2017-04-28T13:47:22-07:001930s-era home accented with mosaic touches Here’s a welcome variation on a theme: an Oakland artist being helped by the local housing market, or at least in a sound position to benefit from it. The two-bed, one-and-a-half-bath Spanish-style home at 3636 Monterey Boulevard listed today for $699,000. Billed as a “Bohemian remix” of a its original circa-1930 style, it’s full of Tudor arches, built-ins, and a trapezoidal ceiling. In this case the Bohemian creative credentials come by way of its owner for the past decade Pam Consear, a muralist and former kindergarten teacher. Pet owners might have seen her postcard mural on the side of the vet clinic on the 3500 block of Fruitvale. She also has a thing for mosaics, including ones at several Oakland schools (collaborations with the students, of course). Which brings this right back to 3636 Monterey, where Consear’s mosaic habit has infiltrated the house itself in the form of creeping tiles touches throughout, winding up the front porch arch and concealed in the hollows of doors. Thus making it a little piece of Oakland that’s full of little pieces of Oakland. 3636 Monterey [Red Oak] All Hands Art [Consear] 3541 Fruitvale [Google] Peace Mural and Mosaic History [Oaktown Art] [...]
2017-04-28T12:46:16-07:00Some planning commissioners previously called reliance on glass facades a showy display of wealth and privilege The proposed new building at 1924 Mission Street, another old garage that developers hope to clear away in favor of new homes, would be 11 units and 80 feet tall with a striking facade consisting almost entirely of windows. Combined with its narrow profile, the design ends up looking a bit like a very tall icicle. But at least one neighbor doesn’t like the look of the windows, or at least is banking that the city won’t. Mission Local notes that a group called Our Mission No Eviction filed an objection to the 1924 Mission plans this week. The appellant writes: This high-end project [...] will most likely command rents of somewhere in the $3,000 to $4,000 range for a 1 bedroom unit. These rents, along with its accompanying gentrification-inducing design intended to target higher-end tenants, will create local upward price pressure on surrounding tenants. Rendering via of SF Planning Rendering via of SF Planning Note that $3,000 to $4,000 would be entirely typical of median rents for a one-bedroom home in the city these days. But it’s the look of the place that may set the developers back on their heels, as the discretionary review request cites some precedent: The appeal of 1924 Mission cites the precedent of nearby 1900 Mission, a proposed 12-unit building whose glossy, glassy facade drew ire last year: At a recent Discretionary Review of 1900 Mission Street [...] several commissioners expressed concerns that these large windows and unusual highly glassy appearance were a statement of class and privilege. Rendering courtesy Kevin Stephens Design Group The appealed design of 1900 Mission. The two would-be mid-rises do indeed share a lot in common—both offering a similar home count and similar profiles, both aiming to clear away one-story garages, and both provoking similar gentrification complaints. The appeal of 1900 Mission noted in September noted: This towering 75-ft tall building would house only 12 large, luxurious units in the heart of aworking-class neighborhood. It would demolish aneighborhood-serving retail business—yet one more auto shop in a long list of them that have been knocked down recently for luxury housing. Now that the two buildings have matching discretionary reviews too. Mission Local says 1900 Mission will come back to the commission with a revised design in June. No word yet on when 1924 will get its own hearing. Activists Trigger Review [Mission Local] Discretionary Review, 1924 Mission [City/County SF] Wardrobe Change For Mission Condos [Curbed SF] Discretionary Review, 1900 Mission [City/County SF] [...]
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“But the front door is on Homestead and Tantau, the two lowest priority streets for public transit,” Walker told Curbed SF. “If the front door had been on Wolfe, [...] it would have been logical.”
Walker concedes that “it is good they have a door on that side,” but adds, “it was very frustrating for us with the VTA plan I just worked on because we can’t provide good access to that building now.”
No one at Apple was immediately available for comment.
SPUR’s Allison Arieff points out that Apple is just one example of our old-fashioned culture when it comes to office design.
Even as technology makes it possible to work from almost anywhere, some companies still want to isolate their workforce.
“For all the talk of innovation, we’re stuck in this 20th century model,” Arieff tells Curbed SF. “We’re not suggesting everybody build in downtown San Francisco, that’s not possible. But there are plenty of places along the [Caltrain] baby bullet you could build, there are places near BART stations.”
Of course, Rethinking The Corporate Campus acknowledges “political and regulatory barriers” mean that companies can’t build wherever they want.
But Arieff says that means everyone will have to muster the political will to meet halfway, “because we can’t keep going on like this.”
Growing up in Marin County, her father could drive from San Rafael to downtown San Francisco in 20 minutes. But those days are long gone, and the time has come to start building like it.