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On a Gated Half-Acre In Sea Cliff With Abundant Parking, Is This $5.85M House a Tear-Down?

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The listing says "one of a kind" and 496 Sea Cliff Avenue is certainly that. Sited on a private, gated cul-de-sac overlooking the Golden Gate with almost two lots totaling 24,400 square feet, the bland 5-bed, 5-bath stucco house came on the market last week asking $5,850,000. With a livable floor plan and incredible views, but a little hard to love, it may well have been built with the two similar houses to the east on spec in the late '30s. There's also an asphalt parking lot out front- or in brokerspeak, "parking for multiple cars." Sea Cliff can be cold, foggy and windy, and what the agent is calling an "oversized ballroom" encloses what may have once been a terrace. The listing doesn't speculate on whether another house could be built on the second lot, but given the unobstructed views out over China Beach and the private location, who knows what someone with sufficiently deep pockets (and a few years) could do here with the entire site? We could see parking ten cars under two stories of house instead of parking ten cars out in front of three stories. What would you do?
· 496 Sea Cliff Avenue [SFProperties]
· 496 Sea Cliff Avenue [Redfin]
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