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The Light House 

651 Dolores Street

Welcome to THE LIGHT HOUSE, a distinctive, luxury townhome in the heart of Dolores Heights. The Light House offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to live in the historic center of San Francisco, with world-class culinary options nearby, Dolores Park as your front yard and a place to call home that is as unique as you are.
Formerly a church, The Light House is a magnificent extension of the vision of architect William H. Crim, who created this neoclassical style building, with it's elegantly arched entry porticos, Tuscan columns, and soaring 30-foot cathedral ceilings. 
This incredible building consists of four amazing and truly stunning units of a remarkable scale, at over 5,000 sq. ft. each, unlike anything available in today’s real estate market.  These are the perfect homes for the discerning, cosmopolitan buyer who seeks to have privacy, a magnificent luxury home and immediate access to the best of world-class San Francisco.
651 Dolores Street ~ 8 rooms/3+ bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms & 1+ car independent parking - The largest unit in the complex, it features beautiful outlooks on the trees of Cumberland Street and incredible natural light.  Asking Price: $6,149,000 New Price!
93 Cumberland Street ~ 8 rooms/4+ bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms & 1+ car independent parking - Unit features windows on both Cumberland and overlooking the private park. 
SOLD:  September 2016
653 Dolores Street ~ 8 rooms/3+ bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms & 1+ car independent parking - this unit faces south and is filled with light. It also looks out into the building's lovely private park for added privacy. 
SOLD:  March 2017 
655 Dolores Street ~ 4 rooms/2+ bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms & 2 car independent parking
Reserved for ownership by the developer – Not available for sale.
651 Dolores Features ~
  • This custom built, four level home has an 8 room, flexible floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and a magnificent entry foyer.

  •  There are many unique, original features throughout, such as walnut paneling on walls, barrel-arched plaster ceiling, brass chandeliers and double copper-clad walnut entry doors facing Dolores Park. 

  • The open great room features soaring 30 foot ceilings, an adjoining library/club room, office/wine room/media room, open dining area. It is overlooked by the master loft suite and a second huge loft space perfect for home office/library or maybe a music space.

  • In addition to the great room’s 30-foot ceilings, every level exceeds normal ceiling heights, usually 12 to 15 feet.

  • The Chef’s Kitchen is entered via the foyer by a custom-made, steel and timber stairway. The 15-foot tall kitchen features double upper cabinets, accessible by a custom-designed rolling ladder that conveniently hides into a separate pantry. The cabinets are made of Polylac- encased (a new European scratch-resistant material containing recycled glass) and has high end, Miele, stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

  • The separate island/breakfast counter features original steel beams and building timber elements.

  • The enclosed pantry can be customized for a wine cellar or other use.

  • Juno LED track lighting featuring custom designed track system made of recycled timber and suspension steel cables in the living/great room.

  • Energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the entire townhome.

  • French-made LeGrange Adorne electric lighting controls components throughout.

  • The three full bathrooms feature original exposed brick walls or concrete buttresses, grey limestone slabs/counters, with custom-polished river-stone, granite or glass sinks.

  • The Master bedroom has a step-out lounge overlooking the entire living area and a large finished walk-in closet with custom cabinetry.

  • The Master bathroom features custom-made limestone Roman tub and separate glass-clad walk-in shower

  • The original building timber and glass railing was custom designed for the 15-foot tall master suite level lofts.

  • Historic grey-marble flooring in entry foyer, polished new concrete floors in the great room and first level, and original and new fir and oak hardwood flooring in upper levels.

  • There is a large room on ground floor ideal for media/home theater/incubation area for home business with a separate entryway.

  • The third enormous bedroom on ground floor level can be used a variety of ways or even divided into several rooms.

  • Reuse of almost every architectural element; doors, windows, lumber, etc.

  • The first and second floors feature custom stained cement floors. The halls, stairs, and upper bedrooms feature original fir floors

  • There are ample closets and storage rooms within the townhome.  

  • Amazing arched alcove windows with original art-glass finishes.

  • The shared Zen garden, featuring sitting benches, organic vegetable garden, custom-designed sculptures, brick paving (recycled from the building), birdhouses (made from recycled vent piping found in the building), and new landscaping.

  • This unit has a large deeded parking and ample bicycle parking in the garage with 12-foot high ceilings, as well as a dedicated storage room. Direct access from garage into the unit.

  • Incredible location, across from the historic and recently renovated Dolores Park and within an easy walking distance of half a dozen neighborhoods with cafes and shops including: The Valencia Corridor, Eureka Valley, The Castro, Upper Market, The Mission, Noe Valley and more. Property is within one of the culinary epicenters of the City.

