San Francisco is known for its incredible architecture, colorful history, and phenomenal stories of trailblazing locals, like the iconic builder Mary A. Fritz. Known for her artistry and brilliant financial mind, Fritz was responsible for developing the area now known as Ashbury Heights and building hundreds of architecturally significant homes there. Join us for a look at this fantastic female builder's influence on local architecture and an exclusive walk-through of one of her homes, currently for sale at 828 Ashbury Street.
Standing tall on an elevated site, the historic home at 828 Ashbury sets back from the street, providing brilliant natural light and an added element of privacy - precisely as planned by Mary A. Fritz over 113 years ago!
As a pioneer female real estate developer, Mary Fritz's love of art, architecture, gardens, and site setbacks made her story and home-building influence truly special. Today, entire blocks of the area, including the 800 Block of Ashbury, remain lined with Fritz homes, making the neighborhood one of the best showcases for period architecture.
A Look Inside 828 Ashbury Street
From the grand entry to the coveted period woodwork, 828 Ashbury is an elegant four-story historic residence with three sensational living levels and a perfect family-friendly floor plan.
A gorgeous wood staircase connects the home on multiple levels, creating a feeling of intimacy and solace.
The layout offers plenty of space for everyday living, entertaining friends and family, hobbies, or working from home.
Enjoy the expansive chef's kitchen with an eat-in dining area featuring Carrera marble countertops, an island, custom wood cabinetry, high-end stainless appliances, plus walkout access to the garden!
Dripping with historic craftsmanship, the fabulous wood-paneled dining room with fireplace creates a dramatic impression and nostalgic soothing vibe.
Rest easy in the expansive primary bedroom, boasting sublime features designed for luxurious living. Enjoy a tranquil, light-filled sleeping area, tons closet space, a marbled bath, a stall shower, and a vanity with Waterworks fixtures.
The layout offers five generous bedrooms plus three-and-a-half bathrooms total. Down the hall from the primary are another two bedrooms and an updated hall bath.
On the top level are two additional bedrooms, which could be additional flex space for an office, media room, or au pair. Below the main living level is a laundry room, tons of storage space, a game room/den, and a massive 2-3 car garage with room for an additional car in the driveway. The home has had system/seismic updates, including rooftop solar photovoltaics, electrical, and foundational.
A Beautiful Botanical Garden: The rear garden of this residential masterpiece features three fruiting Cherry trees, a Meyer Lemon, and a mature purple-leaf Japanese Maple. White Wisteria was collected from the historic grounds of the Crocker Estate Garden in Hillsborough, Stanford. There are also several Northern California coastal native plants, some of which have been collected in the wild, including Pacific Coast Silktassel, Flowering Currant, Huckleberry, Thimbleberry, Beach Strawberry, Redwood Sorrel and Maidenhair ferns.
Walk anywhere from 828 Ashbury! The home is steps away from neighborhood restaurants and services, including the original Cole Hardware store and the flagship N Judah train that connects to Ocean Beach and downtown. Take a chance to own a piece of San Francisco architectural history!