2785V Diamond Street

Billed as a “vacant lot zoned (for a two unit building) in the Glen Park Area” with views for only $199,900, the listing for “2785 Diamond Street” also casually mentions that the buyer is “advised to investigate [the] potential use of this property,” a piece of property which is actually a stub 914-square-foot parcel adjacent to the two-unit building which was constructed at 2785-2787 Diamond.

If you happen to have some ideas or draft plans for the site, feel free to send them our way (tips at socketsite.com). And no, we’re not expecting a bidding war.

30 thoughts on “A Glen Park Lot For Under $200K But Buyer Beware”
  1. Would a building be allowed here? The front footage looks like under 20 feet across.Unless this is a photo of the back of the lot.

    But plea, this is ridiculous – pave every square foot of SF over. Like who needs any open space at all.

    On a related note, I have a long backyard – 120 feet. It abuts two other backyards and there is a private road coming up to the rear. Someone wanted to buy 40 feet of my lot and 30 feet of the other lots and build a home. Yeah right.

    So this is not unheard of I guess.

  2. assessed value is only $4063, so $199k seems a bit of a premium.

    maybe you can pitch a tent on it if that’s not illegal in SF (considering homeless camp on public land and that’s OK, you should be able to camp on your own land)

    1. If you can park for free on some city streets then surely you could buy this to park your RV or camper permanent residence.

      1. No. But essentially it would involve front and side set backs, rear yard open space; Possible height limits as well.

        If somebody really thinks they are going to park an RV or trailer on this tiny lot, good luck with that fantasy: and dealing with electrical feed, water supply and sewage.

        1. Those are just words on paper written by humans. Dontcha think those same humans might allow an exception for this unique case? Especially if it is zoned R1.

          1. Yea…. words on paper…meaningless I guess, huh?

            There are always exceptions and interpretations. That’s also part of the code. Being zoned R-1 doesn’t mean the owner gets a free ride. But the issues of electrical, water and sewage are put in place for the “health, safety and welfare” of the public. As it should be.

            And front setbacks relate to adjacent properties; perfectly logical.

            I know all you code haters would like us to just be a free society where people can do anything to their property.

            And I assume you’re ok living next to that approach?

          2. Did I say “meaningless”? Or did I say that exceptions can be made for unusual cases?

        2. I think you could fit a Tardis on it, with all the setbacks, and be to code. Would provide plenty of room inside too.

      2. Planning Code Section 121 requires a 25′ minimum lot width, 2,500 minimum lot size, and at least a 16′ street frontage. This lot seems to have hit the trifecta.

        1. Those requirements are for a “new” lot that is being created. This lot looks perfectly buildable. There are tons of lots that are substandard that are built upon quite regularly.

          1. No. Not true at all. The code applies to ALL lots, existing or newly created within a planned unit development. This lot is not buildable.

          2. I believe it does apply to new lots – not to existing legally recorded lots.

            I think it is technically build-able. That is not to say it will be built on or it won’t be tied up in neighbor appeals or that there is something I don’t see about it. But I don’t think its the setbacks or the sec 121.

  3. Buy it and rent it out for RV’s or mobile home for $1800 per month. Not bad of a return. Better yet, tent rental like Palo Alto for $500 per mth. It should fit about 3 tents.

  4. Planning Code Section 121 requires a 25′ minimum lot width, with a 16′ minimum street frontage and 2,500 SF minimum lot area. The lot area can be 1,750 SF if the lot is entirely within 125′ of an intersection.

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