There are few spots in San Francisco we love as well as the cross-section where the Mission meets Noe Valley meets the Castro. The mix of urban hipster culture, the diverse queer scene, family-friendly neighborhood trappings, and Dolores Park are all within easy walking distance.
This beautifully renovated Victorian duplex on Alvarado Street is situated right in the thick of it. Built in 1880, the three-level house retains its elegant old bones but, thanks to a careful remodel, it exudes fresh contemporary style.
Enter on the main level into a graceful living room with original moldings and coved bay windows. From here, pass into the formal dining room which also has intricate moldings and hardwood floors. These living and entertaining spaces flow easily into the kitchen which instantly feels like the heart of the home.
In a modern all-white palette, the kitchen has quartz countertops, a herringbone marble tile backsplash, custom cabinets, a wine fridge, and a Wolf six-burner range. There's also plenty of space for sitting and lounging here with a central waterfall island and an adjacent sunny breakfast room with access to a back deck and yard below.
A small laundry room and powder room complete the ground floor.
Up the curved staircase at the front of the home you'll find private quarters consisting of three bedrooms and a bright communal sitting area beneath a peaked ceiling with skylights. The primary suite is a retreat of its own with a small sitting space, a walk-out terrace, and multiple closets including a large walk-in. The master bathroom has floor-to-ceiling tile, a freestanding tub, a dual-head Grohe rainfall shower, and white quartz dual sink vanity with walnut veneer paneling.
The lower level is home to a second legal unit finished in contemporary style. There is one bedroom with two closets; a full bath with a dual sink vanity; and a complete kitchen with marble counters and a turquoise tile backsplash. The apartment has direct backyard access.
Speaking of the yard, it may be the best part of the home with polished verdant landscaping, stone pavers, two large terraces, a cabana with a TV, and a built-in barbecue.
Additional amenities inside include multi-zoned radiant heat, in-ceiling audio speakers, in-wall audio and video Cat6 wiring, a hardwired alarm system, recessed lighting, and a spacious garage.
Size: 3,375 sq. ft.
Asking price: $4,995,000
// 37 Alvarado St. (Mission); for more information, visit 37alvarado.com.