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Three-house Cow Hollow compound—in the same family for over a century—asks $12 million

Presented as a wedding gift from James Stewart Angus to his daughter Betsy in 1908, the 63-foot by 137-foot parcel at Filbert and Divisadero has remained in the same family for generations. For the first time, it is now being offered for sale, along with the three distinctly different homes that have been built on the property over the years. The asking price is $12 million.

Betsy and husband St. George Holden, a noted builder and developer in West Portal and the Sunset, built the first home on the property shortly after the wedding, according to a history of the home. The three-story, shingle-style house at 2557 Filbert housed Betsy, St. George and their new son Angus by 1910.

That same year, the Holdens set to work building an even bigger wood-shingled home at the rear of the property for their expanding family. They lived there for several years but then moved once again, this time to West Portal where St. George was working on a new development. They came back to their Filbert Street home in the early 1920s after the West Portal development sold out.

In 1930, little Angus was all grown up so his parents built a four-car garage with a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment above for their eldest son to live in. (They also had another son and two daughters.) Prior to the completion of the garage, the family would park their cars at a public garage at Fillmore and Filbert and have them brought up to the house whenever they needed to drive somewhere. (This garage was later turned into the Real Food Company, until that location was shuttered late last year.)

The Holdens were obviously a close family; they not only continued to live on the site (which also boasts an expansive shared garden) but Angus and his brother St. George also took over the family real-estate business from the elder St. George when he retired in the early 1950s. The current heirs are only selling because they “are of an age where the property is no longer suitable for them to live in,” according to listing agent Nina Hatvany.

Now you have a chance to create your own legacy for generations to come—that is, if you have the $12 million to buy this one-of-a-kind family compound right in the heart of Cow Hollow.

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