A $4 million San Francisco mansion with so much greenery it’s being called a ‘garden with a home’ is now for sale — see inside

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The home’s hill based situation also means stunning views of downtown. Open Homes Photography
  • A three-bedroom San Francisco home is on the market for $US4 million.
  • It’s located in the desirable Russian Hill neighbourhood.
  • The house comes with an unusually large garden backyard that makes it a unique find.
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Despite its convenient San Francisco location, this home is surprisingly tranquil with a secret garden in the backyard.

The home at 25 Bret Harte Terrace is on the east slope of Russian Hill in San Francisco, an area known for its sunshine and lack of wind compared to the rest of the city. Along with the garden, each room has views of either the bay or downtown. The listing emphasised the possibility of adding a roof deck to maximise views.

The home is listed with Janet Schindler at Sotheby’s International Realty.

Take a look inside.


The home, built in 1938, is located on the east slope of Russian Hill.

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Russian Hill home. Open Homes Photography

Enter the house through the foyer.

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Russian Hill home foyer. Open Homes Photography

The foyer separates the dining room from the living room, seen here.

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Russian Hill home living room. Open Homes Photography

The focal point of the room is a travertine fireplace, with built-in bookshelves on either side.

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Russian Hill home living room. Open Homes Photography

Back through the foyer…

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Russian Hill home living room. Open Homes Photography

…sits the formal dining room.

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Russian Hill home dining room. Open Homes Photography

The dining room has views of Coit Tower and downtown San Francisco.

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Russian Hill home dining room. Open Homes Photography

Next door, the kitchen is simple but sufficient with plenty of storage.

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Russian Hill home kitchen. Open Homes Photography

Upstairs, the home has three bedrooms.

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Russian Hill home stairs. Open Homes Photography

First is the spacious master bedroom.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

It has views of the city and the bay.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

Plus, a wall of closets.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

The master also has an en-suite bathroom.

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Russian Hill home bathroom. Open Homes Photography

The tiled bathroom is spacious, with a shower and standalone tub.

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Russian Hill home bathroom. Open Homes Photography

A second bedroom is located off the main hallway.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

Like the master, it also has stunning city views.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

The third bedroom is staged as an office and sitting room.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

It has leafy views of the garden.

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Russian Hill home bedroom. Open Homes Photography

The inside of the home is charming, but the real highlight is the backyard, accessible through the living room.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

The garden is an oasis from the city…

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

…centered around a fountain.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

Stone steps lead from the house to the fountain…

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

…which is surrounded by flowers.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

Trees add shade and a sense of being far from the city.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

Despite the central location of the home, the garden is surprisingly private.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

Neighbours are blocked out by large trees,

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

…and decorate gates enclose the space.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

The sitting area surrounded by greenery is the perfect place for reading or enjoying a morning coffee.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

Small details add to the appeal of this outdoor area, from this partially hidden door…

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

…to flowers and carved details.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

The view from above shows a cosy, private space.

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography

The listing for house describes it as “not merely a home with a garden, but rather a garden with a home.”

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Russian Hill home garden. Open Homes Photography