HISTORIC HOME TURNS GREEN
1436 Sanchez is a rare Noe Valley Victorian that has been reborn into a new Green phase of life by eco+historical homes. Having had only two owners from the time of its construction, circa-1903 through 2009, the home suffered from years of vacancy and neglect. Starting in 2009, eco+historical homes re-envisioned the design and role of the home and gave it a new lease on life with an updated contemporary floor plan, state-of-the-art technology, and a Green ethos targeted at achieving the LEED Platinum Certification. The architecture was achieved through a collaboration between eco+historical and award-winning Feldman Architecture with garden design by award-winning Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture and Rainscape Design. The home has undergone a meticulous ground-up rehabilitation + expansion from 2009-present.
Historic homes are the soul of our city – the mission of eco+historical homes is to cleanse them of toxic finishes and components and rebuild them with sustainable and reclaimed materials, non-toxic finishes, and systems that make them as water and energy efficient as possible. Our floor plans create homes that foster connections – both within the family and with friends, and both inside the home and to the outside and the community. Our mission is to create a home where we are reminded of our history, where we celebrate today, and where we are conscious of our impact and the future of this planet.
Designed for modern living and with an eye towards high design and low environmental impact, 1436 Sanchez was designed to target the ultimate Green imprimatur – the LEED Platinum certification. Designed by eco+historical homes, this home follows their 2012 project at 1566 Sanchez Street, which was recently certified as the 7th LEED Platinum detached home in San Francisco. Incorporating the latest green building principles and materials, from the easily expandable microinverter-based Solar Photovoltaic System on the roof to the second residential use of Aquatherm Greenpipe, this home's green features promote the health of its occupants…and the planet’s.
The flowing series of spaces were designed to encourage connections – connections to nature, connections to family, connections to friends, and, located within walking and biking distance to schools, parks, restaurants, transit and the shopping streets of Noe Valley, connections to community.
The exceptional creative quality of this unique home showcases an extraordinary attention to detail. From the wide plank, oil and wax-finished white oak floors to the 12'-wide folding window walls, its custom cabinetry to the built-in Sonos whole-home multi-zone audio system controlled by in-wall iPod Touch controllers. Heated and cooled by an ultra-efficient and near-silent heat pump, the home stays comfortable with insulated windows and doors and zero-VOC insulation throughout – even in the interior walls for sound control.
Open the extra-wide carriage-style garage door to the spacious 2-car tandem garage with copious storage space. A continuous exhaust fan assures no exhaust builds up inside while the garage is pre- wired for a 30A Level 2 electric car charger, enabling a future with no exhaust at all. Walk into the home from the garage or private outside entrance and you find two bedrooms and one full bath with a wet bar with beverage fridge, sink, microwave and custom cabinetry (and plumbing and wiring in the wall for a future range) enabling this level to serve as an Au Pair or In-law suite. Also on this level is an enormous recreation room w/built-in home theatre with a 55" 3D TV and 5.1 audio with Definitive speakers and WiFi-enabled Denon AV Amplifier. Also on the ground floor is a large laundry closet with Energy Star-rated washer/dryer and plenty of storage and folding space. The Utility room is tucked behind the rear bedroom with the irrigation controls, the GE GeoSpring hot water heat pump, the AV rack, AV amplifier, BluRay player, whole-house wireless router, cable modem, and the Sonos zone controllers. The GE Geospring heat pump not only heats water 2-3X as efficiently as on-demand water heaters, extracting heat from thin air to warm the water and exhausting cool air – it enjoys a virtuous cycle with the hot-running AV equipment, taking the heat from the equipment to warm the water while cooling the AV equipment with its exhaust.
