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San Francisco might be known for its Victorian rainbow houses, but this industrial concrete loft comes with an interesting history of its own…

The SoMA property fills the former railway entrance of the Heublein Building, a vast concrete wine warehouse built in 1906 near Mission Bay. Its soaring ceilings were designed to accommodate Edwardian locomotives, and they give the 2,051 sq ft apartment a cavernous feel.

Heublein was converted into apartments back in 1990 by architecture practice David Baker + Partners, and the building’s industrial roots be read in the octagonal support pillars that cross the two bedroom loft, as well as the textural layering of concrete walls with smooth plaster and oak floors.

San Francisco loft for sale
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The 601 4th Street apartment is on the market via Robert Levy and Eric Turner of Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage for $3.195m as a live/work loft. Its mezzanine-level second bedroom peeks onto the walnut and granite kitchen below, and could be used as a studio.

Original windows have been replaced with modern steel framed iterations, but their Edwardian scale has been kept, flooding the ground floor with light.

San Francisco loft for sale
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SoMA is vast warehouse neighbourhood that’s now home to the city’s ever-expanding tech scene. Packed with top dining spots, it’s also home to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and beloved baseball team the Giants.

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