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findjacko, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

Can San Francisco RH2 zoned property be converted back fom a duplex into a single home?

Asked by findjacko, San Francisco, CA Mon Jan 16, 2012

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It doesn't matter if it was previously two units. You might think it would, but the planning commission, who will be making the decision on this, generally does not care if it was originally one or two. You can do this through a unit merger, which can be a lengthy but difficult process, and will require at least one hearing in front of the commission. Staff planners will try to convince you not to do this, but most get approved by the commission or via appeal. You can also merge the two units and create a replacement unit somewhere on the property , possibly a ground floor if not used, as long as it has more than 75% the original square footage and is comparable in quality (aka, not in a basement). Hope this helps.

Ryan Knock
Architect, LEED AP BD+C, CGBP
Knock Architecture and Design
1405 Franklin Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94109
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 28, 2012
Learn about the city's guidelines at http://www.sfdbi.org/ to find out what's involved. Feel free to call me at 415-200-7202.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 26, 2012
If you can create a smaller 2nd unit then it might be possible. As an example, 2-unit buildings have been converted into 2-level homes and a much smaller 2nd unit (usually in the back of the garage) has been created to take the place of the 2nd address.

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 19, 2012
You need to do some research. If it was originally a single family (various factors determine that) you MIGHT be able to go back to that use, regardless of how the parcel is zoned.

But it is not going to be easy because the city is not keen on seeing the number of rentals diminish.

Start with the historic records.
Astrid Lacitis
Keynote Properties
415 860 0765
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 16, 2012
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