The heart of any San Francisco history buff will melt at the double door entry to this gorgeous four-bedroom, three-bathroom single family Victorian built in 1897 by Fernando Nelson. Tucked into the middle of a quiet, sunny street between the Castro and Noe Valley neighborhoods, this stately three-story home blends Old World period details you can’t find elsewhere with modern amenities and peerless views of the city. An inviting, elegant foyer with original wainscoting features a graceful staircase that begs the child in you to slide down its carved wood banister. A front salon with redwood flooring, Tiffany-era light fixtures and large windows overlooking the flower boxes and trees along Liberty Street is the perfect spot for tea or cocktails before adjourning a dinner party of friends to the adjacent formal dining room. Spend an entire Saturday puttering about in the light-flooded remodeled eat-in kitchen, with French doors that open out onto one of two sundecks. While the kids spill outside to play, curl up with a good book by the corner gas fireplace as the panoramic views of downtown San Francisco surround you. Upstairs, two spacious high-ceilinged bedrooms, a small office/den/nursery and a full bathroom honor the home’s turn-of-the century heritage with numerous rare details, from a clawfoot tub with Downton Abbey-worthy shower fixtures to picture railings and carved mouldings lining the bedroom walls. The garden level of the house adds a modern twist, doubling as a guest suite or college-student apartment with two more bedrooms and renovated bathrooms. A spacious central family room, or optional fifth bedroom, opens out onto a large deck overlooking a sprawling tiered garden ripe with Japanese maples and mature apple trees. If this graceful outdoor haven isn’t enough to make a homebody of you, the bustling crossroad of 18th Street and Castro is just blocks away to the north, while Noe Valley’s gourmet markets, independent bookstores and boutiques, and family-friendly eateries beckon over the hill to the south.