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26 High-Rise Projects Changing San Francisco's Skyline

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San Francisco's real estate market is hot, hot, hot right now, and that means developers are salivating. Right now cranes can be spotted all over town, but only a couple of 'hoods are zoned for highrise projects. Below is a roundup of 26 of the most high-profile towers under construction, approved or planned, in handy map form. These projects will deliver some of the tallest buildings in the city, contribute to revitalizing dilapidated areas, and increase neighborhood vibe in mostly commercial areas. The tipline's always open, and you can leave comment after the jump if a building you've been eying was left off the map.


·Mid-Market coverage [Cubed SF]
·Transbay Tower coverage [Curbed SF]
·Transbay Redevelopment coverage [Curbed SF]

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1. 535 Mission

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This glassy, 27-story office tower located on Mission Street near First is currently about halfway up to its finalheight of 378 feet. The HOK-designed building is scheduled for completion by fall, 2014.

2. One Rincon Hill, Tower 2

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425 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The much delayed second tower of the One Rincon Hill development is now steadily climbing, nearly to its apex of 50 stories, just shorter than its older brother next door.

3. Nema

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1401 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

This massive complex, when completed, will feature towers of 10-, 18-, 19-, and 37-floors, totaling over 700 apartments. The southern towers have already opened, and the northern buildings will be ready this spring.

4. 350 Mission

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350 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Currently under construction, this 30-story tower, designed by Craig Hartman, is already completely leased out to Salesforce.com, with a total of 440,000 sq. ft.

5. 222 Second

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222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This 26-Story office tower, to be constructed in SOMA, will feature set-backs on the 5th and 17th floors, as well as 8,600 sq. ft. of open public space. Excavation and foundation work has already begun.

6. Trinity Place

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1188 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The massive mid-market project, brought to you by Angelo Sangiacomo and dubbed Trinity Place, has already been under construction for a few years, with the largest of the buildings already risen. When all is complete the project will feature at least 4 towers, ranging in height from 18-26 floors, and 1,900 units.

7. 55 Ninth

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55 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

This 17-flor apartment tower, by developer Avalon Bay, now dubbed AVA, is rising quickly across from the future Twitter headquarters. The glass-enveloped structure will add 260 units to the already busy Mid-Market area.

8. 45 Lansing

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45 Lansing Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

A quick walk by the construction site will reveal what looks like the deepest basement in the city. On top of it will soon rise 39 floors and 330 luxury units. The final height expected at 400 feet.

9. Lumina

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201 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The "sister" project to the Infinity Towers across the street will feature 37- and 42-floor towers, along with 2 8-floor low-rise buildings. Designed by Arquitectonica, the 669 unit residential project is currently excavating for the foundation and basement levels.

10. Hampton Hotel

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942 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

This 15-floor hotel will feature 174 mid-level rooms near Mint Plaza and the Moscone Center. The site, currently under construction, is best known for being the former home of the Kink.com porn studios.

11. 181 Fremont

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181 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This 800-foot tower (with spire), located adjacent to the Transbay Transit Center, will feature a mix of office, retail and residential space throughout it's 54 floors, as well as a sky-bridge to the transit center itself. The low-rise buildings previously occupying the site have been removed and pre-construction is underway.

12. Transbay Tower

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101 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Soon to be the tallest building in the city, the 61-story, 1,070 foot-tall Transbay Tower officially broke ground on March 27th. This tower will be office space over ground floor retail, and be directly connected to the Transbay Transit Center, currently under construction.

13. 1415 Mission

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1415 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Located at the corner of 10th and Mission, the surface parking lot is currently being cleared for a 14-story Heller Manus tower. It will feature 99 market rate and 18 below-market-rate units when completed.

14. 1400 Mission

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1400 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

At 15 floors at the highest point this tower will contain 190 Below-Market-Rate units to satisfy requirements for the Lumina development. Pre-construction is currently underway with ground breaking to follow.

15. 399 Fremont

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399 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The 400 foot tower and podium, by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, planned to rise at the corner of Fremont and Harrison will contain 452 units, 238 parking spaces and 150 bike spaces.

16. 325 Fremont

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325 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This planned tower is set for 25 stories and 118 residential units. Developer Crescent Heights is already building both Nema and 45 Lansing, so don't expect to see this one begin until the other 2 are further developed.

17. 340 Fremont

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340 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Located on what will be a a pretty crowded block once all the proposed towers are finished, this Handel=designed tower is expected to break ground before the end of the year. At 440 feet, and 41 stories it will join towers 399 and 325 Fremont on the block, as well as One Rincon Hill and 45 Lansing just around the corner.

