151 Alice B. Toklas #511 SF
Sale Pending: $1,051,000
Lofty Living | Marquee Moment

Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
1,267 Sq. Ft.

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The Marquee Lofts

at 1000 Van Ness Avenue

Exclusively Offered


Kevin Wakelin


151 Alice B. Toklas Place

Residence #511 

Stunning . Spacious . Stupendous

Now That's A Real Loft.


Expansive SoHo-styled loft condominium perched high above the City in San Francisco's 

historically significant Cadillac Building.


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Limited time opportunity for Select Agents and Buyers to tour this unique Residence

before activating full market exposure on MLS.

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The Marquee Lofts

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, this residence is perched high above the city and boasts an art gallery entrance that winds its way towards an expansive entertainment space, with soaring concrete ceilings, fully exposed structural columns, and massive wood sash windows that stretch the view across the city from east to west. 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 master bedroom is privately nestled above and behind these open spaces, with views over the entire living spaces and out through the windows to the city beyond. A newly remodeled bathroom offers spa-like amenities with a walk-in shower that beckons like a waterfall. With an abundance of storage closets, cubbies, lockers and the like, there is room for everything in this spacious urban retreat, including a dedicated parking space for one car.

With custom designed features throughout this luxurious development, including an oil-rubbed bronze entrance facade and canopy, custom designed terrazzo floors by David Baker Architects, the African Mahogany wall panels by Paco Preito, and a custom designed waiting bench by Thomas Jameson, there is nothing more spectacular than the Sands Studio custom designed onyx and oil rubbed bronze chandelier that casts a warm and welcoming light as soon as you enter. This is just the beginning of a sublimely luxury lifestyle in the heart of the Performing Arts District of San Francisco.

The Residence

Luxury Loft Condominium

5th Floor South-Facing

1,267-square feet

12' Ceilings

Exposed Structural Columns

Massive View Windows

Custom Finishes

Art Gallery Foyer

Open Plan Living

Gourmet Chef's Kitchen with Custom Island

Master Bedroom with Double Closets

Over-sized Spa Bathroom

In-unit Washer & Dryer

Abundant Storage

Dedicated Parking Space

HOA Dues $816.70pm

Professionally Managed HOA

Studio Mix Gym










National Register #01001179 
Don Lee Building 
1000 Van Ness Avenue at O'Farrell Street 
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.


Inside Perspective

Residents of the 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.


By Appointment Only:

Qualified Applicants only. 

Please contact List Agent to schedule a private tour.

24-Hours notice required.


Kevin Wakelin


Agent Remarks

Listing Status:
Off-Market/Coming Soon
Disclosure Package: 
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Offer Status: 
Preview Pricing Offers As They Come

Offer Submitals: 
Please submit on 7-page SFAR Purchase Contract with proof of funds. 
Sellers reserve the right to accept or reject any offer.


Escrow Opened with:

Kathy Nerud 
Senior Escrow Officer

Old Republic Title   
601 California Street, Suite 900 | San Francisco, CA 94108

T: (415) 421-9770 | F: (415) 788-4237 | Shoretel: 43261 

E: knerud@ortc.com

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