January 14, 2013

Plans For A Hidden 500 Square Foot San Francisco Home


Behind the historic John Charles Flugger designed house at 126 27th Avenue, a non-historic garage was added to the rear, southeast corner of the double lot in 1917.


Previously approved to be enlarged from 266 to 395 square feet and converted into a legal residence, a revised proposal calls for the existing garage to be demolished and a 502 square foot home "of similar height, form, and character as the existing garage" to be built in its place (click the floor plan to enlarge):


Noting that the existing garage structure "has no pre-existing historic rating," and the new home "is de minimis in size and will not adversely impact the [historic] building’s setting as it will not be visible from the street," the Planning Department supports the project which San Francsico's Historic Preservation Commission will review this week.

First Published: January 14, 2013 3:00 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

My god, what WILL THEY DO ABOUT THE PARKING RATIO!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by: soccermom at January 14, 2013 3:19 PM

"of similar height, form, and character as the existing garage"

The garage has character? Why not build a small 1500sf home there? Why bother with this silly & quaint and impractical scheme? (without being visible from street (g-d forbid)).

PSST someone ripped out the front lawn and filled it in with cement. Although I think that's a gingko planted in front which partially redeems such ugliness.

Posted by: Invented at January 14, 2013 3:58 PM

And after they get the new residence approved, they'll rent it out or they'll come back for a lot split approval so they can sell it.

The owner is just greedy and should have never bought a historic residence and if I were on the HPC I'd be sure to let them know that.

Posted by: Brahma (incensed renter) at January 14, 2013 4:37 PM

Brahma, if you were on the HPC you would already be better informed. The house was the subject of a failed request for a demolition and lot split years ago that galvanized the neighbors into getting the house landmarked.

Posted by: jose at January 14, 2013 4:48 PM

"The owner is just greedy and should have never bought a historic residence ..."

Hi Brahma. Can you elaborate? Why can't the owner of the property be allowed to move forward within planning department guidelines? Sounds reasonable to me.

Posted by: Willow at January 15, 2013 12:00 PM

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