Conversion Loft Buildings:

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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1233 Howard Street Unit 3c San Francisco, CA 94103

1 Bed
2 Baths
970 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 437040
Property Type Loft Condominium
Gorgeous, top floor, 1BR, 2BA, live/work loft in an original conversion building with elevator! The handsome brick facade beautifully complements the more recent steel frame construction, modern finishes and noise reducing double walls between units. This bi-level residence features dramatic floor to ceiling windows, downtown views, skylights, polished concrete floors, gas fireplace, open living/dining/kitchen area with b'fast bar and shared roof deck. Incredible location in the heart of the SOMA tech scene! Near top tech companies such as Twitter, Spotify, Zendesk to name a few. A few blocks to Civic Center, BART/Muni, dozens of restaurants/bars, theatres, easy freeway access. Walker's Paradise Walk Score of 95. A perfect 100 Transit Score

650 2nd Street Unit 304 San Francisco, CA 94107

1 Bed
1.5 Baths
1,798 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 437980
Property Type Loft Condominium
Dramatic, open plan concrete conversion loft on the sunny west side of this historic South Beach warehouse. Approx. 1,800 square feet of entertaining and living space with incredible flexibility to make the space work in a variety of ways both live and work. Pano bay and city view common roof deck. Incredible location at the epicenter of 2nd, Brannan, Townsend and 1 block from South Park. Perfect for your own live-work start-up office or just live the loft style completely. Great seller, smart price!

601 4th Street Unit 121 San Francisco, CA 94107

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,578 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 438186
Property Type Loft Condominium
Completely remodeled w/thoughtful care & attention, this expansive live/work loft is part of the historic 86-unit Heublin Bldg, the first of its kind in SF, a 1989 loft conversion by David Baker Architects. Historic details have been preserved: large industrial windows (updated to dual pane), concrete mushroom-capped columns & high ceilings. This 2 lvl loft maintains a clean industrial quality yet was fully updated w/ white oak floors, gourmet kitchen by Limn with Bulthaup cabinets & prof. appliances. Mezzanine master has built-in bed, custom wardrobes & spa-like master bath w/ soaking tub. Also features 3-zone radiant heat, custom lighting, in-unit W/D, 2 car ind. tandem pkg + addtl. storage. Ideal South Beach location.

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