Four years ago, 1776 Revere was an “untouched, original Victorian,” according to listing agent Bonnie Spindler. The detached Bayview home was “the house everyone wants in SF,” she added, located a few minutes walk from bustling Third Street and the T-line, and a short drive to the waterfront and Heron’s Head Park.
Plus, with a sales price of $625,000, the owner had enough money left over for a massive remodel, saving Victorian details like ceiling medallions, pocket doors, and the living room fireplace, but doing away with awkward features like a spiral staircase in the middle of the living room.
Instead, a more traditional staircase was created at the back of the house, behind the newly remodeled kitchen. The stairs lead down to the newly finished lower level, which has two bedrooms (both with walk-in closets), a full bathroom, laundry, storage, and a one-car garage.
One more bedroom is located in the double parlor on the main level and can be closed off from the living room via pocket doors. There’s also another new bathroom with a tub and double sinks on this level.
The owner also took advantage of the home’s sunny location and completely redid the sizable garden space to the rear of the property. She saved only a mature fig tree, but added roses, a trellis, and a crushed granite walkway and seating area. Spindler pointed out that the home also abuts Quesada Gardens, with its famous wild parrots. “You can hear them talking,” she says. “It’s a nice sound.”
The Bayview has only gotten more popular since 2014, and given the extensive renovation and renewed interest in the area, the turn-of-the-century home has a very 21st-century price tag: $1.05 million. “The market in the Bayview is unbelievably hot. People are discovering the views, the weather, the proximity to the airport, downtown by train, and the South Bay,” she says. “So while the neighborhood retains its diverse character, it is getting the attention of more buyers.”