The nearly 3,000-square-foot, “exceptional” Victorian home at 559 Douglass Street, on the border of Eureka and Noe Valley, was purchased for $2.85 million in October 2015, with a previously remodeled “chef’s kitchen” and lower-level bedroom suite which opens to a large deck and flowering backyard.

The home’s kitchen, adjoining powder/laundry room and family room have since been further remodeled, with “luxurious countertops and top of line appliances,” new windows and a relocated set of French doors (along with new built-ins and an upgraded/re-landscaped rear yard).

And having returned to the market priced at $2.95 million this past September and then reduced to $2.8 million early last month, the re-sale of 559 Douglass has now closed escrow with a contract price of $2.785 million, down 2.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, not accounting for the six-figure cost of the remodeled kitchen and other upgrades since.

And yes, the Case-Shiller index for Bay Area single-family home values was up 28.5 percent over the same period of time while the “median sale price” in the neighborhood is up over 20 percent,  driven by mix not values.

19 thoughts on “Upgraded Victorian Drops Below Its 2015 Price”
  1. Impressive curb appeal! The rest of the house looks really nice. Though the kitchen has a really obtuse triangle, it looks like a great workspace. Lack of a garage is probably the biggest factor for some buyers.

        1. and these people, when they finally realize that life without a car OR a parkling spot during these covid times sucks, and decide to sell said house, lose money

          1. You only lose money [due to the lack of a garage] if you pay a “with garage” price and sell “without garage”. But if both transactions properly take into account the lack of garage then there is nothing lost because of “no garage.”

    1. You are looking at the old kitchen photo, it appears from the newer photos at the bottom that the kitchen was straightened out and expanded.

  2. lovely home. I like that they maintained the wall between the dining room and kitchen/family room, instead of blowing it all out into a giant single room.

  3. Something weird going on here. If you look the house up on Redfin and do the 3D Walkthrough, it’s a very different interior.

  4. It appears additional remodeling has been done since it was “previously remodeled” and is not an apples-to-apples sale. Per DBI, permits were taken out in March of 2020 for $75,000.

    1. Good catch and since updated above. Keep in mind that permits reflect “estimated,” versus actual, costs and the permit were actually approved and issued back in 2017/18.

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