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Castle on the Park Now Home to Children’s Day School

San Francisco, CA, August 19, 2011 --( Celebrated as one of the City’s most extraordinary properties, the Castle on the Park at 601 Dolores Street has been sold, and is now home to Children’s Day School, functioning as a second campus to accommodate middle school students.

The stunning Gothic Revival style building was listed as one of the largest and most extraordinary single family homes in San Francisco. Built in 1910, the property features breathtaking public rooms with soaring, coffered, hand-painted ceilings, magnificent chandeliers, beautiful stained glass windows, as well as impressive arched windows framing Dolores Park.

Dubbed “Castle On The Park” by Hill & Co. REALTORS® John Woodruff and Marcus Miller, the property was the topic of countless posts and articles both online and in print across the country. In fact, using their website tracking matrix, the agents report that the property was confirmed viewed online throughout the world, with the exception of only two countries, Greenland and Angola. There was endless speculation as to who the eventual buyer might be – a rock star, an eccentric millionaire, a technology company looking for a playhouse. Some said the property would never sell.

In the end, after being on the active market for one year, the perfect buyer stepped forward. According to Children’s Day School, the building will house nine classrooms, as well as a community gathering and performance space that they intend to share with community and neighborhood groups. Because the school already has a large parking lot and drive-through driveway at 333 Dolores, they are confident that they can minimize their parking and traffic impact at 19th and Dolores Streets.

Retrofitting and making improvements on this property was an enormous project, one requiring extraordinary vision and tremendous skill. Siamak Akhavan, the former owner and a partner of BMP Construction, and his entire crew did a remarkable job, transforming the formerly condemned building into something truly magnificent.

Once completed, finding the ideal buyer took time. The property was marketed across the City, in Silicon Valley, in Hollywood and around the world. Yet, somehow it seems fitting that ultimately the buyer – Children’s Day School - is very much a part of the neighborhood, and very much committed to serving the community.

Listing agents John Woodruff and Marcus Miller have been the #1 Team at Hill & Co. Real Estate for a number of years, and both agents have been Top Producers at the brokerage for well over a decade. Finding the right buyer for this property presented a number of challenges, but John and Marcus have often said they love a good challenge, and they were able to make it happen. This sale speaks volumes about their ability to market virtually any property, regardless of size, and no matter how complex the transaction.

Hill & Co.

Founded in 1956, Hill & Co. Real Estate is a San Francisco brokerage long associated with the City’s finest properties. With four offices and nearly 100 full-time agents, the company enables clients to successfully navigate San Francisco’s complex real estate market. Two additional Hill & Co. offices provide property management and rental services. For more information, visit

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