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1242 Sacramento
Quintessential isn’t a word that should be bandied about carelessly. And while the photography isn’t the best, and the style isn’t necessarily all us, we can’t argue with the listing nor the Parisian curb appeal of 1242 Sacramento.
Credit Arthur Laib for the quintessential building design (circa 1916).
∙ Listing: 1242 Sacramento #6 (1/1.5) – $1,099,000 [MLS]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by sf

    OMG that building is absolutely gorgeous and yes, very Parisian.

  2. Posted by Pianist

    Beautiful, not modern, not cold, lovely details. I even like the toile wallpaper in the bathroom. It all just works together.

  3. Posted by San FronziScheme

    The oeuil-de-boeufs are definitely parisian as are the balconies.
    The style has nothing to do with what parisians were doing at the time (smooth curved surfaces, very lean pre-art deco).
    Plus, we’re talking about wood, stucco, and plaster not actual carved stone like Paris. Parisian houses will last 500 years without major renovations. Their builders had actual foresight at the time.

  4. Posted by Craig

    Go build a house out of stone and see what happens in the next big one then.

  5. Posted by San FronziScheme

    No question about that. Better have a wood or metal structure in earthquake country.
    My comment has more to do with the fact that you have to gut your house every 30-50-100 years here and it costs an arm and leg. Houses were not built to really last that long.

  6. Posted by fluj

    No you didn’t. You talked about foresight.

  7. Posted by Craig

    Your 2 comments above do not jive. Strive for clarity in the future please.

  8. Posted by San FronziScheme

    Had Parisian build wood strucutured houses, these houses would not be there today. This is what foresight is.
    The structures BEFORE the Haussmann period were a mixed bag of wood, unfinished stoned held together with mortar and (yes) landfill material.
    In 1851, builders started going through a new phase of stone carved building. Mechanical advances and new money from industrialists and capitalists motivated the construction of places that were designed to provincials used to castles or bourgeois houses.
    People complained a lot about these new houses, killing the “charm and character” of older structures.
    Speculation led to overbuilding, which meant democratization of luxurious buildings and Paris is better thanks to this capitalistic adventure.

  9. Posted by paco

    fronzzzz,
    i believe you are trying to reference “oeil de boeufs”,
    which the above are not.

  10. Posted by fluj

    So then, by that logic, it was foresight which caused the local San Francisco builders to build with wood? That’s why you brought up foresight? You didn’t mean to contrast SF builders with Parisian builders, it only reads that way by accident?
    Naah. You aren’t fooling anyone. Every day the same thing.

  11. Posted by San FronziScheme

    Oeil vs. Oeuil, I agree. It depends if you speak old french or new french. Architects have frozen the term to the old spelling.
    Why wouldn’t these 2 round openings called oeil/oeuil de boeuf? Would you educate us?

  12. Posted by San FronziScheme

    Fluj,
    I said Parisian builders that built these stone houses had foresight. I have seen the renovation of a pre-1800 building in Paris and it was not a pretty sight. Haussmann buildings (what this building is trying to emulate) are way sturdier.
    Don’t put words in my mouth and lighten up a little.

  13. Posted by flaneur

    Quintessential is hard to translate. In this context, it could be, “à l’apogée de son style”, but I’d rather say “somptueux”.
    fronzzz, the long axis of an oeuil de beuf is horizontal.

  14. Posted by flaneur

    oeil, not oeuil. Sorry about the misspelling. It does sound as if there was an u.

  15. Posted by fluj

    Fronz,
    You always do the same thing. You make a point that’s flat wrong. You then try to back off of it, all the while using trivia to deflect criticism and cloud the issue. You’re out of your depth on here but you post more than anybody. I am lightened up already. It’s funny!

  16. Posted by Amen Corner

    “So then, by that logic, it was foresight which caused the local San Francisco builders to build with wood?”
    Indeed, in general. However, given the likely maintenance costs, it may not be foresight to build a place _in this style_ given said need to construct it with wood and plaster.
    Anyway, pointless quibbling aside, I love the look of this place both inside and outside and will go and take a look during Sunday’s open house. Too bad it’s only a 1 bedroom.

  17. Posted by andyc

    Good golly Miss Molly.
    Sometimes reading these threads I feel like I’ve been thrust into a sequel of The Boys in the Band.
    Vous me faites chier.

  18. Posted by lolcat_94123

    I like it. It’s pricey for a 1br but it looks pretty nice and that location is awesome. Anyone with more knowledge of the area care to chime in on whether its priced reasonably?

  19. Posted by flaneur

    fronzzz is right about the outrage. Baudelaire echoed the feeling: “La forme d’une ville change plus vite, hélas!, que le coeur d’un mortel” (no human heart changes half so fast as a city’s face).

  20. Posted by fluj

    “So then, by that logic, it was foresight which caused the local San Francisco builders to build with wood?”
    Indeed, in general
    Either that or all the redwood trees in the area and a lack of stone quarries commonly found in Europe.

  21. Posted by sb

    Those fire escapes are a crying shame. I’d almost rather burn than hide my house behind those horrible diagonal things. Other than that, I agree, this place has scrumptious curb appeal!!

  22. Posted by SFAnalyst

    I’m not that familiar with condo prices in Nob Hill, but it seems like a good value compared with what passes for “luxury” in new buildings South of Market.
    Quality construction, great location, superb views, 1-2 parking spaces + storage..albeit only a 1BR/1.5BA.
    As to the decor, it looks like Early French Bordello (not that I’d know).

  23. Posted by SFAnalyst

    Also, the monthly HOA fee seems reasonable at $0.53 per square foot.

  24. Posted by Salarywoman

    Les escaliers de secours ont besoin de secours.

  25. Posted by paco

    evidement, mais ils son pas belle-c’est tout…

  26. Posted by anoncensorious

    Why not rip out the interiors and transform this unit into another “Dwell” magazine look-a-like which seems to be so popular with so many?
    Of course I don’t really want to see another interior remodel complete with “Aquaturd” chop pillows and Room & Board furniture, but it shows how nice it is to see a building and interior that has not gone towards the typical look which is now a favorite of the real estate and house flipping community.

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