151 Alice B Toklas #604 San Francisco
Just Listed! $995,000

Marquee Jewel | Curated Cool

Bedrooms: 1+
Bathrooms: 1.5
Parking: 1
Square Feet: 1,488 (per graphic artist)

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Marquee Jewel | Curated Cool

Stunning, Spacious, Stupendous. These are just some of the glowing descriptions applicable to this unique luxury loft condominium, located in the venerable Marquee Lofts of San Francisco. Redeveloped and reimagined in 1998, this discrete and understated residential enclave is located in the historically significant and nationally acclaimed Don Lee Cadillac Building at 1000 Van Ness Avenue. Designed with an influence of styles derived from Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial by esteemed architects Weeks and Day, it was commissioned in the early 1920's by Cadillac to house their showroom and auto repair services and is the largest and one of the most architecturally significant automobile showrooms on San Francisco's historic Auto Row. Today, the building offers a mix of residential, commercial and retail uses.

With inherent notes of a SoHo styled industrial warehouse, Residence 604 is perched high above the city and commands views towards the west, a formal entrance that flows naturally into the main entertainment space, soaring concrete ceilings, fully exposed structural columns, and massive wood sash windows that stretch the view across the expansive city sky. Open and spacious as loft living is, the living and dining spaces of this home flow across the entire entertainment area, and the chef's grade kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, Dakota Mahogany granite counters and a custom designed island by Item Studios. The main bedroom loft is privately and separately positioned with open views to the living spaces below and also includes custom built-in storage. A dual-zone bathroom offers spa-like amenities and fixtures with chic design notes. Perfectly positioned opposite the large walk-in closet is the laundry closet with brand new washer and dryer. And just when you think you've seen the whole space, peek up to the secret flex space that's the perfect perch for that second sleeping loft for the occasional overnight friend, or the perfect place for meditation or yoga. With an abundance of storage under the main bedroom loft, there is room for everything in this spacious urban retreat, including a dedicated parking space, a residential gym, and a shared roof-top view deck. 

And as San Francisco opens back up, it's role as the premier cultural center of the west, with the Opera House, SF Jazz, Symphony Davies Hall and San Francisco Ballet all just a stroll away, makes Residence 604 the perfect pied-a-terre home for the buyer seeking a dazzling urban respite, as well as the best main residence any city dweller could wish for. This is flex space at its best -- the optimum place for any type of user - from empty nester to first time homebuyer.



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

The Don Lee Building, designed by 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
  • Exposed Structural Columns
  • Split Level Loft
  • Massive View Window
  • Reclaimed Maple Hardwood Floors
  • Custom Finishes
  • Art Gallery Entrance
  • Open Plan Living
  • Gourmet Chef's Kitchen with Custom Island
  • Main Bedroom Loft with Built-in Storage
  • Additional Sleeping Loft (flex space)
  • Dual Zone Spa Bathroom
  • Brand New Washer & Dryer
  • Abundant Storage
  • Dedicated Parking Space
  • HOA Dues $915.44pm
  • 1,488-square feet (per graphic artist, includes flex space and in-unit storage, see floor plan)

The Association

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

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.


Weekend Open Houses:‚Äč

  • Sat 9/18 -- 11am-1pm
  • Sun 9/19 --11am-1pm

Broker Tours:

  • Tues 9/21 -- 9:30am-11pm

Private Appointments & Virtual Tours:

  • Private Appointments are available to agents and their clients.
  • Please contact your agent, or if not represented, please contact André Farris.
  • André: 415.810.5711 or andre@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
Senior Escrow Officer
T: (415) 421-9770 | F: (415) 788-4237 
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601 California Street, Suite 900 | San Francisco, CA 94108



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