151 Alice B. Toklas #401 San Francisco
Just Listed! $679,000

Designer Nest | Lofty Rest

Bedrooms: Junior 1
Bathrooms: 1
Parking: 1
Square Feet: 655 (per graphic artist)

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Designer Nest | Lofty Rest

High design to the last square inch, this unique and stunning SOHO-styled luxury loft comes with Scandinavian tones of blond woods, white palettes, and charcoal accents. Located on the 4th floor of the coveted Marquee Lofts, and punctuated with massive historical wood sash windows, this junior 1-bed loft is above and beyond all expectations, basked in natural light across its 14' soaring ceilings and exposed concrete columns, splendid and impressive in its stunning interior design that centers on a custom built-in architecturally designed wall of curated cabinetry, handmade and installed on site by the local craftsmen that built it.

Spanning the entire eastern wall of the loft, from floor to ceiling, is a multi-functioning built-in piece of artwork designed by Brigitte Wettstein (www.bw-designstudio.com) and built by Barry Serota (B. Serota Furniture in Sonoma). The structure functions as office, display shelving, hidden storage and sleeping platform. Designed for shock and awe, this masterpiece was handmade at the B. Serota workshop, and hand installed piece by piece by Barry over the course a month. Fabricated in solid maple with white veneer panels and features a concealed cantilevered staircase that pulls out to lead up to a floating sleeping platform with queen bed, built-in storage, lighting and cascading wooden shutters that can be positioned fully open or fully closed, providing both porosity and privacy at the same time. With the cantilevered staircase fully recessed, the utility of space below the sleeping platform is fully expressed in terms of open cabinets, deep drawers, display shelves, wardrobes and storage cabinets. To the left is a stacked high shelving system for your private library, while to the right is stationed the perfect hidden home-office, replete with storage and cubby holes accessed by a rolling ladder.

Beyond the awe of this uniquely curated architecture is an open plan loft space that features a custom kitchen, with new veined quartz countertops, bespoke cabinetry, luxe brand stainless steel appliances and enough room to stack cooking collateral to the ceiling.

With solid blond maple floors and crisp white walls throughout, the natural light expands the spaciousness of this home from corner to corner. With an over-sized bathroom that offers quartz counters, bespoke cabinetry, vessel ceramic sink, custom chrome hardware, and designer floor and wall tiles, this architecturally significant pied-a-terre is the perfect city sanctuary that also covers the practicality of urban living -- an in-unit washer/dryer and a massive storage locker on the 6th floor.

The uniqueness of this home offers the discerning buyer a formidable showcase urban residence, whether entertaining close friends or hosting sublime cocktail parties, this home packs a punch in every way, the perfect Instagram moment to capture urban living at its finest.  





National Register #01001179 
Don Lee Building 
1000 Van Ness Avenue 
Built 1921

The Don Lee Building, Weeks & Day, is the largest and one of the three most architecturally significant automobile showrooms on San Francisco's historic Auto Row. (The other two are the Packard Showroom and the Paige Motor Car Company.) The structure was designed by Charles Peter Weeks and William P. Day, who were also the architects for the Mark Hopkins Hotel, Huntington Hotel, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and other famous San Francisco icons.

As the private automobile became a standard commodity of middle-class American life, hundreds of manufacturers rose to meet the demand. Within this increasingly competitive field, manufacturers quickly learned the value of the showroom in marketing their products to consumers. They understood that the architecture of the showroom was at least as important as its primary functional role: as a place to display, store and repair automobiles. In an era in which smaller automobile manufacturers were being weeded out, larger manufacturers aimed to reinforce customer confidence by designing automobile dealerships that, like banks, conveyed a sense of stability and permanency.

In San Francisco Don Lee was the first to commission such an elaborate showroom for his prominent corner lot on Van Ness Avenue. The completion of the Don Lee Building in 1921 led to increasing rivalries between local dealers, as each tried to outdo each other by commissioning prominent architectural firms to design increasingly elaborate showrooms. Although the Don Lee Building is a utilitarian concrete loft structure, the architecture of the building embodied popular historicist imagery derived from a multitude of sources including Renaissance Italy and idealized Spanish Colonial architecture.

