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1023 Vallejo Living
As we noted when 1023 Vallejo hit the market in 2009 listed for $4,900,000, designed by Julia Morgan for a Mrs. Livermore in 1917, the viewtastic Russian Hill home was renovated in 2005 having been purchased by the late Hal Riney for $3,000,000 in 2003.
1023 Vallejo Dining Room
Withdrawn from the market in 2009 without a sale, as a plugged-in reader notes, the 3,679 square foot property is back on the market and listed for $4,200,000.
1023 Vallejo Kitchen
Five full baths, four car parking, three bedrooms, two thumbs up, and one beautiful stove.
1023 Vallejo Stove
∙ Listing: 1023 Vallejo (3/5) 3,679 sqft – $4,200,000 [obeo.com]
Morgan Beauty That’s More Than Skin (And Views) Deep: 1023 Vallejo [SocketSite]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by bgelldawg

    That’s either an odd camera lens or an extremely steep staircase.
    Did they save any of the Julia Morgan detail in the remodel?
    Strange that there isn’t one shot showing the curb view of the house.

  2. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Oh there’s some lens wizardry going on on those photos. Check out photos 20 and 21 of the kitchen and try to reconcile them in your mind. That kitchen is awesomely equipped though not as big as it looks in the photos. It would be a great place to prepare a meal but there should be two cooks in that room tops.

  3. Posted by around1905

    Um…. according to the Livermores those arched windows at the front were salvaged by Julia Morgan from the YWCA building at the Panama Pacific INternational Exposition. Its nice they kept those, and the facade as well. Too bad about the other windows.
    As for the interior….. lets not talk about the rest o the windows. Most of the ceilings seem to have been replaced with drywall. The interior trim looks much skimpier than Morgan would have been using, although she did remodel the place as late as 1930. Also, typically the wood panalling interior would have originally been bare. The staircase looks old but seems too scary to be something Morgan would have put in a house….
    In general, this house is an excellent example of the toxic effects of rich people spending too much money ‘renovating’ formerly wonderful houses.

  4. Posted by Invented

    Since when did kitchens become so utterly unappetizing? Stove notwithstanding, looks like a busy machine shop that can deaden any appetite. (Am I allowed to say this?)

  5. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    I guess it must be personal taste. That kitchen looks fine to me and aside from a lack of counter space (which that marble table somewhat remedies) I would be excited to work in that kitchen and that makes me hungry.
    On the flipside 315 Santa Clara’s kitchen is depressing.
    Best would be a combination of the two: the space from 315 Santa Clara with the equipment from 1023 Vallejo. But torpedo 315’s center island.

  6. Posted by Walsh92663

    Is that a piano in the master, opposite the bed? Must make for some interesting entertaining logistics.

  7. Posted by sfcommie

    I thought the kitchen was the best part of this house, free of that dreary wood paneling too. With the marble table serving as an island, I can see myself happily chopping away in it.

  8. Posted by john

    OMG that stove costs more than my car….and I drive a BMW!

  9. Posted by ScottieJ0e

    I lived in a Julia Morgan in Berkeley in the eighties. Not as fancy as this of course. I love that beautiful paneling.

  10. Posted by lolcat_94123

    That huge old beer mirror is awesome. Where do you get something like that?

  11. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    I’m not sure where you get a beer mirror like that but I was amused by the cognitive dissonance of a room with rustic furniture and pub decorations labeled as “formal dining room”

  12. Posted by inmycountry

    Can someone explain the logistics of the cooking center?
    I mean with all the pans hanging above the burners, don’t they get greased up each time you cook something on the stove and then attract ambient dust? Who would want to bake blueberry muffins in the muffin pan after frying fish the night before?

  13. Posted by SocketSite

    The sale of 1023 Vallejo closed escrow yesterday with a reported contract price of $4,200,000.

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