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In the ’70s this Pac Heights home sold for $200K. Guess the price today.

In the ’70s this Pac Heights home sold for $200K. Guess the price today.

Anna Marie ErwertApril 21, 2021Updated: April 21, 2021 4:05 a.m.

Built in 1893 by Ernest Coxhead, whose architecture has been described as “bewildering,” “fairy magic” and “insane,” this Pacific Heights Arts and Crafts home is on sale for the first time in more than 40 years.

Design elements that were Coxhead’s signature live on in 2710 Scott St., from intricate details on natural wood-paneled walls and ornate moldings to dramatic beamed ceilings and a curved staircase. That same architectural style is most famously captured in Napa’s Churchill House, now the Cedar Gables Inn.

There are also modern details in this home, courtesy of the Frankel family, who has lived there since the 1970s. Mrs. Frankel was an early female law pioneer who attended Yale Law School and began practicing civil rights law in San Francisco in 1956.

“The Frankels, a San Francisco family, purchased this house in 1976 for $205,000, and spent decades preserving its history, but brought it into the 21st century thoughtfully by adding an elevator and a concrete foundation,” said listing agent Marianne Schier of Compass.

The Frankels also revamped the kitchen, bathrooms and primary suite.

Today, this piece of history comes with a price tag much higher than when the Frankels took possession – $5.4 million.

The home spans 4,235 square feet and is just a short walk to two parks as well as the Lyon Street Steps into the Presidio. 
Open Homes PhotographyThe home spans 4,235 square feet and is just a short walk to two parks as well as the Lyon Street Steps into the Presidio. 
Dark wood paneling and furnishings highlight the original 1800s design. 
Open Homes PhotographyDark wood paneling and furnishings highlight the original 1800s design. 
In the living room, the dark wood tones are offset by a fireplace and natural light from many large windows. 
Open Homes PhotographyIn the living room, the dark wood tones are offset by a fireplace and natural light from many large windows. 
A sitting room and library offer built-in bookshelves from floor to beamed ceiling. 
Open Homes PhotographyA sitting room and library offer built-in bookshelves from floor to beamed ceiling. 
A classic Coxhead stairwell connects each level.
Open Homes PhotographyA classic Coxhead stairwell connects each level.
The home has four bedrooms.
Open Homes PhotographyThe home has four bedrooms.
The primary bedroom features a step-out balcony with Pac Heights views.
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The primary bedroom features a step-out balcony with Pac Heights views.
Pops of color enhance the interesting angles of Coxhead's Arts and Crafts design. 
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Pops of color enhance the interesting angles of Coxhead’s Arts and Crafts design. 
The upper-level.
Open Homes PhotographyThe upper-level.
Another built-in bookcase shows Coxhead's whimsy. 
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Another built-in bookcase shows Coxhead’s whimsy. 
The home has many decks, this one the largest.
Open Homes PhotographyThe home has many decks, this one the largest.
The lot is almost 3,400 square feet, landscaped with gardens and fenced for privacy.  Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert
Open Homes PhotographyThe lot is almost 3,400 square feet, landscaped with gardens and fenced for privacy. Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert