Shensons she had lived there.

“They became her personal physicians and threw her a 100th birthday party at the house,” says Boutiette.

With its rich history, the home is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the owner can’t make any major changes to the gardens or home.