When 865 Duncan Street hit the market back in 2011, the modest bungalow faced an unusual problem for a Noe Valley house: It sat unsold for more than five months. The property had previously been a foreclosure but was in fairly decent condition, although there was a ramshackle "old horse barn and chicken coop" out back. Eventually, the home was purchased for $1.28 million by a developer, but not to be reconstructed and flipped for a profit. Instead, the buyer, who is the principal of Achillbeg Construction, decided to remake the house as his family home. After many months of construction, the new four-level, four-bedroom home is ready for move-in. Designed by Sullivan & Associates, the newly constructed residence is as distinctive as its bungalow predecessor was plain, with a boxy, modern facade and its house number displayed prominently out front in what one disgruntled neighbor described to us as a "rusted structural beam they are using as a 15 foot totem pole that has 865 in 3 foot numerals."
Adding extra stories gave the home access to views to the bay and downtown, and two decks take advantage of those vistas. The back garden includes an outdoor covered barbecue and wet bar, and there is a standalone studio guest house in the backyard. Although this place isn't for sale, we can't imagine how big of a flip it would have been if the developer had chosen to sell instead of moving in.