live in San Franciso for over 30 years. At some point after I moved here, I began
noticing the Kahn & Keville sign at Turk & Larkin. It didn’t say ‘Tires
Here’ or ‘Sale Now – 50% Off!’ – no, this sign displayed pithy sayings,
observations of current events, quotes, etc., that changed constantly.
they’re still at it over 30 years later. Here’s their latest:
a cluster of 98 one-to-three-bedroom townhouses just opened at the corner of Clay and Van Ness.
of these townhouses start at $1,000,000 and go up from there (I’m basing this statement on the price list given to me by one of the nice salespeople when I stopped by
The Marlow’s sales office at 1649 Polk).
also gave me a copy of the floor plan for Residence 404.
The website of The Marlow (http://www.themarlow.com/) has a musical virtual-reality video tour of what living at The
Marlow will be like, showing what you're getting for your million dollars.
The video also pans about the neighborhood – which, for The Marlow, starts at Sacramento & Polk and then turns straight north into Russian Hill. The video recommends a number
of neighborhood businesses, most of which are high-end restaurants and watering
holes. The only business The Marlow recognizes south of Sacramento Street is a high-end bar, Bitters Bock and Rye at Post and Polk (apparently, The Marlow doesn't think places like Sliders, et al., are good enough for its residents).
Sliders, Polk and Sutter Streets
All of the 98 townhouses at this The Marlow have been sold. I passed by the now-closed sales office recently
and saw this
sign in the window:
letting all those who just missed out know that they still have
an opportunity to live the The Marlow life in The City.
As for what the new townhouse residents of this particular The Marlow will be like, time will tell (hopefully, they won't be as snooty as The Marlow). I also hope they tip well – at least 15% or more. There’s nothing worse than cheapskate millionaires.
took these photos last October while walking up Larkin Street. It was just past the old Methodist Church between
Clay and Jackson when the grey building in the center of the photograph caught my
was obviously new (it was built in 1984). Whoever designed it took care to make
sure the building blended in with its surroundings.
I turned around, this caught my eye:
It wasn't the architecture.
It was all those clothes on hanging on a back stairway to dry in the October morning sun.