When Spaulding Taylor and Win Ng purchased the circa-1919 furniture warehouse at 67 and 69 Belcher Street in 1977, Their plan was to transform the space into two enormous, loft-like residences. Unfortunately, the business partners never got the chance to realize their dream. Ng died in 1991, before developing his half of the project.
Taylor had completed his 8,000+ square foot residence in 1983, using San Francisco architect Ira Kurlander. Ng’s side has remained a raw space. Now the entire building is for sale, for $6,900,000.
“It’s the most unique property I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been in this business for a long time,” says listing agent Frederick Allardyce of Sotheby’s International Realty.
Taylor tapped designer John Wheatman, whose philosophy stresses designing around individual items of importance, to complete the interior of 67 Belcher. The result is a blurring between fixture and art.
Indeed, behind its unassuming ivy-covered facade, this home seems more art gallery than private residence, a fitting tribute to Taylor’s late partner, who, in addition to co-founding their Berkeley imports gallery, Taylor & Ng, was also a prominent ceramics artist.
In fact, 67 Belcher has its own 2,000-square-foot studio space — complete with skylights and a commercial kiln — accessible via hidden door in the master bedroom-adjacent dressing room.
Though the property lies on a tight city block, the 100-foot-by-125-foot lot allows space for an open courtyard, beyond which is a unique office — with its own attached courtyard.
In 1996, Taylor sold the entire building to Dale and Beth Golden, who have left the 69 Belcher side in its raw state.
The home of 67-69 Belcher is singular among San Francisco real estate, an exceptional living space looking for future owners eager to carry on Spaulding Taylor and Win Ng’s mission of creating, displaying and promoting art.
Where: San Francisco
Asking Price: $6,900,000
Property Tax: $89,700*
The Property: A converted furniture showroom containing 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, approximately 8,000 square feet, including a 2,000+ square foot artist’s studio.
Notable: One-of-a-kind property. This home functions as a single-family residence with a dramatic multi-story, 1,500 square foot living room, outdoor fountain, catwalks, library.
Agents: Frederick Allardyce, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 901-1788, www.sothebyshomes.com
*Estimate based on 1.3% of asking price.