Hot Property: Revitalized Bernal Heights home symbolizes neighborhood, overall …

Updated 2:33 pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015

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210 Bocana St. in Bernal Heights is a recently remodeled detached four-bedroom home available for $2.195 million.

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Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

 The great room features an exposed beam ceiling, center island with waterfall edges and task lights beneath the kitchen cabinets. 

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

This Ipe deck off the master bedroom basks in sunlight.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The four-bedroom home was rebuilt in 2015.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

A garden with drought-tolerant plantings wraps around the brick patio.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The brick patio and high backyard fences, as seen from above. 

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

This bedroom opens to a private deck.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

Dual vanities and contemporary light fixtures decorate a bathroom at 210 Bocana St. in Bernal Heights.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

Large white tiles serve as a neutral backsplash to a kitchen clad in hardwood, marble and stainless steel.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

Stainless steel hardware and appliances compliment the kitchen’s hardwood finishes.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

Wide-plank floors are found throughout the home.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The family room features a level opening to a brick patio.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The dining area offers wide baseboards and gallery walls.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The kitchen’s marble island with waterfall edges offers a casual dining area.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

Honed marble tops the counters and a waterfall island in the kitchen.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

This bathroom enjoys an oversized walk-in glass shower and a soaking tub beneath a picture window.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

This semi-private office area sits beside smoked glass sliding doors.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The living room features bay windows and wide-plank flooring beneath a open beam ceiling.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

The Bernal Heights home opens directly to the great room.

Photo: Olga Soboleva/Vanguard Propertie

Cruise along the undulating blocks of Bernal Heights in San Francisco and within minutes the almost obligatory sights of paint-crusted scaffolding and cloaked facades reveal themselves.

More than three years into a frenetic seller’s market, Bernal Heights remains a microcosm of Bay Area real estate. Home stock varies in style and architectural significance, inventory can’t satisfy demand and listings routinely sell for hundreds of thousands more than the list price.

“Being in the heart of the village, near Courtland, with a mixture of restaurants, hipster bars and retail establishments here is just what the urban dweller wants,” said Shelley Trew of Vanguard Properties, who recently brought 210 Bocana St., a rebuilt four-bedroom, to the market. “Now (Bernal Heights) garners a price up there with the downtown view properties on the north side of the hill.”

The revitalized home’s highlights include an open floor plan, a drought-tolerant backyard that wraps around a brick patio and a master suite boasting a private deck.

Trew radiates enthusiasm when discussing his role as a design consultant and gushes about the location itself. The freestanding structure allows for more windows and natural light than a row house. Being on a wide street reduces noise pollution, Trew said, and the power lines are underground.

Locations of power lines can seem trivial on the surface, but Trew knows utility lines have a way of ruining views and may even be a deal-breaker for prospective buyers.

“Buried power lines … is one of the No. 1 things on buyers’ wish lists when they own a property. They’ll often gasp in disappointment when they look out the window and see antiquated lines,” he said.

The four-bedroom, 4½ bathroom floor plan is often elusive in Bernal Heights, where shoebox cottages are sprinkled along the hillside. Three of the bathrooms are set inside bedrooms with the master bath enjoying a soaking tub beneath a picture window and an oversize rimless glass shower.

As a design consultant for the project, Trew convinced the builders to tweak the original floor plan to create a more open feel to the main level while resizing some of the bedrooms and bathrooms.

The result is a light-filled great room that reveals itself immediately upon entering.

Trew also suggested finishes like dark-stained, wide-plank oak floors, contemporary light fixtures and honed marble that tops kitchen countertops and a center island with waterfall edges.

The marble pairs with hardwood cabinetry and brilliant white tile backsplashes to complement gleaming stainless steel appliances and polished hardware.

The garden level of the home includes a brick patio flanked by high fences and a drought-tolerant garden connected to a family room with a separate entrance.

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Listing agent:

Shelley Trew, Vanguard

Properties, (415) 321-7003,;

Denis Lancerin, Vanguard

Properties, (415) 321-7061,


Address: 210 Bocana St., San Francisco.

Price: $2.195 million.

Features: Totally rebuilt four-bedroom,4½ bathroom tri-level features an inviting great room, designer kitchen, private deck off the top floor master suite and a backyard with a brick patio.

Open home: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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