Living Dolores Heights - Center of the City/Center of the Universe Location

Sold: 343 Cumberland Street

San Francisco, CA

  • Offered at $ 1,898,000
  • Sold: $2,050,000 on 09/15/2020
  • Seller Represented
  • Three bedrooms /Two baths*
  • Prestigious location at the pinnacle of Dolores Heights
  • Panoramic views and direct access to outdoor space from both levels
  • Romantic Mediterranean-style garden with view terrace
  • Very private rear south garden with sunny deck and hot tub
  • Open floor-plan living/dining/kitchen with stunning north views
  • Main level en-suite features giant soaking tub and direct access to private rear garden with hot tub
  • Lower level has one bedroom with bath en-suite and a 2nd bedroom ideal for an office, home gym or child’s room
  • Upper level has beautiful oak floors/lower level has slate tile/new flooring
  • Laundry in closet on lower level
  • Large attic for storage and future expansion can be accessed by pull-down staircase
  • One car parking in garage + storage
  • Quick access to Noe Valley, Castro, Mission Dolores & Valencia Street
  • Year built: 1907
  • Square footage: 1,234/per graphic artist
  • Lot Square Footage: 2,848

Privacy and Tranquility at the Top of the World

Views, Prestige and Potential

In 1907, when 343 Cumberland was built, historical photos show that reaching 343 Cumberland was probably challenging – with only wooden staircases and unpaved roads ascending the 400 foot+ hill.  The photos show that paved roads and concrete stairs and massive retaining walls were likely built after 1917.  Over the last 113 years, 343 Cumberland’s location has transformed from what has been described as “San Francisco’s First Suburb” to being the center of the universe for current day luxury living.  It is close to everything, but removed by elevation to an Olympian reserve over the City.

Even in the 1950s, much of Dolores Heights/Liberty Hill was still unbuilt due to steep elevations.  The sheer incline has resulted in a layering of dead end and partially through blocks that wind up the hill to the 300 block of Cumberland, resulting in a uniquely central block with unparalleled views and the quietude only provided by a street that does not go any further.

The home started in 1907, is ready for life today.  In the 1920s, the likely Edwardian-style cottage was updated and expanded to then-current modernity with the 1920s barrel-front façade currently in place.  In the 1960s, space was added downstairs, and the floor plan was changed to offer a great-room style living/dining/kitchen. In the 2000s, a new foundation was installed and outdoor living features were refined.  The level upper portion of the lot offers the much sought after indoor/outdoor living so many San Francisco residences struggle to provide.  Directly in front of the house there is a convenient view terrace that could be used for relaxation, play or dining.  In the rear of the home, the garden is shielded by mature plants and it is possible to enjoy the sun deck and hot-tub in near complete privacy.  The more steeply terraced portion of the lot near Cumberland provides extra privacy from the street and a chance to unwind as one ascends through the garden on the way to the house.

Located on a rare cul-de-sac block and perched at nearly the pinnacle of Dolores Heights, 343 Cumberland is a calm garden refuge in the center of San Francisco. The current 3 bedroom/2 bath home is spacious and move-in ready, but value is also present in the opportunity to develop a larger home. Interested parties are advised to check with the planning department and any other relevant SF City agencies. This might be a good place to start here.

*This home has been through changes over time both with and without permits. Due to the age of the home and the nature of historical records, there are things we do not know. Neither seller nor agent warrant the legal status of the downstairs rooms and bath or the exit nature of what can or cannot be built. Interested parties are advised to check with qualified professionals.

343 Cumberland Street, San Francisco, CA, USA