February 28, 2013
More Modern On Mullen: Number 347 On The Market For $1,695,000
The vacant Bernal Lot at 347 Mullen Avenue was purchased for $399,000 in June of 2008 and returned to the market for $599,000 in 2009 with fully approved plans for the 3,000 square foot contemporary home pictured above and inside below:
While the asking price was eventually reduced to $474,000 by the end of 2009, the lot never resold, but the house was built and has just hit the market listed for $1,695,000.
There are four bedrooms and three and one-half baths.
There's a three car garage in tandem.
It's just across the street from the truly modern home at 306 Mullen. And yes, the original kitchen layout blueprinted above was refined.
∙ Listing: 347 Mullen (4/3) 3,000 sqft - $1,695,000 [347mullen.com]
∙ Modern Architecture Hits The Market Up On Mullen (306 Mullen) [SocketSite]
First Published: February 28, 2013 9:30 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
What an ugly house.
Posted by: Oceangoer at February 28, 2013 10:26 AM
I like it. Good views. Good space.
May look like a period piece in 20 years, but then most architecture is identified with a specific time period, no?
Exposed floor joists. Interesting call. Must be some fire code carve out that permits it.
Staging (professional or homeowner?) should be toned down, take away 1/2 of the items for a less cluttered feel, highlight the house not crazy accessories.
Posted by: soccermom at February 28, 2013 10:39 AM
There you go Transit First City...single-family home with a 3-car garage.
Otherwise, it's a cool house. Perhaps dated already in some respects, but a lot depends on the quality of construction and materials.
Posted by: Mark at February 28, 2013 11:15 AM
3 car garage was most likely required by Planning Code Section 242 which is specific to Bernal.
Posted by: Zefabes at February 28, 2013 11:19 AM
This is a beautiful, modern home. It is so refreshing to see a modern home that was built well and not thrown together with poor quality materials like all the flips I have been seeing in the city. High quality combined with a three car garage and 3000 sqft of house for under 2 million dollars is not easy to find in this city!
Posted by: sarah at February 28, 2013 11:54 AM
^ it will be interesting to see how that wood ages...
Posted by: Joshua at February 28, 2013 12:30 PM
What a beautiful home. It has such a nice big lot and lots of room with absolutely gorgeous views. Walkscore gives it a very good rating within walking distance to shops and restaurants. All the green features also make it a state of the art building. This architect really knew what he was doing.
Posted by: Michael at February 28, 2013 12:50 PM
psst, don't shill houses on here -- it's pretty obvious to regular readers.
Posted by: Joshua at February 28, 2013 1:01 PM
I'm definitely a fan as well. The wood should age OK as long as they maintain it, but that's always an unknown. It also depends on which way the front faces, if it's a Northern exposure then it should last much longer.
Posted by: lyqwyd at February 28, 2013 1:04 PM
Overall, quite a nice house, although the front is a disaster. No doubt the shed roof on the left was inflicted by the Planning Department to protect a protesting neighbor's view/light. As for the third car, the house is seriously short on storage and no doubt some of that garage will become just that.
Posted by: Rocco at February 28, 2013 3:50 PM
I should have looked more closely at the photo, the fact that it has shadows clearly shows it's not Northen exposure, oh well.
Posted by: lyqwyd at February 28, 2013 5:42 PM
Re: the shadows: It's a western exposure, and the power lines and utility pole have been photoshopped out.
Posted by: Dan at February 28, 2013 10:06 PM
It's not such a big deal for the house, as the views are away from the street side of the house, but here are the power lines: http://goo.gl/maps/Xam0l
Posted by: Dan at February 28, 2013 10:08 PM
This is on the kind of ratty, freeway noise side of Bernal, not a bad as the Southern side, but still not anything like the central area or the nice area just North of Bernal Hill.
I have not been over there for a long time, how bad is the freeway noise from there? It is not really very walkable.
I like most modern homes, but not this one. Not really sure why not though.
Posted by: NoeValleyJim at February 28, 2013 10:32 PM
According to Google Map, the front side of the house is facing almost directly West (about 10.5 degree off to North).
According to Google Map, its back side is about 250 ft from the West side of 101 and Bayshore Blvd. It is one other house, a street (Holladay Ave), and a slight downhill to the freeway. I'd suspect that the backyard (and the rear rooms) would be quite noisy.
