Artani: Roof Deck
A plugged-in reader provides the scoop on, and a few shots from atop and within, The Artani (818 Van Ness):

The roof deck is really fantastic. It invites a gathering and party, and you have great views easterly of the skyline (new against old San Francisco, a really great juxtaposition).

Unit pricing seems to be more high right now than competitive. Options are very limited, so what you see, for the most part, is what you get. Several units on each floor are available for checking out. 3rd floor is where a variety of staged units are, and where the office is.

Artani: Lower Floor Living

HOA’s are all in the $500 range (whether you’re wanting a 1bed (1bath), 1bed +den (2bath), or 2bed (2bath)). 1Bed/1Bath have a wild range in pricing ($599k-yes lower floor to $899k-yes higher up with views).
1Bed/+Den/2Bath ranges from $699k to $799k, generally logical pricing with the den units. 2Bed/2Bath really get wild, with pricing from $799k to $989k – and then a heavy jump on the 6th floor to $1.399M (2 bedroom units seem to range from 991 to 1181 square feet).

The $1.399M unit is only about 180 extra square feet bigger than it’s $989K sister unit, and perhaps the views make the justification – but it’s quite a reach – especially with just a romeo ledge posing as an outdoor space.

Artani: Kitchen

The Van Ness corridor is arriving, especially if they can get these prices. If they can’t…perhaps arrival is going to be delayed.

Obviously part fact part opinion, but wholly (and as always) appreciated.
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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    I’m really encouraged by the trend of equipping new buildings with fully functional roof decks. Its a great amenity, even in chilly SF.

  2. Posted by Michael L.

    Nice..

  3. Posted by sf

    Roof deck= HUGE insurance risk. Developers build them at their peril.

  4. Posted by diemos

    Intriguing. Can you expand on what exactly the risks are?

  5. Posted by ex SF-er

    regardless of insurance risk, I LOVE rooftop decks.

  6. Posted by Anna

    Great overview. Floor plans are online now as well:
    http://www.theartanisf.com/Floorplans.htm

  7. Posted by condoshopper

    looks much nicer than symphony towers down the block, which i wonder how sales are going down there?

  8. Posted by Delancey

    especially with just a romeo ledge posing as an outdoor space
    What’s a “romeo ledge”? Also, if anyone knows, what is a “romeo flat”, as seen on craigslist apt listings from time to time? Is that the SF equivalent of a shotgun shack?

  9. Posted by anon

    Romeo Ledge == Juliet Balcony?

  10. Posted by steve

    Current pricing = Fat chance

  11. Posted by Eric

    My partner and I bought a unit in Symphony Towers in April and couldn’t be happier. We bought our unit for significantly less than what the Artani is advertising and–after looking at the floor plans–believe that ST has used space much more functionally & effectively (when you only have 700 SQFT–everything matters!). Sales have been steady and I predict that Artani may have to lower their prices.

  12. Posted by condoshopper

    hi eric, thanks for the input. i was/am looking at symphony towers myself, but the main thing about this location is being surrounded by tenderloin and western addition on each side. how do you feel about the neighborhood in this aspect?

  13. Posted by Aiden

    I stopped by the building this weekend. The units INCLUDE the hardwood floors (beech, i think) and all BOSHE kitchen appliances and upgraded carpet and nice track lighting. Other new condos i’ve seen charge you for all taht stuff so you have to tack on $20-50K. The unit I’m considering also has air conditioning which i think is a nice touch. The roof deck is amazing.

  14. Posted by curmudgeon

    Romeo Balcony – I’m guessing that it’s simply a very small balcony that doesn’t really allow for furniture.
    Romeo Flat…that’s the distinctively SF apartment type that has a stairway running up the center of the front facade, with narrow flats on either side. Usually three stories, six flats. The stairway is semi-enclosed, and there is a landing on each level facing the street..it usually bulges outward a bit…therefore providing a perch for Juliette to be seranaded by Romeo below. I’ve always thought it was a very sweet housing type.

  15. Posted by Norma

    I’m really happy for ST buyers, but I think the target market is different. We actually went to visit and were really impressed with the quality of the finishes and layouts. There’s no wasted space, and no need for upgrades because what they’ve included as “standard” is way above average. Compared to other new condo buildings in the area, SOMA and South Beach, we thought they were very well done. We visit NYC all the time, and it kind of has that boutique-y NY feel to it. Some of the most expensive hotels and apartments in Midtown, NY are above a Burger King, so what’s the diff? I like the vibe, and am glad the Van Ness corridor finally has something to upgrade its image. Just the beginning, in my opinion. Bummer that the elevators aren’t in yet, but the trek up to the roof deck is well worth it.

