Real Estate Report: In Noe Valley, A Powder Room to Reckon With



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. Seriously, where do you find a low-flow toilet to match?

The dark paneling remains dark; it may or may not be mahogany, and the stair is lovely:

In the  kitchen, channeling Shakers with counters in stone and galvanized steel, very simple millwork and doors to the garden:

And then things turn around in the adjacent family room:

There’s the top-floor master bedroom and bath, both of which could be across town in a different building. Not that we’re complaining:

And then— whiplash! Right back to Venetian plaster, clouds on the ceiling and gilded baseboards in another bedroom:

Peace at last. The garden looks lovely plus there’s a waterfall and hot tub back there somewhere:

Let us know what you think in the comments— leave it, or cure everything with more white paint? Thanks to Sally at Curbed SF  for sending it our way this morning.

Listing: 364 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco [Redfin]