Curbed jumps on the 300 Sea Cliff bandwagon we started about ten months ago…and ends up simply getting emailed the real scoop. Nice. A couple of excerpts:
“I lived at 300 Seacliff growing up during the 80’s and 90’s. I probably know more about the house than anyone around. My father bought the house in the early 70’s and it was sold when he passed away in 1999. Both Robin Williams and Larry Ellison made offers in the current price range during the early-mid 90’s.”
“A few reasons for its pricing, aside from the obvious: fairly sure that it’s still the only home in San Francisco on an acre of land (and a corner acre overlooking the Pacific at that)…it also has some historic value- it was designed by Julia Morgan (Heart Castle) for a sailor friend and was called the Captain’s Castle…She also used some of the painted, orange/red steel leftover from constructing the Golden Gate Bridge a year earlier as the structural framework for the house.”
All of a sudden $23.5M seems like a bargain. And perhaps it’s time for us to get some of those “interns”…
[Update: In honor of Kim (see comments) we’ve added a question mark to the post title and are seriously considering offering her a position on the SocketSite team. As far as the old offer in the “current price range”, the author does note, “My father didn’t want to sell, so Williams purchased the lot across the street and built a fairly horrendous looking McMansion.” Who knows (about the offer, not the McMansion). And that “full acre” comment? Well, we took it with a grain of salt and simply attributed it to a case of ‘everything seems bigger when you’re young’…]
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Comments from Plugged-In Readers
Fact check? There are a couple of inconsistencies here. According to the current listing for 300 Seacliff, the property is NOT a full acre, but rather 19,277 square feet, which is a little less than 1/2 acre (an acre is 43,560 s.f.). Also, according to Curbed SF and Mark Jalbert, the home was indeed listed for $12m in 1996. So how could there have been offers in the “current price range” that would have been turned down back then?
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