LivingNOPA: Center of the Universe – Same as it Ever Was

Sold: 1708 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA

  • Offered at $ 799,000
  • Sold: $960,000 on 10/15/2020


  • Two bedroom/one bath condo with its own front door
  • Lovely Edwardian details – oak floors, moldings, ceiling medallions!
  • Timeless recently remodeled kitchen and bath
  • Kitchen features, new range hood, gas range and built-in wine fridge
  • New designer lighting throughout
  • Two hall closets
  • Built in top down bottom up window shades
  • Full-sized laundry room with front loading laundry and 2 pantries
  • Roof deck with new furniture and wind screen for outdoor relaxation
  • Roof deck usage is subject to HOA approval of all new occupants
  • Gated entry with video intercom  
  • Close to the Panhandle, USF and Golden Gate Park
  • Walkers’ paradise and quick walk to Bi-Rite and Alamo square
  • Walking distance and surrounded by Parks including Alamo square   
  • Quick walk to Target, Lucky’s and Trader Joe’s and Divisadero corridor!
  • One car garage parking + storage
  • Interior access from garage to apartment
  • Year built: 1905
  • Square footage:  825 sqft per tax record 
  • HOA Dues:  $240/month
  • 96 Walkscore/99 BikeScore

Nestle up in NOPA for SIP

1708 Fulton is a well-proportioned Edwardian half-floor flat in a great NOPA location.  As you enter the flat you notice the tile detail in the entry, the gold lettering above the front door and the way the front hall graciously allows you to leave the world outside behind.  With two closets in the entry alone, you can easily deposit your worldly wares and get ready to enjoy some peaceful time at home.  The kitchen and bath were renovated prior to the last sale with classic styling that compliments the original charm permeating the condo.  The kitchen has stainless appliances, quartz countertops, gleaming white subway tile and a gorgeous chandelier.  The adjacent laundry room has two pantries and a built-in wine fridge in addition to a full-sized front-loading washer/dryer.  The bath has a sunny western window, Carrera tile and a luxurious frameless shower door.  Southern exposure in the living room and one bedroom, and windows on all 4 sides provide plenty of light. With built in top-down bottom-up window shades,  allow the light in but also maintain your privacy.  A convenient back staircase leads both to the sunny deck on the roof and to the parking and ample storage in the underground garage. To top it all off the gated entry is equipped with a video intercom.

Today NOPA is replete with some of the best eateries and grocery stores San Francisco has to offer.  1708 Fulton is steps from Lucky’s, a quick walk to Target or Trader Joe’s at Geary & Masonic, BiRite on Divisadero, Faletti Foods on Broderick and the Sunday NOPA Farmer’s Market.  For takeout, or outdoor dining, many NOPA restaurants are open and ready to feed the hungry.  Just across the street, enjoy fresh beer and pub fare at Barrell Head Brewhouse, awesome burritos at Papalote, and Iraqui cuisine at Jannah, or mosey over to Divis for BBQ at 4505 Meats, modern Italian cuisine at Che Fico Alimentary or cornmeal crust pizza at Little Star.  And, on the way home, you can appreciate some of the oldest cypresses and eucalyptus in San Francisco strolling in the Panhandle.  

In 1870 developers started building in the area now known as NOPA because Governor Henry Haight announced the development of Golden Gate Park. Homes were built one at a time in what was seen as a luxurious new suburb called the Western Addition.  The building at 1702-1708 Fulton, however, has had a more interesting block history than most homes in the area.  The block bounded by Masonic, Fulton, Central and McAllister was set aside for a cable car powerhouse that was built in 1883.  1702-1708 Fulton was constructed in 1905 next door along with a few other residences along Central Avenue.  It survived the earthquake even though the smokestack for the powerhouse fell down.  The powerhouse was removed in 1947 and, then in 1956, a luxury supermarket called Petrini’s was built in its place.  This was subsequently replaced by the Petrini Plaza that stands there today in 2002.  There were some dark days for NOPA between about 1975 and 1990, but an  intrepid neighborhood association and the fundamental value of the Park and being right in the center of the city have returned it to the fashionable status it held when it was built.

Historically, the location was desirable because it was close to Golden Gate Park.  People who didn’t live here could traveled through on the cable car on their way to the Fulton Chutes amusement park.  They would later take the 5 Fulton bus to Playland at the Beach, and still today travel to the DeYoung Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and the Japanese Tea Garden.

Because of the changes on the block and the prior municipal functions, some historical photos of 1708 Fulton were not too hard to uncover:  

1708 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, USA