2912 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

Renovated Russian Hill Home Plus Legal Unit

The Building

2912 Van Ness Avenue is a special offering. Built in the early 1900s and extensively renovated in recent years, the residence consists of an upper unit that flows like a single family home plus a legal garden apartment, a flat yard, plenty of storage, and a spacious three-car garage. The upper unit is a three bedroom plus den, two and a half bathroom fully detached home. The lower unit is a spacious, one bedroom, one bathroom garden apartment. The property functions well as a duplex or as a single family home plus legal apartment.

The building is located north of Lombard Street, on the eastern side of the street between Chestnut and Francisco, at the cross section of Russian Hill, Cow Hollow and the Marina. Near Ghirardelli Square, the Marina, and the Polk, Chestnut, and Union Street shopping districts, you’ll love this home for its combination of classic San Francisco style and contemporary amenities.

The back garden is enhanced by mature plantings including fragrant jasmine and lush ferns, a sunny brick patio, and a gardener’s breezeway. The story goes that the bricks were taken from the original building during the renovation as a way to “preserve” the history of this classic San Francisco building.

The three-car garage (two independent and one tandem) has interior access from the common entry. There is also a separate room that is perfect for storage or even as a home gym.

The Upper Residence

Entering 2912 Van Ness Avenue via a formal entryway, you will find a large den or media room with a decorative fireplace, vintage built-ins, and copious windows. The stairway to the first floor living spaces is lit by a window and a skylight and takes you to the main living areas, including a contemporary cooks’ kitchen with direct access to the deck and rear garden.

The kitchen has large, double hung windows with transoms above, a separate wet bar, two pantries, stainless steel appliances including a Bosch oven, Bosch dishwasher, and KitchenAid refrigerator, sleek open shelving, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. Next to this light-filled kitchen you will find an open living and dining area with windows on two sides, a linen closet, and a discreet half bath.

The sunny second floor houses three bedrooms on the same level, including one with a skylight, a large closet with custom built-ins, and direct access to the back garden. The second bedroom has windows on two sides, a closet with custom built-ins, and views of the back garden, while the second floor bathroom has a skylight, carrara marble countertops, and a shower over a tub.

The separated master suite has windows on three sides along with skylights and custom closets, and an en suite bathroom with a separate shower and spa tub, dual sinks, dual medicine cabinets, and a skylight. Also on the second floor, you will find an in-unit laundry area with a washer and a dryer and custom built-ins.

The Garden Apartment

Back on the main level, there is an additional laundry area and entrance to the one bedroom, one bathroom garden apartment. This updated, move-in ready unit features high ceilings, hardwood floors, a bathroom with a shower over a tub, a bedroom with two closets, a window, and built-in wall sconces, and an open living, dining, and kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and enough space for a home office along with a direct access to the garden via French doors.

The Central Russian Hill Location

With a Walkscore of 93, 2912 Van Ness Avenue is incredibly central and convenient! Located where  Russian Hill, the Marina, and Cow Hollow meet, you will enjoy restaurants, bars, shopping, transit, and outdoor activities at your doorstep!

Neighborhood amenities include include Ghirardelli Square, the Marina, Aquatic Park, and the Polk, Chestnut, and Union Street shopping districts. On Sunday morning, enjoy the farmers market and on Fridays, the Off The Grid food truck event, the nation’s largest food truck gathering, both held at Fort Mason. Nearby recreational resources include the Russian Hill Park and the Alice Marble Tennis Courts. For nightlife and dining, try drinks at Bobos, sandwiches and salads at Blue Barn, coffee at St. Frank, or yogurt at the Loving Cup.

Important Details

  • Fully Renovated and Updated Single Family Home + Legal Unit OR Duplex
  • Main Residence: Three Bedroom + Den, 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Garden Apartment: One Bedroom, One Bathroom Unit
  • Vintage Details Including Hardwood Floors, Large Windows, and Decorative Moulding
  • Sunny Rear Garden, Direct Access from Living Spaces
  • In-Unit Laundry, Radiant Heat
  • Three-Car Parking Garage
  • Bonus Storage/Workout Room
  • Excellent Russian Hill Location Near the Marina, Fort Mason, Ghirardelli Square, and Muni lines 47 and 49.
  • Square Footage: 3,440 Per Floorplan | 3,352 Per Tax Record
  • Walk Score: 91 Ride Score: 91

Showing Schedule

  • Sat 9/23, 2-4pm
  • Sun 9/24, 1-4pm
  • Tue 9/26, 9-10:30am
  • Wed 9/27, 5:30-7pm
  • Sat 9/30, 1-4pm
  • Sun 10/1, 1-4pm

Contact Danielle for more info.

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2912 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
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3,440 Per Floorplan


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2912 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States
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