June 1, 2007
An Ubermodern Renovation In A Classic Conversion Building
Yes, we have a soft spot for 355 Bryant. And no, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re anything like us, the renovation of 355 Bryant #409 will leave you drooling (for one reason or another). From the glass enclosed double rain shower stall, to the Boffi kitchen with built-in Miele (if we’re not mistaken) espresso machine, to the exposed timbers and private roof deck. And if you happen to like the barstools...
UPDATE (6/18): Sold on 6/15 for $1,400,000.
∙ Listing: 355 Bryant #409 (1/1.5) - $1,395,000 [MLS]
∙ The Live/Work Lofts Of 355 Bryant [SocketSite]
∙ The House Is Great (But I Really Want Those Barstools) [SocketSite]
First Published: June 1, 2007 4:00 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Yep, that's pretty badass.
Someone will bring up the parking issue (leased next door vs. deeded onsite), but it's hard to take issue with the remodel.
I did get shafted by the same listing agent for a unit at 355 Bryant two years ago... but that's really my problem.
Posted by: amused at June 1, 2007 9:04 AM
What's the policy on counting sq/ft of loft space? I know in other cities there are some dubious lofts that are used to bump up the sq/ft on places; but this looks pretty legit overall. Is that outdoor deck private or public.
Oh, and nice stools!
Posted by: eddy at June 1, 2007 9:18 AM
I toured this loft a few weeks ago and was blown away by the interior. The photos hardly do justice to the exquisite design execution. No detail was overlooked. The deck is completely private and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, absolutely begging for some landscaping and a great party. So why didn’t we buy it? The view out the large living room windows is of power lines, and what looks to be a new on-ramp to the bay bridge. Too bad, I absolutely loved it… maybe I can hire the current owner (he is supposedly a designer – hence the fabulousness of the unit)
Posted by: Jessica at June 1, 2007 12:09 PM
Wow, would it ever be outstanding to wake up every morning to my girlfriend, with the hottest bod I've ever seen, taking a shower, and me eyeing her as I dozed in that bed.
On the other hand, she'd have to see ME in there on Saturday mornings, and that's just a vision I'd rather she not have.
What a beautiful place, though. Anyone know who the owner is? If the guy is a designer, that would be a good contact to have.
Posted by: tipster at June 1, 2007 2:04 PM
can we see some pics of the girlfriend ;)
Posted by: froce at June 1, 2007 2:09 PM
Actually, you could hire models to pose in the shower, cover the glass facing the bed with a plasma screen mounted vertically, and just play your favorite shower scenes each night.
Posted by: redseca2 at June 1, 2007 3:41 PM
Or better yet, all the traffic on the new on/off ramp will probably get a great view of your girlfriend in the shower as well...
Posted by: can't think of cool name at June 1, 2007 5:59 PM
Love it! PropertyShark lists the owner as Richard Rankin. Sound familiar to anyone in the know about designers?
Posted by: Anna at June 1, 2007 6:09 PM
Eddy - the loft area in SF is definitely included in the square footage.
Posted by: Miles at June 1, 2007 6:16 PM
The best kitchen lighting is indirect or mostly so with under counter accents. Track lighting puts prominent and dark shadows, often two or three of them, right where you are. Dusting is also a huge pain, but prices like this probably are not for people who do their own dusting. The espresso machine is a hint that this is a party spot and not for cooking, but that's still no excuse. Having track lighting in the kitchen is like putting up a sign that says "take out in fridge".
Posted by: Mole Man at June 1, 2007 8:12 PM
Agree with Mole Man about lighting. In fact recessed cans are even worse than track lighting because the lighting aims straight down on the work surfaces. Which is great for lighting drama, but bad when you're actually trying to work on something.At least tracks can be angled, but a mix of direct and indirect is best. (this kitchen does have uplighting on top of the track, which has got to help some)
It's one of those things that often gets overlooked by architects/designers who don't have enough concern with functionality.
I put the glass shower enclosure in the same category, even though I think the look completely rocks (particularly if you've got a hardbodied girl/boyfriend). The reality is that it's going to have to be cleaned, often and thoroughly, to maintain that completely transparent look. I know a lot of folks on here don't think about that. But I've become a big fan of open showers that minimize the use of glass....easier to clean up a little bit of wayward spray than to keep that glass crystal clear. (plus..where does the soapdish go?)
Posted by: curmudgeon at June 2, 2007 8:04 AM
Imagine your hot girlfriend in the shower....then imagine 40 years later the same person....
Posted by: John at June 2, 2007 11:40 AM
I used to live in this building about 10 years ago-- it's great in many ways but there's no soundproofing to speak of. None. Anyone buying should investigate to see if anything's been done about it...
Posted by: Josh at June 2, 2007 6:17 PM
Closed escrow on 6/15 with a contract price of $1,400,000 ($5,000 over asking).
Posted by: SocketSite at June 18, 2007 11:31 PM