Built in 1915, Driscoll’s Valencia Street Serra Mortuary building at 1465 Valencia Street, between 25th and 26th Streets in the Mission, is now being shopped, positioned by Beckett Capital as a rare opportunity for a new “owner/user” or a developer interested in undertaking (our phrasing, not theirs) a “residential, group housing, hotel or mixed-use” project (for which the site is zoned but not yet entitled).

The 12,331-square-foot parcel, which includes the 4,695-square-foot parking lot, is already zoned for development up to 55 feet in height, prior to any bonuses.

While not officially priced, the “whisper pricing” for the site, which was acquired for $950,000 back in 1995, is currently in the “$10M-$11M range.” And yes, the building has been identified as a potential historic resource.  We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

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  1. Posted by Feng Shui Master

    Funeral home is stop for the dead before they get to his/her final resting place. This is why a funeral home is very heavy in Ying chi. Funeral home is also a place full of grief, sadness, sorrow, etc. Therefore, stores plenty of negative energies that affect people’s health, moods and overall wellbeing.

    Unless one has strong religious belief, most people will be affected by the negative energies generated by an ex-funeral home. Keep in mind that only those who live or work on top of old funeral home need to be concerned. If you can see from your building but not being directly above dead people resting place, you do not have to worry about it.

    To remedy, be sure to open all windows often to allow sunlight to enter the house. By doing so, you are allowing the bad Yang chi to forever flow out of “graveyard” building, but tortured souls remain on site if cannot find forever home.

    • Posted by Invented

      Sounds you never visited joyous Congregation Sha’ar Zahav at Dolores & 16th. Light uplifting space, inspired progressive community committed to making the world a better place for everyone. Former funeral home.

      • Posted by [Feng Shui Master]

        Typically, physical and emotional manifestations of cemetery living build up over time within the body and spirit. While not always readily apparent just after move-in, premium health and life insurance policies are highly recommended by Feng shui practitioners.

    • Posted by Martin

      Sooo open all windows for an hour upon completion of the project?

      • Posted by Feng Shui Master

        Feng shui period is a term used in the flying star school of feng shui (called San Yuan) to define the movement of lucky energies. Flying star is a feng shui school that deals with the time factor. Each time period in feng shui lasts for 20 years and, as there are 9 periods, a complete cycle takes 180 years.

      • Posted by y

        no glazing

  2. Posted by curious-in-cali

    Any updates on that redevelopment project mortuary on Market in the Castro?

  3. Posted by Panhandle Pro

    Death to surface parking lots. Long live six story mixed use buildings.

  4. Posted by Neighborhood Activist

    This seems like almost a carbon copy of the building and site on Market St, the former Sullivan’s Funeral Home, being developed by the Prado Group. Also a historic resource, so the old funeral home building has been incorporated into the design. The building is going up fast. Seems like a very similar design playbook could work here.

  5. Posted by sf_historian

    Just a clarification: the building is not a “potential historic resource,” but has already formally been determined to be a historic resource by the South Mission Historic Survey.

  6. Posted by Dan

    Damn. Guess I’ll need to find another funeral home.

  7. Posted by Underbingo

    Rest in Peace

  8. Posted by y

    let them eat formaldehyde

  9. Posted by BTinSF

    I’m seriously wondering what San Francisco will do with its corpses. With no more funeral homes and no gas stations at which to refuel hurses, do we just stack ’em in the street?

    • Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

      Generally, hearses have enough range and fuel capacity to be able to easily refuel at a station outside of The City. And they’ll probably switch over to fuel cells or battery electric far in advance of the last gas station in San Francisco actually shutting down.

      • Posted by Ohlone Californio

        Possibly one of the greatest posts ever on Socketsite ^ IMO: a sunny sort of dystopia through a hearse-future deconstruction. Kudos.

  10. Posted by Ed

    The facade of this building always reminds me of Smith and Wollensky.

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