Real Estate Report: Pared-Down Modern in a Victorian Shell


In San Francisco, sometimes those pretty Victorians hide a minimalist heart.


The Basics: A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 1-car parking duplex flat in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood, asking $1.15M with HOAs of $225.55 a month.

Not So Basic: This flat has one of those perfectly-detailed minimalist renovations, done by an architect for himself and his family. They outgrew the flat and sold it in 2005 and the current owners don’t seem to have done much except paint— it was originally a soft flat while everywhere. Above in the main hallway, the kind of details found throughout. All the closet doors have hidden hardware.

It’s on a beautiful block of handsome Victorians and Edwardians in one an interesting but funky neighborhood where everyone rides a bike and/or has a dog. The food ranges from Slow Food recommendations (Rosamunde Sausage Grill) to great cafés (Dubose Park Cafe) and it’s all close to good public transit, plus bike lanes and dog-friendly park Dubose Park.

Above, front and back. The unit is the two lower floors. Below, the living room in the front of the house with a simple travertine fireplace:

Above, the master bedroom at the back of the house with garden access, and below, the master bath:

In between the front and back, two more bedrooms, a bath, and a hidden office alcove (not shown.) And down stairs, a kitchen/family/dining room that opens to a private patio, with cement and stainless-steel counters:

There are lots of modern renovations in San Francisco, but this is one of the best we’ve seen in a while. The realtor has put up a dedicated site with more images that’s worth a look.

Listing: 636 Waller Street, San Francisco [Redfin]