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Totally Bonkers Home in Old Tenderloin Laundry Asks $1.695M

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Tucked into the Tenderloin near Post and Hyde streets is a dead-end alley with its own ad hoc gated community. Meacham Place is only home to a handful of buildings—including a very spiffy-looking PG&E substation—but one treasure is seeking a new lease on life. Listed at $1.695M, 3 Meacham Place could at first glance be suffering from an identity crisis, but once you take it all in you can file its style under fanciful eclectic. The ground floor dates to 1906, built after the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the two-story apartment building that used to sit in its place.

The building was reconstructed with some of the foundation from its fallen predecessor, and had some nice detailing in the brick arched window openings and entryway. The owner, A.B. Ruggles, turned it into a live-work Chinese laundry.

It's dwarfed by the neighboring PG&E steam plant, built in 1913 by prolific local architect Frederick H. Meyer.



Sometime after the late 70s, an addition was built as the second story and the building was once again a live/work space. After another rear addition in the early 2000s added some square footage on the back, it became home to Voicebox Creative, a branding and design firm, with living space on the new second story. It hit the market in 2010 for $1.65M, and at that time the basement and ground floor were outfitted for commercial or office use.


Fast-forward to today, and the bottom two floors have been redone as a single-family home (even though it's still zoned for mixed use and advertised as live/work, which explains the conspicuous green Exit sign in an otherwise convincingly period-looking sitting room). The ground floor is now the living room, while the basement offices are now an expanded kitchen with an additional rear bedroom. The second floor is advertised as the master bedroom, with a penthouse "reading nook" and an adorable albeit small roof deck.

Also worth noting is that the residents of the street rallied to get the Meacham gate built about 10 years ago when homeless encampments and drug use were taking over the alley. There's no parking included, and no street parking on the alley either, so that might detract some buyers.
· 3 Meacham Place [Redfin]
· SF Planning Architectural Survey 1976 - 3 Meacham [SF Planning]
· SF Planning Architectural Survey 1976 - 1 Meacham [SF Planning]
· Gated homes in the Tenderloin / Residents make their city cul-de-sac a place where doors can be open [SF Gate]
· City refutes Realtor claim that 606 Ellis buyer could build 10 stories high [Central City Extra]
· 3 Meacham Place [Touchstone Commercial Partners]
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