Hidden behind the Avila Ocean Adventures LLC, a former Facebook engineer turned tech investor purchased the three-bedroom home at 3600 Lyon Street, which sits adjacent to both The Palace of Fine Arts and Peter Thiel’s former mansion, and had been “lovingly maintained by the same family since 1940,” for $3.15 million in July of 2016.

And while plans to remodel and expand the 2,200-square-foot home were in the works, architect John Maniscalco has been newly engaged and authorization to demolish the existing home and build a brand new 4,700-square-foot residence on the site is now being sought.

Stay tuned for the detailed plans and renderings.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Panhandle Pro

    Directly overlooking a parking lot, boxed in by four lane Marina Blvd, and generally surrounded by swarms of Crissy Field / Palace / Marina tourists. This location makes no sense other than an extreme value placed on access to Marin while living in SF. Cycling buff? Wine lover? Easy escape from disaster?

  2. Posted by Hanque

    No loss there.

  3. Posted by aerl

    Lovingly maintained, maybe, but also completely unremarkable.

  4. Posted by Notcom

    I wonder how much of our reaction to this story – or non-story, to some – is dictated by the phrase “Facebook engineer” (which can be – quite appropriately for many – deconstructed into a quartet of four-letter words).

    And if so, is there some hierarchy of dislike: lottery winners < people w/ Roman numerals after their name < investment bankers < Novak&Lotsvin < Donald Trump?

    Yes, an unremarkable but well-behaved house…I'll defer comment further until I see what's proposed in its stead.

  5. Posted by around1905

    Reading it quickly, I just saw ‘John Maniscalco’ and ‘authoritarian’, which seems to capture the look of many of his recent buildings — huge, blocky, and indeed authoritarian. Hopefully the nimbys keep this one under control…

    • Posted by Tony

      It’s a house for ultra rich people that probably won’t even live there full-time. Demolished or not it doesn’t really provide anything interesting for the city. They should expand it into condos at least.

  6. Posted by Orland

    The Corona del Marization of the Marina continues.

  7. Posted by Marina dweller

    Peter Thiel’s mansion sold quietly earlier this year

  8. Posted by Scott F

    Disappointing but no surprise. This is what exclusionary single-family zoning does: It produces mansions. San Francisco needs apartments, not mansions, and it’s time to follow Minneapolis’s lead and eliminate single-family zoning.

    • Posted by Sabbie

      San Francisco needs apartments? That’s just real estate folklore perpetuated by people who dream that if only there were more supply, prices would come down enough for them to afford a piece of the pie. It’s no different than the people who thought widening the freeways would result in less traffic.

      • Posted by sfwatcher

        not less traffic, but less congestion than what it would be without widening lanes.

        • Posted by bmiller

          “Induced Demand”

          It means that the wider lanes just encourages more people to move to Manteca or Solano for the BIG! NEW! GATED COMMUNITY” house….and pretty soon the freeways are full again.

          • Posted by SF Car Guy

            Induced demand is the greatest myth. I’ve read the white papers and they are such incomplete garbage everyone parrots at face value.

            The demand is there, twice over. Increased bandwidth is just that.

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