Henry Doelger did not only build ticky-tacky little boxes, though he is most famous for doing just that. Among the thousands of homes Doelger built in San Francisco is a row of 11 very large, traditionally-styled manses, capped by Doelger’s very own home, at 1995 15th Ave.
At the other end of the block is 1915 15th Ave., a 3536-square foot classic that would look very much at home on the set of the 1960s sitcom “My Three Sons.” It is on the market for $1.975 million, represented by Debbie Herzfeld of The Barbagelata Company.
Doelger built these homes for family, his own and the families of his top employees. A block away, at 1821 15th Ave., he built a home for the family of writer William Saroyan. The home has remained in the Saroyan family, and today serves as headquarters for the William Saroyan Foundation.
Only one of the homes has a street-facing garage. Legend is that this was the home of Doelger’s plumber, whose wife insisted on the front garage.
These homes differ not just from Doelger’s usual output, but from most San Francisco properties. They sit on oversized lots — Number 1915 measures 52 feet by 127.5 feet. They are very large; At more than 3,500 square feet, 1915 is as large as three average San Francisco homes.
“It’s a very unusual block, especially for this neighborhood,” says Herzfeld, “and very coveted.”
It is not difficult to understand why Doelger chose this block for his friends. Each home possesses an ocean view unsurpassed within city limits.
Herzfeld’s clients completed many upgrades to their home, including a large downstairs media room with a 10-foot projection screen TV. They also landscaped the front and backyards, restored the home’s original wood-plank floors and updated the kitchen and master bathroom.
They are one of several families to have lived at 1915 15th Ave. since Henry Doelger rewarded his most loyal associates with white picket fences and breathtaking ocean views.
Where: San Francisco
Asking Price: $1,975,000
Property Tax: $25,675*
The Property: 3,536-square-foot Golden Gate Heights home on 52 x 127.5 feet lot. Four bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms, media room, panoramic ocean views.
Notable: One of 11 homes built by developer Henry Doelger for himself and his employees’ families.
Agent: Debbie Herzfeld, The Barbagelata Company, (415) 338-0118. www.1915-15thavenue.com.
* Estimate based on 1.3% of asking price.