18. 75 Howard

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75 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This proposed 31-story residential waterfront tower is still seeking approvals from the planning commission.If approved at this height it would contain 186 units, 172 parking spaces and ground-floor retail.

19. 524 Howard

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524 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This proposed tower would feature up to 285 residential units in its 44-story frame with 71 parking spaces and ground-floor retail. The project has yet to receive any type of approvals, so it could be quite some time before this one breaks ground.

20. Mexican Museum Tower

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706 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

This planned 480-foot, 47-story tower has been nothing short of controversial. After years of planning and negotiating they are currently being sued by residents of the nearby Four Seasons tower, who are also threatening a ballot measure which will make it more difficult to build just about anything in San Francisco.

21. One Van Ness

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1 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Plans for a 400' residential tower and attached 65' commercial building are currently working their way through environmental review. If approved and ultimately built the mixed-use project would contain around 250 dwelling units, 3 commercial units, and space for the Conservatory of Music.

22. 100 Van Ness

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100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

While technically not new construction, a full-scale conversion of the former AAA headquarters from commercial to residential is underway. When completed this 400' tower will contain 399 units and 112 parking spaces. Topping it off will be a 29th floor roof-deck with fire pits, a hot tub, and landscaping. The swapping of masonry for a sleek new glass skin will help this tower look as good as new.

23. Sol

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4th Street & Channel Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

Also known as Mission Bay Block 13, this development form Equity Residential and Nibbi Construction will produce a 5-story podium building with a 16-story tower rising above. The finished product will feature 273 one- and two-bedroom units, and 273 parking spaces. Construction has already begun on this building, with expected delivery in March, 2015.

24. Mission Bay Block 9 Tower

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Folsom Street & 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

This 400-foot SOM-designed tower is set to rise on Folsom between First and Essex streets. It will contain 563 housing units, 25 percent of which will be reserved for below-market-rate.

25. Transbay Block 6

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280 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The land for this 300-foot tower has recently been approved for ale by the City. When development begins an approved 300-foot tower will rise containing 545 residential units and 10,000 sq. ft. of retail.

26. 41 Tehama

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41 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Another of the planned Transbay redevelopment plots, this lot will produce a 31-story residential tower with 341 units. Designed by Arquitectonica, this building could be upz-oned for as much as 390-feet in the future where an additional 57 units could be added.

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1. 535 Mission

535 Mission St, San Francisco

This glassy, 27-story office tower located on Mission Street near First is currently about halfway up to its finalheight of 378 feet. The HOK-designed building is scheduled for completion by fall, 2014.

2. One Rincon Hill, Tower 2

425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The much delayed second tower of the One Rincon Hill development is now steadily climbing, nearly to its apex of 50 stories, just shorter than its older brother next door.

425 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Nema

1401 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

This massive complex, when completed, will feature towers of 10-, 18-, 19-, and 37-floors, totaling over 700 apartments. The southern towers have already opened, and the northern buildings will be ready this spring.

1401 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. 350 Mission

350 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Currently under construction, this 30-story tower, designed by Craig Hartman, is already completely leased out to Salesforce.com, with a total of 440,000 sq. ft.

350 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

5. 222 Second

222 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

This 26-Story office tower, to be constructed in SOMA, will feature set-backs on the 5th and 17th floors, as well as 8,600 sq. ft. of open public space. Excavation and foundation work has already begun.

222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

6. Trinity Place

1188 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

The massive mid-market project, brought to you by Angelo Sangiacomo and dubbed Trinity Place, has already been under construction for a few years, with the largest of the buildings already risen. When all is complete the project will feature at least 4 towers, ranging in height from 18-26 floors, and 1,900 units.

1188 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. 55 Ninth

55 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This 17-flor apartment tower, by developer Avalon Bay, now dubbed AVA, is rising quickly across from the future Twitter headquarters. The glass-enveloped structure will add 260 units to the already busy Mid-Market area.

55 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. 45 Lansing

45 Lansing Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

A quick walk by the construction site will reveal what looks like the deepest basement in the city. On top of it will soon rise 39 floors and 330 luxury units. The final height expected at 400 feet.

45 Lansing Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

9. Lumina

201 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The "sister" project to the Infinity Towers across the street will feature 37- and 42-floor towers, along with 2 8-floor low-rise buildings. Designed by Arquitectonica, the 669 unit residential project is currently excavating for the foundation and basement levels.

