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Former tennis pro asking $3.495 million for historic Potrero pool home

In the late 19th century, when Potrero Hill was just starting to be developed, a dairy farmer name Charles Dow built one of the first homes in the area at what is now Wisconsin and 20th street.

“There were nothing but cows on the hill,” when the home was built in 1875, according to realtor Heidi Rossi.

Obviously, the neighborhood has seen an influx of people and a lot less livestock over the years. By the time interior designer Larry Mansada—who left his stamp on homes designed for Mel Brooks, Frank Sinatra and Diane Sawyer, among others—bought and redesigned the place in the early 1980s, it seemed like the perfect, sunny spot for a party pad.

“You can tell there were a lot of wild, swanky parties there back in the day,” said Rossi.

Mansada added marble floors throughout much of the home and a tiled swimming pool off the kitchen, which has a built-in banquette for dining. (There’s also a formal dining room.) Mansada also brought in plants from around the world to surround the exterior of the home and complete the tropical feel.

There are some definite 80s touches that remain, even though the home has been owned by Robert Siska, a former tennis pro who played at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals in the 1960s, since 2004. He lived there by himself for several years and then later with his girlfriend, according to Rossi. “They liked the idea of having the pool,” she said, but they rarely ended up using it. They are now selling the home with an asking price of $3,495,000 in order to move closer to grandchildren, she revealed.

The home is over 3,000 square feet, with two bedrooms and one and a half baths on the main floor, and another full bath, a bedroom-family room and office down below, as well as two-car parking in the garage. Siska had plans to develop the attic space; those drawings will also be included in the sale.

Seems like the perfect opportunity to add a really awesome attic-to-pool slide and get those wild, swanky parties started again.

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