Open House Obsession: Have A Look At San Francisco’s Newest $5M Passive HouseAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 2127 Castro Street, Noe Valley
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 21 + 22 from 1:00PM-4:00PM, both days
What: Not your usual 4-bed, 4-5-bath spec house in Noe Valley, 2127 Castro Street is a beautifully designed and executed Passive House, meaning it’s been constructed to use almost no power for heating, cooling or lighting– a goal achieved through a combination of airtight construction techniques, solar panels, efficient appliances and triple-glazed windows.
Under the control of Nest thermostats and wall-mounted iPads, a Passive Home uses much less energy than a conventional one because the heating/cooling system is constantly monitored, exchanging stale indoor air for fresh air, and LED lights are used thoughout.
Below, on the main level, a sitting area (shown at top) occupies the front of the house, and towards the back, the expansive great room, opening to a terrace and view.
The Team: 2127 Castro is collaboration between Hood Thomas Architects, Ewen Utting of ENU Construction and Graham Irwin of Essential Habitat. Their first project in 2014 (dubbed Equilibrium House) sold before it was completed. Below, on the ground floor a family room opens to the back yard with unobstructed South and East exposures.
What We Love: Access to the outdoors from every level in one of San Francisco’s sunniest neighborhoods. Throughout the house, the bedrooms tend to simple and austere; the baths are impeccably finished. Below, two looks at the master suite.
More: Check out the agent’s dedicated site for additional details and images.Below, the extraordinary night-time view from the master suite.