Hella modern Hayes Valley townhome asks $1.6 million

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Modern, urban, and within a bean's throw of morning Gibraltars at Blue Bottle Coffee's OG kiosk, this Linden Street duplex is move-in ready for singles, couples, or small families looking to live in the heart of Hayes Valley.


Designed by Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS), whose local public projects include Lick Wilmerding High School and the Sony Metreon, 474 Linden cuts a striking picture on the alley lined with pastel-hued Victorian and Edwardian homes.

Clad in zinc panels that are intended to naturally weather from black to a softer gray, the facade of the contemporary duplex reveals curved roofing at the building's sides that add to its height and also make for dynamic interiors.

Inside the lower, two-bedroom apartment, luxe elements belie the unit's small size (just over 1,000 square feet), and oversized windows shed natural light upon the open floor plan with bleached white oak floors throughout.

The living room mirrors the exterior in charcoal tones with a built-in fireplace and media center; a window seat lends a bit of coziness to the modern design. A sizable kitchen takes up the back half of this main room (also home to an open dining area), with custom teak cabinetry, polished concrete countertops, and a large island with a breakfast bar.

Also on this floor is the master suite with a walk-in closet, sitting area, and bathroom with dual-sink marble and wood vanities and a glass walk-in shower.

Head up the spiral staircase to enter the second bedroom, which also has its own roomy walk-in closet, full bathroom, and an entire wall of glass. overlooking Hayes Valley rooftops.

Want a bit of fresh air? Pop outside to the private yard—accessible from both the master bedroom and the one-car garage—where a wood-paneled wall, square concrete pavers, and blowing grass makes for a relaxing urban retreat.

Location: 474 Linden St. (Hayes Valley)

Size: 1,066 sf

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Asking price: $1,695,000

// For more information, visit 474linden.com.

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