Asking $5.9 million, this 1928 Italianate home has the Palace of Fine Arts in its backyard


Are you one of those locals who long for the "old San Francisco?" Here is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in a 1928 home where the interiors are as classic as the iconic landmark that fills its windows with majestic views.

The Italianate-style Marina house sits alongside the lagoon surrounding the Palace of Fine Arts, whose fanciful Beaux-Arts architecture sets the tone for the three-story home's proper styling including graceful archways, pilaster-style columns, parquet floors with walnut inlay, a trompe l'oeil stone wall, high ceilings, and original moldings.

A spacious foyer, punctuated by a curved staircase and topped with a skylight, opens up to the living and dining rooms where postcard views await through sunny bay windows. A wood-burning fireplace keeps things warm, while beamed ceilings in the dining room set a formal mood for meals.

The kitchen is a classically trained chef's paradise with mahogany cabinetry, butcher block counters, a large island, and a Tuscan-style tile backsplash. Modern amenities here include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Thermador gas range, and dual ovens. An adjoining breakfast room, also framed by windows, is an airy space for a casual bite, and French doors open it all up to the outdoors where a large terrace spans the entire width of the residence. It's an ideal space to entertain with a gas grill, lounge areas, and a garden.

On the second level, the master suite flaunts the same epic views of the surrounding park and lagoon through arched bay windows, but also allows a closer perspective via two step-out terraces that offer glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge. Rounding out the second floor are two more bedrooms with built-in cabinetry, ample closet space, and a shared, remodeled bathroom.

On the bottom level, a fourth room—fitted with built-ins, an adjoining full bathroom, and a pair of French doors that lead to the patio—can be used as tranquil guest quarters or a den. A wine closet, mudroom, and laundry room with an LG Energy Star washer and dryer, plus a one-car garage with storage finish out the ground floor.

Don't let the classical aesthetic fool you—the house is also equipped with integrative smart home features from Nest home including cameras, thermostats, and smoke and CO alarms.

Outside, the lush garden, by landscape designer Penney Magrane, is a soothing space to unwind among mature magnolia trees, a fountain, and brick patio. A quaint path leads to a water feature and hidden jacuzzi. A designated speaker system completes the serene oasis.

Location: 3520 Baker St. (Marina)

Size: 3,049 square foot lot

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Asking price: $5,900,000

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