Jeffrey Marples: San Francisco Real Estate Agent at Marker Luxury Properties

News > Hayes Valley Gets Some New Inventory

published on 2016-01-18

Generations of Hayes Valley loyalists have long known what a hidden gem their neighborhood is. It's convenient, charming, independent, neighborly and relatively affordable. The architecture is historic and there are dozens of quaint cafes and boutiques lining the walkable streets. And there's a lovely pedestrian promenade in the middle of it all. So what’s the one challenge Hayes Valley has faced in the last few years, at least from the perspective of condo buyers?


Most Hayes Valley condos are located in the neighborhood's many historic Edwardian and Victorian buildings. These wonderful architectural jewels offer beautiful design features, high ceilings and tall windows, and often with private gardens and off-street parking. The problem is there just aren't many of them to go around.

Happily, that’s changing as developers bring much-needed inventory to the neighborhood in the form of newly constructed mid-rises. The neighborhood association and the tastes of buyers have influenced developers to respect the neighborhood's history and independent nature. In that spirit, architects designing new Hayes Valley condo developments are making artistic strides toward designing buildings that fit in, both visually and in terms of amenities, with the community’s vibe.

Here's a rundown of three of the newest condo communities Hayes Valley has to offer:

Fulton 555

Developed by the nationally renowned Mark Company, the stylish  Fulton 555 midrise brings 139 modern condominium units to Hayes Valley. The residences are state-of-the-art, featuring professional grade kitchens, stylish interiors, and flowing, open layouts geared toward today's flexible living concepts. The community amenities at Fulton 555 are equally modern, with resident meeting rooms, rooftop decks and a bicycle workstation. And in keeping with the needs of the entire community, Fulton 555 brings to Hayes Valley a long-needed neighborhood grocery market in its ground floor retail space.

400 Grove

Another Mark Company development, the condos at 400 Grove are more of a boutique offering. Featuring just 34 residences, 400 Grove's redwood siding and bamboo-filled inner courtyard convey a sense of calmness and sophistication. Ecologically sensitive materials abound in this mid-rise. Clean lines and an east-meets-west interior aesthetic make the units feel positively serene. Adding to the sense of ease of life is 400 Grove's "virtual doorman" system, which allows residents to interact with visitors through a video security system, tied in with a smart phone app. As a perfect pairing with the design sensibilities of 400 Grove, the ground floor level is home to Little Gem restaurant, a sustainable, farm-to-table establishment with a bar built entirely from a single, reclaimed elm from across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.


Located on the southern border of Hayes Valley overlooking Market and Buchanan Streets is Linea. This uniquely elegant mid-rise was built in 2013. It was designed by the world-renowned, Peruvian architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and his Miami-based design firm, Arquitectonica. Linea's visually striking, glass and metal exterior exudes high-tech sophistication. The interior elements of these stunning Hayes Valley condos are decidedly modern and subtly chic, featuring Italian cabinetry, high-end appliances and energy efficient windows. Linea’s 115 luxury residences offer views of the Mission, Hayes Valley and Twin Peaks, and residents enjoy a manicured communal garden and deck as well as a chic, rooftop terrace.

Though once solely the realm of historic walkups and Edwardian flats, the Hayes Valley condo scene is becoming a hotbed of architectural innovation. Despite this new inventory, scarcity still exists here, and perhaps always will since the area doesn't easily lend itself to high-rises. Nonetheless, these new developments are a great boon to many of San Francisco savvy condo buyers who have been hoping to buy into this convenient, creative, bustling neighborhood for a long time.  For more in this neighborhood, go to our Hayes Valley Area page.


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