Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: It’s an old San Francisco house, but a year ago somebody bought it, completely overhauled the interior into something gasp-inducingly contemporary, and even though a few of the neighbors complained it’s now back on the market and looking to flip some big money on the strength of its new look.
If you wrote a book about real estate in San Francisco in 2016, that could be the (very long) title. Along with density fights, it’s the defining, block-by-block battle for the city’s identity in the 21st century.
And yet, we keep coming back to homes like 1915 Rivera. Because you’ve got to admit that, love it or hate it, natural human curiosity demands a look at just what people do with these places.
1915 Rivera was a boxy and unassuming gray Sunset District house (circa 1947) that sold last year for a little over $1.1 million. Two big suites of permits, one in October of 2015 and one in March of this year, added a couple of bedrooms (there are now five in all), moved around existing rooms, overhauled the kitchen and bathrooms, built a deck (that incited complaints from the neighbor), and transformed the backyard into a rocky, geometric, grass-light, drought-friendly modern San Francisco affair.
The listing fancies the results "Euro-luxury designer" style. And, indeed, once you’re through the opaque glass double doors at the entrance, the interior is markedly un-1947 as a home in the Sunset can get, with lots of open white space, hard lines, Silicon Valley gadgets, and many, many more glass doors.
Despite all the work, the initial asking is only a few hundred thousand dollars more than what it sold for just last year, and $1.39 million is almost exactly on the nose for a median priced home in the city these days.
- 1915 Rivera Street [Century 21]
- Jurisdiction request, 1915 Rivera [Board of Appeals]