Purchased for $735,000 in October 2006, the 723 square foot fixer cottage on the back of a 25×110 foot lot at 226 Cabrillo returned to the market in July 2008 listed for $799,000.
After a year on the market, and a few price reductions and re-listings (as “new”) along the way, the property finally resold for $550,000 in July 2009. From the listing at the time:
Cottage/home w/ fireplace situated on super desirable lot in Inner Richmond…Best for Contractors/Developers…Do your research! Buyers strongly urged to reseach [sic] what can be built at planning dept.
As proposed, the cottage on the back of the lot will now be demolished and a more contemporary three-story, two-unit building will be built toward the front.
While the Planning Department supports the project, however, the Richmond Community Association and a neighbor oppose citing potential historical significance as an original earthquake shack; “inappropriate” scale, size, and design for the neighborhood; and a lack of consideration for the adjacent building’s access to light, air, and privacy.
A few excerpts from Planning Department staff in response:
[A] Historic Resource Evaluation for the proposed project determined that the building probably started as an earthquake shack; however, the building had lost integrity due to a series of additions and modifications.
The replacement building’s design, while contemporary, responds to its context in massing, fenestration pattern, entrance and level of detail. While the front façade material is a new material not found on the subject block face, it is of a high quality and has been used successfully in other buildings in the City.
New buildings should reflect the time they are constructed and not attempt to imitate past designs or styles. The proposed building is designed to be compatible, yet express a modern aesthetic.
Any loss of privacy, light or air is within what should be expected when living within a dense urban environment like San Francisco. Further, it is incumbent upon any owner to understand their development potential and that of the adjacent properties prior to purchasing a property, especially when it is located directly adjacent to a significantly underdeveloped property such as the subject property.
If only such thinking was consistently applied to projects throughout the city. And with respect to 226 Cabrillo, it’s now up to the Planning Commission to decide on Thursday.
∙ Discretionary Review Analysis: 226 Cabrillo Street [sfplanning.org]