  • HOA Dues are paid monthly and pay for the following:  Janitorial services, landscaping, boiler system (hot water), garage door maintenance, gas & water on a per capita basis, common area ulies, building insurance & maintenance, garbage/recycling/composting and reserves fund. Dues: $1,100/Month


         Structural and Architectural Notes ~

  • The building was originally built with large concrete foundations and a steel-frame superstructure (using original Carnegie steel), with brick surrounding walls, concrete buttresses, and timber floor and roof diaphragms (all old-growth timber, the main floor made of real 2"x16” joists)... classic quality! 
  • Major seismic retrofit based on current engineering codes (plans available for viewing). The seismic retrofit included roof/floors anchoring to the exterior walls, all roof/floor diaphragm reinforcement with structural steel/wood, 42-feet deep micro-piles (using German SAS Stressteel specialty rolled-steel rods), and 8 lines of 45-feet tall steel frames, amongst other elements.
  • Townhomes are equipped with substantial double-wall soundproofing and thermal insulation feature (double 2x8 walls with 2-inch air gap, filled with sound and thermal insulation, with two layers of drywall on each side). 
  • Custom-engineered high-capacity invisible recirculating fan to keep a uniform temperature for the 30-foot main living and master loft areas, as well as extra thermal insulation between each of four floors within the unit itself, maintaining a comfortable temperature at each separate level.
  • Many original and historic architectural features, such as original exposed steel/brick/concrete/timber elements, two 15-foot tall arched original stained-glass windows (fitted with central mahogany operable panels), wainscoting, light fixtures, arched plaster ceilings, original building timber paneling and historic window within living room walls, original ceiling skylights, double-sash windows and doors, etc. 
  • Structural Design - Siamak Akhavan and HCSE Structural Engineers
  • Architectural Design -  Siamak Akhavan and Modifier 
  • Staging - Arthur McLaughlin and Team - Thanks you did an amazing job!
Note: Building was conceived, designed, and built by and for the developers, meaning every care was taken to create a near flawless design and construction. The developer will live in building for the foreseeable future, and maintain involvement in its maintenance and operation.
Showings by private appointment only with listing agents.
 Continue to visit website to monitor our progress and contact us with questions. Direct Line 415.321.4329


Open Houses:

Open Sunday, April 15th 2-4PM - No Sign.  Please ring bell.  An excellent opportunity to see this amazing home!

Other Showings By Appointment Only - Please contact us or have your broker do so for an appointment or with any questions.  Thank you.  

Brokers Tour:
As scheduled on SFAR MLS.

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact either John Woodruff or Marcus Miller


History of 651 Dolores Street
651 Dolores Street, Originally the "Second Church of Christ Scientist" Building
As its name suggests, the Second Church of Christ, Scientist (SCCS) was the second Christian Science congregation established in San Francisco (the first being founded in 1899). The congregation acquired the lot at the southeast corner of Dolores and Cumberland streets in 1914.  The site was chosen because of its scenic location across from Dolores Park. Architecture was very important to Christian Scientists, who believed that their churches should improve the spiritual and aesthetic life of the community at large. In 1915, the congregation hired architect William H. Crim to design the new church. Crim designed a Neoclassical-style building with a temple-like portico. Most Christian Scientist churches of this era were designed in a similar Neoclassical style, with either a central dome or light court designed to illuminate the interior sanctuary, echoing the design of the denomination's “Mother Church” in Boston. Construction of the SCCS building got underway in 1916 and the church was completed in 1917.  Through the better part of a century the congregation made few changes to the Second Church of Christ, Scientist aside from building a parking lot on the adjoining garden in 1981 (now restored) and constructing a pedestrian bridge between the church and the former garden in 1982. In 2006, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection ordered the congregation to retrofit the church to comply with contemporary seismic codes or demolish it. Facing a $5 million price tag for the work, the congregation applied for a permit to demolish the building and redevelop the site with a smaller church and a residential condominium building. Confronted with significant neighborhood opposition, the congregation sold the property to the current ownership in 2011. The building was converted to residential use in 2013-14. Renovations and final condo conversion was completed in early 2016.  
The former SCCS building is eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources as a contributor to the Inner Mission North Boulevards and Alleys Reconstruction Historic District. The period of significance for the district is 1906-1917, reflecting the period in which this part of the Mission District was reconstructed following the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. During this period, dozens of religious congregations, many of which had been displaced by the catastrophe from the South of Market Area, built new churches and synagogues in the Mission District to be closer to their congregants, many of whom had relocated to the relatively undamaged part of the city south of 20th Street.
Indeed, most of the Mission District south of 20th Street was saved from the conflagration by the famous “Golden Fire Hydrant,” at the southwest corner of Dolores Park. Constructed in 1916-17, the former SCCS building is significant as one of approximately one dozen historic religious assembly buildings constructed along Dolores Street, between 15th and 20th streets, after the 1906 Earthquake. Dolores Street, with its scenic palm-lined median, became a popular location for churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions during the post-quake period, in particular the two blocks facing Dolores Park. The SCCS building is also eligible for listing in the California Register as an excellent example of a Christian Scientist church designed in the Neoclassical style.


