Built in 1936 with 3,940 square feet of finished space per tax records, the Presidio Heights home at 3867 Jackson features a main floor of flowing rooms and gracious style.
And there’s room for improvement in the kitchen (and baths):

Having been owned by a granddaughter of Herbert and May Fleishhacker who passed away last year, the home “has hosted many important National and International receptions including the current King of Sweden.”
And having stayed within the family of Fleishhacker descendants, the property tax basis for the home is currently $237,294, which will be reassessed upon its sale.
∙ Listing: 3867 Jackson (6/4) – $4,250,000 | Floor Plans [sfproperties.com]

19 thoughts on “The Descendant’s In Presidio Heights”
  1. Love the confidence in setting an offer date on this home. And one of the few agents who consistently provides a floor plan. Thank you. This will sell but its a tricky remodel to preserve the detail and blend all of this into a more-modern space. It’s not priced for a developer so whoever buys this should be prepared for a bit of a project. Considering lake st and inner richmond are getting ~1k psf these days I would be surprised if this didn’t move fast.
    Basically nothing its equal in the market in this area right now. Someone just paid $3m for 2044 Green for top floor condo! Surprised that 3284 Jackson has not garnered more interest and quick escrow.
    Good luck to all.

  2. This is typical of grand houses of real SF that owners do not feel need a “modernization” and live in as-is. There are dozens of these, not all owned by old families.
    Let us hope that whoever buys it wants to live in it, and will respect the interior, even with some improvements. No more black wall fireplaces like 2881 Jackson. I hope it is sells high enough to ward off the more barbaric flippers.

  3. Just gorgeous. I’m not sure I would change anything. Like Conifer says, this screams “real SF” to me. I’d want to see some comps for something like this – anyone else think it’s a little high?

  4. Love love love. The kitchen would be pretty easy to blow out after removing the cramped pantry and moving into the breakfast room. Bathrooms need makeovers too but it looks like the layouts and good bones are there.

  5. Could we just have ONE home in this city that could not be “Dwelled”, and this would be a nice candidate. What would really be nice if it was bought by someone who actually wanted to LIVE in it and not remodel it to flip. One can update and personalize a home without destroying it. Imagine a buyer who would want to use this as a “home” and raise a family in it?
    One can dream….

  6. One could imagine a wide range of sophisticated people wanting this house, including some of the neighbors who want a smaller house now that the kids are in boarding school or college. Even a techie brought up in a nice house of this type might buy it for its comfort.
    There really is no shortage of suitable types, but we antiquarians need you brokers to steer the right people to it now to save this small piece of our architectural patrimony.

  7. Anyone thinking this home isn’t going to see significant structural and architectural changes isn’t paying attention. Yes, hopefully the buyer will make best efforts to preserve the details and I’m sure they will, but I can already see several areas where a skilled architect could change the layout. I’d open up the staircase to the lower level and integrate that space with the top floors to start things out and the whole front of the first floor kitchen/dining area is going to get modernized. Lot’s to do here.
    The issue here is the pricing. It’s priced as a SFH and not as a project. IF this home were “done” in this market it would be $1300-1400/psf easily so $5.5 is possible. A homeowner could end up sinking $1M in this to remodel it over the 1.5 years and be just fine but that isn’t how things typically work. A developer could probably get it done for 600k (maybe) and probably not worth the time effort for the gain. So this is a tricky situation. I still think it sells quickly. It’s a beautiful home with style and a bit of provenance and it would be hard not to love this home as-is. But there will permits pulled on this one for sure.

  8. I think the plumbing and electrical may need upgrades. It appears from the floor plans that the au pair suite is only accessible from the garage.

  9. This is a real home. It has the square footage and the price tag of what they are trying to “create” in Noe Valley. But it has 6 bedrooms rather than the four+ of these new places. It has human sized rooms, particularly the public rooms, not some vast oversized open space without a hallway. (maybe some of that downstairs was added from the original in the 1930s). The whole thing has a definition in the use of the space. Look at the bathrooms, they are not like recreations of a bathroom in a gym or a stadium, but a real bathroom.
    I wonder what the lot size is? Thanks for sharing

  10. Our house was built in 1937 and shares a lot of the same trim, moldings, arches, and even the exact radiators (which work nicely when the system is properly reworked). I absolutely LOVE this house, and gently combining or reconfiguring some spaces (kitchen and bathrooms mainly)can easily be done whilst maintaining the original feel and character.
    (not that the new owner wont completely blow the place up and put it back anew, which would run $2-3M imho) Personally I think the size, architecture and location have me guessing it goes for over $5M and the fact there is an offer date tells me its priced for bidding. It’s a gem!

  11. Love this house. The color is beautiful. The Spanish and Moroccon architecture is exquisite. The location is some of the best in the country.

  12. What a lovely home – great location – beautiful style
    Kitchen needs some love but whatever –
    I hope who ever buys it doesn’t gut it and kill it…

  13. I hate myself for this but it’s been bugging me since this post went up: Do you really intend that headline to read “The Descendant Is In Presidio Heights”, or were you hoping for the plural of “descendant”?

    Sorry for the off-topic grammar nazism, but christ, kids could be learning to read on this site. Think of the children.

    [Editor’s Note: Neither. It’s a play off The Descendants and intended to be possessive (i.e., the descendant’s house).]

  14. Lovely home. Certainly seems like you could sensitively update kitchen and baths, retaining much of the older charm, keeping much of the existing footprints. Still, I’d guess a house held by one family for this long would indeed have systems overdue for updating. Hope the wrought iron hand railing, surely not to code, can be kept.

  15. This is a beautiful property. If I could afford this house, I’m sure I’d update the kitchens and bathrooms, but apart from the pink tile in one of the bathrooms, I don’t hate the finishes. I agree with others who hope the new owner makes changes which honor the original. All that said, the “I-want-it-all” in me can’t help but wish it were on the opposite side of Jackson; the Presidio makes such a nice backyard.

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