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A renovated live/work space in San Francisco celebrates its industrial bones

This century-old live/work space in San Francisco is fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation, including major seismic updates, but it retains its rugged interwar industrial character.

32 Heron dates from 1924 and is located in the city’s SoMa neighbourhood – known for its rich industrial heritage and architectural stock of warehouses, factories and rail yards, which have been converted into offices, lofts and business offices for tech companies. The neighbourhood is the centre of the LGBTQ+ Culture District and queer nightlife, and the building is across the street from Heron Arts Gallery.

Internet sleuthing reveals the building has most recently been occupied by venture capital firm Darling Ventures (rebranded as Focal), for whom it was redesigned as a 3,102 sq ft live/work space, according to The San Francisco Standard. It has undergone major seismic updates while retaining its loft-like industrial feel with raftered ceilings and white-washed brick.

Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty

The ground level is dedicated to ‘work’ and arranged with an open workspace and several ‘private’ offices, plus a conference room, washrooms and a wet bar for events and after-work drinks and schmoozing clients.

Above is the private ‘live’ zone: the free-flowing first floor is arranged as a kitchen and living room, with a bedroom and bathroom branching off.

Floating stairs lead to the second floor, where the main bedroom is situated, with access to a private terrace and outdoor entertainment space (think grill, wet bar and outdoor seating with views across the neighbourhood.)

Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty

Cabinetry is custom throughout, with walk-in wardrobes and built-ins designed specifically for the space, while the white-washed bricks and ceilings heighten volume across its floors.

Mary Lou Castellanos and David Parry of Sotheby’s International Realty hold the listing for 32 Heron with an asking price of $3.495m. Peek inside the San Francisco property.

[Via Dwell]

Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty
Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty

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