The Austin, Blurring The Line Between Home And Work, Beautifully


Where: The Austin, 1545 Pine Street
Asking: From the high $600,000’s
What: The Austin, a collection of 100 condominium units ranging from studios to 2-bedroom units in structure by Edmonds + Lee Architects, a San Francisco firm with a varied portfolio of outstanding projects, both residential and commercial. As with most new condo projects here, the units are both compact and handsomely detailed; expanses of glass frame the views.

Best of all, the design addresses the issue of “how we live today”– a life increasingly based on remote communication, digitally delivered. We work at home, we work from cafes. At The Austin, the developers have dedicated space to a warmly woodsy lounge, meeting and work space just beyond the lobby. You can get out of the house without having to leave the building, working in a handsome setting with a private club vibe.

What We Love: In a moment of untended irony, The Austin has been described as “a prime example of the intersection of old- meets new-school San Francisco”. In other words, part of the decade-long transition of of Polk Street from one of the most unpleasant of Skid Rows to a diverse and affluent neighborhood of tech workers. Plus it’s a great location– a quick bike ride to the old-school cultural offerings of the opera, the symphony, and the Asian Art Museum, to tech offices on Market Street, and a short walk to some of San Francisco’s best food– like Swann Oyster Depot, Bob’s Donuts and Brenda’s French Soul Food. Above it all, there’s a serene rooftop patio.

More: Check out The Austin’s website for additional details, information and floor plans. Developed by Pacific Eagle Holdings with sales by The Mark Company.