October 21, 2011

A Peek Inside The Saitowitz Designed Home At 2555 Union Street

2555 Union Street

A Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects design, a Cow Hollow location, and a $9,250,000 price tag. Even if you can’t afford it, we know you’ll want to take a peek inside 2555 Union.

2555 Union Street Entrance

The tone for which is set by the 8 foot by 6 foot anodized aluminum pivoting front door.

2555 Union Street Kitchen

And yes, that's a Neto in the background and there's plenty of other art throughout to see.

∙ Listing: 2555 Union Street (4/3.5) - $9,250,000 [MLS]
The Art Show [SFGate]

First Published: October 21, 2011 12:45 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

what's with the steel toilet??

the blue bath is really cool.

of course for $9M+ I would expect a bidet or two...

Posted by: asiagoSF at October 21, 2011 1:39 PM

cool design.

but WAY overpriced

will be lucky to get $5 million

Posted by: shirley at October 21, 2011 1:39 PM

Those stainless steel toilets mark a strange intersection of high-end mimimalist residential design and california state prison design standards.

Although I like clean design like this myself, I know it opens itself up to parody when you realize they are specifying products right out catalogs intended for the designers of prisons and mental hospitals.

Posted by: redseca2 at October 21, 2011 1:58 PM

exactly - they want $5m - so they price it at $10m

Posted by: wrath at October 21, 2011 2:00 PM

who lives there now? The guys from Tron?

Posted by: wrath at October 21, 2011 2:03 PM

Always curious about this home. Pricing doesn't make sense. $6 to 7 seems closer to reality. But this is essentially new construction. Current tax assessed at $3.2

Posted by: eddy at October 21, 2011 2:11 PM

Wow. This is some pretty nice real estate porn, for those who like it hard and cold.

Posted by: jenofla at October 21, 2011 2:13 PM

It's not anywhere close to my taste, but certainly some high end finishes. Is the exterior new? It looks pretty dated to me, maybe late 80s, early 90s aesthetic on the outside, and not even a particularly original take on it.

Posted by: lyqwyd at October 21, 2011 3:23 PM

Very few houses say F-you to the street quite as well as this house. Might as well grow some vertical poison oak on that wall while they're at it.

Posted by: Turin at October 21, 2011 4:02 PM

I bet the owner wears a Nehru jacket.

Posted by: wrath at October 21, 2011 4:07 PM

Does anyone know the history of this house. I have a TRI statement from 4/89 for 2555 Union with floor plans on the reverse side. "Newly constructed with quality and taste. This traditional home has approximately 5000 square feet." Asking $1,795k. I believe it looked similar to the house on the facing left side. I believe the two were built at the same time. This house sold in 11/93 for $1650k. Who bought it, the people who tore is down and built this "Tin Can" Residence?

Posted by: What's Up? at October 21, 2011 5:07 PM

Its a pretty place though is photo #30 the back yard? Where the heck does one play a proper game of Jarts?

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at October 21, 2011 5:47 PM

I would buy it just so I could stalk Winona Ryder across the street ;-)

Posted by: Mike at October 21, 2011 6:28 PM

Turin: no kidding. If I were a neighbor I'd be sorely tempted to build a "spite wall"-- just a featureless concrete wall in front of the house. For "security".

Posted by: Alai at October 21, 2011 6:31 PM

Very nice finishing inside....and good use of glass and light...but thats one ugly exterior...

Posted by: mikey woodz at October 21, 2011 7:21 PM

Boy that concrete front wall sure warms up the block, don't it?

Posted by: Tripp Knightly at October 21, 2011 9:12 PM

Awful Truly awful. Like a gas station restroom. Just awful.

Posted by: Taffy Davenport at October 21, 2011 10:52 PM

The bathroom looks like a caltrans rest stop on I-5 between Shasta and the Oregon Border.

Just remember don't sit down on the steel toilet on a cold night.

The front garage area is just butt ugly

Posted by: inclinejj at October 22, 2011 8:15 AM

Occupy Saitowitz.

Posted by: Schlub at October 22, 2011 8:15 AM

If I ever get to build a beach house, I know who I'm going to use, but he's going to have to drop the stainless steel toilets.

Posted by: BobN at October 22, 2011 12:04 PM

Just hideous. It may illicit some "ooohs and aaahs" from architectural buffs, but I can't imagine why anyone would pay dime one to live in a place like this.

Posted by: Fishchum at October 22, 2011 3:02 PM

F*%k you, says the house
I have my steel toilets
And no room for Jarts

Posted by: Kurt Brown at October 22, 2011 7:09 PM

Winona Ryder (perk)

Posted by: inclinejj at October 23, 2011 6:45 AM

While I love the cold, never-been-lived-in look, even THIS is way too cold for me. Brrrrr! Stainless-steel toilets? I hope they come equipped with seat warmers!

