What kind of one-bedroom home runs you seven figures? And what in the world is it full of, if not bedrooms? It's with burning questions like these in mind that we turn our eyes to the map below. True, the idea of a single bed home for $1 million even recently seemed like such a rare and wunderkind concept that we're almost afraid to look, as if they're mythical beasts too dangerous to look directly at...but human curiosity being what it is, we can't resist.Read More
Mapping every one-bedroom home in San Francisco that costs $1 million or more
This may cause some dizziness
10 Mint Plaza, #1
When the city's previous most expensive one bedroom home in the Millennium Tower delisted, it was perhaps inevitable that the new champ would be in 10 Mint Plaza. This one's more than $1.99 million; normally we'd demand access to the pole in this onetime firehouse to justify that kind of money, but the stained maplewood walls are a pretty good consolation prize.
Does the new building at 72 Townsend really offer a single bed home for more than $1 million? No. It offers eight, the priciest of which runs $1.79 million, or $1,999/square foot for 900 feet.
Four Seasons, #34C
Speaking of inevitability, there was no chance that the Four Seasons residences wouldn't end up somewhere on a list like this. The ad pitches it as "rarely available," which is only sort of true; the last time it sold was in 2004, for $745,000....which is still $48,000 or so short of a million even after inflation.
1242 Sacramento Street, #5
This Parisian-style penthouse in the 1900 beaux building caught our eye this morning. At $1.69 million, it's among the priciest single beds in the city, although other units in the six-home building have been routinely breaking a million in recent years, including one in 2008.
133 Jones, #802
The problem with trying to sell great views in San Francisco is that there's so many to go around, we have what you might call view deflation in effect. Still, Nob Hill offers a panorama few can match, and its natural altitude gives a boost even to relatively short buildings. Is the view from here worth $1.56 million? Take a peek and see.
2400 Steiner, #2
The Pac Heights mansion turned condos is as distinct a species of San Francisco housing as the classic Victorians. This old building from 1908 still looks the part from the outside, and the Edwardian splendor hasn't yet rubbed off of the interior units. You'll be paying $1.42 million for it, though.
650 2nd Street, #304
There's nothing hospitable about an actual warehouse (unless it's storing beds, of course), but the warehouse style, concrete ceilings and all, is so prized in South Beach and some parts of SoMa that it can run you up to $1.39 million these days.
2485 Union Street, #2
The work of a notable architect may fill in some of the appeal of a missing second bedroom. In this case, it's HC Baumann, prolific designer of apartment buildings, who turned out an average of 100/year for five years straight(!). A little place in one of those buildings on Union Street (0.2 percent of his output for that period) sets you back $1.39 million today.
1880 Jackson, #402
By sheer coincidence, the very next home on the list is in yet another Baumann building. What are the odds? Well, probably pretty good, if you think about it. One bedroom here is $1.295 million--your Baumann mark-up varies from block to block.
601 4th Street, #321
This is a onetime wine warehouse that boasts its original windows and concrete walls. Wine in the '70s apparently lived in style, although it probably didn't pay $1.27 million for the privilege.
Lumina #7, #12D
We're a little surprised that it took the new South Beach condos this long to sneak up onto the list. Residence #7 at Lumina asks $1.26 million, while #12D goes for $1.18 million. As some of the most recent construction, you could say that these are the homes that were built to break a million, rather than simply falling into it by circumstance over the years.
181 O'Farrell, #504 + 506 = 305
Just because a condo is a single bedroom--or, for that matter, just because it markets itself as a loft--doesn't mean it's necessarily small. The ones in this circa 1995 building runs up to 1,500 square feet, making their $1.25 million price tags cheap (in a strange way) compared to some of its neighbors on this list.
Infinity, #3F + #2B
And could the Infinity be far behind? One bed and 900 feet goes for just under $1.2 million in one of the Emerald City-like towers, where the distinctive quarter-circle floor plan in 3F is presumably a hefty part of the value. (L-shaped #2B goes for just under $1.5 million.)
Museum Parc #1412
This corner unit on the top floor pitches the old "rarely available" line once again, and once again the most recent sale was 2004. Must have been a rare year. The price back then was $600,000, only a bit more than three quarters of a million in today's money. The price now: $1.19 million.
1650 Broadway, 405 + 506
How do you get to Broadway? Not practice, just $1.16 million, the going rate for the last two single beds still available at the ultra dishy LuXe building.
One Rincon Hill, #1607
Completing our constellation of showy South Beach towers, you're looking at a shade under $1.15 million per bed in One Rincon Hill. That's a full 50 percent markup from the last time this particular condo sold in 2013. What accounts for it? Well, back then the Bay Lights had only just been turned on, so we like to pretend that has something to do with it.
This 900 foot ditty is just in time to make the map, listing barely over 24 hours ago for $1,099,000. Its 2005 sale of $760,000 is worth over $950,000 today--so close.
3045 Jackson, #203
Another big, pretty apartment building, but it's not an HC Bauman--not quite blocky enough for his style. It's a Julia Morgan instead. A step up the ladder by most estimations, but a comparable discount on the one bedroom homes inside, which are "only" $1.07 million.
851 Indiana, #306
The Dogpatch puts in its first and only appearance on the map. What does $1.075 million get you on Indiana Street? A whole lot of beautiful red brick, for one thing.
1 Hawthorne, #12A
Some buildings end up in remarkable places without really meaning to. One Hawthorne knew when it was built, of course, that it would be flanked by the timeless PacBell building on one side, but the sudden, startling rise of the Darth Vader-like Linkedin building next door makes a heck of a contrast from the roof deck. If it gets too much for you, you can always go downstairs to your $1.04 million home.
Ritz Carlton, #1605
All of these condos are nice, but they ain't exactly the Ritz. This one is, though, and at over $1.04 million. The Tim Burton-like protrusions of the upper floors create a distinct floorplan a bit like a stray puzzle piece.
401 Harrison, 12A
And this one just barely makes the map at $1.02 million plus. Perhaps the interior design by the same gentleman who spruced up the exclusive one percenter club the Battery gave it the extra oomph to get over the line.