1000 Broadway Site

The subdivision of the verdant Russian Hill lot at the corner of 1000 Broadway and Taylor Street has been approved and plans to build two high-end single-family homes and a two-unit condo building on the prime Russian Hill site are back in play.

Having sat vacant since the former house which had occupied the parcel was demolished back in 1910, the latest plans to redevelop the 1000 Broadway site were first drawn and pitched back in 2006. But in 2012, the hedge fund which had provided a $15 million loan to help finance the proposed “Wysteria Residences on Russian Hill” project foreclosed on the property without the development ever having broken ground (nor been approved).

As designed by Page & Turnbull, the proposed three buildings to rise up to four stories in height across the site would yield over 17,000 square feet of living space over a shared 10-car garage, including 1000 Broadway (a 4,000 square foot single-family home), 1010 Broadway (a 6,200 square foot single-family home), 1601 Taylor Street (a 4,400 square foot condominium) and 1625 Taylor Street (a 3,000 square foot condominium):

1000 Broadway Rendering

And yesterday, a new application for the development was formally submitted to the city for review and the paperwork for all the building permits has been filed.

35 thoughts on “Big Plans for This Verdant Russian Hill Parcel Are Back in Play”
      1. I’m speaking generally. I’d like to see more options. Thinking blocks of row/town-house type developments.

      1. Very tacky. It’s Maybach, BTW. Strangely, those were discontinued as of 2012. I’d have used a Bentley Mulsanne.

    1. It’s a future landmark of early 21st century historicist vernacular! They will preserve the facade when they build a skyscraper here in 2095.

      1. I’m not sure. Have you seen the City in the Star Trek movies? Starfleet is headquartered in the Bay Area, Marin I think. The City is saturated with 100+ story high-rise buildings. It looks amazing, at least in the computer generated landscape.

        1. Isn’t there a reference to some catastrophic earthquake in pre-Starfleet-HQ SF somewhere in one of the Star Trek movies?

          1. Hmmm, interesting question. Nothing immediately comes to mind, but I like a challenge. Thanks.

        2. Actually, Starfleet is headquartered in the Presidio, as shown in several movies. Ironic that Lucas HQ is there now.

  1. Any explanations as to why – or really how – the plot has sat undeveloped for 106 years ?? (and BTW , the sheeple who cry “housing crisis” may note the prior domicile was KO’d in 1910…right in the midst of a real one)

    1. There most certainly is a housing crisis going on, and you must be doing some strong mental gymnastics and/or drugs to come to a different conclusion.

      1. “strong mental gymnastics” -not a literary genius are we? It’s true that we’re in a housing crisis, but historically it’s been bad, too. In 1853 UC Berkeley’s Henry Durant paid more than $4300 in 2015 dollars per month to rent a house at 5th and Broadway in Oakland.

  2. Why do all that work for just 2 units of housing? With walking distance to a brand new subway station this should be as high of density as possible.

    1. Well, it is two single family homes and two condos according to how the article is written which is four units of housing.

  3. Short of the city acquiring this lot for a public park this is as good as it is going to get. Fits within zoning and neighborhood character. For those clamoring for more height — gone are the days of highrises sprouting up along Russian Hill.

  4. The owners of 1020 Broadway must be pretty worried. Too bad they didn’t procure that lot when it was much cheaper.

  5. I wonder why the house was torn down in 1910? I’ve done a bit of research and can’t find anything. I’m assuming that it survived the 1906 earthquake and fire.

    1. It may have taken some time for the owner to come to the conclusion that the structure was not worth saving. Even today I’ve seen fire damaged buildings remain standing vacant for years before being razed. I can only imagine that the owner was both juggling the repair/replace question as well as the hold+finance versus sell question.

    2. “In 1910, the family demolished the original Homer house (next door at 1601 Taylor) to make way for a massive garden”

      It would appear it was for no other reason than to create an expanded yard for a (new) house next door

  6. This is one of the most valuable vacant lots in the western world. The owner plans to build four “dwelling units” for people who can afford to live here, in revivalist tastes that have endured for centuries, and long popular in San Francisco. Even with a leftist city bureaucracy determined to control consumption (rather than the means of production) this is an excellent solution. Welcome to the neighborhood!

    1. But per Futurist, we are ONLY allowed to build modernist structures that are dated within 18 months! LOL.

      At least the architect is trying to do the revivalist styles reasonably well. No Mcmansionhell stuff (that blog is HILARIOUS, by the way)

      And I even LIKE modernist architecture. Dislike the idea that only modernist architecture can be built in SF. That attitude has a strong whiff of “From Bauhaus to Our House” about it.

  7. The designs look awful IMHO. Page+Turnbull are primarily (90%) preservation Architects, and it appears they cant create any contemporary work.

    1. Why does everything have to be contemporary? “Revivals” have long been something that happened. Not everything needs to be a bland and tacky box with floor-to-ceiling windows and a sterile interior.

  8. The street trees in that rendering are about 10 years mature. Also the city has been cutting back on allowing plantings with narrower sidewalks, so I’m not sure they’d even be allowed to plant those.

  9. Local trivia question: are there any locations that were built up prior to the 1906 earthquake, destroyed, and never redeveloped even up to the current day?

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