Despite neighbors’ objections, the construction of 1410 Stanyan Street was approved for development and finished last year, “pushed, squeezed [and] shoehorned into the space between two existing homes,” one on Clarendon and the other on Mountain Spring Ave.
The green space in front of the property is an undeveloped and currently unbuildable stretch of Stanyan Street and upon which the owner of 1410 Stanyan is now seeking his neighbors’ support to build a driveway. For as it stands, there’s currently no legal way to access the property which was on the market last year for $2.5 million, not even by foot.
A plugged-in tipster explains the situation and dishes on the heated community meetings regarding access to the house and parking around the neighborhood:
The owner of 1410 Stanyan wanted to construct a driveway to Clarendon Street when he was building the house, but in view of strong neighborhood opposition and a technicality whereby he apparently did not involve the right City departments, it never happened. Instead, it appears that the only approved access to the house is via a staircase up to Mountain Spring Avenue which some neighbors said the owner got by way of some kind of exchange with the neighbor above to limit his building height so as not to obstruct that person’s views.
It appears, however, that the staircase to Mountain Spring, despite being approved, was never built. At the same time, many of the Mountain Spring neighbors have expressed opposition to building the staircase as they seem concerned with the prospect that UCSF people will catch onto its existence and start using Mountain Spring — normally a quiet street — for parking. Apparently the UCSF people already use Clarendon for parking, annoying many residents of Clarendon and the Stanyan Steps north of Clarendon.
Instead of the staircase to Mountain Spring, access to 1410 Stanyan is currently via a dirt footpath through that stretch of undeveloped Stanyan Street to the house. Many neighbors have contended at the meetings that the dirt path is illegal, which it may be. Some neighbors have also said the path is both dangerous and an eyesore.
Community meetings held by the owner of 1410 Stanyan, the first of which was thinly veiled as a proposal to build a “community garden,” have been a spectacle. The neighbors have been extremely hostile toward the owner, yelling and calling him names like “scofflaw” and “liar” right to his face. Some of the neighbors have also been directing apparent anger toward each other, shouting things like “shut up” and “stop acting like children.”
The path to the house does appear to have been built without the benefit of any permit and encroaches on the public right of way. As such, however, the Department of Building Inspection has passed the buck on a number of complaints as “any work performed on the public right of way is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works.”