In October 2009, the then two-bedroom single-family home at 479 Douglass Street was listed for $779,000 with its upper level “tenant-occupied by [a] longtime [elderly] gentleman” paying $490 per month in rent.
In November 2009, the sale of 479 Douglass closed escrow with recorded contract price of $850,000 with the tenant in place. That December, an “anonymous” complaint was filed with the city noting a “possible illegal unit on [the] second floor” and two kitchens in the single-family home.
Without a history of any permits to convert the property from a legal single family house to a two-unit dwelling, a permit was issued to remove the second kitchen and convert the property back into a single family dwelling, without the elderly tenant in place.
A year later, permits were issued to raise, extend, and rebuild 479 Douglass which has returned to the market as a modern four-bedroom Noe Valley home listed for $2,895,000.
Oh, and about that headline, the seller is Stephen Fowler of ABC’s Wife Swap fame.
∙ Listing: 479 Douglass (4/3.5) – $2,895,000 [479douglass.com]