When writing about housing, it can be tempting to favor big, flashy, expensive properties, the ones with the most history and the greatest degree of excess.
If you’re not careful, this bias can warp perspectives, and it takes discipline to prioritize less obvious bits of housing news to form a more complete picture for readers.
Sometime though you just can’t help it, and when a 100-plus year old, $17 million Nob Hill mansion hits the market, it’s definitely one of those times.
The house at 1266 Washington Street is dubbed the Boggs-Shenson House, named for both original owners Angus and Mae Boggs and physician brothers Ben and Jess Shenson, who later bought the property from them.
The Online Archive of California remembers Mae Boggs as a suffragette activist, while American Women Artists credits her as a patron of the arts and organizer for the SF Worlds Fair. In a 1997 interview, one of the Shensons testified that they met Mrs. Boggs as a patient originally, and that they would regularly have “Granny Boggs” over to the old house as a guest, including on her 100th birthday.
(Angus Boggs apparently made his money in salvage but these days is mostly just referenced as Mae’s husband.)
This five bed, five bath house advertises itself as a rare single-family property on Nob Hill, which is true enough–according to MLS, of 120 Nob Hill homes either sold or for sale since January, only six have been single-family housing.
The original house on this property dated to 1906; however, significant earthquake damage meant that most of the current home is from 1914. This is also the time when the redesign twisted the house 90 degrees to afford better views. The Boggs’ sold the place in the ’40s.
The current listing cites the old place as included “on the National Trust For Historic Preservation,” however, the trust site does not currently list the property, although it may have in the past, since the post of the trust is to preserve buildings and thus get them off the trust listings.
(The trust currently lists the David Ireland House and the corner of Haight & Ashbury as its SF priorities.)
While you might assume this is a rare offering, it was actually just in 2018 that this home sold last; originally listed for nearly $19 million, the final price was $16 million.
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