741 Noe Street San Francisco
Just Sold!: $1,950,000
22% Over Asking! 3 Offers! All-Cash Buyer!
1,562 Sq. Ft.
Magnificent Art-Deco Modern at the Liberty Street Stairway
Perched adjacent to the famed Liberty Street Stairway, this magnificent art-deco condominium commands one of the most highly sought after locations in Eureka Valley. Offering impressive panoramic views from Twin Peaks to Corona Heights Hill, this well appointed and recently renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bath two-level condominium will greet you like a single family home with it's multiple street entries, triple-facing facades and inviting outdoor spaces.
This impressive home offers unparalled flexibility in urban living. With two bedrooms and one bathroom on the upper level, and one bedroom and one bathroom plus den on the lower level, both offering their own separate entries, the living arrangements are boundless and perfectly positioned for multiple household structures that may also be looking for income generation while not interfering with their own enjoyment of the home.
- 1,562 square feet (per graphic artist)
- 1-Garage Parking
- Living Room with Fireplace
- Dining Room
- Renovated Kitchen
- Entertainment View Deck
- Kitchen Patio
- Sundeck Terrace
- Hardwood Floors
- 2-unit HOA
- Pay as you go (approx. $210pm)
- Prospective buyers are advised to independently investigate income opportunities of short-term rentals (eg AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO) that are governed by City statutes and laws.
Eureka Valley is one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and walkable neighborhoods. Filled with Victorian-era gems, this exciting area sits at the crossroads of Noe Valley, Mission Dolores, and the Valencia corridor and encompasses the Castro District. Its multiple Muni bus routes and proximity to BART make Eureka Valley a convenient location for commuting throughout the Bay Area, including an easy work to tech-shuttle pick up points.
Eureka Valley escaped major damage after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, when much of the city was destroyed by fire. Thousands of earthquake refugees poured into the area and erected gingerbread-clad cottages and flats. Today, those lovingly maintained Victorian-era homes line the neighborhood's beautiful streets.
Nearby Noe Valley is paradise for foodies, with its array of lively bistros, cafes, and the Noe Valley Bakery. Valencia Street, just east of Eureka Valley, is lined with hip restaurants and bright street murals. The Mission District offers funky coffeehouses, bookstores, art galleries, and avant-garde theater.
The Castro District, the heart of gay San Francisco, hosts the annual Castro Street Fair, with live entertainment, DJs, food vendors, community-group stalls, and an artisan alley with dozens of Northern California artists. The historic Castro Theatre, with its mighty Wurlitzer organ, presents an eclectic mix of old movies and plays.
On warm days, locals head for Mission Dolores Park, where they enjoy the sun and stunning views of the city and the East Bay. Families flock to the park for picnics, barbecues, and spontaneous games of soccer.
Homes in the neighborhood include sunny, multifamily flats, single-family homes, and condominiums. Many homes have decks and private gardens. Hillside homes provide lovely views of the East Bay, downtown San Francisco, Twin Peaks, and Corona Heights.
San Franciso's Storied Stairways
"In truth, Jasper O’Farrell, the civil engineer who laid forth most of San Francisco’s modern city plan, wanted curved streets which conformed to the terrain. Real estate developers, however, had other plans. They wanted straight streets which made lots easier to subdivide and sell. Thus, San Francisco ended up with numerous incredibly steep streets and uninterrupted history of greedy landlords.
Some of San Francisco’s streets were steep enough that horse-drawn carriages couldn’t make it up the inclines. Cables connected to stream powered engines were required. In other locations, the proposed streets were so exceptionally steep, the hills so impassible, that constructing roads was impossible. Here, the city simply built stairways. Over 300 of these stairways exist throughout the city, providing access and shortcuts to areas unreachable by any other means. Aside from a handful of famous stairways such as those leading to Coit Tower, many of the stairways are quiet places, used only by locals and known to a handful of people." (www.sisterbetty.org)
The Liberty Street Stairs connect Noe Street at the bottom to Rayburn Street at the top. These are wide concrete steps with an iron pipe hand railing on each side. The stairs are flanked with plantings of palm trees and shrubs. At the top of the stairway is a fine view of Sutro Tower.
