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Location: San Francisco, Calif.
The Skinny: A fantastic example of Beaux Arts residential architecture, 34 Presidio Terrace was once home to San Francisco mayor Joseph Alioto. The sprawling mansion was built in 1911 to blueprints by Bay Area-born, École des Beaux-Arts-trained architect George Applegarth, who built a half dozen additional homes in this tony gated community. The five bedroom, six bathroom manse is woefully lacking in outdoor space—which would explain the elaborate playroom in the basement—but 8,000 square feet leaves plenty of room indoors. Sadly, some renovations have been woefully lacking in taste—we're looking at you teal tile bathroom—but anyone with $8.98M to spend on a S.F. mansion should have some left over to rectify those missteps. Built in the aftermath of the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the Presidio Terrace community has been home to many prominent San Franciscans, including Senator Diane Feinstein, but began as a shamelessly racist development, as one advertisement read: "There is only one spot in San Francisco where only Caucasians are permitted to buy or lease real estate or where they may reside. That place is Presidio Terrace." Deed restrictions at the time ensured buyers could only sell their homes to other whites, at least until laws thankfully abolished the practice.
· 34 Presidio Terrace [Zillow]
· Mayor Joe Alioto's Former Beaux Arts Palace Up for Grabs [Curbed SF]
· Tainted Love of Presidio Terrace [SocketSite]