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San Francisco Tudor with secret library listed at $3.8M

Anna Marie Erwert | SFGATE

With English Tudor Revival details intact, 146 Castenada Avenue has all the drama and theater you’d expect from a home once owned by Frank Passa. On the market now for the first time in 23 years, it’s asking $3.8 million.

Passa was an antique violin dealer, a member of the Family Club of San Francisco and the Entente International Society of Violin and Bow Makers, and a musician with the SF Opera. A 2001 obituary for Passa said, “Mr. Passa served in the Army during World War II and then began his career in San Francisco crafting and restoring violins and bows, a job he kept for 51 years until he was forced to retire two years ago because of illness.”

According to listing agent Cece Doriko, Passa sold this home to its current sellers over two decades ago. “Over the years, the home has been known for its lavish parties with SF Opera members in the grand 500 square foot living room,” she said.

Exterior view of 146 Castenada Ave
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The home is a three-level, 4,272 square foot Tudor Revival.

Exposed wooden ceilings featured in the living room of 146 Castenada Ave
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The home was built in 1929 and reverence for the home’s original design is obvious. The millwork and oak-paneled library, diamond and Vermeer cross leaded glass windows, arched panel castle doors, peaked ceilings embellished with exposed beams, and abundance of rich hardwood are all classic hallmarks of this architecture. The living room offers soaring ceilings paneled in dark wood.

A large glass window
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The living room’s drama is lightened by this large leaded glass window.

Vaulted wood ceilings adorn a room with arched interior windows
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There are mahogany built-in cabinets and a fireplace as well as the wood-trimmed cut-outs, all original to the 1920s design.

View of the living room with a golden chandelier
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Vintage light fixtures add a romantic touch.

View of the kitchen featuring a large window
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The kitchen with its huge window offers high-end appliances and a gigantic island with a 6-burner Viking range insert.

Intricately carved woodwork featured at 146 Castenada Ave
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Step behind this carved oak door into the secret library!

View of the primary suite featuring a fireplace and wood floors
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The primary suite features a fireplace and a deep marble soaking tub.

A bedroom featuring four windows and wood floors
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There are a total of four bedrooms in the home.

Bottles of wine in a wine cellar
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A wine cellar and tasting room await on the lower level.

Wood beamed ceilings are featured in the dining room of 416 Castenada Ace
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The formal dining room is framed by wood beams, floor, and original door.

Blue skies and tree tops surround the deck at 146 Castenada Ave
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Off this deck, new owners can enjoy classic Forest Hill views.