Open House Obsession: Architect's Own Home in Bernal Heights on the Market

Where: 285 Nevada Street, Bernal Heights, $2.1M
When: Sunday, March 31 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
What: A 3 or 4-bed, 3.5-bath house in on Bernal Height's north slope with a view of industrial Dogpatch, the Bay, and the East Bay Hills, built in 2010 around what was left of previous pre-Earthquake structure, by a partner in Studio S² Architecture. The family-sized home incorporates the latest in "green" building techniques and we like the way the number of stories has been blurred by the monolithic facade:

Entry is to a small courtyard and into the living room, a double height space that runs the risk of becoming little more than a grand foyer:

The L-shaped kitchen/dining/family area more than makes up for that:

Upstairs, one of the four bedrooms opens up completely to a mezzanine over the living room and an ample deck over the garage. The black barrels are part of the greywater system for plant irrigation:

The details throughout are a little clunky– hey, it's only a $2M house, after all– and we don't know what to make of the two open master baths that don't have a door between them:

Below, the green roof on the top floor and its view:

Downside: It's the best house in a neighborhood of former worker's shacks from the days when this was an industrial suburb, but so well located and priced it should sell for substantially over the asking price.
More: Check out the agent's exemplary dedicated site, which includes floor plans.


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