164 Townsend #7/8 Living
From two to one in 2005, it was a down to the concrete renovation and combination of 164 Townsend #7 and #8 that yielded the roughly 4,000 square foot South Beach space.
Artemide, Ann Sachs, Wolfe, Gaggenau and Sub-Zero fixtures and finishings are all mentioned by name (as are the architects Sheehan and Quandt). The “creative visionary and former NYC magazine executive” who commissioned the space is not.
∙ Listing: 164 townsend #7/8 (3/3) 4,000 sqft – $3,500,000 [164townsend.com] [MLS]

19 thoughts on “Atop 164 Townsend And From Two To One In 2005”
  1. A true “Wow”. More spacious than virtually any other listing I’ve seen in some time. Ultra modern, ultra glam. More like a New York loft than anything I’ve ever seen in San Francisco. An interior decorator’s dream!

  2. I’m having trouble reconciling the staging with the actual market for a place like this. If this is being marketed as a live/work luxury condo for those starving artists, then why stage it with bunk beds for little kids (nevermind that the whole rest of the place is ridiculously kid-unfriendly)?
    But this might be a true “wow,” as in “wow, this is atrocious.” The whole place is uber-tacky.

  3. “Private showings will be available for a limited time.”
    Sure. I’ll bet one of those Pets.com or WebVan guys snag these sweet digs by the end of the weekend!

  4. Very nice. I’ve seen this place and the photos don’t really do it justice. The price is too high, but it is cool.
    BTW, not staged – but real people live there.

  5. why oh why do people keep doing kitchens with awful work triangles?
    I have a GREAT idea. Put the sink and the fridge on exact opposite corners of the kitchen, and then put a big island between them! This way every time you want to wash a veggie or cook something you get to walk around the island, open the fridge, take out the food, walk around the island again to wash it.
    cooking and need a sauce? no problem! just walk around the island again to the other side of the kitchen!
    architects/developers/builders/owners need to either get over their obsession with islands or learn how to correctly place them.
    (as a side note, this kitchen would have been far more cook-friendly if they had rotated the island 90 degrees and pushed it back towards where the double oven/support beam is. of course then it would have looked like a peninsula and not an island… and we’re all about islands these days even when it decreases kitchen functionality).
    the bunk bedroom is my favorite room of the house! (due to that brick wall which may be a negative when it comes to modern design?)

  6. “why oh why do people keep doing kitchens with awful work triangles? ”
    Hmmm…. because many builders don’t actually cook and view the kitchen more as an abstract art installation than as an area to get work done?

  7. diemos,
    Could you link to where your date is from? Do you really think the builders are driving up the art installation (read expensive) kitchen? This house was not a spec. it was built for an owner, so why blame the non-cooking builder for the layout.
    What is actually true is that most builders don’t design. That is left to architects, who may be working for an owner or the developer, but the builder is rarely laying out the work triangle.

  8. $3.5M seems steep for that collection of furniture, even if it all came from Limn.
    Oh. Oh wait. They’re selling the loft, not the furniture. It wasn’t obvious from the photos.
    Imagine those photos without the furniture.

  9. “Do you really think the builders”
    Meant that in the generic sense of whoever is making the decisions. Didn’t mean to single out the honest hardworking tradesmen.

  10. I know you were, but I find that more often than not people really think the builder/developer is making these decisions when in fact it is either the architect or interior designer (who is changing the architects original layout). A lot of those times it is in conjunctin with the homeowner who would rather have form over function.

  11. Is the closing of Limn Furniture a general economic indicator, or just because of their world famous obnoxious customer “service”. I got so fed up with how they would even dismiss an architect such as myself, that I shifted my business to similar stores in Southern California or Chicago http://www.luminaire.com, which have the same brands without the same price points or condescending attitude. Remember, shipping costs are not always an issue if the furniture is coming from Europe or Asia.

  12. Limn is only closing temporarily, and thus far, they are about a month late doing that (and judging from my walk-by the other day, still appear to have tons of inventory, so I doubt they’re locking the doors in the next couple of weeks).

  13. If Limn furniture does re-open, it will be in a vastly reduced space. I read where they were downsizing from 44,000 sq. ft. to 9,000 although they claim this new smaller scale has “nothing to do with any drop off in business”. They closed their Seattle store, and I am not sure about their Sacramento location, but in that deflated bubble city, how much longer could that location survive?
    I actually think Limn is a symbol of the new excess. It doesn’t look expensive, but it is! When you sell sofas that are the same price as a prius automobile, you really do have to try harder to be “green” with their recycled wood furniture, etc. There is some hope in that they claim they will also start to sell more “affordable” furniture that is still of good design quality.
    Perhaps IF they open this smaller store, they will no longer insist on escorting customers and professionals through the showroom space like used car salesmen.

  14. Despite being the “Featured home of the day on WSJ Online April 26th” and “Winner for House of Week,” the listing for 164 Townsend #7/8 has been withdrawn from the MLS after 173 days on the market without a sale.

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