How much would it set me back if I wanted to live in a Pacific Heights architectural masterpiece such as, say, the Hellman-Heller Mansion? Only $17.5 million, and that would be a steal because this completely unique, 1902 Julius E. Krafft creation was on the market last year for $20 million! Julius who? Julius Krafft was the successful German architect who designed the famous James C. Flood mansion in San Francisco and the Captain Charles Boudrow House, a Queen Anne Victorian in Berkeley. Commissioned by Wells Fargo Bank President, Isaias Hellman, as a wedding present to his daughter, the 11,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom Heller Mansion is a marvelous blend of neoclassical architecture with what was thought to be daring, modern design principles at the turn of the century. Kraft passed on in 1937, but the Heller House, which survived the catastrophic 1906 San Francisco earthquake, is the exclamation point on his legacy.
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