New owners sprucing up historic home 

A prominent mansion that has survived since the 1860s — when it was built as part of a dairy farm at Market and 19th streets — will be remodeled and expanded, and occupied by a family.

Unlike previous owners, the couple that recently purchased the wood-framed Miller-Joost House at 3224 Market St. in the hills of Twin Peaks is not considering subdividing the parcel, which is one of the neighborhood’s largest, according to City Planner Sophie Hayward.

A barn and windmill that accompanied the home have long since been demolished, and the two-story house’s original white paint has been replaced with pink.

The surrounding neighborhood was sparsely populated until the wake of the 1906 earthquake and fire, when its abundant water and agriculture attracted refugees who set up campgrounds, according to a historical analysis by architecture firm Page and Turnbull. The campgrounds developed into the dense neighborhood that now flanks the sprawling half-acre parcel.

The new property owners, Michael Bauer and Emily He, secured approval Wednesday from the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission to add a master bedroom suite to the home’s southwest corner, Hayward said.

A deck and guardrail will be added to the roof, and new skylights will help flood the attic with light.

Interior improvements include kitchen and bathroom remodels.

The property is named after German immigrants Behrend Joost and Adam Miller.

Miller commissioned construction of the house, with work believed to have begun in 1867, city documents show.

Joost was a businessman who invested in Panama Canal dredging efforts and one of San Francisco’s first electric railway systems.

He married Miller’s daughter Anna and moved with her into the home, which he purchased, before selling water from a creek that ran through or near the property.

The water was sold through Joost’s Mountain Spring Water Co. venture, which was headquartered in the house and competed in the surrounding neighborhood with the dominant Spring Valley Water Co.

Joost used poison to take his own life in 1917, having been wreaked by marital, financial and health woes.

The Miller-Joost House is in good condition. It was listed as a city landmark in 1975, which protects it from demolition and major alterations.


Miller-Joost House

This pink home in Twin Peaks was built in the 1860s.

$1.68 million: Purchase price in December

$2.45 million: Original list price

2,929: Square feet

3: Bedrooms

3: Bathrooms

2: Fireplaces

1: Guest cottage

1: Garden shed

Sources: TRI/Coldwell Banker, Redfin, Page and Turnbull

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