Renovator loved living in The City

A lot of people lose money on their hobbies. But not Trish Conklin, who is preparing to move out of her co-op apartment on the seventh floor of Nob Hill’s 1200 California building and hopes to purchase another unit higher up. This is the second unit in the building she’s renovated and the third she’s occupied.

She completed remodeled the three-bedroom, three-bath unit, opening up the kitchen and enclosing the balcony to create a spacious “great room” out of the living room. The result, she said, is a lovely, contemporary apartment with views of Coit Tower and The City where residents can feel like they’re tourists in San Francisco every day of the year.

“When you have guests,it’s great, watching people walk their dogs, going to church, the cable cars … it’s real city,” Conklin said. “If you always feel that you’re on vacation, how do you beat that?”

Since the building is a 92-unit cooperative, the 1200 California Street Corp., prospective owners need to be able to put down 30 percent of the purchase price, meet with an interview committee and provide certain documentation, Sotheby’s International Realty representative Alexis Coddington said. The corporation also limits dog ownership to canines less than 25 pounds. Often thought of as a New York kind of thing, cooperatives are common only in the Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Pacific Heights neighborhoods, she said.

Both Coddington and Conklin praised the 24-hour doorman service in the building, which goes beyond checking in visitors to check and make sure the stove’s turned off if you call and ask, Conklin said.

Where: San Francisco

Asking price: $2.25 million

Property tax: $29,250*

What: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, approximately 2,500 square feet

Amenities: Views, open floor plan, renovated with gourmet kitchen, new bathroom and re-done master bedroom suite, marble bath, one-car parking, full-service doorman.

Agent: Betty Brachman, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 296-2215, http://www.bettybrachman.com

*Estimate based on 1.3 percent of asking price

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