151 Alice B Toklas #805 San Francisco
Listed at $1,075,000

Cadillac Cars | Marquee Stars

Bedrooms: 1+
Bathrooms: 1.5
Parking: 1
Square Feet: 1,614 (per graphic artist)

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Cadillac Cars | Marquee Stars


Redeveloped and reimagined in 1998, this discrete and understated residential enclave known as the Marquee Lofts, is located in the historically significant and nationally acclaimed Don Lee Cadillac Building at 1000 Van Ness Avenue. Astonishing, exquisite and striking are just a few key words that come to mind when sights are set upon the curated elegance and style presented in this luxury loft condominium located in San Francisco. While infusing the cultural significance derived from the Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial styles, architects Weeks and Day were commissioned in the early 1920's by Cadillac to design their showroom and auto repair services. The result of their creative genius produced the largest and one of the most architecturally significant automobile showrooms on San Francisco's historic Auto Row. The centurian that it is, today the building offers a mix of residential, commercial and retail uses. 

Perched high above the city, Residence 805 not only presents southwestern city views through the massive sash windows stretching across an entire wall, it also bestows an executive level loft with inherent notes of SoHo style. Upon entry, oversized black slate tiles provide a formal welcome while feeding into the warm expansive reclaimed maple hardwood floors. Massive concrete columns quickly draw focus up to the soaring industrial ceiling. Open and spacious as loft living is, this home is an entertainer's dream. The chef's grade eye-catching kitchen is detailed with white veined quartz countertops complemented by stainless steel appliances and accented with gold fixtures. The main bedroom loft is raised to a level of privacy and separation while maintaining a connectivity to the living and office spaces below. Spa-like amenities and fixtures are also offered in the dual-zone bathroom. Steps away, a large walk-in closet is positioned just opposite the laundry closet housing a brand new washer and dryer. And just when you think you've seen the whole space, peek up to the secret flex space which is the perfect perch for that second sleeping loft for the occasional overnight friend, or the perfect retreat for meditation or yoga.

If storage space is a necessity, this loft is the gift that keeps on giving. An abundance of space can be found not only under the sleeping loft, but also in a private secured separate room with organized shelving on the 7th floor. All that's needed for this urban retreat to be a complete package is a dedicated parking space, a residential gym and a shared roof-top sun deck. These indispensable features are just steps away from Residence 805's front door. 

San Francisco's premier cultural center of the west is a just a stroll away where the Opera House, SF Jazz, Symphony Davies Hall and San Francisco Ballet can be found. Residence 805 is the perfect pied-a-terre home for the buyer seeking a dazzling urban respite, as well as the best stylish executive level loft 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, 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
  • 13' Ceilings
  • Exposed Structural Columns
  • Split Level Loft
  • Massive View Window
  • Reclaimed Maple Hardwood Floors
  • Custom Finishes
  • Art Gallery Entrance
  • Dual Home Office Zones with Floating Shelves
  • 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 $953.64pm
  • 1,614-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.

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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  • Sun 1/23 - 12:00-2:00pm 

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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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