1401 19th Avenue Site

After 38 years in business on the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Judah, the owner of the 19th Avenue 76 Gas and Service Station is retiring. And as a plugged-in tipster notes, both the core business and real estate below are now on the market for $6.3 million.

The 10,000 square foot site is actually zoned for one to three family homes rising up to 40-feet in height. And while never pursued, perhaps due to the subsequent market crash, San Francisco’s Planning Department met with a team a decade ago to explore the site’s potential for development.

And yes, there’s another 76 Station on the other side of 19th Avenue. At least for now.

18 thoughts on “Another Gas Station Site Hits the Market”
  1. It’s my dream that 19th or Geary could be the next location for a BART line. They could upzone all of 19th, developers could build higher than the previous zoning and pay a fee to go towards BART construction. But again, this is just a dream and will probably not happen in my lifetime.

    1. Why do you dream about 19th Ave and not Geary. Geary is largely commercial so your dream is possible while 19th ave is largely SFH. The area around Geary is also much higher residential densities

      1. 19th Ave and Geary should be viewed as one in terms of a major transit improvement project. Transit travel sucks in this part of the city. With a BART line from downtown under Geary and then swinging south under 19th Ave. you can connect the western and southern parts of the city with one system. True, most of 19th Ave is residential because before 19th Ave was widened 60 years ago (give or take) it was like any other residential street in the Sunset. When all freeway options were ditched it was widened and turned into the ugly speedway we see today.

        1. Transit in that particular part of the city happen to be pretty good actually. I just got onboard an NX outside of this gas station this morning. A hassle free trip 25 minutes later I’m in FiDi.

          1. Sure, what with the fact that the NX doesn’t stop after this gas station until you get downtown… i.e., from there, you made that short 5-mile trip downtown in 25 minutes – a breakneck average speed of 12 m.p.h. Will the wonders of the modern world never cease?

          2. But what would the trip time be if there was an efficient underground subway? That was the entire kernel of this comment string. And I hardly think that an average speed of 12 m.p.h. (or, in my Muni experience from the FiDi to the Inner Richmond, more like 9 m.p.h. to as low as 5 m.p.h.) should hardly be taken as acceptable performance standards.

  2. kinda odd that this gas station, but not the one on the SE corner, is in the AHBP zone. Regardless, hope this corner gets popped up to at least 6 stories like the other landmark corner towers sprinkled throughout the Sunset. Not only adjacent to two major cross-town transit options (N and 29), living higher above 19th and Judah would just be more pleasant to minimize noise, light, etc.

  3. Well, at the time, I was holding out hope that the Shell station at the corner of Lincoln and 19th was going to be turning into a mega multi dwelling building but noooooo they just remodeled it back into another gas station with a car wash. Wow. Just what we really need in the Sunset, a car wash…..

    1. Shell had that site listed about 5 years ago, along with a dozen other locations around SF. Their broker supposedly wouldn’t pay any buy-side fees and was either looking for buyers to pay their broker or were hoping principals would be the ones inquiring.

  4. It would be a travesty if this site – on a busy local neighborhood business corridor, on the N-Judah, on a busy N-S street – is built out as single-family homes. I’m not generally in the “build it higher” crowd, but this should be at least 6 stories (i.e., double the height of anything nearby). Anything less is the city administration admitting that they know nothing about how to fix the housing crisis.

    1. The current zoning would not only restrict any building to 40-feet in height, but the total number of potential units to ten (one per 1,000 square feet of site area for RH-3).

      1. And SF keeps the suburban building mentality going with restrictions like this. This site should be 10 stories over retail and a covered entrance to a BART station leading down to a subway line running under 19th Ave to Daly City.

    2. $6.3mm seems like a lot for the dirt. This is one of those oligopoly pricing power locations. Regular gas here was $2.85 6 days ago per mapquest, while my favorite Vallejo hood station was $2.32. Don’t know the volume here, but a $0.50 per gallon premium adds up fast when you sell millions of gallons per year.

      Surprised if this sells at all and even more so if someone wants to tear it down to build apartments on a busy thoroughfare. Wouldn’t pencil for single family homes. And neighbors would call shenanigans on anything close to 6 stories tall.

      1. Price is high. They’re probably fishing for a buyer who sees the benefit of one large lot over trying to consolidate 4 standard lots.

        But wow, limited to just 10 units? Should be at least double in this location. 10 units would work out in a posher location: 10×2500+ units could sell for $2M+ each easily northeast from this location not here.

      2. $2.85 is for credit. Cash price is/was $2.69 which isn’t bad for SF. If this station goes, what I will also miss is the low cost smog tests.

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