Posts Tagged ‘presidio landmark’

Oh Wow: Tony Robles, Former Doorman at the Pricey Presidio Landmark Apartments, Unloads in the Pages of Poor Magazine

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Oh wow, man. Former Presidio Landmark Apartments doorman Tony Robles tells his tale in Poor Magazine (aka Prensa Pobre).

Alls I can say is that it’s an interesting mix of fact and opinion. One of the first grafs is below and the whole thing is in the link above.

Anyway, I guess a lot more people are living there these days – here’s what’s on Yelp about this building.

And here’s the place itself, way on the right, from the deck of one of those nearby multi-floor townhomes:

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Here it is:

“The edifice I refer to is the Presidio Landmark Apartments, located in the city’s Presidio on Wedemeyer St. near 14th Ave.  I was working at this insular, hermetically sealed, self-aggrandizing, pseudo palace—home to CEO’s and hedge funders—in the capacity of door attendant.  My brown face was the first you’d see when walking through the French doors.  There I would sit, donning a somewhat comical habiliment of tan dockers, innocuous (save for the itching) cotton candy blue shirt, bottomed off with clunky Timberland shoes.  The Presidio Landmark—an ideal locale for one of those obnoxious Lexus Christmas commercials—home to some of the city’s highest rents–nearly $3000 a month for a “junior” one bedroom, $3200-3800 for a one-bedroom, upwards of $4000-5000 for a 2 bedroom, and $7000+ for a multi-floor townhome located in the periphery.  The building casts an ominous presence when approached.  It is situated on a grassy slope, adorned with foliage including succulents, native plants, African varieties—underneath canopy-like palm trees, impassive and pale, stripped of their natural skin.  One gets the impression when approaching this fortress-like structure that something is terribly wrong.  This home of the upwardly mobile, the hedge funders, gentrifiers of neighborhoods—this colonized place sits on the ancestral home of Native people.  It is the structure that was once known as the Merchant Marine and Public Health Service Hospitals.  It was a place that provided free care to native people, including native Hawaiians, people with leprosy, merchant marines and people who didn’t have access to decent healthcare.  It is part of the 42 acre Public Health Service District.  It is the place that was abandoned in the mid 80’s when it was decommissioned by the Reagan administration.  It is a place whose cries can be heard, a place where ancestral spirits cry out for justice against land grabbing developers like Forest City, who, with the Presidio Trust, took the sacred Ohlone land to satisfy its voracious corporate hunger.  The Presidio Landmark: home to the 1%.”

But what’s this, here’s an ad for just $2150, so maybe they’ve lowered their asking prices lately:

*Junior One Bedroom, One Bathroom available for move in 2/8/2012 
*Brand New Luxury Apartment Home 
*Presidio National Park address 
*Beautiful finishes including hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel energy efficient appliances 
*Bosch full-size, in-suite washer and dryer 

Presidio Landmark Features:
LEED Gold Certification 
24-hour Door Attendant
Concierge Services
On-site Maintenance Team 
Massage Room and Spa Services
Private Dining Room with Wine Cellar 
Jacuzzi Hot Tub
Fitness Center/Yoga Room
Beautiful Interior Gardens with Fire Pit and breathtaking views
Parking available at $150/month

Live in luxury at the Presidio Landmark where there is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the great outdoors; you will have immediate access to the Marina, Laurel Heights and Presidio Heights. Nowhere else in San Francisco will you find an historic building that has been sustainably renovated with modern comforts and conveniences built right in. Host a private dinner party in our Dining Room or catch the MUNI to the Financial District for a night out. 

And there you have it.

Apartment Complex Bike Room Showdown: ParkMerced vs. Presidio Landmark – One is Heaven, One is Hell

Friday, August 5th, 2011

(IMO, poorly-rated ParkMerced (The Mistake By The Lake) should be razed to the ground and replaced with more normal and higher density housing, and that’s pretty much what’s going to happen, sooner or later, so that’s good.)

Don’t get me started about the basements of the high-rise apartments at ParkMerced, and the people living down there (granted, this was a few years back) on mattresses and stealing electricity, and stealing your panties (just panties, thank you, nothing else) from the driers, and stealing bikes, bike parts, etc.*

Storing your bikes in the catacombs of PM, well that’s like crossing the river Styx and entering Bicycle Hell, or at least that’s my impression. As stated, IMO, the buildings of ParkMerced, well, They Should All Be Destroyed.

But what’s this, there’s a dedicated Bike Room at the Presidio Landmark Apartments and here’s what it looks like ?

OMG, it’s Bicycle Heaven!

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(Put this setup in the basement of Park Merced and then the Park handtools would be gone in an hour and the expensive tool chest would be on craigslist the next day.)

So this is where your money goes, on stuff like this, when you pay rent at the PLA.

Hurray!

*Uh, Legal, can we get a an approved stamp, you know, on possible defamation issues?

YES, “APPROVED.” LEGAL.

kthx.

The Presidio Landmark Apartments in the Old PHSH Hospital are Mega Turbo Double Awesome

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

There I was at the Presidio Landmark apartments the other day only to find out that that Philip Ferrato from Curbed SF already beat me to the punch. His metaphorical footprints were all over the place. No matter, let’s take another gander.

And who knows, maybe you’ll have the coin to sign a lease. (And included in that, you’ll get an assigned parking space* for each bedroom(!) you rent. Shhh… don’t tell the StreetsBlog.)

Here it is, as it looked yesterday, with Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton out front talking about what constitutes “Presidio Magic.”

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Hey, didn’t this building used to be a hospital?

A hospital for merchant marines and sailors?

So it would seem.

And hey, wasn’t this place filled with graffiti not too long ago?

Oh yes, but things are all cleaned up now. See? Here’s the very same staircase:

O.K. then.

Now, realize that developer Forest City wants you to come by (by appointment, there’s a waiting list just to see the place, I think) and move in. Look at the greeting you’ll get:

Building 1801 will soon be open for business. (How many tripods do you see in this shot?)

Now, let’s head up on the famous staircase. You won’t find a doorless, open design like this in a SoMA skyscraper owing to fire code regulations. The LandMark will make use of an emergency water curtain setup:

But look here, the old metal handrail assembly was just plopped onto the marble way back in 1932, can you see? No matter, a little rust never hurt no one. This building doesn’t deny its history, that’s for sure.

Now, let’s check out the rooms.

This is part of a one-bedroom that has about 1050(!) square feet. (This particular unit would be used as a three-bedroom in most any other part of the 415.)

And here’s your view. Can you see Mount Sutro? Yes, barely.

But hey, where would former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown hang his red socks to dry after handwashing if he were to live in this building – which is the nicest unit? How about this suite? The entrance is extra long, good for displaying your art, non?  

And here’s the kitchen, complete with island and hood for indoor BBQ.

One of these wings is not like the other/ One of these wings just doesn’t belong…

Right, it’s a three-story add-on! See it on the left? If this building is “anchor-shaped,” you’re looking from the ring down the shank and towards the left fluke. (This will all be clear the next time one of the satellites from Google’s fleet passes over to update the Google Maps.

And there’s a hot tub! It has benches in there so you can face those sitting in the deck chairs.

That’s the tour.

So, here’s the old Public Health Service Hospital back as she was in 1935. (Note just one GGB tower back there.)

And here’s how she was not too long ago with the ugly wings out front:

You’ve come a long way, PHSH.

People are moving in August 1st or something. Will you join them?

*Or you can get a credit for foregoing each parking space, but it won’t be all that much, I’m sure.