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Listed for $1,425,000 last December with 1,630 square feet, three legal bedrooms, and an unwarranted in-law below, the Upper Noe home at 545 Valley sold for $1,350,000 in February.
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Since “stripped to the studs and rebuilt” with the facade above, 545 Valley Street is now back on the market and listed for $2,599,000 with a “reimagined floor plan to add over 1,000 square feet of living space,” four bedrooms, and an abundance of contemporary flair throughout.
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The kitchen opens to a new deck off the rear. The floating staircase is lit by LEDs in the handrails and runs all the way to the roof and a deck that’s accessed by way of a new hatch/skylight:


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∙ Listing: 545 Valley (4/3.5) – $2,599,000 [545valley.com]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by pvc

    It’s not the house I’d buy and it’s still incredibly ugly (after the remodel), but I think we can all accept that the contemporary interior was an appropriate choice and didn’t destroy a piece of the city’s architectural heritage…

  2. Posted by 4oceans

    LED lights in handrail? Cute but perhaps only necessary b/c “floating staircase” is so dangerous. And speaking of dangerous, are the jail bars immediately outside the bedroom french doors meant to protect against sleep walk induced multi story free fall flying events? And is that shower stall contained or is water supposed to fly all over the bathroom?

  3. Posted by Tim Bracken

    Interesting that they went with the marble for this high-end remodel, since I’m under the impression that it scratches and etches more easily than other more expensive materials.
    Is marble the surface of choice for these sorts of luxury kitchens nowadays?

  4. Posted by emanon

    The toilet paper dispenser is hung to far from the commode! I that price point one shouldn’t have to reach that far.

  5. Posted by Sierrajeff

    Wow, a lot of bitter people here today. I like the redo, both interior and exterior. Would have preferred they’d kept symmetry on the facade (matched the casements), and $2.6M is just ridiculous. But no reason to throw around the venom.

  6. Posted by emanon

    (For the record, my comment was tongue in cheek; and apologies for the grammatical error.)

  7. Posted by 94123

    I wonder if this new façade will seem as dated as the old façade within 30 or 40 years? Why do many modern designs age so poorly? I was recently admiring simple shingle façades by Coxhead and Julia Morgan in Presidio Heights and noticed they had almost no ornamentation but looked attractive and charming as a design after 100 years of age.

  8. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    No loss to curb appeal in this remodel. The original facade was just plain ugly whereas the new facade is just plain.
    I like the roof deck solution. That’s going to be an awesome place to hang out on nice days. The hatch serves as a skylight. Nice! As a practical matter the roof deck needs to be outfitted with incredibly rugged furniture. Either that or there needs to be a shed to store that stuff out of season. As staged it wouldn’t work very well.

  9. Posted by DCR

    So this is a real question. I’m not sure why there’s such a current fad with roof decks. If that’s all you have for open space then I obviously get it. But in this project what might you do on the roof deck that you couldn’t do on the lower deck?
    In fact the lower deck is directly off the kitchen so probably makes more sense. I’m just not sure why/when I would use the roof deck but it’s clearly an expense people are willing to pay for

  10. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    DCR – I think that the views off of the roof deck are superior to the deck off the kitchen. Aside from that I agree that the kitchen deck is certainly more functional. The roof deck is definitely a great asset for entertaining.

  11. Posted by knock

    really like the facade job. The interior is intriguing, they spent a load on those stairs but there is a serious lack of attention to detail throughout the rest of the home in regards to the feel (exterior door levers? vanities?). Also, how does that roof deck hatch serve as a legal means of egress? if that is legal that is one awesome solution.

  12. Posted by formidable doer of the nasty

    Without crown moldings or wainscoting you don’t get any love on SocketSite. I’m sure somebody mentioned that to the architect and then he shrugged.

  13. Posted by someone

    You can’t have crown molding on a 8′ ceilings. I might be off few inches but the whole house seems low on the volume side.
    Floor plan and choice of finishes seems fine. Facade a huge upgrade, so my only misgive is the price.
    AFAICT, this is your traditional 1 story over a garage remodel where you capture space behind the garage. The best of such jobs fetched $2.1M at the peak (2007) and afterwards were barely crossing the $1.8M, now we are asking $2.6M for that?
    I couldn’t figure out the square footage, but it’s incredibly hard to get 1500 sqft per floor on a normal lot (like this one), so IF they left a tiny garage below they might hit 2500 sqft and that’s pricey for basement bedrooms.

  14. Posted by Gur

    I think it’s a good job and it definitely fits the facade. Material choices and finishes are a little safe (and perhaps even a little lower end for this price point — see the vanities) but that is where the new owner can personalize things. I love the hatch, though.
    Tim Bracken: Marble is getting very popular but it will etch with any household acid or even water (and scratch/chip/stain) and is not family-friendly. Marble develops a “patina” — which works well with more rustic decor but maybe not so much with a polished finish with lots of light in a contemporary kitchen. Marble seems expensive but this particular one probably costs less than most stones or quartzes.

  15. Posted by noe mom

    Roof decks make money, for the developer because people go up there during the showing and they think “ooh, aah”. But they never really use them once they are living in the house. All they do is inflate the price of housing and for that reason they should not be allowed by the City

  16. Posted by TEJ

    Then I guess SF should ban shake weights, pot fillers, and steam showers.

  17. Posted by Truth

    @ noe mom what is up with the constantly strident takes? Plenty of people use their roofdecks. We use the heck out of mine. Whatever!

  18. Posted by Mark Rowson

    If you’d like to take a look at this home in person we’re having an open house Saturday (1/11) from 1:30-4:00pm.

  19. Posted by SocketSite

    The list price for 545 Valley Street has been reduced $50,000 (2 percent), now asking $2,549,000.

  20. Posted by jack

    Sold for $2.5m on 2/24.
    someone said: “AFAICT, this is your traditional 1 story over a garage remodel where you capture space behind the garage. The best of such jobs fetched $2.1M at the peak (2007) and afterwards were barely crossing the $1.8M, now we are asking $2.6M for that?”
    I think we’re just slightly past the peak of 2007, after adjusting for inflation?

  21. Posted by Dre

    I’m looking for a hatch/skylight in that size. Any ideas?

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