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    A former firehouse is on the market in San Francisco for $975,000.




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    The firehouse was active between 1896 and 1974. This is the ground-level garage.



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    The back of the garage retains the old hayloft.



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    The dining room and office.



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    Firefighters must be fed, so the firehouse of course had a kitchen. Among the updates is a dishwasher.



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    The owners have kept most of the original structure intact ­ including the 30-foot pole.



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    The current owners run fire-engine tours of the city and use the building as an office, as well as their home.



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    The second level of the building was a dormitory for the firefighters. It is now used as a living-and-sleeping area. This is the master bedroom.



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    The former captain's bedroom, on the second level, has an en-suite bathroom with the original tub and tiling.


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    it's an awesome building. and they've got some funky stuff. but also some really horrible nasty shit like most of what's in the master bedroom, especially that clown painting.
    i'd take it and redecorate.
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    Love the structure, but there's way too much junk and clutter in there.

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    Move all that junk out & a little tlc-perfection.
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    Are those the after pix?
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    This looks like a place a group of frat kids would live.

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    I'd like to see it completely empty. Looks like it has a lot of potential.
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    too much junk
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    it would probably be nice if the junk were removed.

    not the most interesting neighborhood, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    Are those the after pix?
    Thats what I was thinking. They are some serious fire department enthusiasts.
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    I love it, but wide-open-space ground level garages(especially ones that take up the whole first floor) are a big no no in earthquake prone San Francisco unless it has been retrofitted for survival which costs much $$$$$$.


    *think Northridge Meadows apartment complex in LA 1994 quake. More people died there than anywhere else. Pancaking of top two floors onto weak first floors caused mainly by many open garages on parts of the first floor. And not retrofitted/strengthened.
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    ^^^ we had a retrofit done by a seismic engineer and it wasn't that expensive. as i remember it, the garage you are talking about in northridge was a multi-car open space and i don't see that is the case here? *scratches head*

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    Looks like the space for The Real World....

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    Clown painting would be the first of many things to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    ^^^ we had a retrofit done by a seismic engineer and it wasn't that expensive. as i remember it, the garage you are talking about in northridge was a multi-car open space and i don't see that is the case here? *scratches head*
    It is a good three stories tall (note building beside it) and it looks like the entire first floor is one large open space, with the front being mostly open. These structures typically are very susceptible to earthquake stresses. The entire first floor is an open space basically seeming to be supported by only three walls instead of four(the garage door basically taking that wall out as a supporting wall). Maybe it has been strengthened, I do not know. But if not, it would be hazardous in a major quake.

    Yes Northridge Meadows had open garages, but not even all of those first floor areas were open-some parking spaces, some apartments. The people who were crushed were in the first floor apartments. Just having some of the first floor areas as open parking with one full side of the room A(garage) being a door/open space(garage door) + lack of retrofitting made it very vulnerable.

    I know nothing about your home, if you have a full garage as your first floor, or what the circumstances are. Glad that whatever it is, you got the retrofit done, and at a decent price.

    I also guess 'expensive' is a relative term, I gotta keep in mind this is Cali and San Francisco -what is expensive elsewhere may not be so much to people there. You would have to have a ton of money anyway to afford a place like that.
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