Ernest Born Oceanfront Mid-Century Beach House On San Francisco’s Ocean Beach For Sale

Perhaps one of the most appealing properties on all of the Great Highway, famed Mid-Century modernist Ernest Born’s beach house designed and built in 1949, and its sleek conjoined (by glass bridge) Aidlin-Darling designed ocean-view master suite and tower addition added in 2006 are for sale…and we have your first look inside.

Located at 2020 Great Highway on San Francisco’s now-famous Ocean Beach, in San Francisco’s most newly hipster of hipster neighborhoods (the Sunset), and situated on three plus, yes 3+ lots with a park-like garden beneath eight majestic cypress and pine trees, this is THE home for everyone…sadly, not everyone can afford such awesomeness…asking price…$8,000,000.

It’s pretty rare for us to sit through a 2.5 minute property video, but this one actually kept us engaged…the house is that cool…surf looks pretty fun that day too. ;-)

The home has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The lot is huge at 8,523 square feet and zoned RH-2, with potential to be subdivided (not that you ever would or should mess with such magnificence.)

Main building mid-century flare includes Danish Cork floors, travertine, fir, plate glass windows (including one MASSIVE 21’x18′ expanse of glass), sand finished 1/2” thick plaster and built ins. The tower materials complement the historic main building also with fir, concrete and travertine, and the exterior surfaces consist of redwood board and batten, shingle, and “fibreC” glassfibre reinforced concrete. It doesn’t get more mid-century modern than this.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind oceanfront San Francisco home. We’d go so far as to say truly a one-of-a-kind California home and we’d love to get you in for a look before (if ever) it goes on MLS.

Listed by Butch Haze and Mark Vasquez of Compass Real Estate. More details found at

2 thoughts on “Ernest Born Oceanfront Mid-Century Beach House On San Francisco’s Ocean Beach For Sale

  1. Hi I am the great niece of the designer of 2020 Great Highway, Ernest and Aunt Ester Baum Born. I have a watercolour done and signed by my Aunt Ester. I would appreciate any information about it. I know she was known for her photography. I am a dog trainer, thus the email. Thank you for your time and any information you may provide. Sincerely, Justine

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