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A truly one-of-a-kind offering, 172 University offers a dreamy indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with a perfect pairing between a beautifully-remodeled mid-century home and a park-like garden. Situated on a nearly 7000 square foot lot, this light-filled detached home features a wonderful floor plan, three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and direct access to the covered center lanai from each of the home’s three interior sides. The home’s south wing includes a thoughtfully-renovated kitchen, offering expansive space, light from three sides, a massive island, and casual dining for at least a dozen guests. At the other end of this wing, you’ll find a large formal living room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace and a gorgeous bank of wood-framed windows. A bedroom with an office nook and a half-bath complete this wing. At the center of the home lies a comfortable and airy family room with direct sight lines from the front entry through to the lanai and rear yard. The north wing of the home includes a lovely en-suite primary bedroom, complete with a spa-like bath, walk-in closet, and direct access to the lanai. A bright second bedroom and full hall bath with dual vanity complete this wing.
Despite the home’s exquisite remodel, the main event is the outdoor space. With a rare 56’ by 120’ lot, the grounds offer newly landscaped and fully-irrigated front and backyards, drought tolerant plantings from Flora Grubb, a covered back lanai with two remote-controlled heat lamps, and a level grassy area offering suburban living in the city. Other treasures of this home include an oversized two-car garage with ample storage space, wood floors, gorgeous lighting, and classic mid-century features.
The Portola area was named for Don Gaspar de Portola - an explorer in 1769 who was charged with finding Monterey Bay. He overshot his target and stumbled upon San Francisco Bay instead. In the early 1900s it remained mostly agricultural with cattle grazing on the hills, and produce and flower gardens near what is now the 101. Today, the Portola neighborhood is approximately one square mile in size with a high percentage of owner-occupied single-family homes. Residents can be found taking a stroll through McLaren Park or shopping along San Bruno Avenue - home to a variety of eateries, markets, bakeries, and schools. Adjacent to Bernal Heights and the Mission, and within a short bike ride to Glen Park BART, this neighborhood is one of San Francisco's hidden jewels - where residents enjoy great parks, easy transportation options and a quiet neighborhood.