February 14, 2012

No Apples At 315 Santa Clara Avenue (But There Is A Pool)

315 Santa Clara Avenue

Purchased for $2,625,000 in 2007, the 5,707 square foot home on a double lot at 315 Santa Clara Avenue was reconfigured and remodeled in 2008, including a new kitchen.

315 Santa Clara Avenue Kitchen

The St. Francis Wood home returned to the market listed for $4,795,000 in 2009. Having been relisted and reduced a few times since, 315 Santa Clara Avenue is back on the market and asking $3,800,000. And yes, there’s a heated pool (and sauna) within.

315 Santa Clara Avenue Pool

∙ Listing: 315 Santa Clara Avenue (4/5.5) 5,707 sqft - $3,800,000 [315santaclara.com]

First Published: February 14, 2012 9:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Who designs a kitchen with an island blocking one leg of the triangle? There's plenty of space there do to it right.

To get their asking price they'll need to find a buyer who wants that pool.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at February 14, 2012 9:20 AM

horrible horrible horrible. the interior design is all over the place. french regency? gaudy italian, modern. ick.

Posted by: KK at February 14, 2012 9:54 AM

I'd have to agree with KK. The house's identity is all over the place. Spanish facade, French interior, modern bathrooms...

Not a big fan.

Posted by: Palms at February 14, 2012 10:25 AM

Looks like there is no garage, just a open parking court and it's tandem.

Posted by: inmycountry at February 14, 2012 10:49 AM

Having seen it before and after, I'd say it's a tragic interior remodel of a once-handsome Marston & Hurd. Even in 2007 it had a tricky layout/floor plan, though, and no garage, as the previous commenter points out.

Posted by: Rooc at February 14, 2012 10:55 AM

At this price point any buyer is bound to have an ever-so-slightly different taste and engage into a complete redo. All this money spent in 2008 for something that will have only been enjoyed for 4 years. Sigh.

Or maybe remodeling has become the nouveau riche solution to ennui.

Posted by: lol at February 14, 2012 11:26 AM

The underlying logic in all these absurd remodel-of-multimillion-dollar-home cases seems fairly clear. Upper class american households are somewhat over-endowed with wealth relative to what they actually make use of, save or productively invest. So what you get is remodeling as a form of conspicuous consumption.

Posted by: Brahma (incensed renter) at February 14, 2012 11:38 AM

@lol and Brahma: I've been saying the same thing for a while. Look at the bright side, though - at this price point somebody is likely to actually live in this house, at least for a few years. Most of the Pac Heights/Presidio/Marina mansions, on the other hand, are just collectibles to be perpetually swapped and remodeled, sitting empty 90% of the time. One hopes there's at least some human utilization here.

Posted by: Legacy Dude at February 14, 2012 1:02 PM

WHERE did they get the music for the website for this property??

Is there a 'realtor' section hidden away somewhere on iTunes? (presumably along with 'elevator music' and 'airliner cabin music').

Just askin'...

Posted by: StGeorge at February 14, 2012 2:19 PM

Still way over priced...I predict it gets pulled again.

and I agree, an ugly, confused redo.

Posted by: Geo at February 14, 2012 3:25 PM

People need to move away from the consumptive and wasteful semi-decadal remodel toward the position of curator with homes like these. Yes, if there are floor plan defects or not enough lights or outlets or other conveniences people expect today, put them in. But let the building be what it is.

I consider myself the curator of our 1920's home, and fortunately the previous owners acted as curators as well. It's possible one of the bathrooms still has the original tile. All the original details are there. yes, the baseboards are dimpled from use, but they have the same finish as when original. It's much easier just to preserve what is there then to change it. We've done many updates with period materials and no one is the wiser.

Posted by: djt at February 14, 2012 3:44 PM

I've got no problem with renovating.. Places get rundown and out of date.

I do have a problem with ugly renovations like this that are confused, out of character, and discombobulated.

Posted by: R at February 14, 2012 4:10 PM

MoD, You're showing a lot of disdain for that kitchen (linking in other threads!) Is it really that bad? There's a prep sink in the island that makes for a decent triangle. Clean up, I suppose, may give you a bit of exercise.

Posted by: EBGuy at February 15, 2012 3:32 PM

I didn't notice the prep sink on the island. So the triangle is actually pretty good then. You're right I shouldn't complain so much about this kitchen. It beats mine (though mine is smaller and cheaper).

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at February 15, 2012 9:50 PM

I have soft spot for folks who just don't care about interior design. I mean, they have other priorities...so more power to them. But this level of hideous takes real effort. It's actually shocking.

Posted by: lambf at February 18, 2012 12:41 PM

The list price for 315 Santa Clara Avenue has been reduced $305,000 (8 percent), now asking $3,495,000.

Posted by: SocketSite at March 30, 2012 6:57 AM

The sale of 315 Santa Clara closed escrow today with a reported contract price of $3,205,000 ($562 per square foot).

Posted by: SocketSite at April 18, 2012 12:07 PM

315 Santa Clara sold for 3,205,000.

Posted by: 94114 at April 18, 2012 12:08 PM

Wow, this house is freaking awesome!!! too bad, its not on d market anymore...

Posted by: Amrit Bawa at May 22, 2012 11:54 PM

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