An Idyllic Cottage With a Garden Studio Seeks $1.8M in San Francisco

An Idyllic Cottage With a Garden Studio Seeks $1.8M in San Francisco

Built by local architect Jim Jennings, the renovated home features pitched ceilings, board-and-batten walls, and a sparkling chef’s kitchen.
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New to the market in San Francisco is a renovated cottage in Potrero Hill, a quiet neighborhood coveted for its sunnier microclimate and skyline views. Built in 1991, the residence was originally designed by local architect Jim Jennings for photographer John Vaughan. The handsome, wood shingle–clad home has since been updated to offer numerous built-ins, a commercial-grade kitchen, and a detached backyard studio.

A Dutch-style door opens from the front porch and leads directly into the sunlit living area. The wood-clad home is located just around the block from Potrero Hill's popular 18th Street corridor of cafes and shops.

The living area features a 12-foot pitched ceiling and 18-inch-wide Douglas fir wood floors, along with built-in cabinetry and shelving. A skylight illuminates the space from above.

Unfolding from the front toward a rear garden, the main house features a simple layout of two large rooms—each with 12-foot pitched ceilings—and a rectangular primary suite extending from one side. The first room offers a sunlit living area with wrap-around shelving, while the adjacent second room features an impressive chef’s kitchen, dining area, and built-in desk. Throughout the home, board-and-batten wood paneling complements exposed rafters and wide-plank hardwood floors.

Another view of the living area shows a second skylight and the full-width fireplace hearth.

The living area flows into an open kitchen and dining area at the back of the home. A pair of French doors open to the shady backyard patio, while skylights provide additional sunlight.

Outside, the structure is nestled between lush gardens on three sides and offers a shady, pergola-topped patio and detached studio, which provides a second bedroom. The property is also shaded by a beautiful magnolia tree and a pair of towering redwood trees. Perhaps most desirable, though, is the location within walking distance of many popular cafes and shops. Keep scrolling to see more of the home, currently listed for $1,825,000.

The commercial-grade kitchen features a Garland six-burner stove with built-in griddle, as well as a salamander broiler hanging overhead  Other features include custom bamboo cabinetry and stainless-steel countertops around the perimeter.

Several windows in the dining area overlook the enclosed garden and patio.

The built-in desk occupies a nook near the dining area.

Located along the front of the home and accessible from the living area, the bedroom features a 16-foot-tall window at one end. A built-in bamboo dresser complements the custom bed.  

The cabinetry extends to a closet along the adjacent wall.

The bathroom features a custom vanity and glass shower, as well as Hansgrohe faucets.

Outside, a pergola-topped patio is located just off of the kitchen and dining area.

The detached studio offers space for a desk and serves as the home’s second bedroom. Two large doors and several windows provide natural light inside the structure.

Along the front of the home, steps lead up to the front porch and a door provides access to the attached one-car garage.

319 Arkansas Street in San Francisco, California, is currently listed for $1,825,000 by Jason Hoffman of Compass.

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