David Baker Architects

847-848 Fairfax Avenue


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A substantial redevelopment project within a comprehensive master plan by Solomon/Mithun Architects, this new neighborhood replaces extremely degraded public housing with modern family homes, reconnected roadways, and restored view corridors.

Hunters View Blocks 7 & 11—Phase II of the overall development—includes 107 affordable family homes in six buildings on two steeply sloped city blocks. In collaboration, DBA and Paulett Taggart Architects took a creative approach to the two development lots, integrating the sites as one to strategically distribute density and create a fine-grained community with a sense of organic diversity.

The project incorporates one-for-one replacement of the previous homes, plus additional much-needed housing on the one-acre site. Of the 107 new homes, which range from one- to four-bedroom, 80 were reserved for existing tenants at Hunters View and those on the Housing Authority waiting list.  

Residential entry at 848 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

At the top of the hill, the neighborhood is anchored by two accessible five-story apartment buildings placed across from each other on the most level portion of the site. Row houses with residential stoops step down the steeper adjacent streets to the north and south. The design of these blocks coordinates closely with the design of the adjacent block (completing construction in 2018), which will serve as the neighborhood hub, housing a community center, child development center with day-care, and health clinic. The goal was to create a dense, practical, cohesive, and wonderful place that supports comfort, growth, and a sense of pride.

VIDEO: Longtime San Francisco resident Tonette Lane shares how she utilized her Certificate of Preference to secure a brand new, below-market-rate apartment at 847-848 Fairfax Avenue for her family through the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.

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Rowhouses

Rowhouses step with the steep slopes as the site falls away to the north and south.

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Site strategies. Image: David Baker Architects/Paulett Taggart Architects

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The densest housing is concentrated at the top of the hill, with townhouses stepping down the slopes to the north and south. Image: Bruce Damonte

 

 

Like before and after photos come to life, much of the old housing sits just across the street from the new one. In 2007, the 1950s barracks-style buildings were ranked by federal inspectors as among the worst public housing in the country. 64 percent of the former residents have moved back in (compared with the 15% typical rate of return nationwide), crime has gone down and school attendance rates have gone up. Says one relocated resident, who shares a three-bedroom apartment with her husband and three grandchildren, “We are just across the street, but it’s totally different. It’s so relaxing, so peaceful. It’s not so stressful.”

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Residential entry at 848 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

Management office and residential entry at 848 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

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City views from the bridge circulation at 848 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

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A PTA corner at 847 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

Residential entry at 847 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

Residential entry at 847 Fairfax. Image: Bruce Damonte

Lobby mailboxes and open-air stair. Image: Bruce Damonte

A DBA apartment building corner, with townhouses stepping south down Middle Point Road. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Townhouse stoop on Ironwood Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

Townhouses stepping down Ironwood Way. Image: Bruce Damonte

Site strategies. Image: David Baker Architects/Paulett Taggart Architects

The densest housing is concentrated at the top of the hill, with townhouses stepping down the slopes to the north and south. Image: Bruce Damonte

Looking towards the Shipyard and San Francisco Bay. Image: Bruce Damonte

Panoramic view of Middle Point Road. Image: David Baker Architects

Residential entry at Fairfax Avenue.

DBA corner.

PTA corner.

New park.

Townhouses with private stoops connect directly with the neighborhood.

Rowhouse section showing how it adjusts to the steep slope.

The site encompasses two entire blocks.

2014.04 Paulett Taggart and David Baker on the site prior to construction.

2015.09.03 the townhouse foundation construction proceeds on Block 11.

2015.09.03 A view of the Bay Bridge through the Shot-Crete board textured wall of the apartment garage of Block 7. Image: David Baker Architects

2016.03.03 We got our building permit finally. Block 10 is starting construction in the foreground. Image: David Baker Architects

awards

Residential Architect Design Awards—Affordable Housing
ARCHITECT Magazine
Gold Nugget Merit Award—Best Affordable Housing Community (30 - 60 du/acre)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Real Estate Deal of the Year—Affordable Housing (San Francisco)
San Francisco Business Times

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, San Francisco, Townhouses

​Location

San Francisco, California

Developer

John Stewart Company

Architect

Paulett Taggart Architects/David Baker Architects Joint Venture

Landscape Architect

GLS Landscape/Architecture

Structural Engineer

KPFF Consulting Engineers

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project data
847-848 Fairfax Avenue 21211
Hunters View Blocks 7 & 11  
San Francisco, California
Completed April 2017
number of units
1 bedroom 30
2 bedroom 32
3 bedroom 36
4 bedroom 11
total 107
density ratios
project sf 153,499
site sf 82,700
acres 1.9
total bedrooms 240
bedrooms/acre 126
units/acre 56
open space sf 12,587
open space sf/unit 118
parking
auto 49
bicycle 68
type garage
construction type
Type V-A over Type I-A
Type III-A over Type I-A
Type V-B
certification
LEED for Homes Gold
 
Block 7
number of units
1 bedroom 12
2 bedroom 8
3 bedroom 22
4 bedroom 8
total 50
density ratios
project sf 71,059
site sf 43,194
acres 1
total bedrooms 126
bedrooms/acre 126
units/acre 50
open space sf 5,724
open space sf/unit 114
parking
auto 20
bicycle 20
type garage
 
Block 11
number of units
1 bedroom 18
2 bedroom 24
3 bedroom 12
4 bedroom 3
total 57
density ratios
project sf xxxx
site sf 82,440
acres 0.9
total bedrooms 66
bedrooms/acre 73
units/acre 63
open space sf 6,863
open space sf/unit 120
parking
auto 29
bicycle 48
type garage