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Totally modernized Victorian built in 1875 still feels Victorian

Anna Marie Erwert | April 29, 2020 Updated: April 29, 2020 9:25 a.m.

When we cover Victorian houses on SFGate, we often get complains about modernization that guts, and essentially eradicates, the Victorian from the Victorian. Not so here with this Lower Pacific Heights abode at 1703 Gough Street built in 1875.

Both preserved and updated, this beauty asks $3.595 million.

The home itself is 3,350 square feet, offering four bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, an office, a family room with fireplace, and a formal dining room.
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The home itself is 3,350 square feet, offering four bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, an office, a family room with fireplace, and a formal dining room.
Modern touches are harmonious with preservation: hardwood floors still gleam underfoot, the banister and curved staircase are still their glorious Victorian selves, as are the ornately carved hearths. But, the fireplaces are gas, and in the kitchen there are black granite counters, a six-burner Wolf range, and a Sub-Zero fridge. An informal dining area off the kitchen includes a wine fridge.
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Modern touches are harmonious with preservation: hardwood floors still gleam underfoot, the banister and curved staircase are still their glorious Victorian selves, as are the ornately carved hearths. But, the fireplaces are gas, and in the kitchen there are black granite counters, a six-burner Wolf range, and a Sub-Zero fridge. An informal dining area off the kitchen includes a wine fridge.
The living room and dining room are one open space - a modern fleshing out of the still-present Victorian bones.
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The living room and dining room are one open space — a modern fleshing out of the still-present Victorian bones.
The dining room and bay window alcove.
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The dining room and bay window alcove.
There's an additional parlor with a fireplace.
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There’s an additional parlor with a fireplace.
A very modern kitchen with storage, counter space, and appliances for the modern chef.
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A very modern kitchen with storage, counter space, and appliances for the modern chef.
Through the sunny informal dining area, there are French doors leading to a back deck.
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Through the sunny informal dining area, there are French doors leading to a back deck.
The deck is ipe wood, and has its own fireplace. You also see lawn beyond in this photo.
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The deck is ipe wood, and has its own fireplace. You also see lawn beyond in this photo.
The deck is a little outdoor oasis.
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The deck is a little outdoor oasis.
Gorgeous Victorian window seats made modern by light fixtures and furnishings.
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Gorgeous Victorian window seats made modern by light fixtures and furnishings.
Going up the dramatic, original stairwell.
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Going up the dramatic, original stairwell.
Up the original stairwell is a remodeled master suite, which features its own wet bar and spa-like bathroom. Also on this level is another bathroom featuring a steam shower.
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Up the original stairwell is a remodeled master suite, which features its own wet bar and spa-like bathroom. Also on this level is another bathroom featuring a steam shower.
Additional modernizations: a two-car garage, 12-in. speakers embedded in the ceiling, an alarm system and a solar system.
Open Homes PhotographyAdditional modernizations: a two-car garage, 12-in. speakers embedded in the ceiling, an alarm system and a solar system.
Property records show the home last sold in 2013 for $2.695 million. See the complete listing here. 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. 
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Property records show the home last sold in 2013 for $2.695 million. See the complete listing here.

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