Real Estate Report
In the Tendernob— on the edge of one of San Francisco's "polite" neighborhoods and one of its seedier ones, close to Union Square and downtown— this vintage classic is on the market.
The Basics: a 2-bed, 2-bath condominium in a 1913 building and in quite good shape, with a renovated but still "vintage" kitchen. On the market forty days and asking $895K, down from $948K. No garage in the building, leased parking is available for $280 a month, plus HOA dues of $798 a month.
An unassuming c.1900 workingman's cottage on Sanchez Street has been transformed into a 2011 millionaire's cottage. With probably the best new laundry room in town, it's available for $2.7M.
The Basics: a 4-bed, 3.5-bath, 2-car Victorian house in the Castro, asking $2.7M.
Not So Basic: the modest circa-1900 cottage has been completetly reprogrammed into a loft-like main floor, a lower level with a garage and garden, two bedrooms, a bath and a laundry room.
In Bernal Heights, a vintage cottage gets reinvented with salvaged bits and clever details, including roll-up doors.
The Basics: a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath cottage in Bernal Heights, asking $749K and listed as "pending" after three weeks on the market. No discernible parking.
Not So Basic: Bernal Heights is a charming, quirky neighborhood known for its small cottages, built for working-class families, that cover a hill just south of The Mission.
In San Francisco, sometimes those pretty Victorians hide a minimalist heart.
The Basics: A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 1-car parking duplex flat in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood, asking $1.15M with HOAs of $225.55 a month.
Not So Basic: This flat has one of those perfectly-detailed minimalist renovations, done by an architect for himself and his family. They outgrew the flat and sold it in 2005 and the current owners don't seem to have done much except paint— it was originally a soft flat while everywhere. Above in the main hallway, the kind of details found throughout. All the closet doors have hidden hardware.
The Basics: A two-unit building, offering a total of six bedrooms, more or less, six baths, plus a lot of parking, for $3.49M, sort of in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, barely, and almost in the Mission.
Not So Basic: New construction in a very current design, it's now offered as a single property with "Luxury Compound can be modified by builders to meet your every need!" prominent in the listing text. It had originally appeared on the market in 2009 as two units for $2.37M each, then as two units at $1.695M and $1.895M respectively (one is a tad larger) and now again as one for a total of $1.25M less.
In San Francisco, a house can't make up its mind what it wants to be when it grows up. And is full of surprises.
The Basics: An extensively-renovated 4-bed, 3.5-bath, 1-car house on one of Noe Valley's prettiest streets, built in 1911. Came on the market today asking $2.275M.
Not So Basic: It started out life as an interesting mash-up of Arts & Crafts and Queen Anne— which it continues to be— overlaid with some active re-decoration. A lot of Venetian plaster. Kudos to the owners for not holding back, and they don't seem to have done any harm— although that sink/horse trough/public fountain in the powder room (above) might get a little splashy.
Sometimes, when the listing says "designer-owned", you're in for trouble. When the designer is Chloe Warner, you're in for an very pleasant surprise.
The Basics: A two-bedroom, one-bath flat in San Francisco's Noe Valley with two sitting rooms and an open kitchen/dining room, plus two decks, a finished attic office, an in-unit laundry and a garage, asking $849K.
The Basics: A three-bedroom, three bath plus a powder room condominium in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, with two-car parking and north bay views from the living room and terrace. asking $2.1M with HOA dues of $894 a month.
There's something to be said for minimalist design as an opportunity to get rid of everything. This condo almost requires it, and liberation can finally be yours for $609K.
The Basics: A one-bedroom, one-bath, one-parking space condo in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.
Not So Basic: A serene, impeccably detailed space in an aluminum and glass building designed by Stanley Saitowitz, a San Francisco architect whose buildings are on the list of architectural tourists from all over the world.
Telegraph Hill is covered with quirky shingle houses and beautiful gardens. Because it was inaccessible, it's where the poor, the artistic, the writers, lived. Not any more.