"Stepping Back in Time / San Francisco's little-known stairways reveal bird's-eye views and Old World charm"
Bonnie Wach, SF Chronicle -- Thursday, November 9, 2000
On maps, they are often the streets that dare not speak their names -- mysterious blank spots where the grid line abruptly ends and then just as mysteriously picks up again. But if you read between the lines, you'll probably come upon one of San Francisco's myriad stairways, a network of often overlooked routes that were at one time the shortest, most expedient and very likely the only way to scale San Francisco's steepest slopes.
City planners, in the rush to build grander, more bona fide boulevards (with all their vehicular rights and privileges), gradually found ways to engineer around them, and most were eventually relegated to quaint architectural afterthoughts. But with the weather offering a brief lull before the winter storms and a long Veterans Day weekend before us, weekend warriors, view hounds and garden buffs can take full advantage of San Francisco's more than 350 stairways. These forgotten paths offer a window onto a secret city within the city, where sylvan canopies conceal clapboard cottages and shingled bungalows, cobbled courtyards peek out from behind picket fences and rusted iron gates, and residents live an enviable kind of woodland life removed from the noise and bustle of car alarms and recycling trucks. Some stairs are barely more than extended ladders, about as close as you can get to an alpine ascent without leaving city limits.
"I just love going up and down," says Adah Bakalinsky, whose book "Stairway Walks in San Francisco" is a bible for die- hard steppers (the fourth edition (Wilderness; $12.95 paperback) will be in stores this spring). "I don't know what I'd do if I lived in a flat city. It's a marvel how people have had to maneuver the hills. City planners thought they could lay out the city like a normal city, and when they realized they couldn't, they built stairways."
At 77, Bakalinsky still does all of her own research and says she is constantly surprised by what she finds. "I keep doing it because it's an exercise in learning to look, an adventure in seeing." City dwellers are no doubt familiar with many of the famous steps: Filbert Street, Greenwich Street, Lyon Street. But many of the obscure stairways might have even natives hiking into uncharted territory. "Stairs take you to neighborhoods that you wouldn't otherwise have known were there. And it's great exercise," said Richmond resident Stan Starkey, out on a recent expedition exploring the Upper Market area's Vulcan Steps.
Here are a few suggestions on where to step out this weekend. A cautionary note: If you haven't gotten your heart rate higher than 80 beats per minute this month, take it slow. -- Vulcan Street and Pemberton Place steps: Tucked away at the end of a charming cul de sac on Ord Street just off 17th Street, the Vulcan Steps are the first tier in a series of stairways that crisscross Corona Heights and Twin Peaks. Depending on your stamina, time limit and traveling companions, you can make this a short hike or a marathon.
The Vulcan Steps ascend past terraced cottage gardens strewn with overgrown acanthus to the top of Levant Street. From here, you can either walk down Lower Terrace Street to the descending Saturn Street steps or head a few blocks south to the top of Clayton Street, where you can pick up the delightful and aerobic Pemberton Place stairway.
Either way, you shouldn't miss the panoramic views of downtown from the top of Saturn Street; strategically placed benches offer a secluded rest spot to contemplate the fog playing hide-and-seek with the Transamerica Pyramid. The Pemberton steps begin at the curve of Clayton Street right before you cross Corbett. Climb 20 feet up the brick stairway and you leave urban angst behind. Car noise fades into the leafy overgrowth, and by the time you reach the first cross street (Villa Terrace) you find yourself wondering if this hilly perch has always been here, or if it magically appears like Brigadoon whenever the planets align just right.
On the next flight, the steps become mossy and cobbled, and the gardens better tended and more elaborate. You can turn around now for a show-stopping vista or save it for the top (Corona Terrace), where geranium pots spill over the sides of balconies that seem straight out of "Under the Tuscan Sun."
