Architecturally significant masterpiece in Noe Valley on a park-like lot of more than 1/10 acre. Located on a serene tree-lined block of San Jose Avenue @ 24th Street - the sleepy 4-block off shoot of the main road. Just steps to Noe Valley's prime 24th Street retail, hot new Valencia corridor with amazing restaurants, Mission Dolores Park, BART / tech shuttle stops, and much more! Walk to an incredible selection of cafes, retail, and destination restaurants such as Al's Place - just 2.5 blocks away & named by Bon Appetit Magazine as best new restaurant in America for 2015.  Perfect floor plan for entertaining with grand public rooms, gourmet kitchen, spacious walk-out ipe deck with hot tub & outdoor shower, plus outdoor cooking area.  Has a 100 foot deep yard with flagstone patio, garden areas and even an oversized trampoline & basketball court in the back of the lot!


John Stelling, Secretary of San Francisco Mayor 'Sunny Jim" Rolph's Shipbuilding Company (Rolph Navigation), commissioned this prominent residence to be built in 1916. Mr. Stelling hired reknowned Bay Area Architect Charles Oliver Clausen to design the house in the 'Classical Revival' architectural style. In Ocober 1916 there was an article with a picture of the house in the San Francisco Chronicle titled "Mission Home has Pleasing Arrangement - New Residence for John D. Stelling Represents Latest Ideas in Home Planning". Today, 242 San Jose is listed in the South Mission Historic Resource Survey with CEQA Cateqory A (Historic Resource Present and may be eligible for listing in the California Register of Historic Resources).

The striking 3-story facade faces East and features a recessed primary entrance on the first level. The handsome wooden front door has beveled glass, side-lights and is surrounded by marble panels & period tile flooring. The second story features 4 pairs of multi-light casement windows with fanlights & arched surrounds; the windows are divided by Tuscan pilasters. The third story features large double-hung windows with molded surrounds & fluted Doric pilasters. The facade terminates in egg-and-dart molding, a paneled frieze with inset medallions, carved brackets, and a projecting cornice with drop pendants.

The Interior architecture includes an entry foyer, 2nd story foyer and 3rd story foyer connected by a handsome central staircase with wainscoting & large skylight above. The 2nd story foyer features built-in guest seating under two large stained glass windows - one picturing a large ship and the other a lighthouse - perhaps a nod to the maritime industry that surrounded Mr. Stelling and Mayor Rolph at the time. Many of the interior rooms have grand scale, coved ceilings, handsome woodwork, period hardware & lovely hardwood floors.

Mr. Stelling lived in the house until 1926, and Mayor Rolph (SF Mayor 1912 - 1931, CA Governor 1931-1934) also resided on the same block at 298 San Jose.  After Mr. Stelling's career at Rolph Navigation, he became manager of the Pacific Coast Jockey Club, which had previously opened the Ingleside Racetrack in 1895 under Adolph Spreckels & Henry Crocker. After State anti-gambling laws ended horseracing in 1911, Stellng, Spreckels and The Pacific Coast Jockey Club tried to revive horseracing in 1923 with the re-opening of the Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno.


Main Level: Has guest foyer with built-in seating & staircase, incredible living room with fireplace, formal dining room, ½ bathroom, gourmet kitchen with bar & pantry, den/office, breakfast room, and French doors to incredible deck & yard.
Upper Level: Has spacious central foyer, 4 bedrooms, 1 full remodeled bathroom, concept drawings to add 2nd bathroom, laundry, and sunroom/playroom.
Lower Level: Has entry foyer with staircase leading upstairs and interior access to garage. A full guest quarters with separate entrance faces the rear yard and has living/sleeping area, full bathroom, full kitchen, dining area, 2nd laundry & outdoor patio area.1 car garage and storage.


•Amazing Noe Valley location
•Walk Score 98 - "Walker's Paradise"
•Architecturally significant property
•Designed by notable architect Charles Oliver Clausen
•Built circa 1916*
•3 levels of living space
•4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, garage
•3,135 interior square feet*
•Huge 27' x 175' lot with development potential*
•26' x 15' formal living room with fireplace
•Formal dining room with built-in period buffet
•Remodeled gourmet kitchen with bar seating
•Breakfast room
•Beautiful walkout deck with sauna & outdoor shower
•Park-like back yard
•Full guest quarters with separate entrance
•2 laundry areas
•4 bedrooms on upper level
•Wired for sound / nest control system
•Solar panels on roof

*year built & lot size approximate per CoreLogic, buyer should verify.
*square footage is approximate per graphic artist, buyer should verify;includes uwarranted guest quarters.
*lot may have significant developement potential but neither seller nor agents warrant anyparticular development of this property.



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Noe Valley

Where do San Francisco hipsters move when they grow up? Noe Valley. This small enclave nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay is proof positive you don't have to leave the city when you transition from Stoli to stroller.

Jaw-dropping views of the bay looking east toward Oakland greet you from almost any street corner. Boutiques are chockablock here. With bakeries like Noe Valley Baking Company and restaurants that have become beloved neighborhood institutions, like Firefly, Noe Valley is paradise for foodies. Thanks to the Noe Valley Farmers market, locals never have to leave the neighborhood to get their fix of fresh organic vegetables, fruit and honey.

Some of the best public schools in the city are here in Noe Valley. Fairmount Elementary School and Alvarado Elementary School are both notable for their levels of family involvement. James Lick Middle School prepares students with language immersion programs, award winning art, music, and media programs. And the test scores are above 600 on the California Academic Performance Index (API.

Nightlife? Got it. From the divey Valley Tavern to the awesome selection of imported beers at The Dubliner, Noe Valley is increasingly known for its nightlife. For live music check out Noe Valley Ministry, presenter of world class performers in folk, world music and the alt-rock scene.

Noe Valley is that prized thing in San Francisco: a place where families can put down roots, straight through the sidewalks of 24th Street.

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Rich Farnsworth

Rich Farnsworth

Broker AssociatePacific Union InternationalcalDRE# 01129371415.447.6252 office415.505.8288 direct415.276.1884

Michelle Farnsworth

Michelle Farnsworth

Senior Realtor AssociatePacific Union InternationalcalDRE# 01425862415.447.6271 office415.595.9788 mobile415.276.1884