Perched on the coveted northeast tip of San Francisco's world-renowned Telegraph Hill, this William Wurster-designed home with legal rental unit enjoys a magical location on one of the City's most enchanting cul-de-sacs. A Capri-like setting, stunning views, early modernist architecture, and a beautiful garden make this sophisticated City residence ideal for enjoying a wonderfully serene lifestyle in one of the City's most desirable residential neighborhoods. Walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment attractions of the North Waterfront, Embarcadero, and North Beach.




173 - 175 Chestnut Street



Magical Location on the Northeast Tip of Telegraph Hill ...


Sweeping Golden Gate to Bay Bridge Views...


William Wurster Architecture + Thomas Church-Inspired Garden ...


175 Chestnut- Main Residence

On the third floor, a welcoming round foyer with a skylight opens to a circular stairway to the fourth floor. The North master suite looks out to both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, with the ever-changing panorama of the Bay in the foreground. A luxurious sitting area by the fireplace offers double French doors that lead down to the garden. The dressing area with en-suite bath and Travertine walk-in shower also offers stunning views of the Bay, Alcatraz and the Richmond Bridge.

 The second master suite on the third floor faces South. It features warm wood paneling that frame floor-to-ceiling picture windows that look out on the garden. Japanese-style sliding Shoji screens open into a serene granite master bath with a shower and Jacuzzi. The solid granite pedestal sink is a one-of-a-kind design.

The fourth floor has the beautifully open, bright and airy living and entertaining spaces.

A spacious open living/ dining/ entertaining space enjoys a fireplace, wonderful built-ins, hardwood floors and a wall of windows framing the unique views only available from the Northeast corner of Telegraph Hill- sweeping from the Golden Gate to the Bay bridge and all the landmarks in-between. Glass doors lead to a North terrace from the living area and another set of glass doors from the dining area lead to a charming South deck with outlooks over the garden and peek-a-boo views of the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge- creating a wonderful indoor/ outdoor flow for both everyday living as well as entertaining.

The retro-modern kitchen includes mirrored glass shelves, granite counter tops, and a stainless steel four-burner gas range. Picture windows facing East and a circular skylight add to the wonderful light quality.”


173 Chestnut- Legal Rental Unit

Located on the first floor, this charming one-bedroom unit enjoys a secluded patio and lovely outlooks of the Bay through the lush greenery of Telegraph Hill’s north slope.

The ground floor combined entrance to 173 and 175 Chestnut provides access to an elevator that serves all four floors of the building.


Considered one of California's legendary architects, William Wurster remained strongly associated, throughout his forty-five year career with the Bay Area and its regional style, along with Wurster's mentor Bernard Maybeck, the landscape architect Thomas Church, and fellow architect Joseph Esherick. Wurster designed hundreds of California houses in the 1920s through the 1940s using indigenous materials and a direct, simple style suited to the climate. He is well-known for his residential work on major Pacific Heights mansions such as 2600 Pacific as well as on the the iconic Bank of America Tower in San Francisco's Financial District, which was the tallest building west the Mississippi when it was built in 1969.

After graduate studies at Harvard, he was appointed dean of the architectural and planning school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology then named dean of the UC Berkeley Architecture School. In 1959, he orchestrated the creation of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, which brought the three schools of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning into one organization. He served as its dean until his retirement in 1963. UC Berkeley's Wurster Hall is named in his and his wife's honor.



- Two-unit building built in 1940; Zoned RM2

- Upper Level (175 Chestnut) 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths; house-like with two terraces, delivered vacant

- Lower Level (173 Chestnut) 1 bedroom, 1 bath; currently rented for $2,288.50 per month

- Thomas Church-inspired garden, accessed from the 2nd and 3rd levels

- 3,738 sq ft per City of San Francisco Tax Records; 3,531 sq ft as per appraisal; Buyer to independently verify

- 2,406 sq ft lot as per City of San Francisco

- Laundry room

- Elevator to all levels

- Two-car garage, side by side


Open Houses:
Sunday, March 25, 2 - 4 pm

Additional Showings by Appointment:

Anne Laury
Mobile 1 415 336 7077


Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill is one the city's oldest neighborhoods, inhabited long before the Gold Rush by the men who worked on the nearby waterfront. Today, Telegraph Hill is home to the largest concentration of pre-1870 buildings in San Francisco. The neighborhood still bears witness to those glory days. As ships unloaded their cargo, a quarry at the top of Telegraph Hill supplied the rocks they needed for ballast, and today, the exposed cliff face above Broadway remains one of the neighborhood's defining features. 

Telegraph Hill is famed for its Italianate homes, Carpenter Gothic houses, and charming cottages, with their steeply pitched roofs and ornate wooden scroll work. Those examples of old San Francisco are joined by newer additions, including modernist homes by noted architects Richard Neutra, Gardner Dailey, and William Wurster. 

Coit Tower, named after the heiress who donated the funds to honor San Francisco's firefighters, dominates the skyline of the community. While steep, the slopes of Telegraph Hill lead to the Financial District, Fisherman's Wharf, and the waterfront, making this an extremely walkable neighborhood. The Filbert Street Steps, one of the many wooden walkways that criss-cross this community, provide a pathway up the hill from Levi’s Plaza. Fortified with a meal from Il Fornaio, climbers can take the steps to Coit Tower, past flowering community gardens and towering trees colonized by wild parrots. The view from the top of Coit Tower draws tourists from around the world.


Anne Laury

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