Designed by John Maniscalco and built in 2003 on a double lot for the current owners, the modern Noe Valley home at 630 27th Street has just hit the market for the first time.


Inspired by the iconic Case Study Houses, 630 27th Street features a bank of skylights and a glass bridge to help bring natural light into the middle of the home:


With over 3,000 square feet across two levels, the property features four bedrooms, three full baths, a two car garage and two decks with panoramic downtown views.


Ironically, the Case Study Houses were intended as models for inexpensive and efficient homes in response the housing boom in the United States at the end of World War II.

16 thoughts on “First Peek Inside The Modern Noe Valley Home At 630 27th Street”
  1. Wow, very nice. (Though I’m not a fan of a stove top on the kitchen island).
    The glass walkway is interesting. Seems like a nice way to get more natural light into the lower level of the interior. Has anyone seen how well this works in practice?
    That is, does the glass walkway get filthy very quickly?
    Has anyone tried glass surface for an outdoor area? (For example, glass panels in an upper outdoor deck to allow more light to reach the lower level of a house).

  2. Cool house. So nice to see a home where the design of inside and outside are consistent. Seems perhaps underpriced for a Noe Valley double lot with a @new home in a modern aesthetic.

  3. And nice to see a home that shows San Francisco is finally catching up to Los Angeles where I consider much better residential design work is constantly being created.

  4. And interesting to see the differences from the posting on the architect’s website: the accents in CorTen steel and wood (which weathered badly) have been replaced with frosted glass and stucco.

  5. Thanks to Jim for pointing out the original photos — I actually like the frosted glass/stucco better, a bit colder than the wood/patinaed metal but a lighter, more consistent look overall.
    The frosted glass I’ve seen used on public walkways and interiors (primarily in Europe) have suffered not just from traffic, but from the debris of weather and foliage. Inside a residence I suspect would be less of a problem.

  6. “finally catching up to Los Angeles where I consider much better residential design work is constantly being created”
    Consider the context. San Francisco was more or less built-out by the 1940’s. There are very few empty lots left and now that the economics make sense to tear homes down and replace them, a permit to demolish a home is very challenging to obtain.
    Why doesn’t SF have more mid-century and later homes? We don’t have the space available. We’ll never ‘catch up’ meaningfully.
    Instead we can only rejigger old-fashioned floorplans amidst great weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    Grohe faucets in the Victorian bathroom anyone?

  7. Glass panels on the front wall seem to be holding up better than the original wood planks did. The glass just went in about a month ago. The stairs cast amazing and wonderful shadows, especially during summer months. I agree it is priced low to solicit offers over asking. I’m betting it sells for 3.9, all cash, with one open. Great style, privacy and location!

  8. “…wood (which weathered badly) have been replaced with frosted glass…”
    heh. so is this might be the beginning of the end of “easily maintainable so long as you re-treat annually” oiled tropical hardwood fad. Pretty soon it will be the avocado green of the double naughts and trendy homeowners will tear it out en masse. Will stainless appliances and granite counters be next?

  9. Gotta check out that video link for the listing…and someone please explain how obligatory drone footage does not become a part of every high end listing with views going forward? I’m especially curious how the drone pilots (visible all huddled down on the rooftop and wearing black) managed to get the drone so close to live electrical wires in the opening shot (without permits I’d guess?) But kudos for the seamless final shot going from interior to off the back deck and beyond…nice FX
    [Editor’s Note: Do keep in mind that the use of drones for business purposes is currently against the law: The LAPD Tells Realtors To Buzz Off.]

  10. Hovereffect in Sausalito did the video. They have more samples on their website. Easy to see where this is going once the regulations catch up.
    FWIW, there is a famous test case nearing decision (long story at namelink). FAA fined Pirker (aka Trappy) $10k for reckless flying and he has appealed to a NTSB judge.
    Trappy has many videos, including one of SF:

  11. UPDATE: The sale of 630 27th Street has just closed escrow with a reported contract price of $3,775,000. And in the words of a plugged-in tipster, “a very happy new owner gets the keys today.” Don’t forget those invitations to the housewarming.

  12. Looks like crap. Can’t believe that all architects these days can do is draw straight lines. I would rather live in a bathroom in Buckingham Palace than spend one dime on this…

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