In its present form, the house at 260 Castro Street right on the edge of the Duboce Triangle is a two bed, one bath bit of business from 1927 that marries a Spanish-style tile roof with rustic shingles and creeping plants to make the front facade a somewhat bizarre hybrid.
But designers at Geddes Ulinskas Architects see its potential as “a new 5,782 square foot building of two two-level units with parking and views of downtown,” according to the latest ad.
“Construction can begin immediately,” realtor Gabriella Fracchia promises.
The city did indeed issue a permit for this site last November, authorizing a “horizontal and vertical extension” with “the front facade also altered” and “an additional residential unit.”
In the designs, 260 Castro would trade in its signature style as an antique oddity in favor of going the sleek, slick, Silicon Valley-style modern route. In a preview video from 2015 we see that these plans were in the works even then.
The present owners bought 260 Castro that year for $2.65 million, presumably hoping to build this even pricier new house, but now offer it and the plans for $1.69 million.
[Update: The 2015 sale also included the lot next door, which sold again for $1.7 million a few months later.]
Some sites still list it at its previous $1.99 million price, but Fracchia tells Curbed SF they have indeed cut it down to the lower figure.