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June 2, 2010

Dolores Mansions Search for Deep-Pocketed, Hip Buyers

It’s not often that two grand-scale properties come on the market along Dolores. But the holiday weekend really ushered them in.

First up is the 5BR/3.5BA residence at 1148 Dolores:

This one is on my dog-walking route when I’m feeling ambitious and want to walk straight up the hill along Dolores. I’ve admired it for a while, and was thrilled to see it come on the market. The Mediterranean-style manse clocks in at 3,250 square feet, and also has a garden studio (located on 14 Jersey). Of special note, according to the listing agents, Italian craftsmen were brought over to complete the house at the time of its construction. So you have custom plaster work and tile work, and a very unique aesthetic quality.

I’m digging the garden:

But I’m not hot on the master bath, “periodic” as it may be:

There are buyers out there who would love all the 1930s details, pink bath and all. Hopefully they’ll have $3M worth of purchasing power, ’cause that’s the list price.

And further north is the return of 601 Dolores:

You know this one—the “castle on the park” that was on the market throughout 2009 listed at $9,950,000. It’s a single-family home converted from a church, located directly across from Dolores Park. The 3BR/2.5BA property was not previously staged, but now they’ve brought in some furniture so you can figure out where the heck to put everything:

The price has come down to a much more affordable $7,490,000. For that you get a living room with soaring, hand-painted ceilings (with seven chandeliers) as well as stained-glass windows. The main level has a chef ‘s kitchen, large formal dining room, two fireplaces, marble bath and yes, a stage. So if you’re a rock star who hasn’t quite warmed to the Warfield condos, think about 601 Dolores. You’d be right across the street from all the action at the park.

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