201 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

10. Hampton Hotel

942 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This 15-floor hotel will feature 174 mid-level rooms near Mint Plaza and the Moscone Center. The site, currently under construction, is best known for being the former home of the Kink.com porn studios.

942 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. 181 Fremont

181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

This 800-foot tower (with spire), located adjacent to the Transbay Transit Center, will feature a mix of office, retail and residential space throughout it's 54 floors, as well as a sky-bridge to the transit center itself. The low-rise buildings previously occupying the site have been removed and pre-construction is underway.

181 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

12. Transbay Tower

101 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Soon to be the tallest building in the city, the 61-story, 1,070 foot-tall Transbay Tower officially broke ground on March 27th. This tower will be office space over ground floor retail, and be directly connected to the Transbay Transit Center, currently under construction.

101 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

13. 1415 Mission

1415 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Located at the corner of 10th and Mission, the surface parking lot is currently being cleared for a 14-story Heller Manus tower. It will feature 99 market rate and 18 below-market-rate units when completed.

1415 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. 1400 Mission

1400 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

At 15 floors at the highest point this tower will contain 190 Below-Market-Rate units to satisfy requirements for the Lumina development. Pre-construction is currently underway with ground breaking to follow.

1400 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

15. 399 Fremont

399 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The 400 foot tower and podium, by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, planned to rise at the corner of Fremont and Harrison will contain 452 units, 238 parking spaces and 150 bike spaces.

399 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

16. 325 Fremont

325 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

This planned tower is set for 25 stories and 118 residential units. Developer Crescent Heights is already building both Nema and 45 Lansing, so don't expect to see this one begin until the other 2 are further developed.

325 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

17. 340 Fremont

340 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Located on what will be a a pretty crowded block once all the proposed towers are finished, this Handel=designed tower is expected to break ground before the end of the year. At 440 feet, and 41 stories it will join towers 399 and 325 Fremont on the block, as well as One Rincon Hill and 45 Lansing just around the corner.

340 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

18. 75 Howard

75 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

This proposed 31-story residential waterfront tower is still seeking approvals from the planning commission.If approved at this height it would contain 186 units, 172 parking spaces and ground-floor retail.

75 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

19. 524 Howard

524 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

This proposed tower would feature up to 285 residential units in its 44-story frame with 71 parking spaces and ground-floor retail. The project has yet to receive any type of approvals, so it could be quite some time before this one breaks ground.

524 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

20. Mexican Museum Tower

706 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This planned 480-foot, 47-story tower has been nothing short of controversial. After years of planning and negotiating they are currently being sued by residents of the nearby Four Seasons tower, who are also threatening a ballot measure which will make it more difficult to build just about anything in San Francisco.

706 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

21. One Van Ness

1 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Plans for a 400' residential tower and attached 65' commercial building are currently working their way through environmental review. If approved and ultimately built the mixed-use project would contain around 250 dwelling units, 3 commercial units, and space for the Conservatory of Music.

1 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

22. 100 Van Ness

100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

While technically not new construction, a full-scale conversion of the former AAA headquarters from commercial to residential is underway. When completed this 400' tower will contain 399 units and 112 parking spaces. Topping it off will be a 29th floor roof-deck with fire pits, a hot tub, and landscaping. The swapping of masonry for a sleek new glass skin will help this tower look as good as new.

100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

23. Sol

4th Street & Channel Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Also known as Mission Bay Block 13, this development form Equity Residential and Nibbi Construction will produce a 5-story podium building with a 16-story tower rising above. The finished product will feature 273 one- and two-bedroom units, and 273 parking spaces. Construction has already begun on this building, with expected delivery in March, 2015.

4th Street & Channel Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

24. Mission Bay Block 9 Tower

Folsom Street & 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

This 400-foot SOM-designed tower is set to rise on Folsom between First and Essex streets. It will contain 563 housing units, 25 percent of which will be reserved for below-market-rate.

Folsom Street & 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

25. Transbay Block 6

280 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The land for this 300-foot tower has recently been approved for ale by the City. When development begins an approved 300-foot tower will rise containing 545 residential units and 10,000 sq. ft. of retail.

280 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

26. 41 Tehama

41 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Another of the planned Transbay redevelopment plots, this lot will produce a 31-story residential tower with 341 units. Designed by Arquitectonica, this building could be upz-oned for as much as 390-feet in the future where an additional 57 units could be added.

41 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA 94105