1410 Stanyan 2015

Shoehorned between two existing homes and built without any legal way to reach it, what was to be the garage for 1410 Stanyan became a family room and an un-permitted dirt path across the Stanyan Street public right of way, which runs adjacent to the home, was the subject of a heated neighborhood dispute.

With a newly permitted pedestrian path to the home having recently been poured and landscaped, and the plans for a driveway having been abandoned, 1410 Stanyan Street was listed for $2,695,000 two weeks ago, versus $2.5 million when the home first hit the market in 2012.

And the 3,687 square foot Clarendon Heights home, which was designed by Mark Brand, is now in contract to be sold.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by BobN

    I assume the path is the result of some silly combination of ADA requirements / public property, etc. that results in the not very friendly cutting off of the space from the public. A simple stair to one side would have granted access to the house without making it look like the public space was their yard.

  2. Posted by youknowwhatImean?

    wait, this place on a hilltop has no garage?

  3. Posted by Ham

    A motorcycle would make it up easy.

  4. Posted by curmudgeon

    I don’t think ADA has anything to do with it. It shouldn’t apply to access to a private residence. I’m assuming the applicant, who needed some kind of access over public property, simply preferred the path to a stair. It would certainly be an easier sell.

    • Posted by BobN

      Well, I’m sure the applicant would prefer this solution, but that doesn’t explain why it would be granted, especially if the proposal was opposed. It’s a private residence, but the access is on public land, that’s why I think the ADA must have come into play. I’m just guessing, of course.

  5. Posted by FixThis

    So what was the outcome and how did this get built? Do they have an easement over the public right of way? I assume it is all still public space for anyone to enjoy sitting on the wall and enjoying the view? Anyone see the disclosures for the listing?

  6. Posted by jenofla

    If that pathway is still through public land, does that mean anybody can sit on the concrete railing and have lunch? The previous thread had a long discussion about how the neighborhood considered that land a community garden so does this mean the new owner doesn’t really have to take care of those plantings if he/she doesn’t want to?

    • Posted by Joshua

      Could they legally put their mailbox on public land w/o some sort of easement? Not likely…

  7. Posted by EBGuy

    Anyone know how wide the walk is? How about a Fiat 500e?

  8. Posted by Jackson

    Doesn’t California law mandate “easements by necessity” in the case of land locked property?
    “Landlocked” means that the property is completed surrounded by land belonging to others, making it inaccessible to public streets, roads or highways.

  9. Posted by benwa

    I’m sure they knew the property was landlocked before they built the house. That’s probably why they got the land for such a deal–they gambled and lost.

    [Editor’s Note: See “The Brand New House Built Without A Legal Way To Reach It” (as linked above) for the history.]

  10. Posted by inmycountry

    It’s not really “landlocked”…it’s on Stanyan Street. It’s just that the street has never been paved. It’s the same situation on the north side of Clarendon where Stanyan is a path leading down to several houses built on “landlocked” lots.

    I think it’s all very thoughtful and a clever solution.

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