$12 million Dolores Park stunner is Victorian in the front, party in the back

On the outside, it's a pretty San Francisco Victorian.

Inside, it's a five-story architectural surprise party with stellar design and some pretty sweet tech.

Reimagined by SF design-build firm Dawson & Clinton, this old home is shaking off the dust after a careful three-year restoration of everything from its foundation (fully replaced) to its façade, and is luxuriating in all new everything (windows, plumbing, roof, insulation—you name it). But while potential buyers can rest assured that there's no tricky old wiring or creaky old boards, it's true design lovers who will find this house a dream.

Though it seems backwards, we can only explain this house by starting at its rear, which has been opened up like a dollhouse to reveal its many rooms to the outdoor spaces hiding at the back. It is here that a 30-foot indoor/outdoor atrium planted with timber bamboo spills its light onto the landscaped back yard with its outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Not only does this make for a jewel of a backdrop for al fresco dinner parties, it creates a seamless sense of indoor-outdoor life—not to mention puts a cool modern yin on the backside of a Victorian yang.

Inside, the rooms and details are drop-dead—starting with the dramatically sculpted wood wall backing a steel staircase (destined to become an IG spot for your art-loving friends). The master suite gets a leggy 1,000 square feet (and a decadent marble-and-teak bathroom) all to itself. There are planted green walls; Boffi and Bulthaup kitchen appliances; and 12-inch hand-scraped white oak floors and doors and walnut wall paneling throughout.

As if the details of the home weren't view enough, the landmarks of Twin Peaks, the Mission and Downtown loom through the massive windows.

And then there's the tech. Alexa lovers will appreciate total home automation—in-wall iPads, lighting and shade control, a distributed audio system, and a centralized media and tech hub. To safeguard the four cars in your private garage (that's electric-ready and also accessible by the elevator—oh yeah, there's an elevator), the house is equipped with a security system and cameras.

But the icing on this puppy is definitely its location: steps from Dolores Park. And Bi-Rite. And Delfina Pizzeria. It's also legally a two-unit building, so you can rent out some space to help cover your $12 million mortgage.


Location: 3847 18th St. (Castro)

Size: 2,848 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4.5

Asking price: $11,850,000

// For more information, visit doloresparkwest.com.