Renovations are tough. Sometimes they are unmitigated disasters. Other times, when they strike the right balance, they're successful, a joy to behold. And people tend to fall into two camps with them: love 'em or hate 'em.
That said, let's kick off Renovation Week by taking a look at some choice examples of the latter via these sweet renovated homes now on the market in the Bay Area. From the Mission to Presidio Heights and Mill Valley to Oakland, these updated abodes might change the way you think about renovation.
Location: Pacific Heights, San Francisco
This gorgeous Georgian-style home at 3196 Pacific, with its white clapboard facade, is a standout in a sea of Victorians. Featuring six bedrooms, four and a half baths, and 2,748 square feet, the interiors have been beautifully and whimsically updated (see the nighttime living room shots), with the original skeleton of the home still intact. The Presidio Park-adjacent house last sold in 2012. What a difference a few years make.
Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco
More akin to what we've have been seeing as of late when it comes to renovated homes in San Francisco, this 199 Elsie Bernal Heights Mediterranean has a new open floor plan and a new gourmet kitchen. The fresh backyard also boasts a gas fire pit for cold nights on the west side.
Location: Inner Mission, San Francisco
This Italianate Victorian at 837 South Van Ness has been completely redone, given a contemporary facelift (very prevalent in this tony, hipster neighborhood). The four bedroom, four and a half bath gem was in need of some TLC. For those who bemoan makeovers, take a look at what it looked like a few years ago in 2013. Sometimes a drastic renovation is more than necessary.
Location: NOPA, San Francisco
This top-floor condo North of the Panhandle mercifully manages to maintain some of its original character in the face of a stellar renovation. Three bedroom, two baths, and 2,123 square feet of straightforward elegance. Of particular note at 117 Ashbury are the sleek bathrooms and penthouse-style deck. Swoon.
Location: Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Let's go back to Pacific Heights to take a look at a Victorian redo done right. There's a lot to unpack at 1845 Laguna: the art on the walls, the contemporary light fixtures that harken back to another era, built-ins, and a teeny backyard that's a makeshift gallery space. Three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 2,850 square feet that doesn't feel antiseptic; refreshing to see jolts of color in a makeover.
This little darling, located at 2136 Oregon, featured updated an kitchen, bathrooms, and landscaping. It's too cute, really, and should be a model for any Berkeley renovation. Bonus: This two bedrooms, two bath, and 1,231-square-foot charmer starts out at under $1 million.
Location: Laurel District, Oakland
In an attempt to rub elbows with affordability, check out 3739 Magee in Oakland. This precious renovation proves that flipping shouldn't be reserved for the elite. (Though, alas, it will probably sell for way over asking.) This three bedroom, two bath home comes in at only 906 square feet, but the space has been opened up and modernized with quartz counters, new floors, and a casita in the back for extra roominess.
Location: Upper Rockridge, Oakland
A midcentury modern renovation is always a hot topic. A difficult balancing act, for sure. While 6251 Brookside might come off as a wee bit over the edge for some purists, it is quite lovely and sparse — an aesthetic philosophy ultimately in synch with midcentury. Two bedrooms, two baths, a scant 859 square feet. Behold what it used to look like just a few years ago.
Location: Mill Valley
North of the Golden Gate Bridge takes the price for this stellar renovation to new heights. The five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and approximately 4,012 square feet at 441 Tamalpais Avenue has been entirely made over. The Mill Valley pad features is wired for data and audio-visual, come with radiant heat in the bathroom, custom steel and acrylic stairs, a huge spa, and more.
Location: Presidio Heights, San Francisco
And finally, back to San Francisco for this "Jewel Box Palladian" home at 115 Cherry in Presidio Heights. The mansion has been bestowed with a glowing renovation, from the floor to the ceiling. Four bedroom (with a flexible floor plan for more), three and a half baths, and a whopping 4,000 square feet will convert any purists. Glorious.