1720 Larkin Street
Located at the convergence of two iconic San Francisco neighborhoods, Nob Hill and Russian Hill, this gracious residence blends the elegance of turn-of-the-century architecture with the thoughtful and practical application of today’s modern world demands. Expansive spaces and gorgeous detail punctuate this meticulously renovated full-floor flat featuring three bedrooms and two full baths. A bright and generous foyer welcomes guests into this lovely residence, setting the warm tone for what is to follow. At the front of the home lies a massive formal living room that flows seamlessly into the open dining and kitchen spaces. A beautiful box-beamed ceiling and fireplace grace the dining room, and the kitchen is a chef’s dream, complete with a walk-in pantry, stunning counters and backsplash and a generous peninsula for a more relaxed eat-in experience. Three spacious bedrooms and two full baths lie at the rear of the home, along with convenient in-unit laundry appliances. Just a short stroll to the vibrant offerings of Nob Hill and Russian Hill, this lovely home resides in a beautifully-maintained 1905 four-unit building.
Two full baths
2270 square feet, per draftsman
Preserved period details
Refinished wood floors with original mahogany inlay
Formal living and dining rooms
Stunning open kitchen with Calcutta quartz counters
Separate bicycle storage
Abundant closet space
Built in 1905, per tax records
HOA dues $295 per month
Walker’s Paradise, per Walkscore.com
Within steps of Russian Hill and Nob Hill amenities
Nob Hill/Russian Hill
Exclusive and elegant, Nob Hill is home to some of the grandest mansions and most historic hotels one can find in San Francisco. Nob Hill is part of an enclave made accesible in the 1870s by the addition of cable cars climbing up California Street through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is considered the center of old San Francisco, where even today descendants of some of the original founding families of San Francisco keep continued memberships at renowned private clubs.
All but destroyed in the fire of 1906, Nob Hill homes remain the most prestigious of San Francisco addresses. Old money is on display here, making itself seen through the extravagantly adorned buildings that line every street. Huntington Park, at the heart of Nob Hill, is home to the iconic 10-foot Fountain of Tortoises, with families enjoy congregating on its shady expanses to take in a bit of respite following the hike up the hill. There is also a children's playground which is second to none.
The spiritual center of the community is found in the impressive stone architecture of Grace Cathedral. A Liberal bastion, the Cathedral administers an array of social justice programs, and brings inspiration through the many musical concerts it hosts throughout the year. Also on the grounds is an outdoor meditation labyrinth.
The neighborhood of Nob Hill remains a very walkable area despite its many steep avenues. It remains an urban oasis for residents while never being too far from the action of downtown. Perfectly situated it remains bounded by the excitement of Chinatown, the thrilling nightlife of Polk Street, and the upscale shopping of Union Square. Nob Hill is a walking commute from downtown and the financial district. And for those not interested in walking at the end of the day, MUNI provides monthly cable car passes. Now that's traveling in style!
There's hardly a neighborhood that compares with Russian Hill, with its mesmerizing views, heart-stopping hairpin turns, and sheer historical grandeur.
Locals enjoy the hillside garden climbs, the exquisite tiny parks, and the classic ice cream parlor found at the corner of Union and Hyde. There is a delicate European flair to many of the boutiques and restaurants found along the lushly green streets of Jackson, Union, and Hyde. Green and Polk Streets offer exceptional international cuisine from French to Italian to Vietnamese, you can't go wrong in this vibrant stretch of city. If shopping is on your list, don't miss the many delightful boutiques dotting Polk Street between Union and Broadway.
There is a tremendous spread of possibilities when it comes to housing in Russian Hill. From turn-of-the-century backyard cottages, to lush million-dollar homes, to hilltop town houses and condos with mind-blowing Bay views - there is something for all sensibilities. The architectural influences in Russian Hill reach back to classic form - from Spanish Colonial, to Mission Revival, to Italianate, and Arts and Crafts, and beyond.
Russian Hill remains a very walkable urban landscape despite its hilly tendency. The Financial District and Civic Center are easily within reach. And if your smart you'll occasionally ride the cable car home, on a monthly pass from SFMUNI.