  16. Posted by mktwatcher

    Just wait…when all those investment bankers rushing out of Manhattan come looking for jobs here in the Bay area, support for all these new condo developments may materialize after all.
    Then again…

  17. Posted by sf

    I am a contractor and perform insurance inspections. All insurance firms want to know whether or not a roof deck is allowed to the public. This increases the insurance premiums when roof decks are available, as roof decks are used for social gatherings aka booze. It also makes it easy for potential suicides.

  18. Posted by Jerry

    Condos have condo associations that usually venture to sue contractors and design professionals for defects in performance. Roof decks and difficult waterproofing conditions are many times the subject of such suits because they can fail. Many insurance firms will not provide professional liability insurance for condos because condo associations have enormous power. The statute of limitations is ten years after the project is completed.

  19. Posted by BT

    All you guys loving the roof deck obviously have no experience of the wind levels on Van Ness. I live in the ‘hood and my building has large outdoor spaces that I personally consider almost unusable except on the very rare windless day. As far as I’m concerned, that roof deck is purely for show (and as a sales come-on for the clueless).

  20. Posted by tenderloiner

    this building was designed by Forum design, right?
    Well Forum Design has a principal that loves these Romeo balconies and puts them in every project he designs regardless of whether they work or not. Just another useless “design feature”.

  21. Posted by Bill

    Went through the building and it is worlds beyond anything new on Van Ness Avenue. The roof deck was the best I have seen in San Francisco-and was not windy. Overall very good and I actually was very surprised as I didn’t think this project was going to be good.

  22. Posted by SocketSite

    For perspective, do keep in mind that thus far The Artani has only opened its doors to agents and brokers.

  23. Posted by RJ

    The Artani has been open to the public since Friday the 12th for people who registered-that is when I went and saw it and it was open the entire weekend. Agents didn’t see it until Tuesday during broker tour after the public saw it—just for clarification

  24. Posted by yardy

    Okay, ST-buyers, we appreciate it that you feel more comfortable with your purchase, but it looks a bit silly when you claim ST is such a better deal, and you know better since you bought there.
    Roof deck? Who gives a hoot how much time they put in the roof deck? For one they are usually like swimming pools, a great “wow” factor at sales time, but how many people do you see actually using them? Also, how in the world can you justify any premium for a place because of its roof deck. I say, since you’re going to spend max .001% of the year on the deck, so it should justify a .001% premium above the price… give or take $6 :)

  25. Posted by Dylon

    I can see your point about some people may not use a roof deck–because most of the time the roof deck is not very practical or it is just slapped together. My husband and I actually made it a part (not a huge part, but a part) of our decision making process when we bought
    looking from the picture here and reading the plugged in review, this building looks really good and the roof deck is called fantastic and looks fantastic. It would have made an impact on our decision if we were looking at buying in this building.

  26. Posted by irreverent

    to continue the roofdeck pile on: who pulls in the furniture when it rains? What about when all the dirt falls out of the sky? Anybody park the car outside and notice those days when lots of dreck gets deposited on the old car? Doesn’t happen to roof deck furniture? How moldy will the stuff be if we have one of those epic rainy winters? otherwise, love it

  27. Posted by Dan

    Wow, how much shilling can be done in one thread?

  28. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    The usefulness of a roof deck varies from person to person. I enjoy being outdoors and will bundle up if needed to stay comfortable. Those who associate bikinis with sun decks will be there maybe 1-2 days a year. So I guess I’d have the deck to myself on many days :-)
    sf – What do insurers mean by “open to the public” ? If this means that anyone off of the street can access the area then I can see how insurers would be wary. However if it means that guests of residents can access the area then I don’t understand. Even if guests were disallowed, how can that be enforced ? This is a residential building, not a DoD high security facility after all. Also I don’t know how insurers would be liable for suicide.
    irreverent – I’d assume that the furniture is waterproof to resist the rain and fog. And part of the HOA dues would be going to someone to clean the common areas, including the roof deck.

  29. Posted by condoshopper

    the thing i don’t like about roof decks and pools is that it invites parties which means groups of random strangers in and out of of the building more often. i visited the roof deck at 199 New Mongtomery and it was empty beer cans and bottles laid all over the place.

  30. Posted by Jake

    Interesting comments, nice building and deck. I’m also curious about insuring roof decks. My building (a 1926 concrete and steel 8 story structure in Pac. Heights) is considering one. Would our insurance premiums (and as a result HOA dues) go up dramatically if we did this? Thanks!

