Home for entertaining on grand scale

This pre-20th century condo was built by architect Julius E. Krafft, who some say is largely responsible for the stately way the Pacific Heights neighborhood looks today. Krafft, who was born in Germany and came to San Francisco in 1874, had two distinct styles. This home was done in his lavish Park Avenue style.

The building was originally one of the Queen Anne Victorian mansions. Only a few still remain and they have mostly been converted to condominiums or office buildings.

“It’s an architecturally significant property,” said listing agent Marc C. Calderon with TRI Coldwell Bankers. “Krafft is very well known. It is like walking into a home at the turn of the century.”

This $4 million condominium is like a private home with it’s own separate entrance. It has very intricate interior detailing such as custom-shaped banisters and moldings. The fireplace is hand carved and surrounded by carved statues of Greek mythology heroes.

Calderon calls the condo the “perfect home for entertaining on a grand scale.” He says that the current owners, who are moving to Europe, have kept the home very much intact from its original design. They home has been in the same family for more than 30 years and has not been on the market before.

“It is the epitome of San Francisco in the Bell Epoque period, which is basically prior to the 1906 earthquake when everyone had so much money that they were going to Europe and bringing back such wonderful art,” says Calderon. “That’s why the home itself is a piece of art.”

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