Back in the 1800s, octagonal houses were the trendiest thing in architecture. This interest was greatly spurred by the book A Home For All, in which the author, a phrenologist named Orson Squire, explores the major benefits of octagonal houses. Some benefits mentioned: Octagonal houses allows for twice as much natural light to enter the home and offer centralized ventilation, which makes it easier to for it to stay cool the summer and keep in heat during the winter. While the trend of octagonal housing would fade, some of them still stand today. One of the last remaining octagon houses, The Feusier Octagon House situated in San Francisco city’s Russian Hill neighborhood, is up for sale at $8.6 million.
The home, which was built back in 1857 and listed as San Fanascico Landmark in 1970, was most recently owned by Howard and Iran Billamn, who purchased it for $2.6 million back in 1999. The property was later passed down to Billman’s two daughters, who feel it’s finally time to “pass the torch to a new family."
This uniquely shaped home has many levels and boasts a total of 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The main level has 4 parlors and opens up to a staircase that leads to a beautiful lush garden. And on the lower level, you find the primary kitchen and spacious great room that leads to a joint patio and garden. Some of the home’s amenities include a 2-car garage, a detached carriage house, and a cupola that was transformed into an art studio.
The listing for this home is held by Sotheby's International Realty's top 25 realtors, Janet Feinberg Schindler. You can tour this architectural rarity below!
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