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October 3, 2023

My Tour of Ansel Adams’ Home In West Clay Park

129 4th Avenue

Ansel Adams’ past home is on the market at 129 24th Avenue in West Clay Park in the Lake District, just east of Sea Cliff. I had the opportunity to see the property today on broker tour and thoroughly enjoyed my walk through history. [Update: This property is in contract as of October 10, 2023.]

Everyone who’s ever lived here has had serious creative leanings. Adams lived in the home from childhood through middle age. Peter and Barbara Winkelstein, an architect and artist, respectively, purchased the home in 1970 and raised their children there. Both Peter and Barbara have passed away, but the home has remained in the family.

Situated on two lots that measure roughly 9,000 square feet, the property runs along Lobos Creek near Baker Beach. There’s a house on each lot, and a covered hallway joins both structures. Prior to the Winkelsteins, the home was owned by Edward Eichler—son of famous architect Joseph Eichler—and wife Doris. Edward and Doris were the ones who connected both houses to better integrate the spaces.

The north section of the house is the original home. It features the dining room, kitchen, terrace, as well as three good-size bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. The terrace overlooks the front greenbelt area that sets the houses back from the street:

129 24th Ave Greenbelt

Next door on the south side is the house that was built later, and my favorite part of that section was the living room with its vaulted ceilings, fireplace and history of social, family and community gatherings:

129 24th Ave LR

I also loved the art room loft, which overlooks the living room:

129 24th Ave Art Room

The entire property has four bedrooms, three and a half baths and a two-car garage. List price is $5,450,000.

Here’s a shot of the original house on the dune, built in 1929/1930:

Original Ansel Adams House

129 24th Avenue is truly a unique, historically significant house looking for its next artistic owner who’ll appreciate the creative vibes and bucolic location. Is that you? I’d be happy to represent you in the sale. Just get in touch at 415.823.4656 | and we can schedule a showing.

[Photos of current property courtesy Sotheby’s International Realty, original house photo courtesy of Western Neighborhoods Project.]

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