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3444 Mississippi Street

This unusual and beautifully renovated 1926 Craftsman style residence is located on Mississippi Street, situated on an impressive half-acre lot near the northern edge of Balboa Park. The large two and a half story structure – constructed as a multi-level duplex with a walk-out basement, is identified as Craftsman for possessing typical features such as low-pitched cross-gabled roofs, shiplap siding, and trapezoidal wood porch columns. Many unique design characteristics, however, were dictated by the sloping grade of the site. The main top level hovers a story and a half above street level. A lushly landscaped raised brick planting bed runs along the front edge of the property, partially concealing and minimizing this slightly awkward site positioning. The front entry porch takes advantage of the abundance of space and is of a surprisingly grand scale. It has an atypical side entrance flanked by columns with massive square bases.

Set into the slope, the majority of the structure is not visible from the front. A notable detached two-level garage, converted into an upstairs office with a wooden deck extending over the larger two-car lower level, is also hidden. By contrast, a striking overall view of the residence and the garage can be had from the back yard. The rear portion of the property gives the impression of having been carved out of a dense jungle.

A breathtaking tropical paradise today, the property was barren and bleak when it was purchased less than ten years ago from the estate of its original owners, a German carpenter and his wife. The building was “modernized”

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