As we wrote when we first reported the record breaking sale of 152 Elsie last week, “the quiet sale of another Bernal Heights home which was never officially on the market is poised to blow away the $2.3 million record.”

And this afternoon, the sale of 171 Ripley was officially added to the MLS, “for comp purposes only,” with a record setting sale price of $3 million.  Measuring 2,313 square feet, that’s roughly $1,350 per square foot for the architect’s home which is faced in recycled copper and known to some as “the copper house.”

Inside, the kitchen counters are marinace granite, while the floors are recycled Southern Pine and the ceilings, even in the garage, are vertical grain Douglas Fir.

The three-level home was designed with three bedrooms, three baths and dramatic city views.  And in terms of parking, there’s a three-car garage with slate flooring, laundry and work space:

171 Ripley Garage

The seller was an architect at Gensler for over 30 years, and the firm’s President and CEO for over a decade.  And no, the buyers aren’t “techies” nor are they from overseas.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by anon3

    This is absolutely stunning. I want!

  2. Posted by Alai

    That garage is nicer than a lot of apartments.

    • Posted by Rusty865

      That garage is *bigger* than a lot of apartments!

  3. Posted by AnalyzeVotes

    Zillow estimate value to be 1.6M. What a zestimate!

  4. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: The seller was an architect at Gensler for over 30 years, and the firm’s President and CEO for over a decade. And no, the buyers aren’t “techies” nor are they from overseas.

    • Posted by EBGuy

      Good Inside Intel. Get it?!

      • Posted by Anon

        No? Makes no sense.

        • Posted by Serge

          Inside Intel. Intel Inside. The slogan for Intel Corporation (INTC)?

          • Posted by Anon

            sure, ok pun if the buyer is in tech, but he’s not

          • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

            Could it be Ric Giardina, the guy who dreamed up the “Intel Inside” slogan? Though he worked as an attorney for Intel, he’s definitely not a techie. And his current line of business is decidedly not technical.

            If Ric bought this place then good for him. He’s a nice hard working guy and deserves it.

          • Posted by Anon

            no it’s an academic

  5. Posted by frog

    Does anyone know who designed the couch/chairs in the living area? The entire place is phenomenal, but I want that furniture.

    • Posted by modernedwardian

      milo baughman, circa 1970?

      • Posted by frog

        Thanks! A quick google search found what I was looking for.

  6. Posted by Michael

    Superb design and finishes, makes the house on Elsie look like institutional dreck.

  7. Posted by Willow

    I mustn’t get it because both the inside and outside looks dated already. Must present better in person!

  8. Posted by Futurist

    I find it to be quite dated and rather bland. Is it from the late 80’s or early 90″s?

    • Posted by shza

      I thought no one was allowed to criticize a property on this site without making very specific, objective observations. I guess that’s just everyone else.

  9. Posted by Voyeur

    In a word: Perfect. (Well almost.)
    Most finishes look timeless to me.

  10. Posted by Mark

    Yeahh! We all gonna park our motorcycles in the entryway!

    • Posted by Emanon

      That’s the garage. And as noted by Alai above, “That garage is nicer than a lot of apartments.”

  11. Posted by anon

    Nice wicker dining chairs from the 1980s. lol.

    • Posted by shza

      If they are originals, they are ~$1400 chairs (each). And were designed in 1928.

      • Posted by shza

        (Actually, closer to $1600 with the arms in ebony.)

        • Posted by R

          And that about sums up the typical design critique on Socketsite!

        • Posted by Willow

          Well if there $1600 each they must be worth it! Sorry, for me those chairs look very 80’s. To each his own…

  12. Posted by Snark17

    Love this house. Amazing location and views.

  13. Posted by Brian M

    No comments on this being just up the hill from the drug dealers giving passerbys the nasty glare at Folsom and Cesar Chavez?

    • Posted by Anon

      why would there be such comments when that is not a real thing?

    • Posted by R

      First, there’s no drug dealers on Folsom and CC. Second, if there were, they wouldn’t be giving people the ‘nasty glare’, they’d be trying to sell them drugs.

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