See it: Landmark San Francisco church selling former parsonage next door for $4.25M

The Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco is selling its adjacent former parsonage, a stately, renovated, 129-year-old home.

Not available on the market for more than a century, the 4,000-square-foot former parsonage in the Pacific Heights neighborhood is listed for $4.25 million, according to the Compass real estate firm.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom residence, 2121 Lyon St., was built in tandem with construction of the Swedenborgian Church, some 129 years ago.

“What makes 2121 Lyon St. extraordinary, in addition to its central, seminal place in the history of San Francisco ... is despite its 129 years of age ... the home feels very modern,” listing agent Kerry Rose of Compass said in an email. “The light, ample room sizes, high ceilings, layout and exquisite details make this home an amazing hybrid of classic and modern styles and shows how thoughtful design coupled with quality construction really stand the test of time. Beyond simply being a very livable home, it generates a sense of peace and joy and somehow allows one to feel both secure and yet open to the outside world simultaneously.”

In 1900, the residence was bought by artist William Keith, a member of the church.

The Eloesser family bought the property in 1921 and lived there until 1986, when the Swedenborgian Church purchased it through a life estate deed. The church took full possession of the property in 2010, according to Compass.

In 2012, the owners began an extensive renovation based upon findings and recommendations in the Architectural Resources Group’s historic structures report.

The work included creation of a new kitchen, restoring the exterior, adding new bathrooms and upgrading the electrical, plumbing and heating systems. Additional updates were done in 2023.

The residence includes a serene garden, patio, potting shed and secured gated access.

The property was a favorite destination for wedding parties in the city for decades, according to Compass.

The church’s design and creation in 1895 was influenced by an elite group of early California pioneers, according to a Compass representative. That group included William Keith, the painter, naturalist John Muir, architect A. Page Brown, draftsman Bernard Maybeck and the Reverend Joseph Worcester, who would be its first minister.

The buildings are done in the First Bay Tradition style, an architectural style popular from the period of the 1880s to early 1920s.

Amanda Jones of Compass is the co-listing agent.

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