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See Inside Nicolas Cage's Former San Francisco Mansion

Bold-faced names like Stephen Hawking and Yoko Ono spent time hanging out at the renowned San Francisco home.
IMAGE Getty; OPEN HOMES PHOTOGRAPHY FOR JOEL GOODRICH
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Nicolas Cage decided at an early age that he wanted to become an actor and live in a grand old house just like the one owned by his uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola.

"I vowed then that I would go to Los Angeles, learn to act, and then one day buy my own Victorian mansion in San Francisco," he later recalled. And in 1989 he did just that—purchasing a Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco's Pacific Heights, just a few minutes away from the home he often visited as a youngster.

Scroll down for a look inside the property, which has just hit the market.

It took three years to renovate the 120-year-old Victorian.


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When Cage owned the house in the 1990s, its intricate 19th-century facade was painted dark green, giving it a somewhat spooky appearance. He said it represented "the Edgar Allen Poe in me," and kept it for 16 years.

Now, after a three-year renovation (and much-needed paint job), it's on the market for $12 million, adding another chapter to the history of one of San Francisco's most famous addresses: 1945 Franklin.

EST guru Werner Erhard made it famous in the 1970s.


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Built in 1898, it entered city lore after self-help guru Werner Erhard bought it in 1973 and used it as both his personal residence and the headquarters of EST, the pop psychology movement that counted Diana Ross, John Denver, Valerie Harper, Raul Julia, Donna Karan, and thousands more among its followers.

It became known as Franklin House and served as a venue for exclusive events.


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In 1978 a reporter described its interior, with rooms displaying statues of gods and goddesses, and a master bedroom painted black, as "overwhelming, opulent, dripping good taste and prosperity." The garage housed a beautiful 1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead Coupé.

Giving it the name "Franklin House," Erhard intended it to become "San Francisco's most dazzling salon," and used it to host small conferences and VIP dinners.

Celebrities and other VIPS often visited.


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At a recent reveal of the home's redesign, a guest recalled seeing Yoko Ono there in the 1970s.

Stephen Hawking once gave an important presentation in this room.


But it was in 1981 that its guests made the biggest news, when Stephen Hawking delivered a presentation about black holes to an elite group of scientists in a conference room on the top floor (formerly the home's attic).

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The onetime attic is now a bedroom with views of San Francisco.


Attended by over a dozen of the world's foremost physicists, and three Nobel Prize winners, Hawking's talk started a controversy that continued for more than 20 years.

"It's where Stephen dropped the bomb that set the Black Hole War in motion," according to Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind, who wrote about it years later.

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The home has a screening room.


The wine tasting room comfortably seats six—or more.


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It has its own resort-like spa.


The spa has three sinks and two powder rooms, plus a giant Jacuzzi with a walk-in shower.

A private garden is located outside the office.


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A spiral staircase leads from the mezzanine loft-style office to a lounging area that features glass doors that open into the garden.

The outside entertaining area includes a fire pit, kitchen, spa, and 25-foot waterfall.


For $12 million, it could be yours.


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The five-bedroom house encompasses more than 8,000 square feet, and is being offered by Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. You can see the full listing here.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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