Real Estate Report: Omkase-Adjacent Condo in Japantown


In San Francisco’s Japantown, a condo within striking distance of sushi, cinema and the best spa in town.

The Basics: a two-bedroom, 2-bath condo built in 2005, asking $869K and on the market almost two weeks, with 1-car deeded parking and HOAs of $387.

Not So Basic: while technically in Lower Pacific heights, this condo is smack in the middle of Japantown, across from the Nihonmachi Shopping Center, a somewhat mysterious throwback to 1960’s urban renewal that nonetheless contains three San Francisco institutions– the Sundance (formerly Kabuki) multiplex, the great Kabuki Hot Springs, and Isobune, where sushi travels around the bar in boats. Along with an intimate new Japanese cinema and J-Pop in the same block, plus some excellent, if expensive, markets catering to a strictly-Japanese clientele.

We like the floor-to-ceiling windows and the big corner living/dining/kitchen space. High ceilings, gas fireplace, exposed concrete column:

The kitchen still looks good after six years, and appears to have a full exhaust system— meaning you could upgrade the range and put in a combination convection/microwave at eye level. And with San Francisco’s strict recycling, the trash compactor has become an anachronism:

The bathrooms are boring. The bedrooms are simple, but have floor-to-ceiling windows. Which you either love or hate. But the closet doors, which are most likely the standard 6’8″, show how high the ceilings are:

This is a busy, urban setting with a lot of people in the evenings and weekends. On the other hand, you won’t have to worry about getting to the film festival venues across the street, just the friends you’ll be entertaining before and after. Be sure to check out what’s happening with the commercial space directly below- which from what we can glean online, still seems to be unoccupied.

Listing: 1600 Webster Street #104, San Francisco [Redfin]