4154 Manila Avenue
Just as San Francisco expats found a new home in Oakland's Temescal following the 1907 earthquake, today San Franciscans are finding a new home in Temescal in the midst of the tech revolution. And no wonder. Temescal, with its gritty, urban, artsy feeling, has the sun, close-knit neighborhoods, and a faster connection to downtown San Francisco than most places in San Francisco.
On Manila Avenue, one of Temescal’s close knit streets, you’ll find one of the first houses built in Temescal in 1907: 4154 Manila. While most Temescal homes have gone through 100 years of changes, 4154 Manila has remained remarkably intact. It’s now been restored to its former glory with all the requisite details that define “character.” A large living room with Craftsman clinker brick fireplace opens to a grand dining room with box beam ceiling, wainscoting, and built-ins with leaded glass.
You can feel the work of a Craftsman throughout. There is original woodwork throughout all the rooms, including the three bedrooms and the large kitchen and bathroom, which have been classically updated, still with their original charm.
4154 Manila welcomes the neighbors with a front porch, just as it did the Italian American families that first settled on the block. In the backyard, there are still grape vines and lemon trees. Only now, there’s also a redwood deck and large patio for barbecues and entertaining. A full basement can still be used as a wine cellar … or now as an office and man or woman cave.
The urban, close knit vibe that attracted the original neighbors is very much alive. Within a couple blocks, there are over 100 restaurants and coffee shops, from HomeRoom to Burma SuperStar to Korean barbecue. And, of course, Genova Delicatessen. And seven blocks away, there’s BART … and a short 15 minutes to downtown SF.
* 3 Bedrooms, 1336 square feet
* Large backyard with deck and patio
* Full basement for office and man/woman cave