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WELCOME TO 1338 FILBERT STREET, RESIDENCES B & D

The Filbert Cottages instill a salient quality, distinct in its uniqueness as a historical landmark tucked within a private tranquil enclave.  The four craftsman-style, timber homes, ranging in size from 2,620 to 3,005 square feet, create a micro-gated community, exclusive in its finiteness.  The Cottages have the ambiance and charm of a quaint old town, full of timeless character and modern elegance with a touch of its rustic past.

Upon entering the property grounds, the walk is paved with original bricks and lined to the east with four mews-style homes. Grand staircases ascend from the gardens to private covered porch entries

Hidden below a subtle landscape of succulents lies an engineering marvel.  A mechanical lift rises from the ground to transport vehicles to and from a cavernous 5,455 square feet subterranean 8-car parking garage located beneath the footprint of cottages.

The Filbert Cottages are exemplary representatives of San Francisco.  A city for dreamer and innovators, built by the weariless.  Perched on a rolling hill rising from the sea, these cottages of modest, historical roots have set the scene for far-fetched fantasies of design and luxury to take hold and hatch into a fanciful reality.  To reside at 1338 Filbert Street is a subtle but distinct experience in this noble neighborhood.

RESIDENCE B FEATURES

  • 2,620 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Main level

  • Cathedral ceilings above open living/dining area
  • Gas fireplace in living room
  • Kitchen with stainless steel and European finishes
  • “Smart”waiter transporting from main to basement
  • Hand-crafted woodwork
  • Half bathroom

Penthouse Level

  • Master suite
  • Master bathroom with custom tiling
  • Custom cabinetry and built-in safe

Lower Level

  • 2 large bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Laundry room

Underground garage

  • 2 car parking and storage room

RESIDENCE D FEATURES

  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
  • 3,005 square feet
  • Media room

Main level

  • Cathedral ceilings above open living/dining area
  • Gas fireplace in living roo​m​
  • Kitchen with stainless steel and European finishes
  • “Smart”waiter transporting from main to basement
  • Private balcony, plumbed for gas
  • Hand-crafted woodwork
  • Half bathroom

Penthouse Level

  • Master suite
  • Master bathroom with custom tiling
  • Custom cabinetry and built-in safe

Lower Level

  • 2 large bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Media room
  • Laundry room

Underground garage

  • 2 car parking and storage room

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Features

Features

Historic Grounds

  • Four mews-style, San Francisco designated landmark cottages make up this exclusive, Russian Hill, gated micro-neighborhood
  • Sophisticated restoration, featuring original redwood siding and wood windows with contemporary, 3-level, zinc-clad posterior addition
  • Reclaimed brick and sand walkway transports residents from the street as they disappear into the look and feel of a European countryside garden
  • Grand staircases ascend from the gardens to private covered porch entries
  • Enclosed patio with gas barbecue is ready for entertaining

State-of-the-Art Lift Systems

  • Steel car-lift with living roof of succulents, delivers cars to the street from a cavernous 5,455 sq. ft., 8-car garage, 2-stories below street level
  • Smartwaiter easily transports items from garage to kitchen level

Residences

  • Environmentally responsible Greenpoint Rated construction standards
  • Spacious, light-filled living/dining room with cathedral ceilings
  • Prismatic skylights implement ample daylight
  • Modern, naturally illuminated kitchen with high-end European cabinetry and glass backsplashes by Bulthaup
  • Professional grade appliances by Miele and SubZero
  • Contemporary, Heath Ceramic surround gas fireplace with hearth
  • 3-story sky-lit open stairway
  • Three stone, glass, and ceramic surfaces baths. Stone slab accent walls, frameless glass shower enclosures, and Toto’s new “nearest” electronic toilet/bidet
  • Oak enclosure half bath on main level
  • Penthouse master suite with built-in custom closets and concealed safe
  • Bucolic, wide-plank French white oak flooring with hard wax finish harkens to historic beginnings
  • Smart Home features with tablet controlled high-efficiency LED lighting, Nest Thermostats and hydronic radiant heating, and integrated speakers

