Tell someone you live in a mobile home in San Francisco and they’ll look at you like you’re crazy. Which you might be, but I digress. While San Francisco real estate might be known for six-figure sale prices in small packages, we aren’t known as the land of trailer parks. Perhaps it’s because we’re prone to earthquakes instead of tornadoes? There are a few homes in San Francisco, though, that are more mobile than their appearance suggests.
The Forest Hill Extension neighborhood was built out primarily in the 1920s, and most of the homes are finished in stucco and have a rather consistent look and feel to them – vaguely Spanish Med. 200 Woodside, on the other hand, is a cape-cod style home that is finished primarily with wood siding.
Below is a photo of the home in the context of its block, and as you can see 200 Woodside stands out as the home that doesn’t look like all of the others.
It turns out that the home was moved to this particular site back in the 1950’s, when Portola Drive was being widened. Below are several photos of Portola, before it was widened, during the construction, and how it looks today:
Freeways were all the rage in the 1950s, and the plan at the time was to pretty much put a freeway everywhere. Portola wouldn’t have been turned into a freeway, but it was widened in the late 1950s to accomodate the additional traffic envisioned as a result of the freeway expansion. As you can see, it was doubled from a two-lane to a four-lane street.
I’m not sure where exactly the home at 200 Woodside Ave. started out, but it was somewhere over in the construction area and instead of being demolished it was moved to it’s current location.
The only other homes that I know of being relocated are a strip of Victorians in the Western Addition neighborhood that were moved back in the 1960s. How about you, what mobile homes in San Francisco do you know about?