The Feusier Octagon House in San Francisco Just Listed for $8.6M

In San Francisco’s regal Russian Hill neighborhood, one of only two surviving octagon houses in the Bay Area has popped up on the market. The Feusier Octagon House, amongst its stylish neighborhood’s oldest homes, went up in 1857. That means the address survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, a feat made possible by residents who refused their order to leave. Now San Francisco Landmark #36 and an essential portion of the Russian Hill Paris Block Historic District, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is a bit more secure in its protection. Asking $8.6 million, Feusier Octagon House is a one-of-a-kind eight-sided abode in an architectural oasis.

Surrounded by serene gardens, the home enjoys privacy largely unheard of in a famously tightly packed city. The three-level home counts 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms within its walls, currently configured as two separate apartments. The upper two levels are vacant, ready for the new owner to enjoy four parlors and a south deck that descends to the garden. Above lie 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, crowned by the octagonal cupola that grants the home its name. The lower level counts the primary kitchen as well as the remaining bedrooms and bathrooms.

Octagon homes grew popular in the United States for their allowance of sunlight into every room for at least some part of the day and for their optimal air circulation as advocated by phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler. Such qualities attracted the Feusier family, who owned the property from the 1870s all the way through the 1950s. Approximately 100 octagon homes remain in the country—this one is listed with Janet Feinberg-Schindler of Sotheby’s International Realty.