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Market Rate Multifamily Housing

The Sutterfield

San Francisco.CA (1999)

View from Sutter Street

The Sutterfield defines luxury high-rise condominium living in San Francisco. The property combines the finest qualities of a small hotel with the benefits of a large-scale, mixed-use property. This 17-story, 164-unit high-rise is located in the Lower Pacific Heights residential neighborhood of San Francisco. It was completed in 1999 at a cost of $45 million. Close to the City's cultural center, Union Square, and the numerous restaurants and retailers located in the Van Ness Corridor, The Sutterfield also provides residents with the convenience of a private entry to a 30,000-squarefoot gourmet market integrated into the development. Capitalizing on a sloping street-to-street lot, The Sutterfield was designed to provide an exclusive residential entrance on Sutter Street, with a separate entry and parking area for the market on Post Street. The Sutterfield's lobby features an extensive use of warm inlaid wood and stone, reflecting the tasteful appointments and quality craftsmanship found throughout the property. The security/guest services desk, staffed fulltime, and community amenities including a fitness center, spa, and saunas enhance the residential experience. All residents have a deeded parking space in the secured subterranean garage. Despite its debut in the depths of a real estate recession, The Sutterfield realized sales prices and absorption rates higher than any of its competition.


Construction of The Sutterfield was complex and intense, a challenge common to most urban in-fill projects. There was limited space available to mobilize operations, store materials, and coordinate construction activities. Among the most demanding construction features was a three-level underground garage that required extensive shoring to support the one-hundred-year-old structures bordering the site on two sides. The principals of Thompson|Dorfman managed the general contractor and design team, and worked with numerous consultants to implement innovative systems to organize and track construction. In addition, a risk mitigation strategy was developed for the protection of the developer and its financial partners. Ultimately, the project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. At least one YSA principal participated as design architect, supervising architect and/or designer while associated with the architect-of-record for this project.