The building was originally known as 131 Hancock when it was built as a single-family residence. The first owners were Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Harmon. Mrs. Harmon was a landscape artist and Mr. Harmon, a laborer and clerk. The property was originally sold for $5,000.
Documentation supports the building was built in 1877 and occupied most of the entire block and was surrounded by fruit trees. The building was eventually converted into two flats which are now known as 129-131 Hancock. At one point the property was renovated by Knox, Kosovitz, and Narrin, popular architects of the time, and was featured in House Beautiful in the 1960’s.
This architectural gem still stands proud today, surrounded by gardens full of romantic white roses, fuchsia, camelia’s, wisteria and other beautiful flowering plants.
Unit 129 occupies the entire top floor of the building. Upon ascending the curved staircase prepared to be impressed by the glorious natural light that illuminates through windows on all four sides and numerous skylights.
The grand living room is highlighted by a handsome fireplace flanked by multiple French doors that continue through to the intimate dining room, all opening to a tranquil private deck and enchanting flowering gardens. Thick marble counter tops highlight the winsome kitchen complete with luxury level appliances.
The homes full modern bathroom showcases a huge walk-in shower as well as a skylight for wonderful natural light. The primary bedroom is quite spacious and features the homes second fireplace as well as a walk-in closet and views to the San Francisco skyline. The guest bedroom exudes charm and features French doors that open to a balcony with idyllic views of the hills of Corona Heights.
Architectural details include massive crown molding, custom wainscoting, ceiling medallions and hardwood floors throughout the home.
With a location within a short walk to Dolores Park, the Mission and the Castro this home offers tremendous advantages of city living.