1454-1456 Kearny

Next door to the cottage at 1448 Kearny, and sharing the same seller, lies 1454-1456. It’s a legal two-unit building that’s being used as one (with two kitchens), and with a relatively unspectacular façade that hints at some rather spectacular views.

1454-1456 Kearny: View

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  1. Posted by ex SF-er

    I love that they have a video of this place. it’s what I would expect if I was shelling out big bucks to a RE agent to sell my home.
    The place is pretty quirky, and I keep waiting for Drew Barrymore to get pushed out the window wrapped in just a sheet!!! 🙂 I’m not sure that “pentroom” is a word, but I get the gist, and would gladly spend time up there.
    prime location. stunning views. somewhat odd property.

  2. Posted by Paul Hwang

    Love it! Awesome. Forget about the cottage.

  3. Posted by resp

    Sounds like the “pentroom” might exceed height requirements and have to come down?
    It’ll be curious to see how this 2-unit is laid out for single-familiy use. IMO the 2 unit “eco” building on Cervantes was not done-up well as a SFH, and it still hasn’t sold after 2 price reductions. Clever wording on this topic in the listing: “The property, while serving as a single family home, is considered by the City to be a two-unit building, hence the second kitchen is permissible.” No, actually the second kitchen is required and cannot legally be removed by the new owner.
    My guess – first buyer with $3.5M gets the cottage for free. Then each home has one less neighbor to fight when they try to do things like exceed height requirements and knock down a historical building.

  4. Posted by invented

    A welcomed sense of humor and levity in cautious Williamsburg-by-the-sea. More please.

  5. Posted by eddy

    Generally a neat property, but having to go into the master bedroom from the entertaining levels to use the bathroom; and then to have the toilet actually “IN” the shower stall area is just a little crazy. Worlds largest bidet.
    It would take a special buyer to overcome the issues this home presents.

  6. Posted by Salarywoman

    It’s quirky, off the wall and over the top places like this that give SF its unique character (along with its unique setting and unusual approach to street layout on hilly terrain).
    Would I want to live here? No – except maybe as a renter in the cottage. But I do appreciate the fact that it exists.

  7. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    It’s a good thing that they designed in bay windows on that top level. Otherwise this would stick out like a sore thumb on this traditional SF street.

  8. Posted by eddy

    @resp, the guided tour actually does references that the city requires it?

  9. Posted by guest

    How can you obtain a single mortgage on a two unit building?

  10. Posted by Joe

    WTF is wrong with the people who trim street trees in SF. Have they ever met a normal looking tree?
    I am consistently amazed at how often butchery gets passed off as tree trimming in this town.
    Lopping off all branches and leaving a twig with 3 leaves at the top is not a good idea

  11. Posted by anonn

    How can you obtain a single mortgage on a two unit building?
    There’s no real difference in this case.

  12. Posted by Julie Peisner

    P.S. 1440 Kearny is also on the market and has been for a while.
    [Editor’s Note: With respect to 1440 Kearny (which was re-listed a week ago): Sometimes It’s Simply The View(s), And Sometimes It’s Not.]

  13. Posted by gh

    Newsom wishes he’d stayed single and bought this p*ssy pad!
    Malcolm missed the delightful bunkbeds in his tour.

  14. Posted by BobN

    I liked that there was a video, but it’s sequence of panning shots, each reversing direction from the previous one, has made me queasy and given me a headache.
    Time to go lie down.

  15. Posted by BobN

    and by “it’s”, I mean “its”

  16. Posted by Justin

    I may be slow today, but I could not find the floorplans on the listing site. Are they available?

  17. Posted by dweeb

    no parking.

  18. Posted by San FronziScheme

    “dweeb”, there’s side-by-side parking.

  19. Posted by SamAndreas

    Not a lick of seismic resistance in sight!

  20. Posted by Curious

    The cooktop has no exhaust ventilation? Does anyone else find this bizarre?

  21. Posted by anon

    Looks like it has one of those rising vents that comes up behind the stove.

  22. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    United #72, you are cleared for runway 18R.

  23. Posted by Dakota

    The top floor is amazing! It’s just a shame the rest of the house is so depressing.

  24. Posted by Geo

    United #72, you are cleared for runway 18R
    Too perfect!

  25. Posted by StockBoySF

    I like this place, particularly the glass stairs. I don’t find it quirky at all. But then maybe I’m just quirky myself. I love the cottage and it would be neat to have both properties…
    You can stash your hidden treasure in the cottage… I’ve often found the best place to hide stuff is in plain sight. Including boyfriends. 😉

  26. Posted by Mole Man

    What happened to the tree is referred to as “pollarding”. That kind of cutting is explicitly against the ANSI arborist standards because it does irreparable damage. Proper trimming is usually enough, and if it isn’t then outright replacement is the way to go. Unfortunately this kind of mismanagement is common in urban forest outside of a small number of enclaves like Palo Alto that have thorough rules and oversight for arborists.
    In a way the damaged tree kind of matches the impractical solar oven at the top. Great views, now close the blinds before we overcook! Bring your own broiler bag.

  27. Posted by amazed

    yeah i agree that the tree looks really sad.
    the views are great from the inside, but that building is really ugly.
    the way a building is zoned (RH2, RH3) has no impact on your ability to finance the purchase. the mortgage companies care more about termites and structural damage than anything else….

  28. Posted by Delancey

    I love the curved railing on the roof–that’s what saves the building from being butt-ugly.

  29. Posted by Eric in SF

    I always thought the pollarding street trees was a way to get around not being able to cut down trees. People who can afford this level of Real Estate in this City are almost always more interested in the views than the street trees out front blocking the views.

  30. Posted by Delancey

    Is that a flexible side-hinged door built into the rollup garage door? If so, very clever. Would love to get a close look at that.

  31. Posted by dub dub

    ^^^^ Delancey — good eye! Does anyone know how much a door like that costs? Ballpark?

  32. Posted by Katebear

    I wonder how much is that little yard house go for?

  33. Posted by StockBoySF

    Wouldn’t a Palm tree be better? I mean, it would not have much foliage, it would be straight (not expansive) and no pollarding. And the Palm trees that survive in this city are the shorter ones anyway. 🙂
    I do like those really tall palm trees in warmer climates…. and I hope they stay there.

  34. Posted by StockBoySF

    @Delancey- yes, that curved railing on the roof really does help save the building. I like it too. The curves add a bit of flow to an otherwise static facade.

  35. Posted by wow

    Reduced to 2,995,000
    This means that if you are willing to pay the original asking price you could probably have the cottage for free (the idea was thrown last year by resp).

  36. Posted by SocketSite

    The listing for 1454-1465 Kearny has returned to the MLS with an “original” list price of $2,849,000.

  37. Posted by Eh

    Cool views, but ditto earlier comment – if you are entertaining and need to use bathroom only choice is either master bedroom (weird) or 2 flights down (weirder). The only nice parts of the place are the top 2 floors – makes more sense to buy a condo with great views for 1/3rd the price. Way too high on a $/sq ft basis.

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