Sophisticated Cole Valley / Parnassus Heights Residence in Unique Natural Setting 

First Bay Tradition Architecture, Tastefully Modernized

     191 Edgewood Avenue, San Francisco


This quality residence was designed by Sadie C. McCann for her family in the First Bay Tradition architectural style, made famous by icons such as Bernard Maybeck & Julia Morgan. Owned by Leo C. McCann and built by C. F. McCann, 191 Edgewood was completed in 1930 and owned by the McCann Family for 35 years. First Bay Tradition characteristics include a link to nature, locally sourced materials such as redwood, and an emphasis on craftsmanship, form & asymmetry.

The architecture takes advantage of the natural setting on coveted Edgewood Avenue - one of the most desirable streets in the City, bordered by Sutro Forest with views of Downtown San Francisco, and proximity to prime retail, Golden Gate Park & the light rail line to Downtown. Almost every window & balcony has outlooks of the natural setting or views; quality natural materials include slate roof, copper downspouts, striking bronze hardware, steel French doors & windows, exposed wood ceiling beams, pegged wood floors and coved plaster ceilings. The interior was tastefully remodeled in 2012 and blends seamlessly with the orginal design.

The well-conceived floor plan has access to outdoor spaces on all 3 levels for perfect indoor-outdoor flow & entertaining. The main entrance opens to a foyer with curved staircase leading up, as well as stairs leading down. The living room has lots of windows, views, fireplace & French doors to a flagstone terrace. Enjoy the spacious formal dining room with direct access to the yard, and enjoy cooking in the fabulous gourmet kitchen with charming breakfast area, stainless steel countertops and high-end appliances!

The staircase from the foyer leads to a landing & guest bathroom, then continues up to the 3 bedrooms & the main bathroom. The master bedroom has a balcony with bench & striking views of The City & Bay, the 2nd bedroom also has lovely views, and the 3rd bedroom has lush green outlooks. The spacious bathroom has beautiful tilework, separate shower & bathtub.

The lower level has a family room, office, laundry area & bathroom with shower.  The family room has a media wall with a wide flat screen TV &  sound bar, recessed lighting, closet, and a door to the exterior (door can be used as a separate entrance from street, and family room could be used as a separate guest quarters).  The office has 2 desk areas & windows looking out to a private terrace surrounded by flowering vines - a perfectly serene area to get work done!  A gate off the terrace leads back to the exterior front stairs of the house.

The fabulous landscaped yard boasts a redwood tree, lovely flowering plants, bamboo, ferns and stone pavers surrounded by micro clover. Perfect for entertaining or solitary enjoyment with several different areas for sitting & outdoor dining! 

Living on Edgewood Avenue is a unique experience:  this wide, brick-paved block, lined with plum trees & offering views of San Francisco, dead-ends into a trail-head for Sutro Forest where you will find hiking trails & open space.  Yet despite the serene natural setting, just a short stroll away are countless restaurants, cafes & retail on both Cole Street in Cole Valley and Irving Street in the Inner Sunset.  Even Golden Gate park is just a few blocks away, offering the Academy of Sciences, DeYoung Museum, Koret Childen's playground and countless other activities.   Even the N-Judah light rail line, one of the best public transportation options in the City, is close by!

A rare oppportunity to own an incredible property in a world-class location!  



Edgewood Avenue is one of San Francisco's most charming streets, an assemblage of multi-million dollar houses on a wide, brick-paved street in a variety of styles and periods, some with incredible views. It dead-ends into a trailhead for Sutro Forest and traffic is non-existent.  Yet only a short stroll East down Parnassus Avenue and you are in the heart of Cole Valley, and just a short stroll West brings you to the best retail of the Inner Sunset.  Also, Golden Gate Park -  with the Academy of Sciences, DeYoung Museum, Koret Childen's playground & countless other activities - is also just a few blocks away.

The neighborhood of Cole Valley / Parnassus Heights includes the distinctively charming commercial district that runs along Cole Street. With its sidewalk cafes, bakeries and fromageries, Cole Valley brings a bit of je ne sais quoi to the heart of San Francisco. Residents can stroll down hill to find several very good restaurants, gourmet food and wine stores, some mom and pop storefronts and a locally-owned hardware store. Everyday basics like a mechanic, dry cleaner, gym and coffee shops are right here as well. The older single family homes in this district are popular with buyers, and there are quite a few newer multi-unit buildings & condominiums to be found as well. The trees and lush landscaping that flourish here add to the area's overall charm.  The N-Judah Muni line stops right at Carl & Stanyan Street, making downtown transit a breeze. Several bus lines serve the neighborhood, and freeway access is easy, too. This is a very tight-knit neighborhood, and you're sure to start seeing familiar faces after a few short weeks here. The Cole Valley Improvement Association hosts an annual street fair, and Halloween on Belvedere Street is a family friendly spectacular every year.

Floor Plans



Next open house:

Sunday, 10/13/19  2:00 - 4:00 PM


Showings by Appointment:

Contact Rich Farnsworth 415-505-8288 [email protected]

Contact Michelle Farnsworth 415-595-9788 [email protected] 




Rich Farnsworth

Broker AssociateCompassCalDRE# 01129371415.447.6252 office415.505.8288 mobile415.276.1884

Michelle Farnsworth

Realtor® AssociateCompassCalDRE# 01425862415.447.6271 office415.595.9788 mobile415.276.1884