August 06, 2013
Blanc is the first new neighborhood-scale condominium property in Nob Hill in years, and Sean Sullivan of the developer, JS Sullivan, is excited to see the culmination of an eight-year effort to create something special.
Sean, what makes Blanc different than other housing options in San Francisco?
Blanc’s story is a combination of unusual and special things: a well-designed building, an incredible neighborhood and great pricing. When we were looking at what made sense for this site, we decided to create something you just can’t find: New homes with spacious 2- and 3-bedroom floorplans that aren’t priced in the stratosphere. We anticipate a range of singles, couples and families will want to live here, but there’s been particular interest from couples and young families who are facing the classic choice of having to move to the East Bay, or south or north, to get the space they need. About half of the building is made up of 3-bedroom homes -- that’s unheard of. And the majority of our 1,200 square-foot 2-bedrooms will be under $1 million, another nice surprise given today’s market. I was raised here and live here, and have a young child, so I understand their dilemma and hope Blanc will help some families stay. We’ve also created a beautiful, well designed collection of 35 homes made possible by this great location. My team is really proud of how Blanc reflects the classic style of San Francisco’s Nob Hill, but is also new and distinctive, inside and out. We worked carefully to put top-quality into Blanc, from Grohe fixtures, Bosch appliances, Sozo Studio cabinetry, Ceasar Stone countertops and hardwood floors, to creating floorplans that maximized the space, the daylight and the views.
What should home buyers know about JS Sullivan? What differentiates your development firm?
We’re a San Francisco firm specializing in neighborhood scale housing, and we’re focused on the City. There are dozens and dozens of wonderful neighborhoods that make up San Francisco, and what’s really exciting to me is to find a property that can be transformed into housing to complement the unique character of that neighborhood, and add to the community’s vitality. Developing here is incredibly difficult but we’re tenacious about finding the right opportunities and executing on a vision. We’ve built hundreds of homes over the years in small-scale buildings, and love the challenge.
How did you end up choosing Stanley Saitowitz as the architect?
Once you get to know Stanley’s work, it’s easy to see why he’s in such great demand all over the world. He has a great modern touch that gives a building a distinctive style, and at the same time responds to the neighborhood or city in which it’s built. Blanc has that modern aesthetic with a touch of “Great Gatsby” classic features that tie us beautifully with our Nob Hill surroundings, such as our brick facade. We even named the building Blanc as a nod to the 1920’s popularity of black and white, with a French twist. Stanley designed the very modern 1234 Howard and Yerba Buena Lofts, and the great response and awards showered on the buildings are well deserved.