369 Upper Terrrace
Having graced the cover of Metropolitan Home, featured in Dwell and on the AIA Home Tour, the modern flair of 369 Upper Terrace is hidden away behind a simple entrance.
369 Upper Terrrace Living
From the architect who designed the home for a co-founder of Razorfish in 2000:

The makeover of a rickety 70’s house on steep lot in Ashbury Heights resulted in a modern light-filled aerie with wide-open expanses of glass capturing views and bringing in natural light.

White walls and white terrazo floors allow one to clearly register the changing patterns of the light throughout the day. Balconies on every level connect the spaces to the outdoors, enabling a full immersion into the elements – sun, wind, and fog.

Feature elements like the fireplace and kitchen casework were treated like compositional 
objects within the space, clad in rich materials like marble, walnut, and cold-rolled steel.

And no, you’re not crazy, that is a white (vinyl) padded bedroom under the garage, designed as “a one of a kind…lair for music listening” and guest room when needed.
369 Upper Terrrace Music Lair
∙ Listing: 369 Upper Terrace (3/3) 3,462 sqft – $2,995,000 []
Nilus Designs: Upper Terrace []

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Tweety

    For $3mm, you’d think they’d clean up the weeds in the gutter.

  2. Posted by Rillion

    The weeds are urban camoflage, a form of anti-theft security. Its the opposite of curb appeal so that burglars will pass over this house cause there is no way this modest facade and unkempt drive would hide a house a rich person lived in.

  3. Posted by Jane

    Does the padded cell come with a straight jacket?

  4. Posted by steve

    does anyone know who did the floors?

  5. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Nice looking place. I’ll guess that this sells quick simply because of its wow factor.
    That white padded cell reminds me of a recurring gag in Matt Groening’s “Life in Hell” comic.

  6. Posted by lolcat_94123

    This thread need a theme song:

  7. Posted by Bored2day

    The curb appeal screams for a spot on Storage Wars for this place. Interior is gorgeous, though. Love the padded cell — erh, room; I’d put locks on the outside.

  8. Posted by Mikel

    The white padded room looks like it was used in “Clockwork Orange”

  9. Posted by DataDude

    I’m not sure I’d sleep well knowing there were two cars above me… This is earthquake country, after all…

  10. Posted by wrath

    I believe you can see, etched in the pads of the white padded room, the words:
    “Chief Inspector Dreyfuss was here.”

  11. Posted by Neat

    Neat bathroom idea with the shower in front of the bath tub. No climbing over a tub side to shower but a good sized shower, easy to use. Talk about earthquakes. Look up from Cole Valley to the houses on the ridge of Upper Terrace and they are all on tall cement, hopefully reinforced , columns.
    Just up the street is Mt Olympus, supposedly the geographical center of San Francisco. Used to have a statue, now long gone.

  12. Posted by Jim

    This house was on the AIA tour a couple of years back. Quite beautiful.

  13. Posted by Cade

    Max and Betina would love the white padded room.

  14. Posted by @Neat

    As you mentioned, a lot the houses on Upper Terrace are supported by very flimsy-looking pillars, although it is hard to tell if that is the case here. Upper Terrace has also been identified by the California Geological Survey as an “Earthquake Induced Landslide Zone” ( No one in their right mind should be living in these houses!

  15. Posted by mikey woodz

    wow just looked at this place, poor finishing work and needs a serious clean up, expected a much better finished home for 3m. Nice great room but thats about it, rusty doors leading to worn out decks

  16. Posted by MW

    this house is a dump for the price!

  17. Posted by NoeLocal

    Attractive Clockwork Orange motif, white shag carpet in the Master. Not exactly a warm and fuzzy is it? White must be the color of the month.

  18. Posted by around1905

    its apparently about a 10-year-old reno, so its a bit weathered here and there. Biggest issue for me is that all the windows (except for a light well) are on one side of the house only.
    For 3M, I’d hope that there is a wonderful foundation anchoring the building to the hillside. 3R is not enough — for this one, I’d have an engineer review the plans….

  19. Posted by SocketSite

    Having fallen out of contract, the listing for 369 Upper Terrace was withdrawn from the MLS in July. Yesterday, 369 Upper Terrace was listed anew for $2,695,000.

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