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SF’s 10 most expensive homes sold in 2016

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January 4, 2017

SF’s 10 most expensive homes sold in 2016

Although 2016 did indeed see the city’s buying and selling cool down considerably, as most observers predicted, you wouldn’t know it from the way some people threw money at some of San Francisco’s most exclusive, most elusive, most historic, or even most bewildering single family properties.

But don’t take our word for it, see for yourselves.

(A special thanks to Estately for their help. Note, of course, that some homes aren’t publicly listed, and we may have overlooked those sales. If you know any big money exchanges we missed, drop us a line.)

1 2600 Jackson ($11 million)

Yep, $11 million is the floor to make this year’s big list, and of course we end up starting in Pacific Heights. This jarringly opulent mansion was built in 1895 as a wedding gift and later became the first home in San Francisco with electricity. It listed for $7.9 million, which was apparently WAY too modest given its final price point.

2600 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94115

2 3610 Washington ($11.3 million)

A prime example of the best of Wurster, as this modest but classy ranch-style home from 1959 exceeded almost all expectations. You’ll notice that most of the homes on this list sold well under asking and a few even sold at a loss despite tipping the scales with eight-figure receipts, but, just like the number ten spot, this place on Washington Street annihilated its apparently too-humble $7.9 million list.

3610 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94118

3 2456 Fillbert ($11.4 million)

Here’s one that flew under the radar, a 1974 home stripped almost to nothing, then sold off the market for a remarkable sum back in March–before the rebuild was even half finished!

2456 Filbert St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4 2480 Broadway ($11.7 million)

This renovation of a 1906 classic chopped millions off its price this year before eventually landing at $11.7 million and change. Designer mansions shedding millions but still tipping the scales with record-breaking receipts was the story of Pac Heights in 2016.

2480 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94115

5 Millennium Tower Penthouse ($13 million)

Who’d have thought? Although the actual change of the century is long behind us, 2016 turned out to be the true year of the Millennium in San Francisco. The concrete-framed luxury tower was constantly in the news with attention that it surely didn’t want, but not all of the news was bad: Just two weeks ago the building closed the biggest deal in tower history by selling late, minotaur statue-collecting venture capitalist Tom Perkins’ former abode. Maybe there really is no such thing as bad publicity?

Patricia Chang
301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

6 2755 Fillmore ($13.25 million)

Back in 2013 we called this renovated Pac Heights manse one a motivated seller as it knocked millions off its asking price. Then its new buyer renovated it yet again. Even for Pacific Heights that’s a lot of work, but apparently it was enough to motivate the buyers this time.

2755 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

7 3800 Washington ($15.75 million)

If homes were celebrities, 3800 Washington is the sort that would have been in the tabloids every other week. This gorgeous home fell on hard times and weird travails over the four years it was on the market, including many rumored celebrity purchases that came to nothing (Taylor Swift had her eye on it but, fickle as always, passed it by…) and a stint as a hideout for a very tasteful squatter. Modeled on Louis XV’s Versailles chateau, the French connection was enough to finally attract a dedicated buyer, albeit for a loss of millions off its most recent 2007 sale.

3800 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8 164 Sea Cliff ($17.8 million)

Although Pac Heights hogs the spotlight as usual, Sea Cliff and its namesake avenue has been the site of this year’s most luxe listings. Take the case of electic Oakland and SF-based architect Albert Farr’s beachfront masterpiece, which took $17.8 million in November from an $18.9 million September listing.

Jacob Elliott
164 Sea Cliff Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

9 2476 Broadway ($18.1 million)

The title of the city’s most expensive home is necessarily fickle, but this onetime duplex (which did away with its baby-blue exterior in favor of a sleek modern look) took the crown in October after its biggest competition sold. (More on that in a bit.) Eventually it took $18 million in its own right this month, down from a $22 million listing in May.

2476 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94115

10 2250 Vallejo ($21.8 million)

Long the city’s most expensive listing, the tech boom is what eventually ushered 2250 Vallejo into a new deed, bought at the end of October by a 30-year-old billionaire. That means this 1902 Pac Heights property has the distinction of being the home that both James Dunn and Twitch built, as it seems a fair amount of the money from its new owner’s sale of the video game streaming site eventually went into this home.

2250 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94123

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