  31. Posted by Ryan

    let the flooding of Craigslist begin:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/reb/844415995.html

  32. Posted by TipTop

    Just went on the website and noticed one of the flooplans that is 1 Bed plus Den and 2 baths. I am not sure if I have seen that before. Seems interesting.
    Guests dont have to walk through your bedroom to go to use your bathroom-the worst!

  33. Posted by sf

    I really love this building. And I love Van Ness. The roof deck needs plastic furniture.

  34. Posted by T-Money

    Who cares about the roof deck. A developer can’t base their values on a roof deck and I’m hoping a buyer won’t base their decision because of a roof deck. This project will NOT sell at these prices. I give this project 3 months before the lender and equity provider will crash the developers party.

  35. Posted by Eric

    I would strongly recommend the Van Ness Corridor (or whatever it is being called these days). It is a 10 minute walk to the Civic Center BART, serviced by major bus lines that take you almost anywhere you need to go in SF; in fact, we sold our car and both commute to jobs in the East Bay very easily. It is within walking/short cabbing distance of most major night clubs (if you are into concerts). Trader Joe’s will be coming to Van Ness/Sutter. We feel safe in the area and–with Opera Plaza–and all of the federal/state/local government employees and the Symphony/Opera crowd–there are more people on the streets at all times of the day & night.

  36. Posted by Rebarkah

    Eric – I think the Trader Joes on Van Ness has been cancelled cause the development (TJ’s on the bottom, condos up top) fell through.

  37. Posted by AEG

    I just went to the Artani on my lunch break. I have to say it is the most quality building I have seen in a while. Lots of attention to detail. I liked it.

  38. Posted by AEG

    I just went to the Artani on my lunch break. I have to say it is the most quality building I have seen in a while. Lots of attention to detail. I liked it- a refreshing change.

  39. Posted by AEG

    I just went to the Artani on my lunch break. I have to say it is the most quality building I have seen in a while. Lots of attention to detail. I liked it- a refreshing change.

  40. Posted by fountainhead

    Looks like the best building yet on Van Ness.

  41. Posted by flaneur

    The architecture is great, but the color is drab and reminiscent of East Berlin… I am not saying it should be peach, but more thought could have gone in the color scheme selection.

  42. Posted by flaneur

    The architecture is great, but the color is drab and reminiscent of East Berlin… I am not saying it should be peach, but more thought could have gone in the color scheme selection.

  43. Posted by Eric

    Rebarkah–The development company that was planning on building the Van Ness/Sutter condos (I think) put the property back on the market. A guy I know at another Bay Area development company told me that Trader Joe’s is still in contract to build there–but that if condos are not developed in 2009-10 there–that they could get out of the contract. With Cala foods in lower Nob Hill closing in 2010, I am really hoping that TJ’s comes to Van Ness/Sutter. If anyone knows anything else–would love to hear!

  44. Posted by Eric

    And as a ST home owner–we would love to see The Artani do well. We are just very happy that we got our 1BR unit for about 65K less than what 1BRs at the Artani are selling for.

  45. Posted by Eric

    And as a ST home owner–we would love to see The Artani do well. We are just very happy that we got our 1BR unit for about 65K less than what 1BRs at the Artani are starting at.

  46. Posted by AnonN

    “Just went on the website and noticed one of the flooplans that is 1 Bed plus Den and 2 baths. I am not sure if I have seen that before. Seems interesting.
    Guests dont have to walk through your bedroom to go to use your bathroom-the worst!”
    Yes, finally some innovation in floor plans! We need to see much more of this and these types of units in particular. Even a half-bath for guests is a huge amenity but this plan appears to include a shower as well.
    Small gig — their designer bought the wrong Louis Ghost chairs: clear polycarbonate (probably from DWR) instead of the smoke available only from Kartell. The smoke adds an element of opaqueness that would have worked so much better in this model, particularly since there are 6 chairs.

  47. Posted by RockRak

    ST buyers–You should have paid less for for where you live Vs the artani. ST is a totally different product. I had a tour of both buildings and there was no comparison.
    ST lobby was very very simple, no rooftop, basic finishes…Artani–Sleek lobby with doorman–amazing rooftop–Viking appliances. I liked ST but if I were going to buy-it would be at the artani.

  48. Posted by Eric

    Rock Rak–I agree that the Artani is more luxurious than ST. In the long run, though, be prepared to pay significantly higher HOA dues for maintenance of the “sleek lobby” and the annual salary of the doorman. And Rock Rak–as far as a roof top–ST has a nice functional roof top with a new grill, furniture and landscaping. In fact, we had our wedding reception up there.

  49. Posted by jimmythekid

    Does anyone know how the rentals are going at the artani?

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