The childhood home of famous newspaper columnist Herb Caen is on the market in midtown Sacramento for $714,000. Photos courtesy Della Johnson/Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Video produced by David Caraccio
The childhood home of famous newspaper columnist Herb Caen is on the market in midtown Sacramento for $714,000. Photos courtesy Della Johnson/Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Video produced by David Caraccio

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Herb Caen’s childhood home in midtown Sacramento on the market at $714,000

By David Caraccio

dcaraccio@sacbee.com

October 31, 2017 10:57 AM

UPDATED November 01, 2017 07:50 AM

The childhood home of famous newspaper columnist Herb Caen is on the market in midtown Sacramento for $714,000.

The bungalow at 1631 26th St. was listed for sale Oct. 18, and an offer has already been made, said listing agent Della Johnson of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. The buyers are a family with two children, one in college and one in high school, she said.

The Caen family bought the house in 1919 for $4,000, Johnson said.

Lucien and Augusta Cain, a pool hall operator, raised their son Herb there. After high school, Herb Caen covered sports for The Sacramento Union. Born in 1916, he moved out of the house when he was 20 years old and went on to write a daily column about life and politics in San Francisco for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Caen, who died in 1997 at age 80, won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his column that recognized him as the “voice and a conscience” of San Francisco.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has high coved ceilings, vintage in-laid hardwood floors and a separate studio with its own bathroom and private entrance. The 3,001-square-foot house has a sunroom with Brazilian hardwood floors, a spacious kitchen and large butler’s pantry. It sits on a lot that is 3,049 square feet.

Johnson said the owner of the house lived in the studio on the lower level and rented the house above as a “successful AirBNB.”

The house is on a historic block of beautiful bungalows dating back to the early 1900s.

“The neighborhood is very eclectic,” Johnson said. “You can walk everywhere to restaurants, coffee shops, parks.”

A 3D, virtual tour of the home can be seen here.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio