676 San Jose
Purchased for $875,000 in 2005, the Victorian home at 676 San Jose was taken “to the studs,” expanded (including a new two-bedroom unit below) and modernized in 2006.
676 San Jose Kitchen
Now boasting seven bedrooms and three (although we seem to count four) bathrooms over 3,701 square feet and listed for $1,595,000 ($431 per square) in 2011.
∙ Listing: 676 San Jose (7/3) 3,701 sqft – $1,595,000 [MLS]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Bernie Hill

    Sorry to be dense – but what is the mormon reference here?

  2. Posted by amused

    Is this supposed to be a joke about Mormons having a lot of kids? Why not just make it about Catholics? Or Mexicans?
    Epic, epic fail.
    [Editor’s Note: In no way, shape, or form was this intended to be a jab at or joke about the Mormon faith. It was a simple reference to fact on a listing for a "7 bedroom" house:

    Today, the average Mormon family size tends to be around 4 children per family. Compared to the past, this is much smaller than early Mormon families; however, it is still approximately double the average family size of non-Mormon families. Historically, speaking Mormon families tended to have at least six children and it was not at all uncommon for families to have far more children than that. Families consisting of nine and ten children were not considered to be out of the ordinary in the least.

    We couldn't of said the same, however, for our Octomom headline which never made it to press.]

  3. Posted by amused

    Pull all the statistics you want, but this isn’t cool. Coming from an atheist, BTW.

  4. Posted by sfrenegade

    So it this usable as an SFR? They don’t seem to have pictures of the unit below in the listing. The upper bedrooms have some attic intrusion it seems.
    The location is a minus to many I’d think — on the San Jose almost-freeway. I should look up on Mission Mission/Burrito Justice neighborhood this is. Is La Lengua on the other side of SJ?

  5. Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

    Another angle is that most active LDS families tend to have a significantly higher household incomes when compared to those in the surrounding communities that are not so aligned. There’s a bit of published social science documenting this, too, so it’s not just urban legend.
    Not an irrelevant fact when discussing a 1.6 million dollar home.

  6. Posted by A.T.

    Mormons tend to have lots of kids. Fact. Who else would want a 7-BR house?
    And don’t get all faux-PC about this after the Mormons bankrolled Prop 8.

  7. Posted by [anon.ed]

    In contract on day one, 1.6 on San Jose.

  8. Posted by ha

    editor- if you are 2nd guessing yourself-Nope you did not go over the line… it is funny cuz its true and something mormons actually take pride in
    Thanks for adding a little bit more humor than usual
    Side note if you talk to a realtor and just say to them “looking for a 7-3″ they would probably have no idea what you are talking about vs asking for a 3-2

  9. Posted by gallileo

    The demographics of mormon families is well established. See, eg, “A Demographic Portrait of the Mormons, 1830-1980″, Dean L. May, in _After 150 Years: The Latter-day Saints in Sesquicentennial Perspective_ Provo: Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 1983 (216p.): 39-69
    Which has actual numbers from real census data demonstrating Mormons culture’s birth rate to track the national birth rate, just two points higher.
    As a former Mormon from a very large family (eight kids), I think the reference is hilarious and most of my practicing family would too. Poking fun at large family sizes is good sport and done all the time, no big deal if it isn’t mean-spirited, and this didn’t strike me that way.

  10. Posted by noearch

    Thanks SS for injecting a little humor into the site.
    At times, this site and the commenters get to be a little too, I mean WAY too PC. if you know what I mean.
    This was funny, and at times can be true.

  11. Posted by Poor in Pac Heights

    You have to add “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” to the headline…It worked for Seinfeld it should work for SocketSite… :)
    It should help soothe those who are a LITTLE too sensitive…

  12. Posted by amused

    If this thread had picked on a group that didn’t bankroll Prop 8 and is actually represented in SF (Hispanics?), you’d all be screaming bloody murder with the same fervor you usually reserve for realtors.
    If it were actually even a little bit funny, it’d be different.

  13. Posted by wifey

    Love the editors comments. Now you are finally seeing things with clear glasses. Note: Ikea particle board kitchen cabinets in kids bath-room are sure fire signs of cheap upgrades. I hope you have the cajones (as?) to let my post stay up now that we are on the same team.

  14. Posted by A.T.

    Hmm, amused, who is the one making the ethnic generalizations here that could be considered a bit demeaning? Not the editor . . .

  15. Posted by meep

    what neighborhood is this?

  16. Posted by justme

    what neighborhood is this?

    I was wondering if this is a part of the “new” Noe, after the redraw.

  17. Posted by Mole Man

    This is on the very edge of Noe Valley overlooking the Transmission or whatever one prefers to call that triangular patch of land between San Jose and Mission south of the Mission District.

  18. Posted by b

    so if this is ok, its ok for me to advertise section 8 units by saying “calling all black families to…”?

  19. Posted by justme

    This is on the very edge of Noe Valley

    Yup, but was it officially Noe a couple of years ago?

  20. Posted by sfrenegade

    Burrito Justice is funny. La Lengua is certainly better than Upper Noe Valley Heights or whatever SFAR would come up with.

  21. Posted by tc_sf

    In a less inflammatory vein, what about this house?
    Was this a flip that they held onto since 2006 waiting to sell?
    Or was it renovated and owner occupied and the owner just sold normally?
    Zillow lists a tax assessment of $1.3M for 2010, don’t know if that corresponds well to the purchase price plus renovation cost.

  22. Posted by sfrenegade

    I see $374.5K on the permits. Some of that was added in 2005, but the bulk in 2006. With 2% adjustments due to Prop 13, $1.310M in 2009 would be just about right for sale price + permits by my calculation.

  23. Posted by SocketSite

    Yup, but was [676 San Jose] officially Noe a couple of years ago?
    It was and is with the Noe to Mission dividing line at San Jose from Valley to 30th unchanged. The Mission to Noe boundry shift was from Guerrero to San Jose between 24th and 26th.

  24. Posted by wifey

    Note: Freedom of speech is not for everyone unless it is their own form of innate racism. Please mind your p’s and q’s. 7 is good luck #, all is peachy, this should go for over asking, the sky is falling, see “x” statistic etc.

  25. Posted by kthnxybe

    I like the yellow fridge and old timey stove!
    But yeah, if there are seven bedrooms and you’re even staging one with bunk beds, then you have a bit of a niche market, hehe.

  26. Posted by EH

    I would bet that this would have gone in to contract on day one no matter what. Cheap 7BR? That’s a market in itself.

  27. Posted by EBGuy

    In contract on day one, 1.6 on San Jose.
    Well, we now have a price floor in Noe Valley. Sweet south facing yard (with issues!)

  28. Posted by Jimmy C

    Unfortunatly for the neighbors, the other primary use in this city for a 7 bedroom house is a halfway house or post rehab sober living… I’ll take the mormons over that.

  29. Posted by Jay E

    “Another angle is that most active LDS families tend to have a significantly higher household incomes when compared to those in the surrounding communities that are not so aligned. There’s a bit of published social science documenting this, too, so it’s not just urban legend.
    Not an irrelevant fact when discussing a 1.6 million dollar home.”
    how is that possible? they give up to 35% of their income every year to the church.

  30. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    The tithe is 10% not 35%.
    Your temple elders are ripping you off.

  31. Posted by REpornaddict

    “Mormons tend to have lots of kids. Fact. Who else would want a 7-BR house?
    And don’t get all faux-PC about this after the Mormons bankrolled Prop 8.”
    probably the most faux-PC comment ever!

  32. Posted by meep

    is the dormer original or part of the redisign

  33. Posted by Scott

    I’m not Mormon, or even religious, but really I kind of found this offensive.

  34. Posted by EH

    It’s extremely offensive for white people to be a subject of ridicule.