Google Map Street View shows that you can admire the 101 parking lot scene from Holladay.
I've seen two other houses in Potrero Hill whose backyards overlook the East side of 101, and the freeway noise is deafening. It is almost surreal to linger in their backyards, the view is gorgeous, panoramic, open, and serene. You could almost describe the visual as "QUIET", if you were deaf. The thundering and droning noise is extremely jarring and disconcerting.
Question: Noise aside, and personal aesthetics aside, isn't $1.7m for 3000 ft ($567/ft) in that area of Bernal Height quite low? Consider: almost brand new (built 2010) modern building with a lot of high end amenities (solar, radiant heat, kitchen, bathrooms...); views; appears to be quite far from the lower income South foot of the hill. I'd think $700/ft is closer to the current pricing. Or am I totally wrong about that area???
Newbie question: SocketSite requires no registration to post comment. Doesn't it make it easy to masquerade as someone else?
Posted by: RE Quest at March 1, 2013 3:05 AM
The amount of noise depends on whether the house is sheltered from freeway noise by the hill itself, as well the distance from the freeway. Prospective buyers will have to go listen for themselves. The house is selling for a discount because of its freeway proximity, and that will be a reasonable trade off for some.
Posted by: Dan at March 1, 2013 9:21 AM
RE Quest - Welcome and thanks for the comments.
As for people masquerading as someone else, that sometimes happens but is generally quickly outed. There are also cases of the same person making comments with different handles (see the shill comments from sarah and Michael above) and that often gets called out too.
I know what you mean about freeway noise. I'm about a mile from the freeway and usually don't hear it. But on a quiet cold night the muted roar can be heard. I wouldn't want to live this close to the freeway. Then there's the silent menace of the pollution, smoke, and dust.
Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at March 1, 2013 10:04 AM
Went to the open house last night and 101 is so close you can read people's iPhones while they are texting and driving below!
Overall it is a nice house but a poor location if you ever want to walk anywhere : the walkscore IMHO is a zero. And with the exception of the one modern house across the street all the houses are in pretty poor condition.
Posted by: RDF at March 1, 2013 12:19 PM
"... the walkscore IMHO is a zero ..."
No place in SF has that bad walkability. Compare to some suburban developments to see what truly poor walkability is like. Gated golf course communities are particularly nasty which is ironic since their sales collateral often shows happy retirees walking around.
But point taken, compared to other Bernal blocks, this one is near the bottom of the list.
Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at March 1, 2013 1:27 PM
Walkscore is not an indicator of the attractiveness of walking around the neighborhood. If you live in the ghetto with a liquor store, a laundromat and an elementary school within a few blocks then you have a high walkscore. The drug dealing on the corner or the occasional drive-by shootings don't detract from the score.
I'm not saying this house is in the ghetto but its walkscore is based on its proximity to the Army St corridor, and nobody who's in the market for a $1.7M home would want to walk there after dark.
Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at March 3, 2013 1:05 PM
Pending as of 3/6.
Posted by: Boo at March 6, 2013 1:24 PM
Sold for 2 million. Bubble?
Posted by: 94114 at March 20, 2013 3:46 PM
With so little inventory and so much cash chasing it, prices are becoming surreal.
What I paid in 2010 would get me around 1/2 of what I have bought. I am not kidding.
The expectation now is that if you overbid by 15% today you'll get it back in market value in 1 year, and you probably will.
This could go on for another 2 or 3 years at the same clip, but we are definitely in an irrational market with a herd mentality.
I am officially calling it a bubble.
Posted by: lol at March 20, 2013 6:08 PM
According to Redfin, this sold for $2MM today.
Posted by: Ex-BernalHeigher at March 21, 2013 8:28 AM
This round number looks like a "Shut up and take my money" price.
Posted by: lol at March 21, 2013 9:02 AM
Especially when it's all cash and a 2 week close.
Posted by: Dan at March 21, 2013 2:36 PM
Good work developers.
Posted by: soccermom at March 21, 2013 3:55 PM
But this website told everyone that there was nothing at all to Web 2.0 money? And Tipster and Legacy Dude and lrmim got all the latitude in the world to shout down everyone about hoelw Bernal was doomed, etc? So confused.
Posted by: Anonchiban at March 22, 2013 4:34 PM