Open House Obsession: Fresh New Construction in The Richmond Avoids That Cookie-Cutter Feeling

Where: 300 Cornwall Street, Richmond District
When: Sunday, June 9 and 16, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM
What: Traditionally, new condominium projects in San Francisco are beaten down by the neighbors until they're become… more traditional. Dodging that particular NIMBY bullet, architect Owen Kennerly's newly-completed composition of angled cubes in the Richmond is an elegant solution for six unique dwellings on an awkward, narrow lot. Units range from $1.495M to $2.295M, with the largest a 3-level unit a ground floor commercial/office space, intended for a home business. Below, the living room in the West Penthouse:

Turning the narrow site into an asset, all the units have at least three exposures and high ceilings, and we love that the kitchen below has no overhead cabinets, instead, massing everything along one wall:


Of course, the project incorporates many of the latest environmentally-friendly desgn features, inlcuding solar, and while the the units are unique in plan, the the finishes are uniform and luxurious. Below, the plan of one of the smaller units, with Kennerly's variations on the classic San Francisco bay window:

Downside: Cornwall Street may sound charming, but the trapezoidal site was formerly an auto emissions inspection center– bounded on one side by busy California Street– and not exactly one of the neighborhood's lovely tree-lined streets. The duplex penthouse units are on the third and fourth levels of the project and there is no elevator, making it a bit of a hike from the garage to the kitchen for almost $2M.
More: Check out Vanguard's outstanding dedicated site for more images and floor plans.

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