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Hidden Castro barn turned contemporary home asks $1.9 million

A one-of-a-kind work tucked away from the street

Wooden facade of contemporary home. Photos courtesy of Linda LeBlanc / Paragon Real Estate Group

Perched right above the world’s queer mecca, a secluded home at 229 A Douglass, designed by architect Joel Karr (now of Weske Karr, formerly of Group 41) sits behind a house, providing a quiet oasis in the heart of the city.

Coming in at three beds and three baths, this former barn was reimagined five years ago. It’s now sleek all the way, from the new flooring at foot to the pristine interiors above.

Designer flourishes include skylights, radiant floor heating beneath hardwood and cement floors, manicured yard, and more.

The original barn windows, which have been renovated, provided plenty of natural light. And the retractable “garage door” element gives the place an industrial feel.

The soaring, steepled ceilings, which run throughout most of the home, make this Castro abode a statement piece.

According to an old listing on the space, “As a result of a legal lot split, this fully-detached home, secluded from the street and historically the 'barn' that sat in back of the house on the street-front of 229 Douglass, has been completely rebuilt and sits in a very serene setting on its own 'rear' lot.”

Last selling in 2015 for $2,135,000, it returns at $1,995,000.