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Summary:  Rare Offering!  The celebrated Octagon Home is completely detached and situated on park-like grounds in Russian Hill, surrounded by seasonal gardens where something is always in bloom. This enchanting, 3-level home affords an uncommon sense of seclusion and tranquility in the heart of the city. Healthful and Heartful living is enhanced by the home’s design. The 4BD/3.5BA home enables a flexible use for modern living.  The upper two-level 2BD/2.5BA home is vacant for the new owner and  briefly consists of:  Main Level:  4 salons, one of which opens to the south deck with a staircase to the garden. A half bath is off the central foyer. 2nd Level:  2 bedrooms/2 baths and a kitchen. Top floor: octagonal cupola.  Lower Level:  2 bedrooms/1 bath, office, primary kitchen and great room which opens to the southwest patio and garden.  The detached carriage house includes a 2-car garage and a large, approx. 330sqft, separate room that would work beautifully as a spacious home gym or art studio. 


Main Level:  A charming wrought iron gate at the sidewalk’s edge beckons a stroll down the verdant garden path to the gracious front porch accented with ionic columns.  A cheery blue door opens to the windowed vestibule which introduces the garden prominent throughout the home.  The interior front door opens to the foyer and handsome stair hall with a coat closet and a powder room neatly tucked away.  The grand hall introduces the extraordinary architectural detail prominent throughout the main level:  tall ceilings adorned with ornate crown moldings and central ceiling medallions embellished with exquisite crystal chandeliers.  The main level consists of four salons which offer a flexibility of use;  as shown today, the first salon is the living room and features a marble-faced fireplace, a large window which frames the classic balustrade and north garden views, and a library or music room equipped with built-in bookcases. The adjacent salon is shown as a family room and features a marble-faced fireplace and window to the garden. An arch opens to an intimate bar or office with a convenient sink. The last salon is shown as the dining room with a tall window overlooking the greenery, a focal fireplace with marble surround, and a set of French doors that open to the south-facing terrace framed with a lovely balustrade and including a spiral staircase leading down to the ground floor patio and spectacular garden.  Off the central hall there is an interior staircase with a door to the lower level, currently locked.

2nd Level:  Off the foyer, a beautifully carved newel post anchors the classically balustraded staircase that leads to the 2nd level. To the right is a spacious bedroom with a fitted closet and a squared bay window with angel-faced cornices. Adjacent, a balustraded landing overlooks the foyer. At the end of the hall, the primary suite includes two closets and showcases sunny south and west exposures. A large en suite bath is finished with mosaic tiles, double porcelain sinks, a marble vanity, and a tiled stall shower. Facing south, the eat-in kitchen features granite countertops, GE stove, Subzero refrigerator, GE microwave, Wolf gourmet hood, Bosch dishwasher, stainless sink, and a convenient Maytag washer dryer. Off the hall is a large bathroom with a porcelain pedestal sink, hexagonal tiled floor, and a tiled shower over tub.  A flight of stairs leads to the charming octagonal Cupola with a peak of the bay and twinkling southern lights.

Lower level:  This level is readily incorporated into the main house or, as shown today, closed off as a separate unit accessible from the exterior. From the walkway, a separate, side entrance opens to the foyer.  Off the hall there are two bedrooms with verdant garden outlooks.  The back opens to a spacious kitchen and adjacent great room with French doors to a large, southwest patio off the south garden. An office is conveniently located just off the kitchen and the laundry room is accessed through the large pantry.  A full bath completes the garden level. 

Grounds:  The park-like grounds are simply extraordinary and consist of mature foliage where something is always in bloom.  The large lawn is intersected with a path that leads to the carriage house – two-car garage (accessed from Leavenworth Street).  Adjacent to the garage is a large, open-air covered ‘room’ which may be used as an art studio, gym, fresh-air office, covered playroom, potting shed, etc.