If you're feeling particularly ambitious at this point, you can wend your way south and climb all the way to the Twin Peaks parking lot. -- Farnsworth Street and Oakhurst Lane: Though it's one of the shorter stairways, the reward is both in the discovery of this time-capsule of a neighborhood and in the views of the Golden Gate and headlands from the top. The bottom of Farnsworth is on the west side of Willard Street, just off Parnassus. Both the steps and the woodsy homes that flank them have the kind of charmingly disheveled look that gives movie directors and would-be homeowners an incurable case of address-envy.
The stairs end on Edgewood Avenue, one of the last remaining cobbled-brick streets in San Francisco. Follow the road south to the end and you hit primordial Sutro Forest. A slippery path leads through the eucalyptus and ivy canvas, and it's quite easy to get turned around. Luckily, most trails come out somewhere behind the University of California at San Francisco.
From here, endorphin junkies will want to rise to the challenge of Oakhurst Lane, one of the steepest and longest stairways in the city. Tucked between Warren and Crestmont drives (the very top of Fifth Avenue), it makes Lombard Street seem like the Yellow Brick Road. -- Pacheco Street Stairs: Perhaps the most underexplored stairway in town, this is also one of the grand est, boasting Baroque ornamental flourishes, sculpted hedges and a keyhole view of stately gated mansions. The steps begin at the intersection of Pacheco Street and Magellan Avenue, just off Dewey Boulevard in the exclusive confines of Forest Hill (look for the enormous fluted concrete urn filled with pelargoniums).
The first wide tier ascends to Castenada Avenue. Walk west for a block past Lopez and onto Santa Rita; the stairs pick up again on the right. This narrower, steeper set comes out onto Ninth Avenue and continues on the other side of the lane divider.
The last leg is the thigh-burner -- a stretch so obscure you'll rarely if ever encounter another human being (I startled a jogger who said it was the first time in years she'd ever seen anyone on the steps). You'll finish at 10th Avenue and Mendosa -- breathless and on top of the world. Other notable stairways: -- Bernal Heights: A series of steps from Esmeralda and Elsie streets take you to Bernal Heights Park, a favorite for neighborhood dog-walkers and fog-watchers. The hill, which looks out to the East Bay, is usually in the clear when the gray mist starts rolling in. -- Sanchez Street: Elegant, Victorian Liberty Hill is dotted with stairways, and this is one of the loveliest. Descend from Liberty and 21st Street into the heart of the Castro, or do it in reverse and end up in Noe Valley. -- Macondray Lane: Short and sweet, Macondray Lane on Russian Hill is more popularly known as Barbary Lane, the setting for Armistead Maupin's famous "Tales of the City" books, and one of the few remaining wooden public stairways.
Saturday, May 5th from 1-4pm
Sunday, May 6th from 1-4pm
Broker Tour (Buyers Welcome):
Tuesday, May 8th from 12-1:30pm
Twilight Champagne Tour:
Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30-7pm
Twilight Champagne Tour:
Friday, May 11th from 5:30-7pm
Saturday, May 12th from 1-4pm
Sunday, May 13th from 1-4pm
Broker Tour (Buyers Welcome):
Tuesday, May 15th from 12:30-2pm
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- Please email List Agent for Link to the DP.
- Offer date has been set for: Wednesday, May 16th at 10:00am.
- Please submit on 7-page SFAR Purchase Contract.
- All offers must include Pre-Approval Letter and/or Proof of Funds.
- All offers must include the signed DP coversheet.
- Seller reserves the right to accept or reject any offer.
Escrow Opened with:
- Paula Siegel
- Fidelity National Title Company
- 2241 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
- Direct: 415 . 874 . 4427
- Office: 415 . 874 . 4440
- e-fax: 415 . 704 . 3393
- Email: PSIEGEL@FNF.COM