Three’s company in Cole Valley 

The house at 61-61A Carl Street wasn’t built for isolationists. The turn-of-the-century Cole Valley home by architect Maxwell Bugbee was part of a family compound, and it remains one of three large, single-family houses that share a courtyard and a pool, though their lots were divided in the 1960s, according to Rosana Vantuyl of Zephyr Real Estate.

"They’re all shingled, and they’re set in a triangle formation on the property," Vantuyl said. "Now each of the homes is are technically on three separate lots. They all know each other really well and spend time together."

The neighbors remain on good terms. That sense of community was valuable to owner Hudson Ansley, who described it and the surrounding neighborhood as "a little Mayberry in the middle of San Francisco.

"You have some of the best restaurants, cafes, a local little grocery… It’s a very tight-knit… a very comfortable place to live," he said.

The house also has a legal cottage that was developed out of a shed in the 1960s, Vantuyl said. Thetwo can be sold either separately as a tenancy-in-common or kept together, with the cottage serving as a guest or rental home.

The main house was re-done three years ago by a developer, she added, and has updated appliances, such a stove and a washer/dryer unit. It has hook-ups for flat screen televisions in four rooms, but it does lack a garage. Outside, it has its own private gardens.

Where: San Francisco

Asking price: $1,324,000, can be bought with cottage for extra $475,000

Property tax: $17,212* for just the main house

WHAT: three bedrooms, two baths, with potential to purchase cottage with extra bed and bath

AMENITIES: Pool, marble countertops, Viking stove, wood-burning fireplace, built-in sound system, privately deeded south-facing deck and garden.

Agents: Rosana Vantuyl, Zephyr Real Estate, (415) 552-9500 ext. 220

*Estimate based on 1.3% of asking price.

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