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. Here’s this week’s pageant of extremes.
Even in Pacific Heights, the land of default decadence when it comes to architecture and design, some houses stand out from the pack.
In the case of 1994 Jackson (down the block from Danielle Steel’s Spreckels mansion), the uncut française of the look of this five-bed, six-and-a-half-bath treasure makes it notable from street side.
Once through the front doors, the recently added interiors by San Francisco designer Ken Fulk—he who takes style tips from wearers of bow ties and feather boas alike—certainly don’t hurt either. And that staircase is enough to make one wonder whether it ascends to the second floor or all the way up to the heavens.
Back in 2008, this place listed for nearly $7 million, but sold for $6.25 million. And in a repeat performance, it’s much the same story this time around, as this French pastry returned to the market in May seeking $10.75 million. It sealed the deal this week for roughly $9.42 million.
Turning to this week’s least expensive San Francisco home sold (discounting any homes that may have traded hands privately off the open market, at least), we head away from the classical sensibilities and big money of Pacific Heights to the heady ambitions of SoMa, where a one-bed, one-bath, 450-square-foot apartment in a circa 1911 building at 1994 Natoma listed for just $499,000 three weeks ago.
“Affordable central SoMa” condo was the sales pitch on this one, and the ad even tossed an adorable dog into the photos to help liven up the staging. (Which never hurts.)
But this week’s buyer managed to eke out just a little bit extra by way of affordability, walking the final sale price back to $490,000.
That’s a drop of just 1.8 percent, compared to the more than 12 percent tumble of the Pac Heights home. But in both cases a lucky buyer got a little more for a little bit less.