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San Francisco’s most and least expensive homes this week

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Dolores Heights renovates its way to success, while SoMa has lofts of love

The exterior of 871 Dolores Courtesy Tina Browne, Coldwell Banker

Friday is time for the High & the Low, a Curbed column chronicling the most and least expensive homes sold in San Francisco in the last seven days. What surprises did the week hold?

When future historians write the tale of San Francisco’s early 21st century housing boom, they will use the word “renovation” most. For better or for worse.

In the case of this week’s most expensive home sale, 871 Dolores, a five-bed, four-and-a-half-bath Dolores Heights house, the word used in the ad was actually “rebuild.”

The city previously recorded that the 1917 home was a duplex. However, a year of construction, which merged the upstairs and downstairs units while also converting the basement, resulted in a highly contemporary three-story, 4,600-square-foot home.

From the street, the house has kept the template of its original look, but all the work did help refresh the curbside vibe.

“Slattery Brothers LLC” bought 871 Dolores for $2.3 million in 2015. The sale this week: $4.4 million, down from the $4.88 million sought last December and the $4.5 million list in December. Still, not-quite double the money is a pretty sweet deal.

Tipping the scales in the other direction as the least costly home sold this week—a cheerful live/work loft (926 square feet, one of the largest homes to make the low end of High/Low) in SoMa at 468 Tehama Street.

This little abode in a 1999 building between Fifth and Sixth streets also clocks in as one of the priciest homes to ever slide in under the bar as the week’s cheapest in this column, selling this week for $760,000.

That’s down a bit from its nearly $800,000 asking in January and comparable to its $695,000 sale in 2013. (Which is about $725,000 after inflation.)

And the sale date: Valentine’s Day. Hopefully the new resident is still loving it.