May 14, 2008

Coming Soon (And The Scoop): 2820 Vallejo (A Julia Morgan Design)

2820 Vallejo (

While we do like modern design, we’re also suckers for the classics. And the designs of Julia Morgan most definitely count. We don’t yet know the price, nor are any interior photos yet online, but as a plugged-in tipster notes, 2820 Vallejo is indeed “coming soon.”

Unfortunately the facade is a bit more original than the interior, but the home still offers some Morgan bones, beautiful bay views, and a flat (for real) Pacific Heights block.

And if our sources are correct, there might just be an estate sale (although the sellers have simply moved to a condo rather than "on") this weekend (i.e., sneak peek) before it gets staged next week.

∙ Listing: 2820 Vallejo (3/2.5) – TBD [Barbara Callan]
Julia Morgan, Architect [Encyclopedia of San Francisco]

First Published: May 14, 2008 7:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers


Posted by: DerrySF at May 14, 2008 11:19 AM

Anyone care to venture a guess as to the list price?

Posted by: Fishchum at May 14, 2008 11:30 AM

This house has been privately shopped for the past few months at about $6MM. And despite the Julia Morgan pedigree, a Realtor® said that price was based upon land value.

Posted by: SFalken at May 14, 2008 11:34 AM

The 2800-2900 blocks of Vallejo are far and away my favorites in the city.

Property Shark shows the square footage as only 2500 square ft. You probably can't add on to the place, so I'd say $2400 per foot is a little high, but it's soooo worth it.

Posted by: Sleepiguy at May 14, 2008 11:44 AM

...and be sure to add $800 to $1,000 psf for the remodel budget!!!

Posted by: SFalken at May 14, 2008 11:53 AM

^ a $2.5 million remodel? Piece of cake! Unless, of course, the house is sitting on sand...

Posted by: Sleepiguy at May 14, 2008 12:03 PM

Hard to tell from a photo, but the massing of the dormers on the left seems wrong. As if the dormer and balcony on the left are a later addition, along with the chimney clad in shakes like the rest of the house. And the air intake in the center peak doesn't help, either.

Posted by: rocco at May 14, 2008 2:10 PM

Plus, the updated windows are a travesty.

Posted by: Tripp Knightly at May 14, 2008 9:31 PM

The style is nice.

However, the narrow driveway will scare me. There is no way I can back up my car in a straight line for that far.

And I have always wondered - with the garage so low from the ground, what happens when we have a major storm and the rain pours down? Doesn't the water get into the garage?

Posted by: John at May 14, 2008 10:45 PM

John - Unless you're driving something huge like a dualie pickup or a Hummer, you will get used to that narrow driveway. I used to back up my Datsun through a driveway just as narrow but 4X longer.

As to what happens with rainwater : typically a linear drain is placed at the low point usually just in front of the garage door. It should be designed to have the capacity to handle a peak storm though over the years sometimes these drains clog up or lose capacity.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at May 15, 2008 9:14 AM

DerrySF, I'm going to guess list at $4.75M. Needs major updating inside and can't add addt'l sq ftg, 1 car parking (although lots of street parking).

Posted by: Soli at May 16, 2008 12:54 PM

I went to the estate sale today. Not surprisingly, it's in terrible condition. First of all, it is incredibly small. The bedrooms, if you can call them that, are practically microscopic and the pitch of the roof gives them an attic type feel. Also, the views were hugely disappointing. The neighboring Victorian on the left is recessed into the lot thereby blocking the bridge view. I can't even really guess what this house would sell for. The block is perfection, but the battle you'll have with planning trying to fix this thing gives me pause. I'd price it really low at maybe 3.5 and hope for a bidding war.

BTW, I didn't buy anything at the estate sale even though I was legitimately looking for some nice antiques. I always find these things somewhat unsettling because it's obvious that someone passed away quite recently and all their lifelong possessions are being picked over by strangers..

[Editor’s Note: No need to feel unsettled on this one, as we noted the owners have simply moved to a new condo (relatively nearby).]

Posted by: Sleepiguy at May 16, 2008 1:51 PM

The price is out, on Callan's website. 4.9! $1960 per sq. foot! Go Callan Go, you Superstar.

Posted by: Smiling Millionaire at May 16, 2008 9:15 PM

They had an estate sale this weekend. Cleaning out the closets.

Posted by: eddy at May 18, 2008 9:49 PM

You mean the bedrooms?

Posted by: Smiling Millionaire at May 19, 2008 10:29 PM

Ok.. It's in contract... Where will it close?

Posted by: Sleepiguy at June 6, 2008 4:06 PM

Well, apparently it won't close at all! It's out of contract...

Posted by: Sleepiguy at June 18, 2008 9:25 AM

The sale of this house closed the week of October 19, 2008 after 5 months on the market.

Posted by: Soli at October 27, 2008 9:38 AM

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