834 35th Avenue
This warm and inviting home opens with a breath taking oak arch, which anchors the grand open concept kitchen, dinning room, and family room. Brilliantly illuminated with recessed lighting, stylish hanging fixtures, and natural light from a bank of windows and custom Marvin French doors, which create a gateway to the elevated deck and stairway to the large patio with beautifully landscaped yard. The kitchen dazzles with high-quality fixtures and appliances, including Thermador 36" refrigerator, microwave drawer, and dishwasher, Whirlpool wine cooler, Wolf 30" dual fuel range with convection oven, Zephyr Monsoon range hood with remote control, KWC faucets, extra wide Kohler kitchen sink with accessories, and a 2.5 gallon reverse osmosis water filter system.
Across the foyer, a classic Mediterranean Revival style living room with original tile fireplace, bay windows, cabinetry, and wainscoting is thoughtfully updated with recessed lighting, and crown molding. The finishing touch is French doors that add versatility to make this room an autonomous space. A spacious foyer joins the two living spaces, incorporating stairways to upper and lower levels, with access to a half bath and ample storage, including shoe cabinets.
The top level holds a master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, a spacious sunroom, full bathroom with rain shower, and washer and dryer. Brimming with light from bay windows, the master bedroom boasts generous closet space and a luxurious bathroom designed for a couple with double sinks, showers, and soaking tub. Dazzling from top to bottom, the master bathroom is graced with imported Italian tiles, a skylight, Hansgrohe swivel faucets, Grohe smart control shower system including a rain shower, hand-held shower, and faucet for ultimate versatility, and finally a TOTO Washlet toilet system with remote control for the heated toilet seat and a bidet with air dryer.
The expansive ground level has 8' ceilings and offers a kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom, living space with sunroom enhanced with custom French doors opening to the back yard, washer and dryer with utility sink, and plenty of storage space. The newly built bathroom has an extra large, wheel chair accessible shower, heated towel bar, and TOTO Washlet Toilet system. The kitchenette hosts a wet bar with custom cabinets and garbage disposal, as well as, a new large Kitchen Aid refrigerator. This level may be used as a 1000+ square foot, independent unit with a private entrance and separate furnace.
The enclosed garage contains a Tesla charger and gives direct access to both the bottom level and second floor foyer. Forward-thinking urban design set the home back from the sidewalk creating second car parking in front of the garage and plentiful walking space. The exterior and interior were recently repainted with Benjamin Moore paint.
Nestled in the heart of the outer Richmond, this picturesque street is lined with trees, gardens, and classic homes. Conveniently situated blocks from unique and welcoming neighborhood shops and restaurants on Balboa Street, as well as the serenity of Spreckels Lake at Golden Gate Park.
Natural White Oak Floors Throughout
Double Pane Windows
All Bedroom Closets have Custom Drawers
Entrance Closet with Shoe Cabinets
Original Fireplace and Cabinets in Living Room
Thermador 36" Refrigerator
Thermador Microwave Drawer
Whirlpool Wine Cooler
Wolf 30" Dual Fuel Range with Convection Oven
Zephyr Monsoon Range Hood with Remote Control
Swiss KWC Kitchen Faucets
Extra Wide Kohler Kitchen Sink with Many Options
Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System with 3.2 Gallon Pressurized Tank
(2.5 gallon holding capacity)
Marvin Custom French Doors Open to Extra-large Deck for Indoor/Outdoor Living
Master Bathroom cabinets with Hamper Drawers
Double Sink with Hansgrohe Swivel Faucets
Soaking Tub for Two
Grohe Smart Control Shower System with Rain Shower, Hand-held Shower and Faucet
Master Bathroom Skylight
Imported Italian Tiles
TOTO Washlet Toilet System with Remote Control for Heated Toilet Seats and Bidet/Bottom-wash with Air Dryer
Bedrooms and Living Rooms with Leviton Dimmer Switches Controllable by Phone
Ecobee Thermostats Controllable by Phone
USB Wall Outlets
Washer Dryer on Bedroom Level
Entire Home wired with CAT-6 Cable with Outlets
Sonic Fiber Internet Installed
Comcast and Internet Cable Ready in Living Room
Downstairs 8' High Ceilings
Separate Entrance to Lower Unit
Two Separate Doorways to Backyard
Spacious Open Space with Sunroom
Lower Sunroom Marvin Custom-made French Doors to Backyard
Wet Bar with Custom Cabinets and Garbage Disposal
New large Kitchen Aid Fridge
Wheel chair Accessible New Extra-large Shower
TOTO Washlet Toilet System with Remote Control for Heated Toilet Seats and Bidet/Bottom Wash with Air dryer
Heated Towel Bar
Washer Dryer with Wide and Deep Sink on Ground Level
Two Separate Furnaces with Ecobee Thermostats for Upper and Lower Levels
Benjamin Moore Interior and Exterior Paint
Staircases Inside and Outside
Tesla Charger in Garage
Motion Detect Solar Lights Backyard
Smart Sprinkler Control
House History and Architectural Significance
