Off-market Dolores Heights "treehouse" asks $4.2 million

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From the curb on 19th Street between Noe and Sanchez, this wood-clad home isn't much to look at—more precisely, you can hardly see it at all.

Like prettier boxes stacked atop more mundane concrete boxes at street-level, this modern-earthy "penthouse" is the top quarters of a two-unit building located a stone's throw from Dolores Park. And let us tell you, it looks heavenly.


Designed by Rodgers Architecture and completed in 2008, the house makes maximal use of its high-up wooded lot with a plan akin to a bird's nest—ringed by trees and with a bird's eye view of the Mission and beyond.

All three stories have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide ample natural light without sacrificing privacy thanks to the elevated locale, and each has that cabin-in-the-woods vibe with elements of nature everywhere. The house also has hardwood floors, paneling, and trim throughout.

The main floor is dedicated to entertaining, and with so many luxe upgrades, you'll the be the host with the most. There's a media room here in addition to living space, and the kitchen is stacked with Sub-Zero, Miele, and Wolf appliances and also has access to the deck and garden.

Bedrooms are dispersed among the top and bottom levels, with two down (you'll also find one bathroom, the laundry room, and a large home office here), and three up—and that's where the steamy bedroom action is. Upstairs, the master suite has two walls of glass overlooking the lush backyard, as well as a soaking tub with city views. Double vanities in the master bath and a walk-in closet round out the amenities. An elevator is ready to carry you between floors and down to the two-car garage.

Out back, an airy little studio is situated against the slope and opens onto its own deck—hardwired with electrical and ethernet, the flex space is workable for almost whatever, whether you want to play your best Bob Ross, practice your downward dog, or hatch a master plan for your next startup. Whatever you fancy, inspiration abounds.

Location: 3975 19th St. (Dolores Heights)

Size: 2,650 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

Asking price: $4,200,000

// For more information, visit doloresparkpenthouse.com.

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