450 people came through open houses at this Noe Valley Victorian listed for $2 million

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  1. dealmaker


    By Amy Graff, SFGATE

    Updated 9:09 am PDT, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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    This three-bedroom, three-bathroom Noe Valley home with classic Victorian architecture and light-filled interiors is located at 1081 Church St., only one block from 24th Street.

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was modified at 8:57 a.m. to remove personal details about the seller.

    If you've zipped between Dolores Park and 24th Street on the J Church, then you know this classy Victorian lady. Her pretty and intricate facade painted a snowy white is accented by a door painted the perfect shade of cherry red. Even next to a neighbor painted wildly with a rainforest motif, she stands out.

    If it's a house you've always admired, now's your time scoop up 1081 Church St., listed for $1.995 million.

    The home sits on the lot where the first-ever home in Noe Valley was built in 1869. When construction on the Muni rail line started in 1890, that house was moved to nearby 23rd Street. This current home was built in the location in 1906, and much of the original detail remains.

    "People have bulldozed these charming homes all over Noe Valley and they've put in these prefab homes, but this one has maintained its charm," says listing agent Bilques Smith of Sotheby's.

    Smith says more than 450 people came through during two open houses. She has handed out 38 disclosure packets and says at least 18 of those interested buyers seem active.



    "People just love the home," says Smith. "They have this emotional reaction to it, especially with that lovely red door where you think you're in a neighborhood in Chelsea [London]."

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    The three-bedroom, three-bathroom has high-coved ceilings and inlaid hardwood floors along with period wainscoting, moldings and windows, all adding to its elegance and grace.

    The bright and sunny kitchen with white Shaker cabinets and a butcher-block-topped island opens up to a deck with city views.

    "The kitchen has amazing floor-to-ceiling French doors so you get this huge flooding of light that comes through, and the kitchen just sparkles," says Smith.

    The view is partially obstructed by a redwood tree, but Smith says the foliage shields the deck from wind, making it a comfortable place for a cup of tea any time of day.

    A large storage attic provides ample storage and the lower level has its own private entrance. With a bedroom area, family room, full bathroom and kitchenette, it can act as a guest space or au pair unit. There's also a private, peaceful garden with a courtyard surrounded by greenery, the perfect spot to soak in the sun that's often shining in this part of town even while other areas are cloudy.

    Located only a block from Noe Valley's 24th Street shopping strip, the home is a short walk to cafes, boutiques and a weekly Saturday farmers' market. "It's a unique location," says Smith. "You know you live in San Francisco but here's this little haven that feels like a town unto itself."

    Amy Graff is an SFGATE producer. Email: agraff@sfgate.com
  2. If 450 people looked at it and it's still on the market, must be overpriced.
  3. Arnie



    It sold for $1.4m 3/2008 and then 1.35m in 7/2008. That was close to the peak, most areas are now back to those levels, but not much higher unless renovated.
  4. What I really want to know is what is happening with the house on the left. That is one interesting facade.
  5. I hope their shoes were clean.
  6. Somehow I doubt they were, unfortunately.