404 Marietta Drive in the Miraloma neighborhood of SF
What makes it unique:
It was the first time on the market for this four-bedroom, two-bathroom showstopping home, which was custom-built — on the space of what was an empty lot — in 1963 by the same family that had lived in it until it was listed in January. The home, built in a distinctively Mid-Century Modern style, was designed by famed California architect Francis Joseph McCarthy, who specialized in library buildings and designed the Stanford University Library. With separate bedroom wings, walls of glass, and a near-360 degree deck, the unique home isn’t typical for what you might find in Miraloma Park, one of San Francisco’s quieter residential neighborhoods on the southern side of the city. The area has long attracted homeowners for its proximity to transportation, highly-rated schools, and hillside views. But since the pandemic it has seen even more interest, with droves of buyers – many of them priced out of Noe Valley, in particular – buying up property in the neighborhood. Homes are selling quickly and often for asking over price, said Compass real estate agent William Kitchen, who listed the property and has himself lived in the neighborhood for 24 years. Back then, the neighborhood was far more affordable and many of its homeowners were older. Now, the majority of them are young families, Kitchen said, as were the majority of the buyers who came to look at the property. Though, he said, “it was such a unique home that a lot of people just came in because they wanted to see it,” he said. Everything in the home is original from 1963, and every room inside of it has a view (except for the bathrooms). “It looks like it should be in Hollywood,” he said.