A kink in the morning commute

For some, living along San Francisco’s famous “Crookedest Street” might seem like an invitation to tourist-infested misery. But that wasn’t how 1057 Lombard St. resident Hus Tigli saw his home, and it’s not how his Realtor, Blanche Streeter, sees it now.

“I was worried about that when I got this listing, but now I look forward to going over there,” because of the happy energy the visitors radiate, Streeter said. “When you pull out, everybody stops, and takes your picture … I can’t tell you how many home movies I’m in.”

Tigli, who emigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in 1971, lived in the two-bedroom, two-bath condo from 1989 to 1999. That year, his then-employer Raychem Corp. relocated him and his wife Iza to Brussels, Belgium. It was one of many moves for the globe-trotting couple, who lived in Paris prior to San Francisco. They now live in San Diego, where Hus Tigli runs three startup firms: Forza Silicon, Silicon Kinetics and CrossFiber.

They’re selling the Russian Hill condo in an effort to simplify.

“For us, it was really a rare and unique pleasure,” Hus Tigli said of the property. “Out the windows, we enjoyed The City. We experienced the hustle-bustle of the city life on Lombard, but because the house is set back from the street [we could relax]. We could walk to Washington Square, but we didn’t always walk back.”

The condo is contemporary in design, detached on three sides, and features floor-to-ceiling windows and a garden with trees that provides access to Leavenworth Street, Streeter said. It was designed by architect Bobbie Sue Hood.

Hot Property

WHERE: San Francisco

ASKING PRICE: $1.95 million PROPERTY TAX: $25,350*

WHAT: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,560 square feet

DESCRIPTION: 1986 two-level contemporary condominium in three-unit building on the famed crooked section of Lombard Street, with two-car garage parking.

AMENITIES: Elevator, garden, high ceilings, curved walls and stairs, views of Bay, Coit Tower and downtown, wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room.

AGENT: Blanche Streeter, McGuire Real Estate, (415) 747-0067, http://www.1057Lombard.com

* Estimate based on 1.3 percent of asking price

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