In The News

Nina Hatvany’s Edwardian listing Takes the Cover Story in SF Chronicle

Dazzling array of modernity

Meticulous detail defines Lake district Edwardian

Architectural embellishments grace the flowing floor plan of 124 21st Ave. as period details intersect with contemporary finishes.

“There’s a dazzling array of modernity behind a handsome Edwardian facade,” said Nina Hatvany of Pacific Union International Real Estate, who is listing the Lake district fourbedroom for $3.95 million. “It blends an intuitive floor plan, stunning designer finishes and thoughtful upgrades.”

Perhaps the living room provides the clearest picture of the home’s marriage between traditional and modern touches. Here, Corinthian style columns, antique mirrors, original casement windows and coffered ceilings speak to the home’s Edwardian heritage while acting as foil to the room’s gas fireplace with modern stone surround.

Tucked in the northwestern corner of San Francisco, the refined residence stands temptingly close to Baker Beach, the Presidio, Lobos Creek, Sea Cliff and the iconic Cliff House restaurant.

Bold black and white stripes adorn the Art Deco foyer, creating a dramatic statement just beyond the front door. A sitting bench in the foyer invites guests to linger a moment as bold black and white stripes create an Art Deco motif that speaks to the home’s eclectic elegance.

Classical architecture typically includes a dramatic formal dining room, and 124 21st Ave. isn’t about to break that tradition.

“The dining room is a study in color. Its deep green lacquer sets off the mirrored bar and injects new life into the intricate woodwork and decor,” Hatvany said.

A chandelier illuminating the dining room evokes comparisons to midcentury design. The chic fixture employs eight illuminated globes attached to a central hub as ceiling speakers ensure every meal has a soundtrack.

Hatvany isn’t shy about heaping praise on the home’s style, especially when it comes to the kitchen. “It’s truly a sight to behold,” she said of the space lined with lacquered floors and finished with designer wallpaper.

Professional appliances like a Wolf range complement the built-in pantry as marble countertops offer abundant space for prepping and entertaining. The kitchen culminates with an inviting breakfast area teeming with built-in storage and leather seating that overlooks a freshly landscaped backyard.

A deck off the kitchen offers ample room for grilling and outdoor dining before descending to grounds quenched by automated irrigation and brightened with freshly installed lighting.

Download a PDF

Listing agent:
Nina Hatvany, Pacific Union International, (415) 710-6462,


Address: 124 21st Ave., San Francisco, Lake district Price: $3.95 million.
Features: A flowing floor plan, designer finishes and thoughtful customizations inhabit this turnkey Edwardian that dates back to 1912. Highlights include a stately formal dining room with green lacquer walls, a striking foyer finished with an Art Deco motif and a master suite hosting a wall-to-wall sisal rug and a pair of walk-in closets. The eatin kitchen opens to a raised deck overlooking a backyard with a synthetic lawn and mature shade trees.
Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.