  35. Posted by Fishchum

    It’s a joke, folks – lighten up.

  36. Posted by noearch

    It was funny. All you serious intellectuals need to stop being so damn PC.
    Nobody was hurt. No mormons were harmed in the process.

  37. Posted by MH for Movoto

    Allow me to introduce a new vein of headline-criticism – I didn’t get the joke right away cause the “seven bedroom” part was so far away from the title! Otherwise I would have been very amused.

  38. Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

    A.T. wrote: “Who else would want a 7-BR house?”
    Kate Gosselin, if she decides to move here now that her divorce is final. New town, new beginnings, who knows what might happen?
    [Editor's Note: Damn it, that's what we get for not reading the gossip rags and websites. The headline we now wish we had gone with: "Calling Kate To 676 San Jose."]

  39. Posted by Willow

    “In contract on day one, 1.6 on San Jose.”
    I’m sure the neighbors are hoping the lucky buyer was Ginnifer Goodwin…

  40. Posted by sfrenegade

    I was waiting for the inevitable Big Love joke. Maybe this means good things for the neighboring houses.

  41. Posted by Willow

    ^ I know…I know…just couldn’t resist.
    :-)

  42. Posted by noearch

    If kate gosselin and her brood of little brats move to Noe Vally, I’m moving.

  43. Posted by NoeValleyJim

    “Exquisite, re-designed, fully detached 4 BD, 2-story Vict + 2BD Unit+Studio”
    This is really three units.

  44. Posted by modernedwardian

    technically noe, as is my home a block away, but people also call the neighborhood outer mission, nocha, and even bernal when i give my address.
    i don’t really care what they call it. walking only blocks to the J church muni, i’m 15 minutes from the ferry building and less to union square or hayes valley or dolores park without the hassle of parking, the risks of city biking, or the ugliness of many city buses). It’s 5 minutes on foot from some of the best coffee and winebars with outside tables in the city as well as the restaurants of church (toast, pommelo, incanto, alice’s ) AND the mission (blue plate, front porch, baby blues bbq and all that latin american goodness) with some of the best weather in the city, park access, and a hop to the glen park bart and the freeways.
    i walk for grocery shopping and errands and to the alemany farmer’s and flea markets and through the castro, valencia, and 24th street corridors and hike glen canyon or to the top of bernal for views. the j church outbound gets me to the ocean in 20 minutes on a good day via one connection.
    the traffic of san jose could be an issue for many with this particular home, but this neighborhood is great.

  45. Posted by tipster

    “i’m 15 minutes from the ferry building”
    ^511.org says the J church is 26 minutes to the ferry building and the total trip time is 36 minutes, more than twice what you said. But good luck with the sale/desire to hold property values, of your property nearby.

  46. Posted by A.T.

    Yeah, that 15 min. to the Ferry Building comment is absurd. It’s double that, and the J does not run too frequently so you have to factor in wait time (although that can be reduced with nextmuni).
    This is an OK neighborhood, but one thing it ain’t is conveniently located for public transportation.

  47. Posted by NoeValleyJim

    From here, you would be better off walking to the 24th Street BART station and taking BART to the Ferry Building rather than take the J.
    This area is pretty good for transit though, since the J and 24 are close and BART is not too far away. Mission Street always has a bus, too.

  48. Posted by Dan

    This location is served by many transit routes. Downtown, BART is the way to go from here. Per Google Maps, transit times are slightly less from here to the Ferry Building than from Pac Heights to the Ferry Building, thanks to the speed of BART. This location is also close to the 24 bus, and one has bike paths the whole way from this house to downtown. Also easy to travel south via BART (or the freeway).

  49. Posted by NoeValleyJim

    Sign on the building says “SOLD” does anyone know what it went for?

  50. Posted by 94114

    It hasn’t closed yet.

  51. Posted by SocketSite

    The sale of 676 San Jose Avenue closed escrow on 3/8 with a reported contract price of $1,610,000 ($435 per reported square foot).

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