The main elevation on Van Ness Avenue is divided into three horizontal bands, conforming to the classic Renaissance composition of a base, shaft and capital. The base is clad entirely in rusticated terra cotta blocks with chamfered joints designed to replicate dressed stone. The recessed entry contains brass double doors that once provided access to the auto showroom. Flanking the entrance are pairs of terra cotta Tuscan Order columns supporting a broken entablature. The shaft, faced with light-colored stucco and bracketed by terra cotta quoins, is demarcated from the base by a terra cotta entablature and from the cornice by a prominent terra cotta frieze. The shaft is articulated by a grid of fifteen double-height window openings fitted with wood, double-hung sash, decorative metal spandrel panels and twisted metal colonnettes. The façade terminates in a prominent fiberglass cornice which projects seven feet from the building's face and duplicates the original sheet metal cornice removed in 1955.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination dated 3 September 2001


The Residence

  • Luxury Loft Condominium
  • 14' Ceilings
  • Maple Hardwood Floors
  • Massive Window Wall
  • Custom Top-Down/Bottom-Up Blinds
  • Custom Motorized Black-Out Blinds
  • Custom Designed Loft Bed with Built-in Storage
  • Wolf Range
  • Bosch Dishwasher
  • Quartz Counters
  • Brand New Tiled Shower with Glass Swing Door
  • Brand New Plumbing Fixtures
  • In-Unit Washer & Dryer
  • In-Unit Mounted Bicycle Rack
  • Reinforced Wall with Custom Yoga Ropes
  • Dedicated Storage Room
  • On-site Leased Parking (6 moths prepaid at closing by seller) 
  • HOA Dues $802.84pm
  • 655 square feet (per graphic artist) 

The Association

  • Professionally Managed HOA
  • Elevator Building
  • Intercom
  • Resident's Gym
  • Laundry Services
  • Roof-Top View Deck

The Building

  • Mixed Use Building
  • "The Cadillac Building" constructed in 1920
  • Movie Theaters
  • Fitness Club
  • Commercial Parking
  • The Marquee Lofts


Inside Perspective

Residents of the centrally located Van Ness/Civic Center neighborhood can walk to it all. The city’s major cultural institutions are just steps away: the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center (home of the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and Herbst Theatre), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theater, Brooks Hall, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and the new Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Federal, state, and city government offices are also within a short walk. For those working downtown in the Financial District, public transportation via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Muni makes the commute a matter of minutes from Civic Center Station. San Francisco Civic Center homes for sale include high-rise luxury condos, upscale apartment buildings, and live/work lofts. An independent cinema, a 14-screen multiplex, bookstores, coffee shops, and cafes throng the main corridor of Van Ness Avenue. Nearby nightspots pulse with life until dawn.

Looking ahead Civic Center has a bold new future as it impliments a long-term improvement project that encompasses Civic Center plazas, streets and other public spaces. It is called the Civc Center Public Realm Plan.

San Francisco welcomes CGV Cinemas, the new owner of the 1,000 Van Ness multiplex theaters. Newly renovated theaters, seats, carpet, concession stands and overall décor welcome the avid San Francisco Moviegoers back to 1,000 Van Ness. CGV has also integrated some exciting new features --- two new movie screens: 4DX and Screen X. These screen experiences in addition to the IMAX screen now roundout the incredible moviegoer options that take watching the latest new release to the next level. Read more about their incredible features and go see a new blockbuster at CGV Cinemas San Francisco

After five years of extensive infrastructure work and the transformation of a major roadway that connects the North and South sides of the city, the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported some great new for the SFMTA. Early next year they can finally take their victory lap. The bandages are coming off: Check out S.F.'s new Van Ness Avenue.


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  • Tue 11/30 -- 12:00-2:00pm 

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  • Please contact Denise at 415.671.9306 or denise@kevinwakelin.com for appointment scheduling.

List Agent:
Kevin M. Wakelin
Luxury Property Specialist
DRE# 01935159
1699 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Yvette Gonzalez
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T: (415) 421-9770 | F: (415) 788-4237 
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