Purchased for $3.4 million in the first quarter of last year, the former Lion Pub building on the southeast corner of Divisadero and Sacramento has been completely remodeled, with high-end appliances and finishes across its top two floors – which are now configured as a single four-bedroom unit versus two full-floor flats as purchased and permitted – and a new “au pair suite” below.

The former Lion Pub on the ground floor has been gutted and is now configured as an “architects office” (which is technically a “Professional Service” and not permitted for general office use).

And with the new office space also being marketed as a “Future Family & Media Room,” 2060 Divisadero is now back on the market with a $5.995 million price tag.

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  1. Posted by Sierrajeff

    Ack, those kitchen lights are terrible. All I can picture is glare and dust…

    And no walk-in closet for the master? I’d think a nice walk-in plus a larger bathroom (and maybe an office nook) would be far more value-add than a 4th bedroom.

    • Posted by Tipster

      Not to mention Bedroom 3 is on Divis, which is a busy street and not at all quiet. The whole redo netted two small useable bedrooms.

      • Posted by john downey

        Not sure if you have heard of “insulated glass”, which cuts street borne dB down significantly. Anyone buying in the center of an urban modern City, will likely be and should accept a little city hum, IMHO.

        People on this site like to whine and nitpick about many things.

        • Posted by James Cox

          Yes, living within a urban city, there is street & neighborhood noise to be sure. But suggesting noise can be alleviated by keeping hermetically sealed in a bedroom behind multi-pane windows sounds dreadful. Such occupant probably never opens the window coverings either, living within a dark, stagnant room.

        • Posted by Tipster

          Insulated glass insulates heat, not noise. There is a slight reduction, but it ain’t much.

  2. Posted by Torger Cobus

    I wonder how they did the unit merge. Every Time we’ve spoken to Planning about it, the answer is “No way.” Even at the high, “non-affordable” level. Does someone know something we don’t?

    • Posted by SocketSite

      While a “renovation of [the existing apartments] on the 2nd and 3rd floor” was permitted, there’s no record of a dwelling unit merger being requested (or approved).

    • Posted by Notcom

      Or perhaps someone knows someONE you don’t.

    • Posted by Monster in the Mission

      Maybe the “au pair suite” is the second unit that will never be rented? Do they have to keep the space allocation between the two units the same, or is it sufficient that the same property has two units?

      • Posted by observant neighbor

        You can’t reduce unit size by more than 25% w/o a permit for dwelling unit merger. Presumably some of the work that was done on this building did not comport with the issued permits.

        • Posted by Monster in the Mission

          Good to know! If each of the units was previously a full floor, it does not seem as if that “au pair suite” is 75% of the size of one of the prior units, unless there is something terribly wrong with the scale of those plans.

          Maybe they reduced it by 25% four times in succession?

  3. Posted by Metroliner

    *yawn* What a joke. More sterile San Francisco.

  4. Posted by Corky Kubbock

    I love that bathroom floor! But no under the sink storage and no medicine cabinets?

    • Posted by SFMichael

      Those mirrors may open and have medicine cabinets behind them. But what is it with this trend to have bathroom sinks with nowhere to put a toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, and what not?

      • Posted by Neighborhood Activist

        They’re hoping for tech money, I suppose, from someone not experienced enough with real estate to realize that a beautiful, minimalist bathroom with no storage or counter space is completely impractical and nearly unusable. Pedestal sinks are for powder rooms, at most. I always snicker when I see them in full bathrooms.

      • Posted by Jack

        Not even electric sockets for the toothbrushes it seems. Was this remodel even inspected?

  5. Posted by Drew

    What a waste of space — the rich are truly ruining this town. 🙁

  6. Posted by Amewsed

    The bathroom wall has the same tile I used for my kitchen back splash (easier to match cabinets and quartz countertops.) They are Italian tile but now I feel so exposed. Seriously, I liked them for my kitchen, not in the bath so much. To each his/her own.

  7. Posted by jose

    Basically if you buy this you can use the ground floor as a professional office and as long as you don’t go for any more permits you will avoid the obvious issue of the previous owner creating a tiny new dwelling unit at the ground floor without benefit of Planning review. From the permit website: “CHANGE OF USE OF GROUND FLOOR BAR TO OFFICE. NO CONSTRUCTION UNDER THIS PERMIT, NO CHANGE UPPER UNITS.” Everything was OTC and no exterior changes. ha.

    • Posted by unbelievable

      Wow that is incredible.

  8. Posted by Really?

    I just miss the pub….

    • Posted by charlie in sf

      Me too. I remember going there on Wednesdays when I was in college. They put out a great buffet.

      • Posted by BernalDweller

        Me three. In my twenties I was a regular on the sweater circuit…the Alta Plaza, the piano bar a couple doors down from there on Fillmore (forget the name right now) and the Lion. Great times.

  9. Posted by unbelievable

    You gotta have big ones to pay $3.4, do all that work, make all those bogus representations to the City, and then turn around and put the whole cabootal back on the market for $6.

  10. Posted by Neighborhood Activist

    The conversion of two “small family” sized units to one giant unit and a tiny “au pair room” is obscene. Somebody who lives nearby should really file an enforcement complaint with Planning.

    • Posted by MarinaBoy

      How are you considering this a giant one unit? It has an au pair unit, even though that is small, it’s potentially perfect for a singl student or a graduate looking to start out in the city. My two story flat is almost 3,000 square feet for two people and two dogs and I don’t consider that giant or obscene at all.

  11. Posted by Can't Think of Cool Name

    Any idea what that weird rectangular space is wedged between the Aupair Suite And Garage 1? The suite has a window looking into it and there’s a door in the garage leading to it, but it looks like an enclosed well – with a roof (the deck above it).

    • Posted by Monster in the Mission

      Also, how do you get your car out of Garage 2?

      • Posted by anon2.5

        I think the drawing is incorrect as you can see two garage doors in the photo.

  12. Posted by anon2.5

    How is the au pair suite a legal unit if it doesn’t have a window?

    • Posted by Neighborhood Activist

      Good question. Can’t have a sleeping room without a window, and it needs to open onto someplace accessible to rescuers, too, I think.

    • Posted by Alai

      Perhaps the areas under the deck are technically considered outdoor space?

    • Posted by Monster in the Mission

      There is a window into the weird pit area between it and the garage. Which we have now figured out what it is for, I guess: to make that bedroom a bedroom. One assumes there will be a hole in the deck, or perhaps a skylight, although that seems like cheating.

      • Posted by Monster in the Mission

        There is indeed a hole in the deck, making this a real airshaft. You can see it on the “3D tour” on the broker web site.

        • Posted by Monster in the Mission

          The video also establishes that the au pair suite is effing tiny and useless. I would be embarrassed to put my live-in help in this space, and I can’t afford live-in help.

  13. Posted by Curious in Pacific Heights

    Is there an update on the Code Violations for this property?

  14. Posted by SocketSite

    The asking price for the remodeled building at 2060 Divisadero Street has just been reduced to $5.7 million while a permit to “re-establish two flats above ground floor with separate access,” including “separate entries to each unit and the addition of an internal stair to provide access from the upper level unit to the common usable open space at rear” was issued, the work has been completed, and the violation has since been “abated” according to San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection (DBI).

  15. Posted by Looking

    I have a question — if the ground floor was once a bar (what a great one it was), why wouldn’t the city allow that space to be rented as a commercial office or retail space? I don’t understand why it couldn’t become something else and therefore be valuable to the new owner as income. I must be missing something. Any thoughts?

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