April 11, 2008
Holy Hotness, History, And Home: Engine Company No. 44 Returns
Built by the McSheehy Brothers in 1909, 3816 22nd Street served as home to San Francisco’s Engine Company No. 44 (and their horses) for fifty years.
In 1959 the firehouse was sold to Mark and Beth Adams who maintained the firehouse in relatively original condition but employed the space as a private residence and artists’ studio for the next forty.
Purchased in February of 2006 for $2,100,000 (while listed for $2,695,000), the firehouse will soon return to the market after a multi-year renovation and expansion (think new second floor) of what was roughly 3,700 square feet of living space (original floor plans).
We have yet to see the new interior, but it promises to be a “clever mix of modern and original details" including a glass and reclaimed lumber staircase; original spiral staircase, copper and zinc doors; gourmet “loft” kitchen; and observatory tower with 360 degree views. Pricing? It's currently “upon request," but according to a plugged-in tipster:
I spoke to the developer…probably 10 months ago and he said it could possibly set a record price for a SFH in Noe Valley (who knows what has transpired [since] then, but for what it's worth).
And yes, we're fired up (ba-dump-bump) with fingers crossed to see what they've done with the space.
First Published: April 11, 2008 2:33 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Um, didn't the developer realize that very, very few people want to live in a firehouse? Haven't there been a few converted fireplaces for sale over the years? No one bought John Traina's house on Washington and 117 Broad St. went unsold (though I'm not sure that qualifies as a house). I'll be happy to eat crow if it sells, of course.
Posted by: Sleepiguy at April 11, 2008 3:05 PM
Does anyone know what the most expensive SFH ever sold in Noe went for?
Trying to guess how much the asking price will be, since the developer is looking to break a record.
I saw an older report that a Googler bought a SFH in Noe for $5.3 million, but I don't know for sure if that gets the title for priciest home.
Posted by: anon at April 11, 2008 3:06 PM
that is pretty neat
Posted by: ben at April 11, 2008 3:17 PM
Looking at the last listing, this is really cool space.
I just hope they didn't screw it up too much during the remodel.
Posted by: Foolio at April 11, 2008 3:21 PM
I'd only consider buying it if the fire pole were still usable... from bed to car in 2 seconds.
Posted by: nuzz at April 11, 2008 4:14 PM
I love it..but a catering kitchen in Noe Valley? That just seems CRRRRAAAAZY.
Posted by: curmudgeon at April 11, 2008 6:55 PM
Wow! How utterly beautiful and spacious. The sense of light is just gorgeous.
I love how Teutonic Construction maintained the feel of the Firehouse while bringing this wonderful building into the 21st century.
What LOVELY work!
Posted by: April Braswell at April 11, 2008 7:33 PM
While many may not want to live in a firehouse,
without question many would if they could, that or any other unique, historical, modern or or fill in the blank stunning piece of architecture. Got a peek inside not to long ago and while not complete the transformation is pretty incredible. FYI the single family home that sold for 5.3M was the highest sale price in Noe, will be interesting to see how this one does.
Posted by: itiswhatitis at April 11, 2008 9:57 PM
It looks like a great space, but to me it's a little depressing that it's been remodeled to within an inch of it's life so that it's become a floor porn fantasy for some very wealthy person. The previous owners looked like the kind of cool people that used to make the city interesting. Now the building is just a trophy property.
Posted by: anon at April 12, 2008 8:14 AM
This property is absolutely great.
An added perk: nobody will EVER park on your driveway. Even better than a fake hydrant!
Posted by: San FronziScheme at April 14, 2008 9:10 AM
Sure hope they do an open house...they got to!
Posted by: Dan at April 14, 2008 7:40 PM
I couldn't wait to see engine 44. I like Tuetonics other projects, and if I had 6.3 million to spend on a home I would definitely consider an awesome rennovation of a firehouse.
While the rennovation is intriguing, the floor plan is not very functional. Its not a very good use of 6,000+ square feet. Its extremely choppy and divided (partially attributed to the zig zagging staircase). I would expect more for this amount of square footage and price tag. And whomever selected the finishes- people with 6.3 million to burn on a trophy property expect higher end finishes. The elevator, in particular, is quite budget. Some of the my favorite finishes (the fire-proof steel colored doors for example) were there prior to the rennovation...
Posted by: anon at August 10, 2008 1:36 PM