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March 10, 2009

Rousseaus Popular Choice in Sunset


San Francisco is probably most known architecturally for its Victorians and Edwardians. And three out of five prospective buyers with whom I meet voice their appreciation for this type of charming architecture.

But one somewhat underappreciated architectural style is the Rousseau. This style was originated by an individual named Oliver Rousseau, in the 1930s in the Sunset district. Though Henry Doelger built the largest number of these types of single-family homes, it was Rousseau who constructed the most ornate versions. These were designed to look like French chateaus or Spanish castles, and featured step-down living areas and open spaces.

You can find the largest concentration of Rousseaus—about 100—on 33rd, 34th, 35th and 36th Avenues between Judah and Kirkham in the Sunset.

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