2754 Octavia Street
The Duquette Signature “Birdcage Victorian”
2754 Octavia Street
Originally a pre-1906 one story farm house, Tony and Elizabeth Duquette—acclaimed set and costume designers—purchased the property in the 1960’s and over a period of several decades expanded the property into a delightfully eclectic and whimsical 4-story home they called “The House of Many Flowers”. They reclaimed period gingerbread, plaster work, light fixtures and art glass detailing from Victorians that were demolished in the l960’s. Architectural Digest Magazine aptly described the Duquettte fantasy as a “Victorian Birdcage”. Remodeled from the studs up in the early 2000’s, just a hint of the Duquette’s magic remains in what is now a state of the art and fully updated family home with soaring ceilings and grand scale, a fluid floor plan and a surprising and rare pent-level with large terrace and stunning views of the SF Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful family home is within easy walking distance to many of San Francisco’s top schools.
/ Built Pre-1906, major renovation/expansion 2000
/ 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 half baths
/ Master suite with office
/ Living room/fireplace & dining room
/ Remodeled kitchen/breakfast area
/ Family room to lush rear garden
/ Play room & 2 laundry areas
/ View pent-level loft, terrace & office
/ 2+ car garage & ample storage
/ Garden level guest apartment
/ The ENTRY HALL introduces the home’s tall ceilings, wide doorways, simplified period details and polished hardwood floors found throughout.
/ The LIVING ROOM features a tall bay with window seating and a carved marble fireplace with matching built-in cabinetry.
/ The adjoining DINING ROOM comfortably seats an elegant dinner party.
/ The spacious remodeled KITCHEN with BREAKFAST AREA will satisfy both the home cook and caterer. Features include: custom white cabinetry, marble counters, center island with a pair of school house hanging lights. The pantry, HALF BATH and access to the rear stairs complete this area.
/ The adjoining FAMILY ROOM overlooks and accesses the delightful landscaped PATIO/GARDEN LEVEL for outdoor dining and relaxation. The exotic tall wood structure, salvaged by Mr. Duquette from a Victorian home in Berkeley, is a striking focal point set amidst verdant foliage and colorful seasonal blooms.
/ A very private GUEST SUITE with SITTING AREA, BEDROOM and FULL BATH opens to the serene PATIO/GARDEN.
/ A large 2+ car GARAGE plus ample storage, wine cellar and laundry area complete this level.
/ Ascend the carpeted staircase to the bedroom level.
/ The serene MASTER SUITE and cozy STUDY/OFFICE overlook the dappled sun-lit greenery of the tall maple treetops. A large walk-in closet features custom wardrobe storage.
/ The luxurious marble MASTER BATH features accent tile surrounds, spa tub, glass-enclosed steam shower and carved wood and marble vanity with mirrored medicine cabinets.
/ Three BEDROOMS share a remodeled tiled BATH with shower over tub.
/ A hand painted mural on the gabled walls of the playroom located at the front of the house for the children is a charming scene of flora and fauna.
/ A LAUNDRY AREA with washer/dryer completes this level.
View Pent Level
/ The unexpected and delightful PENT LEVEL is the heart of the house for year-round enjoyment indoors and out with expansive views of the bay and cityscape, including the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
/ The landscaped TERRACE is flanked by a spacious airy LOFT (with wet bar and guest bath) and cozy STUDIO/OFFICE.
Cow Hollow, once a former meadow and feedlot, is today an affluent neighborhood comprised of classic residences situated between the Marina and the Presidio. It is home to a variety of classic boutiques, extraordinary manor homes, and a fabulous night life.
A remarkable collection of homes, from some of San Francisco oldest right down to several mid-century makeover gems, can be found here. Elegant Queen Annes alongside classic Victorians, Italianate mansions, and luxury condos are what make Cow Hollow one of the great neighborhoods, and give it its through-the-roof appeal.
Many upscale bistros and eateries are in walking distance, with plenty of sustainably raised beef, and designer cupcakes to quench the most discerning palettes.
Shopping along Union Street is exceptional. Hundreds of stylish and exclusive boutiques, jewelry stores, and art galleries line the streets. You'll find the most up-to-date designer jeans right down to the latest organic doggie treats, all at your fingertips. Union Street makes urban shopping a dream come true.