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August 3, 2010

Next Monster Home in the Works for Noe Valley Wife Swapper

It was late last year when Wife Swap star and now infamous Noe Valley resident Stephen Fowler sold his 4,218-square foot home at 4218 25th Street. The 6BR/4.5BA home changed hands in a confidential sale, with a list price of $2,925,000. (Tax records show a sales price of $2,822,800.)

There was some speculation as to where the venture capitalist Noe resident would land next. Wonder no more. It seems he’s stirring up trouble in Eureka Valley—specifically at 479 Douglass, a 2BR/2BA, 1,480 square foot home he purchased in a trust sale in November for $850,000:

Plans for a vast expansion of the Douglass house were filed in April, and the neighbors are currently contesting Fowler’s plans. The proposed project calls for a horizontal rear extension with a roof deck above the addition; a music room; guest room; new kitchen and vanity; three new bathrooms; and a master bedroom on the third floor, among other plans.

As one neighborhood group opposing the project objected in a letter to the Planning Department: “It is a massive project that will severely impact adjacent homes by blocking out light, air and privacy…This house would be so much taller, deeper, and bulkier than neighboring homes…We are asking that the project extend less into the mid-block open space and have major setbacks on the second and third floors. We are also asking that the placement of some of the windows facing neighboring homes be reconsidered, as they will destroy the privacy of these neighbors. It is understandable why the adjacent residents are freaking out. We would be, too, if this was proposed next door to us.”

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