About Historic Conversion Lofts:

Occupying a special place in San Francisco real estate, SF lofts for sale in historic conversion buildings offer some of the most dramatic and interesting living space in San Francisco. Beginning in the early 1990’s, historic buildings and warehouses that were empty, unused and usually rundown were turned into living spaces that appealed to urban hipsters, dot-commers, and urban nomads (among others).

The bulk of sf lofts for sale are found in the South of Market Area (SOMA) neighborhood. Development was viewed by most as a win/win proposition for both home buyers, who gained historic and unique living spaces, and also for the city of San Francisco because abandoned or blighted properties were transformed into highly desirable destinations that generated property taxes for the city coffers. The transformation of historic buildings into lofts also took place at the same time a live/work loft construction boom was undertaking the city, but these are two very distinct building types.

You’ll find many buildings with SF lofts for sale, and most were built in San Francisco during the 1990’s. Enthusiasts of loft living eschew many of the “loft-in-a-box” buildings that lack the character, charm, and history of conversion projects. The map below gives you a rough geographic layout of where SF lofts for sale can be found in historic projects throughout the central-east part of SF (District 9).

Below the map you will find a link with details about each of these properties, including information about architects that did the conversion and any fun facts about the project. In down markets, historic conversion buildings tend hold their value better than “loft-in-a-box” projects and continue to be marquee destination properties.

SF Conversion Lofts for Sale:

Conversion lofts that are currently listed in the MLS as being for sale in SF are listed below. If no homes are listed then no homes are currently available for sale in the building through the MLS. Please use the learn more form at the bottom of the page if you’d like to be notified of homes that become available either on the MLS or through off-MLS opportunities:

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720 York St Unit 202 San Francisco, CA 94110

1 Bed
1 Bath
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 431571
Property Type Loft Condominium
The Mill Building's brick & timber conversion lofts are in the Media Gulch neighborhood of the Mission. This light filled corner unit is a top floor one-bed, one-bath New York style loft. The original building, built in 1879, was converted in 1999. The handsome brick walls blend perfectly with the exposed wood beams and peaked timber ceilings. The open floor plan allows you to appreciate the dramatic ceiling height, South & East facing windows and modern kitchen. Features solid wood flooring, skylight and handcrafted bookcase. Mezzanine level has custom built bunk beds. There is an In-unit washer and dryer & deeded parking. Steps to 20th Street Corridor restaurants like Flour + Water. Easy access to freeways and public transportation.

601 4th St Unit 118 San Francisco, CA 94107

2 Beds
1 Bath
1,282 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 431923
Property Type Loft Condominium
Exquisite & extremely rare, true loft conversion with fantastic natural light, multiple skylights, original concrete walls & private patio. As the first large loft conversion in San Francisco, the Historic Heublin Building remains true to its early 1900 roots with soaring ceilings, mushroom capped columns & industrial size windows. Elevated well above street level, this loft offers true flexibility with an interior entrance & a protected street entry through a gated stairway. The approx 300+ SF private patio is accessed from the interior and is arguably the nicest on the non-pentouse floors. Hardly a non-light filled space in this loft. Low HOA dues, parking space. Prime South Beach location, Near Caltrain, AT&T Park & more

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