Pacific Union Represents Contemporary, Historic South Beach Loft

Posted by Karen Monroe — June 9, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO – (June 10, 2008) – Here’s the opportunity to live in a contemporary, award-winning live/work loft condo in South Beach. Designed and built in 1917 by local architect George Adrian Applegarth, best known for developing the Spreckels Mansion in Presidio Terrace now owned by author Danielle Steel, this unique treasure holds a prominent place in San Francisco history and architecture. Angel Ogden of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate is representing the seller. The listing price for 355 Bryant Street is available upon request.Modern South Beach two-level live/work loft condo features brick and timber details.“This is a dramatic, two-level, 18 foot high ceiling, brick and timber loft in one of San Francisco’s hottest neighborhoods today and in one of South Beach’s best warehouse conversion loft buildings,” said Ogden, who works from Pacific Union’s Opera Plaza office. “Major renovation of the approx. 2,200 square-foot loft was completed two years ago.”Applegarth, who died in 1972, was a well-respected architect who designed and built many residences in and around Presidio Terrace. The Bryant Street building he designed was originally built for General Electric, and later became a printing factory. In 1991, McKenzie, Rose & Holliday Development together with David Baker & Partners converted the building design to an impressive and award-winning live/work loft condo building.During the conversion, the original wood and brick in the building’s interior were stripped and sandblasted to reveal the beauty of the original brick walls and heavy timber construction. Patterned concrete floors and angled stucco walls in muted ochre and green tones form a backdrop to the original wood and brick. The seismic reinforcing system’s I-beams were left exposed as a design element. A central court, cut through the four floors in the back of building, provides interior units with a serene semiprivate space. Courtyard units are bathed in natural light via aluminum-framed, tempered-glass greenhouse windows.The first floor offers an incredible great room with exposed brick walls and massive lumber post for a unique open living/dining/kitchen space. The newly built red oak staircase that leads to the mezzanine level is constructed with a black ironwork railing which compliments the aesthetic of the entire room. The guest bedroom has been cleverly divided by beautiful custom built cabinetry which offers both great storage and privacy. The new guest bathroom features a custom built glass shower stall, complimented by natural limestone and fieldstone. The laundry facility is well concealed in a closet. The main floor is highlighted with splendid red oak flooring. A soaring green house glass sky light and French doors lead to the serene, semi-private courtyard.The mezzanine level is finished with ceramic tile. Custom designed cabinets provide a walk-in closet on one side and a headboard with pull out nightstand on the other. A deluxe, spa-like master bath with an open bathtub and separate etched glass shower enclosure is done in neutral tile and granite. The clever design allows plenty of storage in a non-traditional design.For more information about the property, or to request a showing, contact Angel Odgen at 415.324.2517 or Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished four star International Property Award in association with CNBC Europe and the London Daily Mirror for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit

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