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Former car repair shop becomes a chic communal spot for personal wellness

Watercolor us relieved when a new establishment comes along in the TL that doesn’t feature overpriced and underwhelming food served from a mason jar. But one such jewel of an oasis is currently underway in the former City Automotive building at 466 Eddy.

Billed as a Japanese-inspired bathhouse, Onsen (the Japanese term for resorts built around hot springs) is the brainchild of husband and wife team Caroline Smith and Sunny Simmons, both of whom have long histories with communal bathing traditions.

Hallway to the Baths. Photo credit @raquelvenanciomarins

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Their combined soaking prowess and design knowhow resulted in a stunning execution of their newly refreshed Eddy Street space.

From the refurbished facade to the renovated interiors, the former home of automotive repair will now be a place for personal repair. And more.

The 3200-square-foot bathhouse will boast day spa amenities and alternative healing treatments (think massage, soaking tubs, acupuncture, facials and body treatments) as well as a plant-based restaurant with tea service.

View from the communal bathing area. Oh yeah, we filled the pool! Photo credit @raquelvenanciomarins

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Inside the restorative venue's onetime mechanic’s pit will now be a 10-person soaking pool. Japanese screens mix with the former structure’s exposed brick and beams. Skylights open up the space with loads of diffused light. And the zig-zag tile work in the steam room is timelessly gorgeous. Even the little circular plaque outside is full of charm.

Corner of the //S t e a m r o o m\\. Photo by: @raquelvenanciomarins

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Finishing touches are still coming along, with an estimated opening date of mid-October of 2016.

Bathing schedules will be as follows—Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am - 10pm, women only ( bathing suit-optional ); Thursday - Friday: 10am-10pm, Coed (bathing suit required); and Saturday: 10am - 1am, coed (bathing suit required).

Fore more details, visit Onsen.

Z i g Z a g. Steam room tiling.

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Exposed Moment frame in the Tea Room.

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// S k y l i g h t \\ natural light over the bath.

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Indigo dyed Noren at the Entrance of the Bath.

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Brass plaque at the entrance to Onsen. Logo design by @jukudesign

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Lighting we are creating for the [[ Shoji screens ]]

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Installing the heater for our dry sauna today!

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A little ceiling nook in Onsen. No substitute for natural light. :)

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\\ Overhead \\ redwood shelving in the tea room

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466 Eddy

San Francisco, CA, USA