Former home of Sharon Stone & the first built in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood is for sale

SFGate – By Anna Marie Erwert – May 19, 2022

If you’ve been to Baker Beach in San Francisco, you’ve probably looked up at 1 25th Avenue. The home, which sits among several stunning homes along the bluff facing the ocean, was once the only residence on what later became an iconic street in one of San Francisco’s most coveted neighborhoods. This mansion’s history is fittingly illustrious — it was even home to actress Sharon Stone and her husband, journalist and San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein. Now, it’s for sale with a $39 million price tag.

When the Brown family built this home, the neighborhood of Sea Cliff had not yet been established. In fact, in 1908, though the view would still have been spectacular, it would not yet include the Golden Gate Bridge. According to the official listing, the family’s daughter, Phoebe Hearst Brown, was just four years old when the home was constructed and recalled “nothing else there but sand dunes, lupine and rabbits.”

The Browns survived the 1906 earthquake and built this home as a sanctuary, in part to repair themselves from the trauma of that catastrophe. Phoebe Hearst Brown’s mother, Helen Hillyer Brown, wrote of the Browns’ experiences after the earthquake and subsequent fires decimated the city, including her own family’s home on Van Ness Avenue. She described how the family “piled their belongings into a light horse carriage called a Victoria (after Queen Victoria)” and “parks (including Dolores Park in the Mission) were turned into tent cities, with both the Army and civilians acting as overseers to enforce health and safety rules,” according to Outside Lands.org.

Phoebe’s father, Phillip King Brown, was a physician whose downtown office burned to the ground. He moved quickly to find an empty house that could serve as a makeshift clinic and used it to care for the sick and injured after the quake.

Despite the fact that these disasters killed thousands of people and leveled tens of thousands of buildings, the city made a fast recovery. By 1908, “the Brown family moved into their new home, the first residence built on the bluff at Sea Cliff, overlooking Baker Beach and the inlet to San Francisco Bay,” wrote Florence Holub in the Noe Valley Voice.

The mansion of 8,495 square feet offers seven bedrooms, eight full baths and three half baths.

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