This cavernous live/work space in San Francisco’s South Beach has striking brick and beam bones.
Unit 208 at 355 Bryant Street sits on the second floor of a converted warehouse designed by architect George Applegarth in 1916. The 88,000 sq ft building had a number of uses – as a distribution centre, printer’s workshop and office space for General Electric – before being turned into live/work lofts by practice David Baker + Partners in 1992.
This 2,010 sq ft corner loft is on the market via agent Ron Sebahar of Compass for $2.15m and features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. If you’re worried about feeling exposed, don’t be – trees have been planted to shield inhabitants from prying eyes. Sand-blasted timber ceilings, colossal support beams and exposed red bricks also feature across the two-bedroom apartment.
A raised seating area off the San Francisco property’s combined living room, kitchen and dining area is a private nook in the otherwise open space. It is currently used as an informal tv room, but could provide guest accommodation, or extra studio space (the main office can be found off the living room).
Hardwood floors, white interior walls and rigged spotlights continue the industrial look across the live/work property, and the kitchen has been recently updated to including soapstone counters, which add a tactile touch to the space.
Apartment 208 comes with two parking spaces, and residents have access to the building’s rooftop terrace, with views out towards the Bay.
South Beach is San Francisco’s warehouse district: previously an industrial no-man’s land, its dilapidated industrial buildings have been reborn as cafes, clubs and condominiums.