Although nearly 10 percent of San Francisco lives in the Outer Sunset, the area lays claim to low-rise zoning and one of the largest portions of single-family homes in the city. That, according to housing activists, should change. The Westerly, a block-long condo complex that opened in July, could lead the charge for a taller and denser Sunset.
Roughly 200 steps from the front door to Ocean Beach, the Westerly, a five-story mid-rise at Sloat and 46th Avenue, features 56 homes ranging from one bedroom units (starting in the mid $800,000) to two-bedroom units (starting in the high $900,000).
The units’ interiors are expectedly contemporary, featuring with white walls, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, and tiled backsplashes. The complex comes with a working station, fourth- and fifth-floor view terraces with outdoor seating, and even dog washing stations.
In addition to the habitable spaces, there’s approximately 22,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level. According to a representative at Compass, the retail area “is anticipated to include the likes of a boutique grocer, organic cafe, and fitness studio.”
Above all, this could help spark the ideal that vertical residential growth (i.e., upzoning) in the a major metropolitan neighborhood isn’t a bad thing. While the Outer Sunset still has ways to go before doing its part in helping tame the seemingly insurmountable housing crisis in San Francisco—a 100-unit teacher housing complex on Judah Street could come within the next few years—this block-long complex is, at the very least, a move in the right direction.