1900s preserved Victorian for sale on Russian Hill
March 8, 2018
Behind Chestnut Street on San Francisco's Russian Hill sits a classic Victorian home dating back to 1900. Of course, this historical property is worth millions -- $6.85 million to be exact.
The Cary House
Known as "The Cary House," this beautiful three-story house has four bedrooms and three and a half baths. Shiny wood floors lead from the entryway through the living room and into the formal dining room where French doors open up to a brick patio.
The eat-in kitchen has been updated without compromising the original architectural charm of the home.
Brass and crystal chandeliers, which were originally designed for gas, are heirlooms as they were once owned by Thomas Carr Howe, curator of the Legion of Honor.
Upstairs bedrooms offer clear views of the Bay and the elevator makes living in a three-story house much more convenient.
Since the house is set back on a 5,153 square foot garden-filled lot, it includes a private setting that is unusual in the city. Just like the home, these gardens are historic having been designed by SF's own Thomas Church.
In an article posted on SFGATE.com During the first two years after it was built, the Cary House stood alone on Chestnut Hill, surrounded by nothing but pear trees.
The home is also one of very few on the east side of the hill that was not destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and fire.
Its first owner was Gould and Curry of the silver mining company, and then it belonged to James and Elizabeth Cary, who owned the home until the mid 1920s.
In the 1940s, Ina Claire Wallace, a vaudeville performer, purchased Cary House. She contracted William Wurster for interior renovations and Thomas Church for landscaping. A historic drawing of Time Magazine with Ina Claire on the cover is included in the gallery.
Built over a hundred years ago, 930 Chestnut has changed hands more than a few times, but recently in 2007, when the price was $3,100,000. Today, that very house is asking for $6,850,000.
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