She's a Thing of Beauty...

photo1 photo2 photo3 photo4 photo5For those of you that know me well, my passions are pretty simple: topiaries, ice cream and real estate. During a "test-drive" trip in San Francisco prior to my move, it was a walk in the Pacific Heights neighborhood that essentially sealed the deal. The real estate - unreal. (Oh yes, there were/are topiaries too). Now that I live here, a walk in my neighborhood is one of my most favorite activities. It draws this inexplicable sense of inspiration and livelihood that feeds my soul. I wish I had the "before" photo of this property (above) to truly depict the transformation this gal has endured. The photos were snapped during one of my evening walks last week, as 2400 Vallejo has had my eye for quite some time. Between the white cedar shingles, plum trim and craftsman style garage doors, the Historic 1905 Albert Farr house might as well preside over a bluff on Nantucket sound. I was a bit surprised to learn that this 6,293 sq ft residence is indeed a single family home - it is a lot of house. Perhaps that is what agrees with me - her quirky floorplan yet stately presence. I like that the owner kept the original details of the front entry way in tact, however I wish the brick tiles were replaced with something a bit more polished or perhaps updated the hardware on the front door. The home is currently on the market with an asking price of $5.2M. View the listing here.

Her neighbor, 2440 Vallejo is currently undergoing a little nip/tuck of her own. See the "before" below. I'll be sure to follow up with the end product.