San Francisco home with impressive yard listed for $4.3 million


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As reported recently in the SFGate.com, when the owners of 2 Casteneda Ave. remodeled their 1926 Forest Hill residence, they pulled out all the stops on the outdoor space of their quarter-acre property.

Aside from adding more Southwestern-style plantings to go with the "Pueblo-style" facade, they also have a fountain and a recessed patio complete with heat lamps, custom lighting, and an outdoor sound system. When you look up from the patio, you’ll get a nice view of the drought-tolerant plantings on the living roof.

The outdoor kitchen has a barbecue, smoker and a wood-fired pizza oven. Also in the backyard is a turfed basketball court.

"The sport court surface area needed to have some density to enable the kids to play basketball," explained sales agent Cece Doricko of Coldwell Banker. "The owners preferred short-cut turf to concrete or other sport court surfaces."

Now that their children have grown, that sports court isn't being used like it was in the past and the owners have decided to pursue their dreams of living in wine country, Doricko said.

"They've loved their home in the city, but it is now the right time to make the move," she said.

They are asking $4.3 million.

Doricko said that the owners began their work on the outside of the home right after moving in in 1998, but the biggest and last renovation came in 2012. On top of all the work in the backyard, they also replaced the facade's "faux adobe" stucco with a more authentic plaster.

"They aren't quite sure of the origin of the Pueblo style of the home but they have done everything they can to preserve it and enhance it," she said. “This includes a new perimeter fence that has a more southwestern flair and plantings that "add a touch of Santa Fe to the property."

The Santa Fe theme can also be seen throughout the house, where the family room has rounded wood beams and a wood mantel with metal accents over a gas fireplace. There's also a formal dining room and remodeled kitchen with heated slate floors. One bedroom, one full bathroom and one half bath complete the main level.

The other three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are upstairs with the rooms at the back of the house overlooking the living roof and the backyard entertainment.

The lower level has more space to entertain, including a billiards room and practical amenities such as an office, laundry room and access to the two-car garage.

"The current owners lovingly created a perfect space for entertaining and everyday living," said Doriko. "The quality of the extensive upgrades coupled with an extraordinary lot is what makes this property not just a home, but an estate."

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