Real Estate Report: Everything You Own is Wrong, $609K

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. That said, they can be tough to live in. Your clutter has to be flawless:

Somehow, even a few works of art seem subversive, especially when you have the counterpoint of a white box and a wall of run-down Victorians and sheet-metal sheds just across the alley. Above, the black-on-black kitchen where no grocery bags or mail shall ever linger. And below, a bathroom so severe the towels should be as perfect as the tile work:

Doors? The bedroom (not shown here) has no doors, and  although there are closet doors, the bath has frosted glass pocket doors.  Below: the building's units are arranged in two long, stacked structures- almost like shipping containers- over a garage. Streetwise, the glass walls in the front of the building are sheathed in adjustable aluminum louvers controlled from inside each unit.

I saw this unit (empty!) when it was on the market a few years ago, and the realtor's photos don't do justice to the crisp, hard hard edges and their contrast with the surrounding neighborhood, with the alley behind the building so narrow that the urban pentimento is very much part of your decor. More pictures at the listing; also seem previously at Curbed SF.

Listing: 1234 Howard Street, 2B, San Francisco  [Redfin]

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