301 Mission Street #53D Kitchen

Purchased for $2.85 million in 2011 (having previously traded for $3.2 million in 2009), the two-bedroom Grand Residence #53D atop the Millennium Tower at 301 Mission Street has just returned to the market listed for $4,999,999, touting “hundreds of thousands of dollars of renovations” and having been “superbly improved with discerning taste to accommodate a luxurious lifestyle,” including the kitchen’s new center island which was “custom made from superb and unique semi-precious stone.”

As the kitchen for the 2,230-square-foot condo looked before and after the renovation:

301 Mission Street #53D Kitchen: Before and After

36 thoughts on “Behold The Custom Kitchen Island”
  1. I hyperventilated in a very bad way. And I will have nightmares tonight about that countertop because it is not impossible to un-see it.

  2. Though I enjoy geological specimens, not sure I need a huge sample in my kitchen. I think that the stone looks awesome (I’ve seen samples at the supplier) but it would lose its awesomeness if it became part of the daily background.

      1. I think that’s part of what turned me off here. An expensive surface treatment that might end up in the landfill. That same stonework could have been cut up into ten inch squares and be owned by dozens of junior high geology classes.

    1. Design fail. Loud statement material should be used either sparingly or simply. Maybe just the backsplash or just one side of the island. Or a wall trim. But an entire U-shape? Hope the rocks get recycled somehow.

  3. What’s the appeal of this building? Seems like all but the very top floors will have views which will be significantly hindered by all the new construction around it. Is it really about the “amenities”?

      1. I think he means the island looks like something Jon Kricfalusi would have drawn for a R&S episode. I’m a fan as well.

        1. Steeempy, you bloated eeediot. I told you no one would want a countertop made from petrified treasures found at the bottom of your litter box!

  4. I don’t know who should be more embarrassed, the person who thought this was a good design choice for the person who approved it… yikes!

  5. Would work better if those mollusks in the countertop actually squirmed and shot sea water when you push on them…

  6. I think they are trying to unload it before part of the view is obstructed. That, and the fact that the buyer is going to have to “undo” some of the renovation, doesn’t really make it a bargain at list. But I do like the unit.

  7. q: how much snark can Socketsite hold?

    a: this thread

    don’t buy it then. whatevs. I think it’s kinda fun.

  8. q: Why would anyone come to SocketSite and complain about “snark”

    a: The answer to this question transcends normal himan understanding, Grasshopper. Contemplate the koan of a bathroom where all of the wall surfaces are polished chrome and red lucite, and enlightenment may come to you before you pass on.

  9. I’ve seen this geode-composite stuff advertised in Architectural Digest, from an Italian company. Looks like someone took the bait.

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