August 24, 2012

Inside The Urban Pad At 2495 Harrison And Behind The Plans For More

2495 Harrison Street 2012

As we first wrote about 2495 Harrison Street last year:

A saloon in 1888, vacant since 2008, and having served as a commercial space between, as proposed the single-story building at 2495 Harrison Street would be converted into a nonprofit community facility d.b.a. "The Seed Fund for the Studio for Urban Projects."
In addition to the renovation, as proposed a three-story single-family home of 1,400 square feet would be built on the back of 2495 Harrison Street's lot. San Francisco's Planning Department supports the project, the Planning Commission will vote this week.

While the conversion and expansion of the existing building for use as a community center was approved, as far as we know it never came to be and instead the building was remodeled as a lofty one-bedroom urban pad with parking for three cars.

2495 Harrison Interior 2012

Purchased for $550,000 in 2010 prior to the remodel, the property is now back on the market and listed for $828,000 including the plans, but no permits, for the new home to be built upon the aforementioned parking spaces out back.

2495 Harrison Street Rendering

∙ Listing: 2495 Harrison Street - $828,000 [paytonbinnings.com]
From Saloon To Nonprofit And Single-Family Home On Harrison [SocketSite]

First Published: August 24, 2012 2:15 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Is that roof insulated? (It doesn't look like it.)

If not, is this legal?

Posted by: observant neighbor at August 24, 2012 2:49 PM

From Google maps, it looks like the original pitched roof was not disturbed with the renovation, so it most likely did not have to meet current building codes.

Observant Neighbor, it begs the question as to why you are so concerned about the legality of an old uninsulated roof?

Sour grapes at gentrification?

Posted by: Jackson at August 24, 2012 4:13 PM

I love it!

Granted once the stagers remove everything I'll be left with a big white box and no clue what to do next, but otherwise, love.

Posted by: wc1 at August 24, 2012 4:36 PM

There is no code requirement to insulate an existing roof if you don't touch it or remodel it in any way. I love the openness and simplicity of the existing building; beautiful clean space.

I'd also love to see the new house at the rear be added, meeting planning and zoning codes of course.

Posted by: futurist at August 24, 2012 4:36 PM

Let's assume that this is staged. If so, it's a textbook example
of the power of staging a property. Without the furnishings,
a potential buyer would seeing nothing but a white room
with some potential. Instead, I just want to move in.

Posted by: jlasf at August 24, 2012 7:17 PM

@ Jackson--

I live in the Mission and I'm quite laissez faire in terms of my land-use politics. I would love to see this shack torn down and replaced with a 5+ story building with apartments or condos. One of the lovely features of older neighborhoods in San Francisco are the "out of scale" apartment buildings on corner lots. For examples, pay a visit to 25th and Fair Oaks, or 25th and Bartlett.

Posted by: observant neighbor at August 25, 2012 8:05 AM

How do you heat something like this (besides the Bertazzoni)?

Posted by: heynonnynonny at August 25, 2012 5:37 PM

no shower?

Posted by: snider at August 25, 2012 9:07 PM

Stagers are good for covering problems.

A big, open, white box is a dream come true.

Posted by: Joshua at August 27, 2012 11:16 AM

One big problem is that you will always have to have shades up on many of the windows, as otherwise people walking by will look directy into your home. This is a big FAIL for me.

Posted by: Mark F. at August 27, 2012 12:02 PM

Mark F, do you live in a house with no windows?

Posted by: wc1 at August 27, 2012 12:20 PM

I live in a 4th floor condo facing away from the street. People can't really peer into my windows at all.

Posted by: Mark F. at August 27, 2012 1:40 PM

This poor building has been the unlucky recipient of a lot of neighborhood graffiti energy for a long time prior to its most recent coat of paint. Great to see the improvement. Hope whoever is in this building has a big bucket of paint to keep it looking clean in the future. Also a reminder that you can't judge a book by its cover.

Posted by: ts364 at August 27, 2012 10:03 PM

Clearly this property was designed/staged. Anyone know who might have done it? Very unusual and fresh.

Posted by: Neal S at August 27, 2012 11:41 PM

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