February 8, 2013

A Blue Kitchen, Green Apple, And The Grey Area Below

Purchased for $975,000 in December 2007 and then remodeled, the "mid-century modern" home at 218 Clipper Street last sold for $1,200,000 at the end of 2008.

With three bedrooms and a bath on the main floor, and an unwarranted 400 square feet of living space including a bedroom and bath below, the Noe Valley home is now back on the market and listed for $1,295,000, apples-to-apples style.

∙ Listing: 218 Clipper (3/1) 1,346 sqft - $1,295,000 [via Redfin]
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First Published: February 8, 2013 8:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

This is a great looking house with nice but personalized kitchen. My bet it will sell at or over asking.

One tip for those who remodel to a downstairs space. Frame out any pipes, vents and other protrusions ....then sheetrock. The photo of the downstairs bedroom has the glaringly obvious furnace vent which screams, 'cheap' This is an easy 1 hour fix.

Posted by: radar at February 8, 2013 10:35 AM

Call in Harry Tuttle to fix that exposed ductwork. Don't worry about attracting the attention of the Ministry of Information DBI.

radar is right : It is a super easy fix to cover that ductwork and much cheaper than staging.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at February 8, 2013 10:39 AM

Yeah, what radar said, that air duct looks terrible, but it would have been so cheap and easy to make a simple cover.

Posted by: lyqwyd at February 8, 2013 10:46 AM

midcentury modern my foot! that term needs to be retired.

Posted by: chris at February 8, 2013 10:54 AM

Not even close to being "mid century modern". Truly a way overused description by the realtor community.

Posted by: futurist at February 8, 2013 11:33 AM

"What did you do with his body......?"

Posted by: emanon at February 8, 2013 11:35 AM

Overused term but 1952 is mid-century.

Posted by: 94114 at February 8, 2013 11:59 AM

"...1952 is mid-century."

That's true, but mid-century is not the same thing as Mid-Century Modern.

Posted by: Anna at February 8, 2013 12:15 PM

"mid-century" for most listings are just another way to say "boxy" or "bland".

Posted by: lol at February 8, 2013 12:38 PM

The kitchen reminds me of my garage (see link below):


Posted by: FormerAptBroker at February 8, 2013 3:47 PM

"Mid Century Modern" really should only apply to something that makes a stylistic statement; say... Richard Neutra, or Googie architecture.

My favorite term for this type of building is "Contractor Modern" (sometimes "Builder Modern").

It's interesting to see these kids of places (very common in Daly City) being redone in a stylish contemporary way. They've spend most of their lives being nondescript modest places, that are now much more upscale than their original purpose, and the amenities that were taken for granted (like parking and yards) for working class folk in the 50s seem luxurious.

Posted by: hugh at February 8, 2013 4:24 PM

But it has a pot filler! Must buy now!

Agreed, that exposed ductwork is a quick fix and looks ridiculous.

I like the blue kitchen, but I realize it's very taste-specific. Otherwise looks decent.

Posted by: Lori at February 8, 2013 5:55 PM

Surprised i'm saying this but I think this is fairly good price. SFH..good location...and to me: everything is already 'done'. Nice skylight(s) added, floors look re-done, etc. And u get a bedroom and bath (no pics of bath?) downstairs.
I guess I'll say it'll go for asking or a little more.

Posted by: DanRH at February 11, 2013 3:01 PM

Its a short, squat house sandwiched between two taller buildings. A prime candidate for an additional story to be added.
Regarding the term "mid-century modern"; The "style" is already fading just as "post modern" died in the 90s. RE agents always do that. They jump on terms and so overwhelmingly overuse them that the term becomes meaningless. Mid-century will be as "desireable" as a Cabbage Patch doll in 6 years. Otherwise, not a bad house.

Posted by: Chris McMahon at February 12, 2013 3:34 PM

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