Open House Obsession: Priced At $3.4M, This Sleek New Home Breaks New Ground On Church Street

Where: 1612 Church Street, Noe Valley
When: Sunday, November 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What: The neighbors must have been thrilled when the shabby 1908 cottage that occupied this street was renovated out of existence. In its place appeared this crisp and beautifully detailed 3-bed, 3.5-bath house with a two-level garden. Originally purchased for $930K, the developer is asking $3.4M– for basically an entirely new house with exceptional design standards and a simple, unforced plan. Below– front and rear views:

Fitting neatly into the scale (if not the context) of its surroundings, the house is a canary in the mine for Noe Valley locations– and if successful, more will follow. Church Street is partly commercial, with the J-Church MUNI line running down the center, and much of the housing stock retains the traditional Noe Valley 19th century mix of small shops, workmen's cottages, and middle-class houses, plus a few converted stables. With San Francisco's overheated market for finished, renovated properties, Church Street could become a new target for development. Here's what was there last year, thanks to Google StreetView:

An open steel and glass stairway runs through the center of the house:

On the ground floor, the foyer steps down to a family/media room with a wet bar and access to the lower level of the garden:

Upstairs are two bedrooms and a bath plus the master suite. This open office area is at the top of the stairs with a spectacular window:

Upside: Great design decisions– and sometimes, the most simple design details don't come cheap. We love that there's rolled steel instead of chrome and that the ceilings aren't a field of pinspots. The scale and plan make sense, and since the house is not built to the lot line, there's access to the rear yard from the front of the house.
Downside: Not everyone wants to live on a MUNI line.
More: Check out the agent's exceptional dedicated site for many more images– including the great bathrooms.

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