The elusive condo that doesn't feel like a condo is hard to come by, and landing one in Pacific Heights—where would-be condo owners are typically asked to clump together in self-referential buildings—is all the better. The secret to 2121 Scott's appeal is its slim, vertical layout, which makes it feel more like a townhouse. Built in 1960 by George Livermore, an architect to the wealthy who once installed a swimming pool for Alma Spreckels, the two-bedroom blends old-world-style details like handsome leaded windows with a muted modern minimalism in its treatment of most other finishes. (Ahem: The brokerbabble's "Carrara frpl" is but a single-slab marble hearth below a blank white wall.)
Here's how the layout works: The bottom-most floor is the master bedroom, which opens onto a well-vegetated deck with a hot tub. The second floor is the main living level, with that gorgeous living room, the kitchen, and an open dining area. A spiral staircase takes you up to the second bedroom on the third floor, then continues on up—peekaboo style—to a tiny lofted area (office? extremely inconvenient nursery?) and roof deck.
The property, which has one and a half baths and just over 1,500 square feet of space, last changed hands in 2012 for $1.4 million. HOAs are a reasonable $220/month, there's parking for one car in the garage, and the outdoor space is deeded. (The laundry might be shared?) But, as we noted last time around, the outdoor areas alone add up to about 870 square feet—more than many one-bedroom apartments.
· Previous Coverage of the Pacific [Curbed SF]
· George Livermore—of Old SF Family [SFGate]
· Behind the Hedges and Inside the History of Danielle Steel's Spreckels Mansion [Curbed SF]
· Pacific Heights Four Level Condo Oozes Charm [Curbed SF]
· 2121 Scott Street [Paragon]