March 24, 2006

Bay Buildings: The Metropolitan (333/355 1st Street)

The Metropolitan San Francisco

Back in early 2004 the San Francisco Business Times wrote the following: “As the first true housing highrise to sprout out of San Francisco's Rincon Hill, [the Metropolitan’s] 20-story north tower and 27-story south tower look awfully lonely…But fortunately for our forlorn friend, Rincon Hill's soil is fertile and more company is on the way.”

Or not (fortunately that is).

Damion, a frequent SocketSite commenter, points out that according to the San Francisco Business Times, a 40-story high rise ("The Californian on Rincon Hill") is planned for 375 Fremont. The “not fortunate” part? In Damion’s own words, “Who should be worried? The good folks at the Metropolitan on First Street who are facing the bay -- their views are going to be blocked!” That’s definitely something worth keeping in mind when checking out any of the open houses this weekend (especially if boasting “Unobstructed Views of Bay”).

Another SocketSite tip? Unit number #1103 is touting “Ice Cream!” at both open houses (Sat/Sun 2:00-3:30). Hey, it’s the little things.

Winner: The Metropolitan [bizjournals]
The Metropolitan (San Francisco) []
Comments: New Home Sales Plunge In The West [SocketSite]
∙ Listing: 355 1st St #1103 - $599,000 [MLS] [Skybox Realty]
∙ Listing: 355 1St St #301 - $649,000
∙ Listing: 355 1St St #806 - $669,000 [MLS] [Skybox Realty]
∙ Listing: 333 1St St #1502 - $729,000 [MLS] [Skybox Realty]
∙ Listing: 333 1St St #1703 - $785,000 [MLS] [Listing Agent]

First Published: March 24, 2006 8:41 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

333 1st Street #1502 looks west, and although the Californian will be very tall, svelt and lovely, it will not compromise the view of this particular unit since Fremont Street is east of 1st Street. Hence the reference to the Western Ridge. These views should remain "unobstructed" from the Californian.


Paul Hwang
Your SoMa/South Beach Real Estate Broker
Skybox Realty

Posted by: Paul Hwang at March 28, 2006 2:00 PM

Great feedback, thanks Paul. (And believe it or not, we weren't picking on you, or unit #1502, in specific.)

Now about getting us some of that ice cream...

Posted by: SocketSite at March 28, 2006 5:40 PM

i saw it, it's a great view.

Posted by: highriser at March 28, 2006 11:18 PM

The power of ice cream.

Posted by: Paul Hwang at March 30, 2006 9:41 PM

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