The 7,000-square-foot property has been updated significantly by its most recent owner, but the prolific actor and the founder of EST, Werner Erhard, who owned the home in the 1970s, have both left their marks on the home.
“You have three centuries of architecture, visually,” says listing agent Joel Goodrich.
A gorgeous example of late 19th-century architecture, the home also includes some notable nods to different eras throughout.
Cast your mind back to the groovy 1970s. That’s when Erhard purchased the home at 1945 Franklin. This was at the height of the EST movement (the acronym stands for Erhard Seminars Training), and consisted of personal and professional development courses.
According to local lore about that period, the house was filled with luminaries of the day, such as Yoko Ono, Donna Karan, and Diana Ross. The top floor of the house was turned into a conference room, where Stephen Hawking once lectured to three Nobel laureates, among others.
Before he moved on, Erhard left an EST “brainstorming room,” covered in wood paneling that has been preserved to this day. And he installed some delightful stained-glass windows. He also had the master bedroom painted black, which has since been changed.
Enter Cage, the actor who’s spawned a million memes. He purchased the abode—then painted a dark green—in 1989, and held on to it for 16 years.
During that time, the action star added to the collection of stained-glass windows. Cage’s contributions can be seen in the “under the sea” designs, with a two-panel octopus.
The most recent owner bought the five-bedroom, eight-bath home in 2013 for $2,525,000. After the purchase, a multiyear overhaul began. “The renovation respects the architecture, but it brings it into the 21st century,” says Goodrich.
Many of the dwelling’s original details remain, including box beam ceilings, a main staircase, and wainscoting. New amenities added to the place include a wine-tasting room, home theater, and a spa on the lower level.
Inside, a spiral staircase leads up to a mezzanine level and loft-style office.
The living space “is one of the largest in a private home in San Francisco,” claims Goodrich, and spans nearly the entire length of the 85-foot long house. It includes an open kitchen with two islands, dining area, and areas designed for kicking back.
“It’s a very special house. It’s a great entertaining house,” Goodrich says.
The listing showed up earlier in the year for $12 million, and now is back on the market at a much lower price. If you’re interested, put in an offer before it’s “gone in 60 seconds.”
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