1051 Francisco

The Butterfly House at 1051 Francisco Street was designed by John Maniscalco Architecture and prominently featured on the AIA Home Tour in 2013, so perhaps you’ve been inside.

1051 Francisco Dining

A complete rebuild of a two-unit, Mid-Century Modern building, the nearly 5,000-square-foot Russian Hill pad is now outfitted with five bedrooms, open living areas, walls of retractable glass and panoramic views of San Francisco and the Bay.

1051 Francisco Living

And while not yet listed for sale nor previously publicized, the Butterfly House is about to hit the market for $9.48 million.

Unfortunately there aren’t any open houses scheduled for this weekend around the time the Blue Angels will be in the sky, and in fact, tours will be by appointment/invitation only with Jimmy McFadden at Sotheby’s handling the sale, but there’s always next year.  Don’t forget our invitations.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by sfdragonboy

    Wow, that view is awesome!

  2. Posted by jaguar

    I’m looking forward to the pics too 🙂 Butterfly House, hmmm…

  3. Posted by Pioneer

    There is a 20-year old house on my street designed by John Maniscalco and it just keeps getting better with time. This guy designed its details for shadows and silhouettes for solar cycles and streetlights. I love it when an architect inhabits the site before designing the structure.

  4. Posted by Zugamenzia Farnsworth

    How do you get a floor finish that pale? I’ve already tried (the yellowing) polyurethane and spar varnish. I’ve heard old-school Europeans just use wax: no finish.Wonder what kind of wood that is.

    • Posted by Dan Redmond

      Z. F., Looks like wide plank douglas fir. The finish looks like a whitewash that was wiped after it was applied. That process removes most of the color and just leaves it tinted.

      • Posted by Zugamenzia Farnsworth

        Okay Thanks…..but the floor’s not really sealed? Would everyday usage dirty it in time?

        • Posted by Dan Redmond

          Given the sheen to the left of the dining table, I would think it is sealed with something. There is no way to know with what from the photo.

    • Posted by Pioneer

      I would agree that it sure looks like Douglass Fir. I’m betting it’s finished in Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2c. The stuff works great. Super low VOCs.

  5. Posted by Zugamenzia Farnsworth

    okay thanks guys….if i ever do or redo another floor….really like the light woods.

  6. Posted by Jimmy McFadden

    It is Douglas Fir! Good eye. It was imported from Dinesen Flooring out of Denmark.

  7. Posted by Mark

    Um yes please.

  8. Posted by Tesla

    This building had major land slippage in the 1980’s. They put over three feet of concrete in the lobby and had to repostion the entrance to the back part of the building. Properties at the bottom of the hill are responsible for keeping the buildings up the hill from sliding down. If there is more land slippage, the new owners will be liable for the repair work on their uphill neighbors properties. Buyer beware.

  9. Posted by Stop Driving

    The real Butterfly House is in Carmel, right on the ocean, and it makes this place look horrible.

  10. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: Briefly in contract, the listing for 1051 Francisco Street has been withdrawn from the MLS without a reported sale.

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