Charming and polished Mediterranean Revival home features foyer, living room, dining room, 2 BR, 1 BA, office, and spacious garage with storage, which opens to a manicured, terraced backyard with mature trees. Signature architectural details include graceful arches, crown molding, original brick fireplace, a bank of bright bay windows, and gorgeous wood paneling, doors, and floors over 1401sqft. Bright remodeled kitchen with gorgeous custom made French stove and finished wood paneled dishwasher, quartz counter tops, and recessed lighting complimented by stylish fixtures. Gleaming, renovated bathroom with new tub, gorgeous tile, and updated fixtures. Large garage offers plentiful storage, private patio, washer and dryer and utility sink, and entrance to expansive back yard with patio, and elegant stonework and landscaping. Situated in the peaceful Inner Parkside neighborhood, blocks from the quaint restaurants and shops of West Portal, and a quick jaunt to Stern Grove, Lake Merced Park, and the beach.
The house 2426 17th Avenue is one of many Mediterranean Revival style houses on the block,
reflecting the area's rapid growth in the 1920s, when the Mediterranean aesthetic experienced soaring
popularity. It was one style in a broad trend that saw houses of European influence being built across
the country. American soldiers returning from the European theaters of World War I had brought home
a fascination with the Old World architecture that they observed abroad. Coupled with a war-shocked
yearning for an idyllic past, they inspired design trends that are seen today in American neighborhoods.
In an atmosphere of post-war prosperity and before the downturn of the Great Depression, builders and
carpenters developed the western neighborhoods of San Francisco with block upon block of speculative
houses, like 2426 17th Avenue. Often built to a common plan and stylistic aesthetic, houses were sold
upon completion to eager buyers; many of them young families looking to find a place for themselves
in exciting San Francisco.
The house at 2426 17th Avenue was constructed in 1927 under the auspices of Nate Levy. Levy is listed
as a tailor and clothing merchant in all records, including an original sales contract for the house, but it
appears that he participated in speculative real estate on the side. It was a popular venture for those who
owned land in the western neighborhoods of San Francisco. Levy is also known to have built the house
two doors down, at 2434 17th Avenue, and probably a number of the others along the block face that
show similar forms and character. According to the sales contract, Levy sold the house to Violet V. Manson. Based on the use of her
maiden name, Violet entered into contract on the house just prior to her 1927 marriage to Stanley
Hunter. It is unusual and perhaps indicative of a strong sense of independence that Violet purchased
property in her own name, as an unmarried women, just before her nuptials. She paid a deposit of
$1,000 in March and was promised delivery of the house, to her specifications, by August 1st. Violet's
husband, Stanley, had been born in Australia in 1902. In 1930, he worked as a mechanic in an auto
garage and, later, held a job as a parcel delivery truck driver. Violet was born in California in 1901 and,
as further evidence of her independence, also worked to support herself and Stanley, when most
married women stayed home and kept house. In 1930, she was a “jobber” or pieceworker in the dairy
products industry. She later worked as a book keeper for a tailor. Coincidentally, it was the same tailor
who had sold her the house at 2426 17th Avenue, Nate Levy. The Hunters owned the house for a
remarkable 70 years. Stanley Hunter died in 1970 and Violet was still living in the house as late as
1982. At some point she moved to Napa, but retained ownership of the property. She passed away in
1997 and the house was purchased by the current owners.
The house exhibits the Mediterranean Revival style in its stucco cladding and red clay tile roof. Its
boxy facade has a distinct organization that was common to suburban houses of the time and can be
seen throughout the city; a ground level garage, topped by a signature bay window, with the entry
tucked along one side and up a flight of steps. This house is made unique from nearby neighbors by its
ornament and architectural detailing. The garage entrance has a shouldered arch opening and a
tradesman's entrance is located on the right side wall of the recessed vestibule. This was a door that
allowed household servants and handymen to enter the utilitarian portions of the property – the garage,
basement, and rear yard – without going through the formal front entry. That entry, intended for family
and guests, was located at the top of a set of terrazzo steps, flanked by coped cheek walls. It is sheltered
within a vestibule with another shouldered arch opening, echoing that of the garage. The bay window
on the right side of the primary facade is un-faceted, gently curved, and fenestrated with five tall,
narrow double-hung windows with molded trim and sills. The entire facade is crowned by a clay tile
pent roof, which is trimmed with a peardrop-and-rose molding, evocative of Medieval tracery. Two
parapet tabs project up from either side of the main section of roofline and are, themselves, capped by
small clay tile gables.
Located in the southwest portion of San Francisco (and sometimes referred to as part of the Sunset), Parkside boasts a somewhat suburban feel. To the east, Inner Parkside is a picturesque gathering of gorgeously manicured homes. For great boutique shopping, the nearby West Portal neighborhood makes a superb offering, and features a multitude of delightful cafes and restaurants. To the west, Outer Parkside highlights a selection of Henry Doelger developed homes, from the 30s and 40s. They are generally one-story over a garage, many of which have been reconfigured as in-law units. The Parkside neighborhoods offer an engaging mix of families, retirees and students from SF State.l on streets like Escolta Way, with individual homes and small, though charming, front yards. In its center, adjacent to well-regarded Abraham Lincoln High School, the unique Sunset Reservoir spans eight square blocks, and is something of a surprise in San Francisco's urban environment. In line with California's green energy pursuit, the areas will soon boast California's largest solar voltaic collection system.