Real Estate Report: In San Francisco’s Cole Valley Neighborhood, a Sliver of a House, $849K


A beautifully-detailed house built by welders instead of carpenters in a Birkenstock-friendly neighborhood. Under ten feet wide and in an uneasy alliance with the neighbors, it’s a Minimalist cottage perfect for someone with their own expectations about what a house should be. 

The Basics: a 1-bedroom, 1-bath house in San Francisco’s Cole Valley, built in the early 1990s and on the market about three days, asking $849K. The architect-designed house was last sold in 2004 for $749K.

Not So Basic: It’s under ten feet wide, built of steel components and cement board in a neighborhood of stucco-fronted Edwardians— and painted to match the Golden Gate Bridge. However narrow, the house is beautifully detailed but still doesn’t sit comfortably with its neighbors, despite having been together for twenty years.

Architect? Unknown.

Above, the street front is a composition of grids and lattices— plus a gated court paved with old cobblestones—  with enough room for your small collection of Vespas or one vintage Mini-Cooper.

The one large window above is in the high-ceilinged living room/library, below:

Up a few steps is the skylit kitchen/dining area with a ceiling in waves of narrow, bleached wood strips:

Leading out to a deck with more perforated sheet metal and a view of Sutro Tower:

Downstairs, there’s the front entry, closet space and the bedroom and the bath behind a panel of acid-etched glass:

No tub, and the foyer doubles as a dressing room. The bedroom leads out the very sweet garden, also paved with cobblestones, and a small study/retreat at the end of the garden:

Which is gradually becoming a green grid of our favorite architectural coverall, ficus pumila:

The kind of house that probably looks best without much furniture.

More: Realtor Richard Bastoni has put together an outstanding dedicated site for the property with many more images. We’re hoping for an open house soon.

Listing: 1415 Shrader Street, San Francisco [Redfin]

Shoes: Sally Kuchar noted those stiletto-unfriendly stairs when she blogged about 1415 Shrader Street, earlier today at Curbed SF.