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Location: 1942 Pacific Avenue 

Originally Built: 1869; moved to its current site in 1900 by Rudolph Spreckels. (See History)

Price:  $5,995,000

Lot Size: Approx. 39’ x 145’ (irregular)

Summary

1942 Pacific Avenue is a rare offering of an historic home on a huge lot on an excellent flat block in prime Pacific Heights. This light-filled, detached home boasts an enviable location a mere 4 blocks away from the attractions on Fillmore St, Polk St., or Union St. A 96 Walk Score® makes this location a “Walker’s Paradise – Daily errands do not require a car.” The home is recessed from the street and has a charming, gated garden entry and tremendous curb appeal. This bay-view home features 4BD/3.5BA, living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen which opens to the deck and garden, and a top floor, view family room.  Architectural details include tall ceilings, rich hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces, and several leaded glass windows. On the lower level is a delightful 2BD/1BA garden unit. Parking for 4-5 cars can be accommodated.    

Description

Main Level: A wrought iron gate at the sidewalk's edge opens to the garden path leading to this historic home once leased by Teddy and Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr. The handsome front door, accented with a leaded glass sidelight, opens to the foyer and elegant stair hall. To the left, the first parlor features sunny southern exposure and opens through an archway to the second parlor with bay and garden views and a charming fireplace adjacent to built-in storage beneath bookcases. (The adjacent kitchen formerly opened directly into the second parlor.) The beautifully renovated chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, a gas cooktop, double ovens, and a stainless sink inset into the island. There is ample counter space as well as storage. A fireplace with a lovely marble surround highlights a mirrored wall which is the focal point of the bay-view breakfast area perfect for casual dining. Tall windows capture the bay and garden views whether seated or standing, and a door opens to the deck with stairs to the beautifully landscaped, brick terrace and garden. Completing the main level is a half bath with a Statuario marble vanity. The entire main level is ideal for intimate or grand scale entertaining with beautifully scaled rooms that flow outdoors to the tranquil garden patio. 

Second Level: A dramatic and elegant staircase is accented by a windowed landing inset with a sunny window seat. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on this 2nd level. The spacious master suite features lovely bay views and a marble-faced fireplace. The en suite, tiled master bath has a glass-enclosed stall shower, dual sinks, and a large jetted tub. Two additional bedrooms share a tiled bath fitted with a marble vanity and a claw foot tub. One bedroom has sunny southern exposure and the other features lovely bay views.

Third Level: The top floor is a large great room with bay views and a convenient kitchenette.  Completing this level is a sunny guest bedroom and a tiled, full bath.

Lower Level: The lower level consists of a delightful 2BD/1BA unit. The living room overlooks the garden and the spacious eat-in kitchen opens to the deck and landscaped garden.

Parking: There is a detached garage at the front of the home which can accommodate 2 cars side-by-side. 2 additional cars may park in the recessed area in front of the garage, and a 5th car may block the driveway by parking horizontally to the curb.

 Property is vacant and virtually staged.

History


1942 PACIFIC AVENUE HISTORY

1942 Pacific was originally built in 1869 at the corner of Gough and Pacific in San Francisco. In 1900, Rudolph Spreckels, President of First National Bank of San Francisco, purchased it and moved it west to its current mid-block site so that he could build a larger home on the vacant corner lot. This historic house was preserved in its entirety and the interiors refurbished by Rudolph Spreckels who continued to own it long after he completed his new home. 

At the time, Rudolph Spreckels was known to be wealthy, incorruptible, and courageous. After the earthquake and fire in 1906, Spreckels had the support of Former Mayor Phelan and President Theodore Roosevelt to have a special federal prosecutor appointed to investigate and prosecute corruption in San Francisco which was rampant at the time. During the famous “San Francisco Graft Trials” of 1906 -1908, Spreckels agreed to pay all the prosecution’s expenses to investigate and indict the crooked political machine that controlled the city. As a result of those trials, Labor Union Party boss, Abe Reuf, SF Mayor Eugene Schmidt, and most of the Board of Supervisors were tried and convicted of accepting numerous bribes. During a short recess in the Reuf trial, the  US prosecutor Francis Heney was shot and almost killed by a hired gunman who was mysteriously found dead in the city jail the morning after the shooting. Such was the pervasive power of the political machine that controlled San Francisco at the time of the trial, but the near-fatal shooting of the prosecutor in court finally aroused the citizenry to reform the city and end corruption. President Roosevelt sent encouraging telegrams to Rudolf Spreckels during the graft trials and was ultimately delighted with the outcome. The President and Rudolph Spreckels quickly became friends.

When Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of the President, married Eleanor Butler in New York in June 1910, it made front page national news. In order to evade the press, the young couple kept their honeymoon destination secret. Their secret was kept on their cross-country train trip by using aliases and was only discovered when they checked into the St. Francis Hotel. Teddy Jr. and his wife honeymooned along the California coast for a month before returning to San Francisco where TR Jr had previously accepted a job. They needed a home to rent and were shown the house that Rudolf Spreckels had moved - 1942 Pacific Avenue. Eleanor described it as “a small gray frame house with a little garden… its back windows overlooking the Golden Gate* … To us that little house was a dream of perfection.” (1)

The former President TR and former First Lady Edith, along with their older children, Alice and Quentin, traveled to San Francisco and stayed in the home with their son and a very pregnant Eleanor for ten days in the spring of 1911. Later that year, and in that very same house, ‘that dream of perfection,’ Eleanor gave birth to Grace Green Roosevelt, the President’s first grandchild.

In 1912, TR Jr was offered and accepted a position as an investment banker in New York. Sadly, they moved out, left their idyllic home on Pacific Avenue and returned to New York where they moved into a house on the upper eastside, 165 East Seventy-fourth St.  In her remembrances, Eleanor commented regretfully: “It was not half as attractive as the one in San Francisco.” (2)

 

*Note:  The Golden Gate in this context refers to the opening to the bay and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge had not yet been built at this time.

Eleanor Butler Roosevelt (Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.)  Day Before Yesterday, Doubleday and Co., Garden City, New York, 1959: (1) pg. 53, (2) pg. 58.



Neighborhood


Pacific Heights is renowned as one of San Francisco’s premier neighborhoods. The 1900 block of Pacific is perfectly positioned virtually equidistant from the cafes, restaurants, and boutiques on Fillmore Street to the west, and those on Polk Street to the east.  To the north is Union Street with its delightful mix of shops and restaurants. Two blocks to the south is the bucolic 11.49 acre La Fayette Park which recently underwent a major renovation complete with tennis courts and a playground. Many of the area’s best private schools are within a mile.  Pacific Heights is considered one of the most scenic locations in the world. It is bordered to the west by a mature forest of pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees which the army began planting in the Presidio in the 1880’s. To the north is Crissy Field, originally a rich salt marsh at the bay’s edge and now a wildlife sanctuary. Just beyond is the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.  All are protected sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), one of the largest urban national parks in the world and offering a myriad of recreational possibilities from golf and tennis to cycling and swimming. Pacific Heights is a world-class location within a world-class city.



About Janet


Janet Schindler's extraordinary success in real estate sales derives from her fundamental belief: the client is #1. For the past 30 years, Janet has taken this approach in her full-time career and it shows.  According to the MLS, Janet is ranked as the #1 individual Realtor for homes sold in District 7 – Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Marina, and Cow Hollow - since 2010.  In 2015, she ranked the #1 Realtor in San Francisco for all homes sold. She is consistently one of the top 25 Sotheby's International Realty Realtors and is regularly named on the prestigious Wall Street Journal's list of the Top Realtors in the USA. When Haute Living published a list of the Bay Area's Top 8 Real Estate Power Brokers, Janet was one of them, dubbed "The Professional," a title that truly characterizes her approach to her career and her relationship to her clients. 

Janet looks out for her clients' best interests. She specializes in preparing and presenting properties for sale to assure her sellers maximize their returns. When representing buyers, she is quick to point out the hidden upside in a property as well as drawbacks. Her clients enjoy her positive attitude and sense of humor during a process that is often beset with stress.  Whether her client seeks a world-wide marketing strategy or a discreet private sale, Janet has the wisdom, resources and experience to successfully negotiate the transaction.


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Janet graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in philosophy, emphasizing Asian philosophy, from Brandeis University and was a Regents Scholar at UCLA Law School. Her education and expertise add value to every real estate transaction. 90% of Janet's business comes from repeat clients and their referrals because they know that she always puts clients' interests first.  Janet Schindler is the trusted name in San Francisco real estate.



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