Originally built as a single-family home in 1912, this amazing view property at 154-56 CLIFFORD TERRACE was legally converted to a two-unit building in 1937. The flexible floor plan has been used most recently as a single-family home, currently offering a large master bedroom with fireplace on the main level, as well as another spacious bedroom, a large laundry room, an office/den, and a full bathroom.
The second level features two more generously sized bedrooms and a beautiful living room with fireplace, built-in bookcases, and views to the north and west. Also on this level are the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a nice dining area, and another full bathroom.
Up one more floor to the top, pent-level one will find a comfortable family room with stunning west and north facing views that stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Bay, including St. Ignatius, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island.
Below these three primary living levels is another, fourth level featuring ample storage options, a bonus room, and a nicely finished unwarranted in-law unit with a full bathroom. This level is still well above street level, and offers direct access to the big, flat, landscaped rear yard and deck. There are great period details throughout the property, including clinker brick, multi-paned clerestory windows, high ceilings, wood shingles, and hardwood floors.
There is a separate one-car garage at street level. A fire protection sprinkler system was installed in 1988. Delivered vacant. No known evictions or OMI's. This is a fabulous choice for anyone needing lots of room and flexible space in an outstanding location, with big views, parking and garden.
- Built in 1912
- Used as a Single Family Home or 2-unit building
- Versatile floor plan
- Double paned windows throughout
- Great views from the top two levels
- Large lower level with unwarranted in-law
- Huge, level rear yard and deck
- One car garage
- Lovely period details
- double pane windows
- smoke alarm(s)
- fire sprinkler(s)
- 2 Bedrooms
- 1 Bath
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Laundry Room
- In Law Apartment
- Partial Carpet
- Freestanding Range
Garage, Auto Door
- fenced yard
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- smoke alarm(s)
- fire sprinkler(s)
- City Lights
- Golden Gate Bridge
More About Buena Vista / Ashbury Heights
When looking at a San Francisco map, getting from point A to point B can appear to be deceptively easy. For example—on paper—the distance between Haight Ashbury and the Castro seems minimal. Yet two imposing hills will have you huffing and puffing all the way home: Ashbury Heights and Buena Vista.
Some of the most picturesque architecture in San Francisco inhabits these neighborhoods, adorning the perimeter of Buena Vista Park like a necklace or tucked into the topography of the surrounding slopes. Notable properties include the “other” Spreckels mansion (a gorgeous Victorian mansion at 737 Buena Vista Avenue) and St. Joseph’s Hospital (now a condominium project and part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places).
Fantastic panoramas abound in these neighborhoods (no surprise since “buena vista” means “good view”). What’s especially nice is that the views vary from property to property and even from room to room. Take your pick of the downtown skyline, St. Ignatius Church, the Golden Gate Bridge, the East Bay and Mt. Diablo, Parnassus Heights, Cole Valley, the southern city, the trees of Buena Vista Park, the Castro, and more.
Buena Vista Park itself was created in 1867 (as Hill Park). It’s the city’s third largest park, with a children’s playground, walking paths, and some views through the thick trees. Interestingly, if you look closely at the drain gutters around the park, you’ll see they are constructed with marble salvaged from the headstones of San Francisco’s old cemeteries. When graves were moved south to Colma, unclaimed headstones were broken up and used for projects throughout the city. (Do a Google search; it’s a fascinating bit of local history.) The marble was placed so the engravings couldn’t be seen. Yet there are some spots where names and dates are still visible.
Housing stock in Ashbury Heights and Buena Vista varies but Victorian architecture predominates. The location is serene and secluded yet—so long as you’re willing to walk uphill on one leg of your journey—it offers convenient access to three lively shopping/dining areas (Castro, Cole Valley, Haight Ashbury) plus several public transportation options.
Other surrounding neighborhoods include Duboce Triangle, lower Haight, Corona Heights and Clarendon Heights.