As one of the farthest neighborhoods from San Francisco’s downtown core, the Richmond District remained a vacant expanse of sand dunes for decades after the city was established. For a time it was part of the Mexican Rancho Punta de los Lobos, then under American rule, became home to squatters and ranchers, many of whom had come to San Francisco for the Gold Rush but failed to strike it rich. In the 1860s, a toll road was built along the present route of Geary Boulevard, allowing Richmond District ranchers to take their produce to market and city folk to spend the day at Ocean Beach. Around the same time, the city street grid expanded into the avenues, streetcars rumbled into the neighborhood, and major streets like Geary and Arguello boulevards were paved. The 1906 Earthquake flushed refugees from destroyed areas of the city into the outer neighborhoods, where many decided to settle permanently. The growing popularity of the private automobile then allowed people to live farther from downtown and residential development continued to spread westward. During the 1920s, block upon block of houses sprang into existence seemingly overnight. Prosperity in the decade following World War I spurred this development, which was largely speculative; consisting of small groups of houses with similar forms and designs that were erected and quickly sold to San Franciscans who wanted the latest in modern suburban housing. This 1920s building boom, which settled down as the Great Depression loomed, resulted in the construction of 834 35th Avenue.
Construction of the house at 834 35th Avenue was noticed in Building & Engineering News on 12 April 1924. Bryan Feerick, an Irish carpenter and house-builder, owned the subject property and those on either side (830 and 838 35th Avenue). He prepared the plans for the three houses himself and built them for a cost of $5,000 each. This was obviously a speculative venture, corresponding directly to development trends that resulted in avenue upon avenue of Richmond District homes.
The house was purchased from Feerick by Henrietta Goldman. She was born in Germany in 1855. When she lived at 834 35th Avenue she was a widow, but shared the house with her three adult children. Sons Harry and George Goldman were both bachelors and worked, respectively, as an engineer for Matson Shipping and a ship's clerk for Panama Pacific Shipping. Belle Jacobs, Henrietta's daughter was also widowed and kept house with her mother. World War II seems to have disrupted the Goldman household. George found work with the U.S. Navy, despite being about 60 years old, and Harry moved out of the house for reasons unknown. After the war, Henrietta moved to an apartment on 26th Avenue, while George and Belle continued to live at 834 35th Avenue. By the early 1950s the Goldmans had moved away and the house stood vacant. Mrs. Faye Greenberg was the next owner and occupant. She was also a widow. By 1960, Kenneth R. and Geraldine Boyd owned the house and lived in it with their children Norman and Lisbeth. Kenneth Boyd was president of the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, Local No. 38. A few years later, the head of household at the address was Norman Boyd, who worked as a plumber. Kenneth and Geraldine are shown as residents in later years, too, however. The Boyd family remained at the address through at least 1982.
The building is a restrained example of Mediterranean Revival style architecture, which was extremely popular in the Richmond District during the 1920s. Following World War I, American soldiers brought home memories of the picturesque European architecture of France and Italy, which was soon translated into domestic residential designs. The Mediterranean Revival style fit nicely with California's Mediterranean environs and lent itself well to efficient building due to its affordable and easily-applied stucco cladding and the wide availability of plaster ornament that could be used to decorate facades.
The front facade of 834 35th Avenue adopts a common organization seen throughout the Richmond District; that of a street-level garage (considered the basement) with an entry to one side that ascends to a first-story front door. Bay windows then dominate one or more upper stories. The single-car garage opening at 834 25th Avenue is recessed to accommodate both the paneled wood garage door and a tradesman's entrance on the right side wall. This door allowed workmen and tradespeople to access the basement level and utilitarian areas of the property, as well as the rear yard, without traipsing through the living areas. To the right of the garage, the dramatically tall entry opening is adorned with Classical scrolled brackets at its upper corners. Within the entry vestibule, steps made of terrazzo – an extremely popular material meant to mimic more expensive stone – lead up to the front door. A continuous angled bay window spans the first and second stories, which are defined by horizontal molded intermediate cornices. Picture windows on the center facets of each bay provide a broad neighborhood view, while traditional double-hung windows are found elsewhere. All of the windows are surrounded by formal molded trim and sills. Finally, the facade is crowned by a prominent cornice that demonstrates a Medieval inspired peardrop-and-rosette molding topped by a sweeping cavetto curve that meets a projecting molded lip at the edge of the roofline.