RENEWED, REPLENISHED, REFRESHED…79 Norton is a work of art and craftsmanship designed and executed by the current owners. Purchased in 2010, with a vision as to its potential, the result is one of style, attention to detail and attention to the planet. This Mission Terrace Victorian cottage has journeyed from its origins in 1905-1906 through numerous iterations to the current realization of both its artistic and practical potential.
Throughout the house: The front of the house has all of the original blown glass windows, Valspar paint inside and outside, hand plaster restoration in every room, recently renovated T & G Douglas Fir floors, radiant floor heat controlled by Nest thermostat, and On Demand Tagaki tankless water heater-95% efficient serving both domestic water and the radiant heat system. These elements of modern and antique bridge the gap of living in a “period” home with modern convenience.
In the owner’s words: Sustainability was a primary focus while renovating this home. We wanted to have great quality crafted pieces and materials that when used creatively had a very modern result-we hunted for every piece to bring back charm into this original SF home, from the brass outlet/switch covers to authentic light fixtures, to finding the perfect piece to complement each space and detail.
The front of the house welcomes with the original shingle detail, historic paint color, the peaked roof accented by an opaque stained glass window, historic paint color, antique numbers and lighting and original bay windows.
The living room has built in bookcases hand crafted from the original bead board, a period antique wooden fireplace, original brick complemented by Heath tiles for the floor/surround in a herringbone pattern. The fireplace is functional gas via key with a properly vented chimney. The ceiling light fixture is hand crafted and the curtain rods are modern industrial pipe.
The front bedroom is distinguished by an original design built in elevated bed. The bed’s wood was constructed from the existing 100 year old Redwood fencing from the back yard. It serves as a conceptual installation of a transitional space from day to night. There is an adjoining large, walk-in closet, with built in salvaged Douglas fir shelves, designed for the space. An additional, large storage space is under the platform bed. The antique light fixture is from the 1910’s and a refinished large pocket door with stain glass windows ensures privacy.
The hallway is lighted by another 1910 period fixture, is home for the Nest thermostat, and leads to the sunny, generous, farm kitchen.
The bathroom offers renovated original bead board tung and groove wood, vintage privacy textured glass, built in vintage cabinet, originally from the kitchen, for towel and bath storage, locker hooks under the built in for drying towels, an antique gas station light and pendent and original, restored medicine cabinet. The fixtures have been updated with new Barclay pieces including a one piece, round toilet, wall hung sink and claw foot bathtub, all with chrome finish, a hanging shower unit for curtains, Heath tile floor, hand set in Stretcher Bond pattern, and a refinished swinging door with antique brass push plates.
The kitchen is highlighted by custom salvaged large plank Douglas fir cabinetry with push-to-lock/unlock draws and cabinets, and featuring LED under cabinet lighting. It is believed that this wood came out of an old sport’s club from the turn of the century. There is a Heath tile backsplash in Brick pattern, exposed brick chimney at the back of the stove, Carrera marble countertops, Florentine textured floral glass for privacy at the sink window, a pair of antique, industrial white enamel lights with industrial glass, and an antique French glass pocket door between the kitchen and sunroom. There are all new stainless steel appliances such as industrial cook’s 5 burner stove, dishwasher and French door refrigerator, a large farm double sink with industrial faucet and Le Fiell Co. of SF antique meat rack made into a custom light fixture above the sink. The large skylight creates beautiful light throughout the day.
The back bedroom overlooks the garden through a large Marvin crank window, tinted for ultimate privacy. There are antique French Doors on the large closet which have been hand etched to a smoky, opaque finish, and custom shelves within. Abstract light and shadows are formed from the antique bakery whisk, now a unique and original light fixture.
The sunroom is home to a custom crafted salvaged wood closet with multiple shelves and pull out rack for cleaning supplies. Bi-fold doors conceal the washer/dryer and a large picture window overlooks the garden. The antique industrial chicken wire glass door (with doggie door) transitions you from the indoors outside. The Redwood deck leads you to a custom made succulent wall garden.
The backyard boasts a tiered, south facing garden with gravel and grass. The grass is a low water dwarf fescue, a native species grown in the bay area and requiring little watering and infrequent cuttings. Two large planters balance each other, one each side of the garden, and two stone wall planters lead you to the grass area with a long stone planter with seating area along the back of the garden. 85% of the garden is Evergreen with trees consisting of pine, Australian peppermint, plum maple and established Meyer lemon. There is an outdoor storage closet for immediate garden tools and new steel gutters directed into the planters for recycling rain water. A custom built reflecting greenhouse is an art piece which was featured at a sustainable Recology art show in SF- a wonderful place to reflect and meditate…
The garage includes a utility sink and abundant storage, built-in work table with recycled cabinets and drawers, the radiant floor heat/tankless water heater systems, doors at front and back for easy access, remote control garage door and natural light from the window well.
Mission Terrace is in the south-central section of San Francisco, and is one of its sunniest neighborhoods. The active and involved Improvement Association plans regular annual events such as an Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July parade, and a neighborhood garage sale. The Bridge Garden project, a community effort to enhance the streetscapes and public space, has been very successful. Grants were applied for and received from San Francisco Community Challenge, and volunteers began immediately to make things happen. Balboa Park offers a pool, playground, stadium, baseball diamonds and tennis courts. Residents of Mission Terrace enjoy easy transportation to the 280 freeway, as well as the nearby Balboa Park and Glen Park Bart stations.
Sunday, September 15th, 2:00 - 4:00
Sunday, September 22nd, 2:00 - 4:00
Saturday, September 28th, 1:00-5:00
Sunday, September 29th, 1:00-5:00
Sunday, October 6th, 2:00-4:00
Tuesday, September 10th, 2:00 - 3:30
Tuesday, September 24th, 2:30 - 4:00
Tuesday, October 1st, 2::00-3:30
Tuesday, October 8th, 2:30-4:00
Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Victoria B Tucker or Joan C. Foppiano - 415.447.6234/6232