Architectural Profile
In 1915, the congregation hired architect William H. Crim to design the new church. Crim designed a Neoclassical-style building with a temple-like portico with a central dome designed to illuminate the interior sanctuary, echoing the design of the denomination's “Mother Church” in Boston. The former SCCS building is a one-story-over-basement, steel-frame, concrete and brick building, with a partial interior mezzanine. The building has three ornamented façades: the primary (west) façade, which faces Dolores Street; the secondary (north) façade, which faces Cumberland Street; and the tertiary (south) façade, which faces the garden. The exterior is finished in smooth cement plaster with stone steps and ornamental metal detailing, lettering, and light fixtures. The primary entrance, which faces Dolores Street, is sheltered within a three-arched portico supported by four Tuscan columns. The north, south, and, west façades are each composed in a similar tripartite scheme consisting of a rusticated base, smooth cement plaster-finished shaft defined by Tuscan pilasters and a bold “capital” consisting of a simple entablature, denticulate cornice, and raised attic frieze. Capping the roof is an octagonal drum surmounted by a slate-clad, hemispherical dome.

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Below are links to various articles, blogs and videos that have been written about the Light House in the last couple of years.  

August 27, 2017 - From - "Apartment in Converted San Francisco Church Lists for $6.975 Million"


August 23, 2017 - "Mission Dolores townhouse inside the Light House asks $6.7 million"


Februrary 25, 2017 - "Century-Old Church Turned Townhouses Ready to Sell at Edge of Dolores Park"


October 10, 2016 - "Coming Towards the Light" Article from Habitat:


April 22, 2016 - From SFGATE about the first Sale:


March 29, 2016 - by Kelly Bonner
"Here’s What It Looks Like Inside the Dome Across the Street From Dolores Park":

March 14, 2016 - We have a lovely article on the Dome Unit in Curbed's House Calls:


February 25, 2016 - CurbedSF writes again:


January 5, 2016 -  SFGate writes about The Light House


December 15, 2015 - Article in Curbed SF about our amazing project.


First Press Release -
San Francisco, CA – December 12, 2015 – Hill & Co. Real Estate’s agent team John Woodruff and Marcus Miller are thrilled to announce the opening of The Light House; a collection of four unique luxury townhomes in Dolores Heights from the same development team that completed the Castle on the Park (601 Dolores Street) church renovation in 2009.
The new one-of-a-kind townhome complex is part of another church redesign, this time the Second Church of Christ Science at 651 Dolores Street. Formerly a neoclassical church, The Light House is a work of art in its form, architectural details and soaring ceilings. The townhome complex consists of four amazing and truly stunning units that are on a scale (5,500 sq. ft.+) unlike anything available in today’s real estate market. It is a remodel of remarkable scale and vision. Siamak Akhavan, managing partner of The Light House development and of the seismic specialists firm BMP, had planned to live in one of the units and is delighted with the results.
“We are really excited to begin the marketing of these truly unique condominiums.” said John Woodruff and Marcus Miller, the agent team bringing the townhomes to market. “Each will feature great rooms with 30-foot ceilings, several bedrooms, studies, lofts and 3 full baths and 2-car parking each. These breathtaking units are unlike anything available in San Francisco. As they get closer to completion we will release pictures and then start showings. Until then we thought we would share with the public what to expect. Please stay tuned on the website for ongoing updates.”
 For information about the properties, contact the Woodruff & Miller team at 415.321.4239 or Or you can visit the property website at



Now Available

 Thank you for your interest.  651 Dolores is now available.  All three units, 651 Dolores, 653 Dolores and 93 Cumberland initially sold in 2016 and early 2017.  However... You now have a second chance as we have brought back 651 Dolores to the market.  This is the largest of the all the units and sold immediately when we came on the market in Spring of 2016.  
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about this amazing property, showings, etc.  This property can ONLY be shown by private appointment with listing agents. 
Or if you would like our help finding another incredible property of your own or selling one.  
We look forward to hearing from you.
John and Marcus



John Woodruff & Marcus Miller

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