Doctor’s home recalls ‘Hospital Hill’

When Dr. Seeley Long had his home at 21 Buena Vista built in the 1880s, the San Francisco physician and surgeon was acting practically. The area near Buena Vista Park was known as “Hospital Hill” because it was close to a number of medical facilities, including St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The hospital was converted to condominiums in the 1980s, and the home had been a residential hotel for years. Now, Long’s extensively renovated former residence is up for sale, according to Zephyr Real Estate Realtor Harry Clark.

The four-story, 22-room building can function as one or two legal dwelling units. The renovations include a new façade based on historic photos, a repositioning of the main entrance and the addition of two garages. The residents also added a coffered ceiling at the entrance and restored the solid redwood paneled doors, according to property spokeswoman Karen Monroe.

The first floor has a grand foyer with a Bay view, a library with cherry built-in bookcases, a music room and turret with a gold-leafed ceiling, an art gallery with stained-glass windows, a formal dining room and a modern kitchen. A lower level has a theater with a retractable projection screen, a food preparation center, a home gym and cedar sauna, a wine cellar and a courtyard.

The second floor holds the master suite, a study and a bathroom with a steam bath, rain shower, detached water closet and heated bamboo flooring. The third floor has a window wall, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a lounge with a view of the northwest.

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