History / Timeline

  • 1885-1897: 1312 Filbert (now 1338 Filbert) owned by Peter Mathews, a gardener, milkman, and laborer
  • 1897: A second house was added to the property for Mr. Mathews’ daughter and son-in-law, William K. Bush
  • 1897-1943: Parcel ownership maintained by the Mathews-Bush families
  • 1906: Original two structures lost in fire from the Great Earthquake
    • The Mathews and Bush families relocated
  • 1907: William Bush requested permits and provided rough sketches for 4 perpendicular, “mews style,” 20’ x 30’ frame cottages
    • 4 cottages were built perpendicular to the street, in mews style
  • 1943-1951: Institutional (studio addition); residential/rental (cottages B, C, D, students and artists); Owner occupied (cottage A, from 1946)
    • 1940s: Marian Hartwell, faculty member of the California School of Fine Arts now San Francisco Art Institute, developed the School of Basic Design and Color
      • Cottage A was the school’s classroom, Cottages B, C, and D were used for student housing
    • 1943: studio addition to Cottage A
    • 1946: Marian Hartwell purchased the buildings
    • 1947-1955: converted the cottages from 4 to 10 units
  • 1951-1972: Residential/Rental/Owner occupied
    • 1950s: patios and garden enhanced with brick, vines, hedges, and shrubs
    • 1951: Addition of 22” height and interior configuration to create 2nd story
  • 1972-1990: Residential/Rental/non-owner occupied
    • 1972: Ms. Hartwell sold the properties to Robert and Ellen Marquis (Marquis Investors)
    • 1979: Four cottages subdivided into four condominiums
    • 1985: Sold condominiums to separate investors
  • 1990-2000: Residential/Rental/Owner occupied
    • 1992: All condominiums were purchased by John P. Willis, who had been living in Cottage A since 1989
  • 2000-2017: Restoration Envisioned
    • 2001: All five structures (4 cottages and studio) are placed on the San Francisco register of city landmarks
      • Associated with the aftermath of 1906 Earthquake and Fire
      • Associated with the life of Marian Hartwell
      • Example of vernacular post-earthquake period architecture with unique siting and court plan
    • 2007: Purchased by David Low and Dominique Lahaussois
    • 2008-2011: Permit application and approval process
    • 2011-2017: Restoration of the Fillmore Cottages
    • 2017: 1338 Filbert Street presented by Vanguard Properties

Location

Russian Hill is a residential neighborhood in the north end of the City and one of San Francisco’s fabled Seven Hills.  Perhaps better than any other neighborhood in San Francisco Russian Hill balances a community feel while also openly welcoming visitors and tourists.  Residences are a mix of beautiful, well-maintained homes, small apartment buildings, and homes of historical significance.  There are pockets of charming restaurants and boutique shops found along its tree lined streets.  Its lure comes from the charm of familiar streets; vistas of downtown, the Bay, and both iconic bridges; and numerous landmarks including Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street (“the world’s crookedest street”), and where cable cars climb halfway to the stars.

 

DESIGN TEAM | AWARDS + PUBLICATIONS

ARCHITECT

Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design

CONTRACTOR

Achill Beg Construction Inc.

CONSULTANTS

Preservation Architecture, Historic Preservation
GFDS Engineers, Structural Engineering
KCA Engineers, Civil
Rollo and Ridley Inc., Geotechnical
Marta Fry Landscape Associates, Landscape
PritchardPeck Lighting, Lighting
Wilson Ihrig, Acoustical
Preview Group, Codes
Neumann Sloat Blanco, Waterproofing
Prudence Ferrera, Greenpoint Compliance
Rueben, Junius and Rose LLP., Entitlements

SUSTAINABLE MEASURES

Planted sedum roof at carlift canopy
Reuse existing materials from existing structures and landscaping: framing, siding, paving
Green Point Rated Project at Silver Level

MATERIALS

Zinc Siding by VM Zinc
Single Ply Roof by Silpast
Aluminum Windows by Blomberg Windows Systems
Wood Floors by First Last and Always
Cabinets by Eby Cabinets
Kitchens by Bulthaup
Car Lift by American Custom Lifts

AWARDS + PUBLICATIONS

San Francisco Landmark #232, San Francisco Planning Commission Resolution 16187 (2001)
California Preservation Design Award – California Preservation Foundation (2017)
San Francisco Chronicle (July 2017)
Curbed, San Francisco (June 2017)

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