July 26, 2006

The Real 595 Buena Vista Avenue

595 Buena Vista Avenue (Image Source: exuberance.com)

595 Buena Vista Avenue is a modern Bauhaus style condominium. Yet as far as we can tell, nary a Barcelona (Mies van der Rohe) or Wassily (Breuer) Chair, nor a Le Corbusier Chaise Longue, in sight.

And since we prefer the exterior shot that recently appeared on le blog exuberance, we’re really hoping that Matt won’t mind that we’re stealing borrowing it. And yes, we briefly misidentified 21 Buena Vista Avenue East as 595 Buena Vista West yesterday [thanks Steven].

∙ Listing: 595 Buena Vista Avenue (2/1) - $769,000 [Zephyr] [MLS]
Modern Architecture around Buena Vista Park, San Francisco [exuberance.com]
21 Buena Vista Avenue By The Numbers [SocketSite]

First Published: July 26, 2006 12:15 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

I have lived nearby for many years and this building has been an obession from the first time I set eyes on it. The design is so neat and clean, and stands against all of the mannerist early 20th century stuff nearby. The Architect is supposed by the owner to be Henry Hill, a bay area modernist with some sweet projects. Here is a link to a recent SF Chronicle story about Hill:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/06/11/HOGH1D54U31.DTL&hw=henry+hill&sn=001&sc=1000


I have toured 3 times since it went up for sale this summer. It is almost entirely original, for good or bad, except for the kitchen, which is straight out of the old Goodman's on Bayshore. You get a gas stove worth good $100 at a used appliance shop and you get to customize the kitchen with a new refrigerator because I didn't see one. The unit is very small, with that kind of moderist logic that sometimes makes a space feel smaller because there are no mysteries to solve. It has the kind of bedrooms where you will need to stop at double bed if you also want a nightstand. I do wish I had been aware that it was for sale in the early '90's for something in the $400K range (for the entire property, per the agent), because that would have been fun. But $800K for what reminds me of married student housing at the University of Oregon just makes me sad.

Posted by: steven bruneel at July 26, 2006 3:00 PM

Steven - fantastic insight and impression. Thanks for 'plugging in.' (And go Ducks...)

Posted by: SocketSite at July 26, 2006 9:16 PM

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