847-848 Fairfax Avenue

San Francisco CA | Completed 

2017

Aerial view of 847-848 Fairfax Avenue in San Francisco. #
Image Credit
Bruce Damonte
A substantial redevelopment project within a comprehensive master plan, this new micro-neighborhood replaces extremely degraded public housing with modern family homes, reconnected roadways, and restored view corridors and welcomes previous residents back.

In collaboration, DBA and Paulett Taggart Architects took a creative approach to two development lots (Blocks 7 and 11) within Phase II of the Hunters View Master Plan, integrating the sites as one to strategically distribute density and create a fine-grained community with a sense of organic diversity.

Anchored by apartment buildings at 847 and 848 Fairfax Avenue, the design includes 107 affordable family apartments and townhomes in six buildings across two steeply sloped city blocks.

At the top of the hill, the two accessible five-story apartment face are sited 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. This design anticipated the development of the adjacent block (901 Fairfax at Block 10, completed in 2018) by the same team. 901 Fairfax joins this housing to provide additional homes as well as a neighborhood hub featuring a community center, child development center with day-care, and health clinic.

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.  

The goal was to create a dense, practical, cohesive, and wonderful place that supports comfort, growth, and a sense of pride.


Recognition


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

Team


Developer
John Stewart Company
Architect
Paulett Taggart Architects/David Baker Architects Joint Venture
Landscape Architect
GLS Landscape/Architecture
Structural Engineer
KPFF Consulting Engineers

Project Details


Project Number
21211

Address

847-848 Fairfax Avenue
Blocks 7 and 11
San Francisco, CA
United States



Status
Completed
2017

Number of Units
1 Bedroom
30
2 Bedroom
32
3 Bedroom
36
4 Bedroom
11

Total 109

Density Ratios
Project
153,499 sf
Site
82,700 sf
Acres
1.90

Parking
Parking Spots
49
Parking Type
garage
Bicycle Parking
68

Construction
Type V-A over Type I-A
Type III-A over Type I-A
Type V-B

Certifications
LEED for Homes Gold

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