The Mission's Albion Street is short, stretching just two blocks between 15th and 17th streets, but it is full of history. The section between 16th and 17th was once home to the original Mission Dolores and later the first home of the Socialist Party in California. It was most recently an empty lot, and its now the home of three brand-new townhouses designed by Kennerly Architecture & Planning. The townhouses may not be historic, but they are absolutely stunning, and two are up for sale. The third is owned and occupied by the site's developer.
The first home, which is being marketed as the townhouse, has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and two private decks. There is a lofted office space and a lower level with separate access that can be used as an in-law unit or office space. It is asking $2.95 million. The design is super-green, with even the mahogany wood doors certified as sustainable. The landscaping, which was done by Reynolds Sebastiani Design, is an array of inviting succulents. The entire home has a wood-and-greenery feel reminiscent of a California farm-to-table restaurant.
That aesthetic carries into the second house on the market, which is being called the "garden home." It isn't quite as open as the townhome, but it does open up through floor-to-ceiling glass doors onto a back garden with palm trees. The garden home has three bedrooms on one level, two and a half bathrooms, and an office. It hasn't set an official asking price yet. (Update: The garden home, 147 Albion, is asking $2.195 million.)
The Townhouse (145 Albion)
The Garden House (147 Albion)
· 145 & 147 Albion [Official Site]