44 Reed & 17 Reed featured in SF Gate "On the Block"

 Felt walls, foldaway bathroom doors among the atypical touches in two connected Nob Hill homes


In 1998, a European couple purchased a run-down Nob Hill home in a little alleyway off Washington Street as a pied a tier. They spent two years giving the 1906 Swiss-chalet style house a complete remodel that matched their artistic sensibilities. Not long after that remodel and expansion wrapped up, the couple had the opportunity to buy a little cottage just across the alleyway. Soon that home also received a one-of-a-kind facelift.

They may be two different homes, but there’s one vision behind them, explains listing agent Lance Machovsky, who adds that the couple utilized architects Kuth Rainieri for both projects. “The synergy between the two homes is real and intentional, though each stands on its own merit,” Machovsky says. “In both homes, there is nothing that isn’t custom and done with meticulous attention to detail.”

Among the custom details on the larger home are: moveable walls; built-in furniture; limestone floors; a varnished mahogany facade; and a teak deck off one of the two bedrooms with a jetted hot tub and fireplace (which you can see directly from the bathroom courtesy of foldaway bathroom doors).

In the smaller cottage across the street, which the couple used mainly as a guesthouse and entertaining space, you’ll find different but equally fascinating design choices, starting with a corrugated fiberglass and concrete facade. Inside there’s epoxy-coated wood floors, a home theater with drop-down projection screen and surround sound, and felt on everything from the walls to the furniture.


Both homes are now for sale. The larger two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with a three-car garage at 44 Reed is asking $2,495,000. The smaller cottage at 17 Reed has two bedrooms, two baths and an asking price of $1,250,000.

Even if that’s out of your budget, it’s still worth the effort to come up to Nob Hill and check out the houses, which have been featured in Dwell Magazine and have won prestigious architecture awards from the AIA. “Anyone interested in creative home design should make an effort to visit these hidden gems on Nob Hill,” Machovsky says. There are open houses (at both houses) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

Emily Landes is a writer and editor who is obsessed with all things real estate.

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