Up the entry stairs, past a living green roof atop the garage, the front patio beckons for a morning cup of coffee. Enter through the beautiful original front half-glass door and you're presented with an expansive main living space. In-ceiling speakers throughout the floor are connected to the Sonos whole house audio system, conveniently controlled by tablets, phones, or the home's two in-wall-mounted iPod Touch controllers. Starting with a custom shoe bench at the entry, you see through the home to the 12'-wide folding doors that open to the rear patio and gardens. The living room enjoys custom-built bookshelves and a fireplace, with box beam ceilings overhead and bay windows bringing warm morning light. Off the Living Room is a separate and private half bath and coat closet and the stairs up and down. A central wall was painted with Chalkboard paint to serve as a playful message center for the family. Beyond the dramatic stairs is the core living space of the home – a thoughtfully integrated cooking/dining/living space that uses up much of the level of the home and which connects to the level yard through the fully-opening window-wall. The enormous chef's kitchen features a plethora of storage, an island with seating for up to five, a 48" professional Bertazzoni dual fuel range, a built-in Dacor fridge with custom panels, and a near-silent Bosch dishwasher. The Whitehaus farm sink and Rohl bridge and pot-filler faucets speak to an earlier era but the dimmable LED under-cabinet lighting is as current as it gets. Handmade, high-recycled-content Fireclay tiles cover the backsplash and add a richness to the room without dominating its design. Two hanging shelves on custom steel hangers serve as a divider between the kitchen and Family Room while allowing light and interaction to flow freely. On one end of the Family Room, custom built-in bookshelves surround a large fireplace (with wiring above to support a possible TV or second home theatre) while on the other end of the room, a custom built-in breakfast nook and bill-paying (or homework-doing) desk serve everyday needs of the family. A dining space with a gorgeous chandelier lives off the kitchen and is flexible enough to enable expansion for those larger parties.
Step out through the wide-opening window wall in the Family Room and you're instantly surrounded by gardens designed by the award-winning landscape architect Scott Lewis. Japanese maples, chocolate bamboo and citrus trees circle the lawn that just invites children to romp while a 20 foot built-in bench along the rear planter serve large groups for barbeques, parents for watching the kids, or just more seating for an indoor-outdoor party when the weather gets warm. The plants are all on an efficient, weather-sensing automatic irrigation system and the bamboo is watered with gray water from the top floor bathroom. Off to the side, a thoughtful area is set up with a faucet and gravel for those times when you need to wash off the mud from the park, the sand from the beach, or when that dog just has to have a bath.
Back into the home, you head upstairs from the Dining Room past a light fixture designed and built by eco+historical for this home. Skylights light the upper hall that brings you to the Master Suite and kids bedrooms and bath. On this level is the coveted three bedroom, two bathroom setup. The Master Bedroom enjoys views across the bay, a large closet, and remote-controlled operable skylights with built-in electronically-controlled shades. An en-suite bath enjoys Italian porcelain tile, a custom vanity with FSC-certified Walnut and double sinks and a huge double shower (with a peek at the Transamerica Pyramid from the shower window!). The two bedrooms on the west side of home are mirror images of each other and have both closets and desk areas. Both bedrooms are light-filled and open to an expansive deck framed by frameless Starphire glass railing; greeting the afternoon sun and providing an unobscured view of the gorgeous back yard.
1436 Sanchez is a home with a history. A history that connects it to the city. A history that connects it to its community. It’s also a home that was designed in a different era for a different style of living. eco+historical took 1436 Sanchez and re-envisioned what it could be. The newly-reborn 1436 Sanchez has retained much of the character of the original while eliminating the toxics and the inefficiencies and the awkward floor layouts that limited its appeal to contemporary families. The new 1436 Sanchez was redesigned from the ground up to support a family and social lifestyle. With multiple adult and child-friendly social spaces, numerous casual and formal dining areas, strong connections from the inside to the outside and a comfortable flow and design, this is a house to call “home”.
Over the years, Noe Valley has become one of San Francisco's most coveted residential areas. Many of the Victorian and Edwardian homes in the area have been updated for modern living, and the area is very convenient for out-of-town and downtown commuters alike, with easy access to highways and the J-Church Muni Metro line. Twin Peaks rises high above the valley, blocking much of the fog that lingers in the city's Western neighborhoods; frequent sunny days make this a wonderful home for those who love socializing with their neighbors. 24th Street is the heart of the neighborhood, and here you will find friendly faces popping in and out of boutiques, restaurants, charming cafes, salons and a bevy of long-standing small businesses. Throughout San Francisco, this area is known as a popular place for both new parents and dog lovers to congregate - watch out for strollers and dog leashes while window-shopping! The inclusiveness of the neighborhood is bolstered by a number of community events, including a weekly farmers market and October's much looked-forward-to Harvest Festival. Of course, Noe Valley neighbors find reasons to gather every day -- whether at Douglass Park playground, the newly opened recreation center and dog run, or just out in front of one of the many coffee venues.
Premiere Event: March 2nd, 4-6pm; Meet the designer!
Sunday Open House: March 3rd, 1-4pm
Evening Showing: Monday, March 4th, 5-6pm
Tuesday, March 5th, 12-1:30pm and again Tuesday evening, from 6-7pm
Additional Showings by Appointment:
Julie Reber - 415.609.3677