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January 23, 2012

First Look: The Luxe Condos in Noe Valley


I toured The Luxe (208 28th Street) in Noe Valley this morning, and am pretty excited about this new six-unit development that’s one portatoilet away from being finished. The developer, J Branch, has thoughtfully planned the project and has made efforts to go beyond the cookie-cutter condo approach.

As I’ve noted in past blog posts, The Luxe features three 2BR/2BA units and three 3BR/3BA townhomes. Prices range from $849,000-$889,000 for the two bedrooms, and $1,389,000-$1,549,000 for the townhomes.  HOA dues range from $414-$484/month.

There’s no garden, as the building takes up the whole lot. However, they have incorporated a patio with a fireplace and grill (keep in mind they’re still setting things up):


All the finishes in each unit are slightly different, which is nice. All the kitchens have Viking ranges, and the two bedrooms even have wine refrigerators. Here’s a shot of the kitchen in #201 ($889,000):

And here’s the kitchen in #203 ($849,000):

Living areas were generously sized; for example, the corner unit #202 overlooks Church and 28th Streets:

The three bedrooms are even more impressive, as they span two levels and have a house-like feel. I was a fan of #301 ($1,399,000) and its large master suite (that’s a king-size bed there):

I also liked the office area on the upper level of these units:

The largest unit is #303 ($1,549,000), and this is definitely the trophy unit of the group. It features three bedrooms on the upper level and a huge master suite overlooking the patio. There are also stairs to the roof from this unit.

A parking lift system provides a space for most of the units. (This means one car is parked beneath another in a “stack” arrangement.) However, the largest unit gets a standalone, regular space. And two other regular spaces are available for $50,000 each on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For those concerned about noise from the J Church Muni line that runs past the building, I have to say that they’ve done a good job blocking out street sounds. The double-paned windows and insulation give things an air-tight feel, though that will change once you crack open a window.

If there are any drawbacks to the project, I’d say that some of the bedrooms are on the small side. And that stacked parking is not ideal (but it’s better than no parking at all).

I think The Luxe will appeal to the tech/Peninsula or downtown professionals looking for what little new construction is available in Noe Valley. The project will most likely follow in the footsteps of the Nove condos that sold rapidly in 2010. Give me a call if you’d like to check out The Luxe. I’d be happy to get you in before the first public open houses.

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