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247 15th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94118


  • Single-Family Homes
  • Closed
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,226 SqFt
  • MLS# 482222

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Custom designed by famous architect Fredrick Nelson, “Father of the Richmond District” in 1913, this Richmond home provides a wonderful opportunity to restore or build the home of your dreams. This sunlit 3 bedroom / 2 bath home with arts and crafts details includes a stone fireplace, beautiful wood trim, and period craftsmanship that defines the era. Featuring a formal living room, dining room with original wood paneling and stain glass cabinets, grand master bedroom with walk-in closets, rooftop office with views of the city, custom built-ins throughout, large back yard, garage, and separate storage area. Choose to maintain this home with deep San Francisco history or refresh with a custom look completely your own. Currently a single family home but zoned RH-2 with expansion potential on a 3,149 sq. ft. lot. In prime Central Richmond location, 5 minutes to Golden Gate Bridge and Park.
  • 3br / 2ba
  • 2,226 Sq Ft
  • 3,149 Sq ft Lot
  • Beautiful wood trim & period detailing 
  • Grand stone fireplace
  • Large formal dining room 
  • Breakfast nook
  • Custom built-ins throughout
  • Stained glass features
  • Master bedroom with walk-in closet
  • 3rd floor office with rooftop access and views
  • Lots of sunlight
  • Generous back yard
  • Large garage with separate storage room
  • 5 minutes to Golden Gate Bridge and Park


What We Love About 247 15thAvenue ~ Our Family Home of over 50 Years
Growing up in this house was a joy! We loved that our house was a true home and a place we could really live in. It gave us such a sense of place and belonging within the city, and neighborhood. You felt connected to everything, and so many quintessential San Francisco locals were reachable in minutes – Bakers Beach, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Aquatic Park, (we loved the beach), and Downtown. 
The living room had a welcoming feeling and lent itself to all occasions. We loved that it could be full of visitors and conversation, or a quiet spot to read or listen to music and then we’d roll up the rug and dance while enjoying appetizers before dinner. It was cozy too on a foggy SF day in front of the fireplace staring at the glowing embers till they went out. 
The dinning room was the heart of the house and dinnertime was a celebration made all the more grand by the elegance of the built-in sideboard and stained glass. People loved to come to our house for a party, family or holiday celebrations. We loved that our house was the place that everyone wanted to gather, and to all who came through it was a memorable time. We may not have fully realized it as kids but we seemed to have soaked in the specialness of the house, all the woodwork, the richness of it’s color, even the little leaf details carved into the banister heads which we grabbed onto when used it as a slide – lol!  We certainly came to appreciate it more as we grew up and now only feel gratitude.  
We loved that the house just sparkled when the sun shined through from one end to the other, upstairs, downstairs, top to bottom. I used to love to see the refracted rainbows coming through the front door windows reflected on the floors. Little things caught my eye and my imagination, even the heater grates or the mosaic tiles on the front stair stoops was a source of investigation, or a place where all the kids came to eat large bowls of popcorn on Halloween.
For a child there were nooks and crannies in closets perfect to play hide and seek, or create fantasy tea parties in, like under the slanted cubby in the middle bedroom. We loved the rooftop room also because it gave you a feeling of freedom and perspective to be able to look out onto the cityscape from the comfort of our home. It was our getaway as teenagers but we drew inspiration there too and painted pictures of the view that became art that was hung on the wall. 
The street was our urban playground and the backyard our sanctuary for every kind of adventure you could dream up and still be in earshot for when mom called for dinner. It was so great having the deck eventually. We loved having mealtime outside overlooking the garden when it was in its prime. And from there, you see our neighbor’s big tree, which we love like an old grandparent. It had a huge swing that brought countless hours of fun and hilarity. 247 15thAvenue was filled with families and kids from different cultures and we were never without friends to play with. Even our big garage provided the proscenium for putting on plays with everyone on the block.
We loved our neighborhood and I cannot separate my experience from all that the Richmond district gave us. So many places that are iconic to our childhood are still here – the Bagel House, the Russian Bakery, the Aquarium, and Mountain Lake Park – where we spent a lot of time in the sandbox, on the swings, doing the exercise course or having a family picnic.    
Our home was a beautiful, bright presence on the street and in our lives enduring all these years. It was built with integrity and character and we trust it will continue to bring joy to its next owners.




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Great Sand Bank. A day-long drive from Downtown San Francisco during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, few folks resided in Central Richmond; its rolling, sandy terrain was considered inhospitable to parks, gardens or homes. Much has changed since the mid-1800s when the neighborhood was only suitable for garish amusements, roadhouses and saloons.

The Central Richmond today gives entree to the very best of San Francisco’s treasured urban parks. Entering Golden Gate Park from the rose garden at Fulton and Park Presidio, there’s easy access to the de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences, as well as Strybing Botanical Garden, Stow Lake Boathouse and the Japanese Tea Garden. Walking east, it’s easy to visit the Conservatory of Flowers or the Children’s Playground. To the west are Spreckels Lake, Chain of Lakes, GG Angling and Casting Club, the Buffalo Paddock, GG Archery Field, GG Disc Golf Course, GG Golf Course, and of course Ocean Beach. 

On the north side of the district, trails and roads lead into The Presidio from 15th Avenue and to Baker Beach and more Presidio trails from 25th Avenue. Lands’ End, Sutro Park and the ruins of the Sutro Baths are also nearby, and it’s possible to enjoy multiple variations of walks and hikes that link some or all of these sites together. You can hike from Ocean Beach, up to Lands’ End, along the coastal trail to Baker Beach, then on to the Presidio and even further to Crissy Field. Or you can just stroll around Sutro Park, take a turn through Mountain Lake Park, or amble along Lake Street. 

Outdoor recreation and entertainment aside, the neighborhood has some of the best city living imaginable, with a friendly and diverse population, historically significant architecture, terrific public transportation, fabulous civic venues, bustling shopping streets, and an enviable safety record. Plus, with a plethora of restaurants offering an amazing array of cuisines at a price for every budget, it's possible to dine one's way around the world without leaving home.

Lot sizes in the Central Richmond tend to be larger than in most parts of the city; luscious gardens and expansive yards are common here. Reports of foggy, cool weather are exaggerated, especially since all of San Francisco is prone to the cool, grey summer weather that is typical for an ocean side Mediterranean climate. Housing stock has a wealth of architectural integrity, with the majority of properties dating from the 1920s when gracious public rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors and other beautiful details were the norm.

In addition, the Central Richmond is surprisingly convenient for transportation: Terrific bus lines crisscross the neighborhood, and Park Presidio, 25th Avenue and Fulton Streets allow instant vehicle access to I-280 (southbound), SFO Airport, Hwy 1 (northbound), and the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin, and Fell/Oak streets for access to and from 101 and 80E

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