Posted by: Brrrrrr at October 23, 2011 9:11 AM

the bidets flush with liquid nitrogen - for that sophisticated piece of a**

Posted by: wrath at October 23, 2011 12:29 PM

House History:

In the early 80's it was a vacant lot. There was a stairway that climbed up from the street and other remnants of a house that had once occupied the site. In the late 80's developer John McInernery subdivided it into two lots and built two speculative houses. The side by side houses were designed by architect Nancy Sheinholtz and were nearly identical. The current owners of 2555 Union acquired that house in 1993 and about a decade later began major alterations with Saitowitz.

Posted by: inmycountry at October 23, 2011 5:56 PM

Stainless steel toilet? Just like Bernie Madoff's - that is, after he went to prison.

Posted by: A.T. at October 23, 2011 7:03 PM

Is this Easter island or San Fracisco? I think my life is actually a little worse off for having viewed this house.

Posted by: VancouverJones at October 23, 2011 8:01 PM

You'd think that streets raped Saitowitz's family or something by the way he shows his hate toward it with his God awful architecture.

Posted by: BlamALam at October 24, 2011 4:07 AM

If you click on the "art throughout to see" button it takes you to a SF Chronicle article that says the owner "served as her own interior designer" with the help of a "design consultant" (not Saitowitz). The result to me, a usual fan of Saitowitz, is rather boring and does not show Saitowitz's usual skill.

Posted by: Jim at October 24, 2011 11:14 AM

Who wants to bet they got a divorce and that's why the place is on the market? Can you imagine having a relationship in that place!

Posted by: LD at October 24, 2011 8:56 PM

The list price for 2555 Union Street has just been reduced $300,000, now asking $8,950,000.

Posted by: SocketSite at February 10, 2012 10:45 AM

The list price for 2555 Union Street has just been reduced a million dollars (11 percent), now asking $7,950,000.

Posted by: SocketSite at October 9, 2012 2:43 PM

I have been surprised by the number of price cuts at the upper end of the market recently, places are still selling but feels like the market has really slowed down.

Posted by: ExAgent at October 9, 2012 3:55 PM

I wouldn't read much into the high end chops. I think agents in this market are over estimating the growth / activity in the 2-4.5M range and wrongly applying it to the high end. This is a nice house but I think it was overpriced; and still a little high. The two houses on Divis near Pacific are both overpriced (Herbst Manor and Kirks house). The Jackson Street house that came on at $15 was way too high (although its in contract after big price breaks). A bunch of other houses fall into this category as well. Pretty much anything north of 7M. 2555 cutting its price is smart. But I wouldn't wait much longer. I suspect this would have sold had it hit the market at this price.

The market does seem to be slowing a bit but we are also heading into a traditionally slower period. And there is still a lot of activity but the pace feels a bit off, I agree.

Posted by: eddy at October 9, 2012 4:38 PM

They buyers are there and the money is there, but I think people are waiting on the perfect houses. 2430 Vallejo was the perfect house, hence the 2 million over asking. 2841 Vallejo also went fast. The courtyard on that place was to die for. Overpriced, flawed homes and poor agents choices are keeping a few big homes on the market. The two (older) homes on Pacific west of Divis have little chance of selling, ditto 2505 Divis. As for this house, I just don't know who the buyer would be, if one hasn't emerged in a year.

I'm also a little surprised by the flood of Victorians in D7. It's like a dozen people all decided to dump them at the same time.

Posted by: Denis at October 9, 2012 4:55 PM

I've always considered the fall and winter to be the best RE shopping season. Of course you have places that have been sitting through spring and summer due to a flaw in the product, but you have decent buys that were just overpriced or very poorly timed. Sellers stuck that way didn't sell either because they were not realistic or just out of bad luck. In any case, the higher the price, the harder the match-making and the harder the pricing.

Posted by: lol at October 9, 2012 6:16 PM

Fall and Winter are the best shopping season. They are not the best selling season. :)

D7 has a lot of odd properties for sale right now. The good market has flushed a few homes out there I think. A few are selling well so hard to blame anyone for trying. I do think some of the sales happening now would not fare will with a sub 5 year hold, which is always a bad idea generally.

I am fond of 3040 Pacific just not at $6M. Curious why 3377 Pacific isn't moving. I agree it's a touch high (not so much after the recent cut) but what a nice home.

Posted by: eddy at October 9, 2012 7:24 PM

If they staged it with Jarts(TM) in the backyard, it would move.

Posted by: Kurt Brown at October 9, 2012 8:41 PM

Didn't they film an episode of The Prisoner there??

Oh wait, nope I was mistaken. I hear that Ross will have the Sheriff's office acquire it for "overflow" of Bryant facility.

Me bad boy, but "I am not a number..."

Posted by: Number 6 at October 10, 2012 12:57 PM

*ding *ding *ding We have a buyer! And likely an "at asking" sale.. lol

Posted by: Denis at October 11, 2012 6:47 PM

Seems savvy buyers at the high end are making some "low ball' offers and getting the deal done. Smart. This one is not "firm" as of yet. Should be interesting to see.

Posted by: eddy at October 12, 2012 9:17 AM

Sold for 7.95.. "at asking"

Posted by: Denis at November 20, 2012 10:50 AM

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