San Francisco’s “most famous” mansion just got a price cut

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

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With both history and luxury, 2800 Pacific Ave. Once named the “most famous” mansion in San Francisco by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, according to SF Chronicle historical articles. This historic home is now for sale at $14 million, down $1 million from its original asking price.

The 8,179-square-foot estate, known as Herbst Manor, was designed in 1899 by prolific San Francisco architect Ernest Coxhead. Many Coxhead homes have been described as eccentric or quirky, but 2800 Pacific Ave. It is a departure from this expression.

The stately Georgian edifice opens to an ornate five-bedroom, six-bath residence, created for art collector Sarah Spooner. The cost of the lot was only $10 at the time and the building was just over $12,000.

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

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Located on a hill, the house features soaring ceilings, elaborate moldings and many windows overlooking the bay. In 1899, women were not allowed to own property in San Francisco. Instead, Spooner took advantage of the city-county dividing line in Divisadero and purchased her lots on the county side of the street. Spooner later gifted much of her art collection to the de Young Museum.

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

The mansion passed through two families after Spooner, until 1914, when John A. MacGregor, president of the Union Iron Works, became owner. It remained in his family for 53 years.

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2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

The home’s current owners have lived at 2800 Pacific Street for a decade and are credited with the modern version we see today, according to listing agent Patti Lawton of Sotheby’s International Realty. Although the house retains much of its original charm—particularly in the edifice, living rooms, and library—the kitchen, master suite with walk-in closet, and upstairs lounge are all contemporary additions.

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2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

Inside there is also the “French Salon”, nicknamed the “Versailles Room” for its design reminiscent of that famous French palace. It includes an elaborate marble fireplace, Venetian plaster ceiling and French doors opening to the garden.

“It’s one of the rare remaining French salons,” Lawton told SFGATE when the house was on the market in 2014. “There is an installation similar to this one in the Museum of the Legion of Honor of Fine Arts.”

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

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Despite all this luxury and grandeur, the property has seen its price reduced by $1 million since its listing in September. According to Lawton, the new price “sends a message to the market that the sellers are serious.”

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

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2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Open houses, open houses photography

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Open houses, open houses photography

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2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Open house photography

2800 Pacific Ave.  The historic mansion, once called San Francisco's most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

2800 Pacific Ave. The historic mansion, once called San Francisco’s most famous mansion by Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, is on the market for $14 million.

Jake Dudley, Open House Photography

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