Decommissioned firehouse ignites luxury remodel

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. This week it was my listing 3816 22nd Street in Noe Valley.

Address: 3816 22nd St., San Francisco.

Asking price: $6.898 million.

Description: Just like firefighters’ passion remains embedded in their DNA long after retirement, this four-bedroom home includes keepsakes from its days as a firehouse. Engine 44 operated during the early part of the 20th century, and its facade still features dual copper doors that concealed the stables. An antique fire hydrant and spiral staircase lend additional reminders of its previous life. Designer finishes, a modern kitchen and spa-worthy bathrooms now adorn the structure, which has been a private residence since 1959. Stone counters and professional appliances outfit an eat-in kitchen beside a spacious butler’s pantry. A modern staircase of glass, steel and timber connects all four levels. The master bathroom includes a freestanding tub, glass shower, floating vanities and access to a private roof terrace. A detached studio in the hardscaped backyard offers a sheltered space for outdoor dining. The home will be open Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. And, yes, the brass fire pole is included.

Don’t miss: The staircase atrium set beneath a transparent ceiling of pitched glass, allowing natural light to beam through all four levels.

Built: 1909.

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