533 Vicente Street - Aerial
533 Vicente Street
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Beautiful Inner Parkside Home! This Move-in Ready, Updated Mediterranean Two Bed/One Bath Home Features Formal Living and Dining Rooms, Sunny Kitchen with Breakfast Room W/ Built-in Cabinets, Two Big Sunny Bedrooms, and Split Bathroom on the Main Level. Downstairs is a HUGE Two-car Garage (and Full Driveway) with High Ceilings and Large Finished Bonus Room, and a Warm Landscaped Backyard. Excellent Location! Easy walk to West Portal Shops, Downtown Transportation.
533 Vicente Avenue: Historical and Architectural Background
This well-preserved Sunset District row house was built in 1930 and strongly represents the development trends that covered San Francisco's sand dune-covered western neighborhoods with countless blocks of houses. As older neighborhoods at the core of the city became increasingly crowded, new residents – often young families and working class people of growing prosperity – spread outward. Long lonely roads that once took day-trippers out to Ocean Beach became arteries accessing well-populated neighborhoods with a quiet suburban feel. Most houses in the Sunset and Richmond Districts were built on speculation by developers and builders who would buy multiple parcels, improve them with matching houses, and sell to buyers who appreciated the opportunity to own their own home at an affordable price. Even during the tough years of the Depression, this method of development allowed San Francisco to continue growing.
The house at 533 Vicente Street was designed and built by W.P. Coles, along with the house to its west. Their similarities are pronounced and the same character in other nearby houses suggests that Coles took on other projects on the block, too. Each house originally cost $4,000. The first residents were Jacob and Gertrude Nederland. Dutch immigrants, Jacob had come to the United States in 1909 at the age of 23, while Gertrude immigrated in 1927, just a few years before the couple married and moved into the house with their infant daughter, Cora. Jacob and his brother, George, were the proprietors of the Nederland Bros. wholesale bakery located in the Mission District. Later, in the 1950s and 60s, the house was occupied by Mrs. Ethel Blumenthal, the widow of a chauffeur. In the1970s and into the 1980s, John J. Goodwin was the owner. Mr. Goodwin was the Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco for 30 years.
The Mediterranean Revival style house is a quintessential San Francisco row house with a common facade pattern consisting of a basement-level garage, topped by a projecting bay window with large decorative sashes, and steps leading up to an entry on one side. Although the configuration is common, varied treatments and details were used to make each house unique, such as the differing window shapes and applied ornaments seen on 533 Vicente and its neighbor.
The house has a garage entrance within a recessed arch with rounded shoulders. This vestibule also houses a tradesman's entrance; a pedestrian door on the side wall that allowed servants, workers, and deliverymen to enter the property without using the formal front entrance. Above the garage, the facade expresses its character in a square projecting bay fenestrated with a three-part window. The window has a large center arch and smaller flanking arches, each with a multi-lite arrangement incorporating a border of tiny square panes. The arches are surrounded by plaster hood moldings that feature corbells, sculpted garlands, festoons, and small cartouches at the crest. Another garlanded cartouch adorns the peak of the bay's bracketed gable end, below a red clay tile roof. The facade behind is finished with a peaked and tabbed parapet with stucco coping. The entry to the house is tucked back on the left side and approached by a long flight of terrazzo steps. A recessed porch with a round arch opening, echoing the front windows, shelters a front door that also features a round arch window. Above, a plaster cartouch adorns the wall below a notched parapet.
Located in the southwest portion of San Francisco, Parkside offers homes with some of the most remarkable views of downtown SF. Sometimes referred to as part of the Sunset, this area boasts a somewhat suburban feel on streets like Escolta Way, with individual homes and small, though charming, front yards. In its center, adjacent to well-regarded Abraham Lincoln High School, the unique Sunset Reservoir spans eight square blocks, and is something of a surprise in San Francisco's urban environment. In line with California's green energy pursuit, the areas will soon boast California's largest solar voltaic collection system. To the east, Inner Parkside is a picturesque gathering of gorgeously manicured homes. For great boutique shopping, the nearby West Portal neighborhood makes a superb offering, and features a multitude of delightful cafes and restaurants. To the west, Outer Parkside highlights a selection of Henry Doelger developed homes, from the 30s and 40s. They are generally one-story over a garage, many of which have been reconfigured as in-law units. The Parkside neighborhoods offer an engaging mix of families, retirees and students from SF State.
Sunday 4/23 2-4
Tuesday 4/25 1:2:30
Thursday 4/27 6-8pm
Saturday 4/29 2-4pm
Sunday 4/30 2-4pm
Tuesday 5/2 1:30-3pm
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