242 San Jose Avenue
HOUSE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
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.
FLOOR PLAN AND DETAILS
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
•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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