Video House Tour: Modernized Victorian on Russian Hill's historic Paris Block asks $9.5 million


The smoky blue, four-story Victorian home at 1039 Green Street evokes layers of San Francisco history.

Originally built in 1885 by architects Samuel and Joseph Newsom—the brothers behind Oakland City Hall and the Napa Valley Opera House and, yes, of the same Newsom clan as California's current governor—the residence is one of 11 dwellings all set back from the street with fenced-in front gardens and trees at the curb. The homes comprise the neighborhood's so-called Paris Block, a term coined for its Parisian style by SF Chronicle columnist Margot Patterson Doss back in the 1960s.

In more recent history, the residence has been fully renovated in contemporary style by Michael Dadario & Associates. Spanning over 5,000 square feet are two large living rooms each with fireplaces and moody palettes; five bedrooms, three of them with en-suite baths; and seven bathrooms in total.

The family kitchen has Miele appliances and a Sub-Zero wine fridge plus plenty of room to flop down at the breakfast table or on a sofa to watch the chef in action. Floor-to-ceiling windows here, and throughout the home, bring the outdoors in.

The master suite on the top floor also has sweeping windows and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub, double shower, and a long floating marble vanity with two sinks. A garden-facing media room, multiple flexible-use rooms, two laundry rooms, and spacious storage closets round out the interior. There are walnut floors throughout. Luxe amenities include radiant heat flooring, Nest thermostats, designer lighting, and a two-car garage.

For fresh air, homeowners can enjoy some sunshine on the bamboo decks and an ample backyard with southern exposure and a fire pit.

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 7

Size: 5,250sf

Asking price: $9.5 million

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