Open House Report, SF Edition: Five Houses Open this Weekend, From the Sublime to the Not-So-Sublime


Three of the open houses are in Noe Valley, prime hunting ground for young couples with jobs down the Peninsula— the neighborhood is well-served by private transport companies— plus a cottage in a little-known enclave and a downtown condo. We’ll let you decide on the sublime/ridiculous part in the comments.

208 28th Street, #208, Noe Valley, $1.389M (pictured above)
In a new, 6-unit condominium project in a transit-friendly location and regrettably called LUXE, #302 is a corner 3-bed, 3-bath two-level unit with 1-car parking. On the market a week, there are smaller (read: less expensive) units available. Very sleek, new and sparkly. As a reminder of how long it takes to build something in San Francisco, this project was started in late 2009. Estimated HOAs are under $500 a month. Open Saturday, February 25 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and Sunday, February 26 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm 

74 New Montgomery Street, #204, SOMA/Yerba Buena, $459K
With high design values in the midst of the University of Art Academy’s downtown campus, you could roll out of this well-designed studio and into class. Or into SF MOMA. In the kitchen (above) are top-of-the-line appliances and Heath tiles, plus we approve of the wood (rather than drywall) partition closing off the counter. There’s a floor-to-ceiling window looking down into New Montgomery Street, and the otherwise tight living space has been divided with a low partition. HOAs of $662, plus leased parking is a staggering $325 a month. May we suggest car share? Sunday, February 26 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 

1507 Noe Street, Noe Valley, $2.75M
At the top of the food chain, what was once a Noe Valley cottage has become a glass-and-wood modernist showplace. The kitchen (above) pretty much says it all, but the open house will be worth visiting to see the two bathrooms with 2-person showers. The 4-bed, 3.5-bath, 3-fireplace, house has the obligatory spectacular views of downtown. Plus all of the stair enclosures are glass, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing extra household staff and a serious investment in glass cleaner. Open Sunday, February 26 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm 

1402 Sanchez Street, Noe Valley, $799K
The agent is calling this 2-bed, 1-bath Victorian workman’s cottage a “livable fixer” and while that’s true, “livable” and “fixer” encompass a wide range of possibilities. On a steep upslope, there’s room for a 2-car garage, but the kitchen is roughly three stories above street level. For the adventurous with an architect, the narrow room above has been transformed by a wide-angle camera lens. If only it were always that easy. Open Sunday, February 26 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 

1515 Willard Street, Parnassus/Ashbury Heights, $1.225M
Basically a vertical cottage, this highly-finished 2-bed, 1-bath house has a reverse floor plan with the living spaces on the top floor, bedrooms below, and the entrance is through the garden. They’ve made the best of a narrow kitchen with beautifully-crafted cabinets and two dishwashers. This part of town, often referred to as “Pill Hill,” is mostly occupied by the UCSF Medical Center, but this enclave (bordered by Parnassus Avenue and Stanyan Street) is one of the prettiest in town and best of all, has no through traffic. Open Sunday, February 26 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 

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