A tiny San Francisco alleyway—completely surrounded by homes—could become a new home if sold for $1 million.
The ultra-skinny and oddly shaped 7,200-square-foot lot in the Richmond off Lake Street at 34 22nd Ave. is currently used by residents to access their garages.
The lot is zoned for one single-family home and development up to 40 feet in height and is located close to the ritzy Presidio neighborhood. The listing agents say it would make a “very unique residence.”
There’s also only one way in and out of the lot, which is shared by almost 30 homes whose gardens back onto it.
“Whoever moves forward with this is going to have to have some very tough conversations with their neighbors,” said Betty Chen, a real estate agent who was showing a house in the neighborhood when The Standard visited.
“How are cars supposed to get out if they just placed a house there?,” said a resident who wished to remain anonymous.
The listing states the lot “IS buildable with some creativity and imagination” for housing.
Other residents that spoke to The Standard said that the potential development is not a new issue.
“Every few years, we hear that someone may be coming in to build something, but it eventually fizzles out after they realize that it's more trouble than it’s worth,” said another resident who didn’t want to give a name. They were shocked about the listing and said that they would warn their neighbors in a shared email group.
The lot is being listed by Corcoran Global Living; the firm did not respond to requests for comment.
The San Francisco Planning Department, which regulates development in the city, has rules regarding building homes in tight areas known as setback requirements. The rules say that any new building must have adequate space in the front, side and rear yards between the home itself and other homes
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