SOURCE: Zephyr Real Estate

Zephyr Real Estate

October 07, 2011 19:30 ET

Challenger Model Home in the Sunset Goes on the Market After Nearly 70 Years

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 7, 2011) - In 1942, a brand new model home, The Challenger, opened at 2278 44th Avenue. It was the first of a group of 33 homes completed by R. F. Galli, builder. Built at the beginning of World War II, Galli's vision was to provide affordable homes for the growing population in San Francisco involved in the war effort. Galli, who started his own construction company in 1925, built well over 3,000 homes and apartments in the Sunset and Parkside districts and was instrumental in forming the Federal Housing Authority.

Solidly built and well maintained, this vintage Outer Parkside home exemplifies pride of ownership with many attractive features, such as refinished parquet hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms, a stainless steel gas range, double-paned windows in the living and dining rooms, two bedrooms, one bath, a bonus room down and a huge 2+ car garage. Many systems have already been updated including a hot water heater, gas heating system, washer and dryer, efficient fireplace insert, electrical panel and visible copper plumbing. The builder, through foresight, added skylights to both the kitchen and bathroom to allow natural light indoors. The landmark home has approximately 1,154 square feet of gracious living space on a large lot. It is close to shopping on Taraval and Noriega Streets, easy MUNI connections to downtown and access to either the 101 or 280 freeways.

"As this was the Challenger model home, it was built with every feature offered before rationing of supplies and materials began constricting the home builder's supply chain," remarked Mike Ackerman, listing agent with Zephyr Real Estate.

The home will be open for the first time in 70 years on Sunday, October 9, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to view this historic property.

For further information on the sale of this remarkable property, please visit the property website at or contact listing agent Mike Ackerman at

About Zephyr Real Estate

Founded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco's largest independent real estate firm with $1 billion in annual gross sales in 2010 and a current roster of more than 200 full-time agents. In 2010, Zephyr launched its new website, which has earned two web design awards, including the prestigious Interactive Media Award. Zephyr Real Estate is a member of the international relocation network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; the luxury real estate network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate; and the local luxury marketing association, the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco. Zephyr has six strategically located offices in San Francisco, a business center in Marin County, and serves a large customer base throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit

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