The District

San Francisco, California

Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning
Landscape Architect: Cliff Lowe and Associates

After nearly a decade-long entitlement process, Thompson | Dorfman Partners, along with a capital partner, acquired this entitled ¾ acre site in August 2012 by working through the bankruptcy courts with the prior developer. The original intent was to construct a high-end apartment community at this prime location at the corner of Divisadero and Bush streets in Lower Pacific Heights, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in San Francisco. Thompson | Dorfman reconfigured the building and parking structure to improve the efficiency of the project and the livability of the units, and added amenity areas such as a fitness center, and lounge, as well as enhanced the previously designed public areas including a  rooftop deck and well-landscaped interior courtyard. Besides improving the configuration of the units, the average unit size was increased by 10%.

After permitting the building and just prior to starting construction, a national homebuilder provided an unsolicited offer to acquire the property and sell condominiums. The closing of this land sale in 2013 achieved a record price. The redesigned plans were constructed and successfully sold-out by the builder. The District condominiums offered 81 luxury units with an average size of 1,080 square feet, plus 3,800 square feet of retail space. The unit mix consisted primarily of one- and two-bedroom units with parking situated below grade. With its adjacency to both the UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center and Kaiser San Francisco Medical Center, and the thriving Fillmore and Laurel Village neighborhoods, The District is extremely well located in a desirable and vibrant area.