Real Estate Report: Room for Everyone in Bernal Heights



Sometimes, not even the sleekest design or best green intentions will sell a house. Maybe accidentally having a great party space will do it.

The Basics: A two-unit building, offering a total of six bedrooms, more or less, six baths, plus a lot of parking, for $3.49M, sort of in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, barely, and almost in the Mission.

Not So Basic: New construction in a very current design, it’s now offered as a single property with “Luxury Compound can be modified by builders to meet your every need!”  prominent in the listing text. It had originally appeared on the market in 2009 as two units for $2.37M each, then as two units at $1.695M and $1.895M respectively (one is a tad larger) and now again as one for a total of $1.25M less. Their rationale is probably that more expensive properties have sold well in San Francisco, and so the developers are offering to rework it as one luxury property for someone who’s rich, young and relatively fearless.

Below, a courtyard entry and patio:

And the adjacent kitchen, below. The house is all about industrial design elements and green components, although no mention of LEED certification.

As you’d expect, nice bathrooms:

DJ-ready party space, below– the six-car garage under the house even has floor drains for a quick hose-down. There’s a ramp down from the street (back of the image) and stairway egress back up to the street in the front of the house.

It’s also open and adjacent to two small studios, both with baths, and steps up to the main level with (for now) two walled patios and green roofs:

The listing also mentions a roof deck plumbed for an outdoor kitchen and a hot tub.

The house is in a flat and very sunny bit of Bernal Heights between Cesar Chavez Street and Precita Avenue and seconds away from Route 101, a neighborhood increasingly served by private transport that tech companies are providing their employees. Cesar Chavez Street is about to undergo a major renovation and Precita Park, nearby, seems to be sprouting new cafes every other morning.

Listing:  3119 Harrison Street, San Francisco  [Redfin]