NOTES: A more contemporary floor plan might change the existing (upper) kitchen to a bedroom and convert the dining room on the main level to a large open kitchen. There would then be 3 bedrooms/2 baths up and a more traditional main level floor plan.



Coveted location in one of San Francisco’s most desirable neighborhoods:  Russian Hill. The Octagon House anchors the Russian Hill/Paris Block Architectural District which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The location boasts a 96 Walkscore®, and is deemed a "Walker's Paradise," as daily errands and social activities do not require a car.  Nearby are the popular Hyde and Polk Street shops, cafes, and restaurants.  North Beach is readily accessed via the Green Street steps.  

Octagon House History

One of only two surviving Octagon Houses in San Francisco, the Feusier Octagon House is one of the oldest houses on Russian Hill. It was built by 1857 as it appears in historic photos dated from 1858. Some sources date it as early as 1852. It is on the National Register, #74000554 and it is San Francisco Landmark #36. It contributes to the Russian Hill Paris Block Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places (and which comprises the flat block of Green Street, encompassing 1017 Green to 1067 Green, built 1857 through 1925). These five homes on the south side of the block survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire as they were saved by residents who refused the order to leave - and by the sparseness of the development on the hilltop.  The Russian Hill Paris Block Historic District is a group of 11 buildings on this block, each designed in a different architectural style, and which are set back from the street with fences, front gardens, and street trees. 

Octagon Houses were all the rage in the mid-19th century based on the writings of  Orson Squire Fowler, a New York Phrenologist. His book, A Home for All; or, the Gravel Hall and the Octagon Mode of Building, stipulated that one’s wellbeing was related to the shape and construction of his domicile:  The Octagon form enabled every room to receive sunlight at some time of day, to maximize circulation of fresh air, and was therefore prescribed. The Feusier Octagon House and the Colonial Dames Octagon are the only two remaining Octagon Houses in the Bay Area, and there are only about 100 remaining in the US.  Under the occupancy of the Feusier Family, the second owners of the property from the 1870’s to the 1950’s,  1067 Green was enhanced with a mansard roofed third story and an octagonal cupola.

About Janet

Janet Schindler has remained the #1 agent for the past decade for home sales in San Francisco’s Northside (which includes Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow, the Marina, Russian Hill, and Sea Cliff) according to the MLS. Her extraordinary success results from her hard work, unwavering commitment to integrity, and always prioritizing her clients’ best interests. For the past 30+ years, Janet has taken this approach with every client, and it shows. She is consistently one of the top 25 Sotheby’s International Realty agents ranking in the top 1% of over 50,000 esteemed associates and is regularly named on the prestigious Wall Street Journal’s list of the Top Realtors in the U.S.A. When Haute Living published a list of the Bay Area’s Top Real Estate Power Brokers, Janet was labeled “The Professional,” a title that truly characterizes her approach to her career and her relationship with her clients.

Janet’s clients benefit from her unparalleled market knowledge and creative marketing concepts. She specializes in preparing and presenting properties for sale to assure her sellers maximize their returns. When representing buyers, she is quick to point out the hidden upside in a property as well as its drawbacks. Her clients enjoy her positive attitude and sense of humor during a process that is often beset with stress. Whether her clients seek a world-wide marketing strategy or a discreet private sale, Janet has the wisdom, resources, and experience to successfully negotiate and navigate the transaction.

Media frequently seek out Janet's opinion of the San Francisco real estate market. She is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Mansion Global, and local newspapers. She researches and writes the annual Schindler Report, which appears in San Francisco's Nob Hill Gazette, analyzing luxury real estate sales in San Francisco's Northside neighborhoods. In addition to her real estate writing, Janet has published articles on related areas of interest including gardening and architecture. 

Janet graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in philosophy, emphasizing Asian philosophy, from Brandeis University and was a Regents Scholar at UCLA Law School. Her education and expertise add value to every real estate transaction. 90% of Janet's business comes from repeat clients and referrals because they know that she always puts clients' interests first. Janet Schindler is the trusted name in San Francisco real estate.


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