26 Thornhill Road, a little cape off Riverside Lane in NoPo, has sold for $880,000. A year ago, after it had hit the market in the $9’s I predicted it would sell quickly. It didn’t, perhaps because the owner quickly decided to rent it for $4,400, which is a pretty good return on a house she’d owned since 1956 or so.
26 Thornhill Road, NoPo Riverside, $939,000. I had this listing back in 2005 when it was priced (not by me) at $1.150 and we couldn’t sell it. Now Fran Ward at Shore & Country has it and I think it will sell quickly at its better price. Thornhill is a quite little street that runs between Riverside Land and Sheephill with just about zero through-traffic, and this house is – or was in 2005, in great condition, with a decent back yard. Its trouble lay in the location of its master bedroom, which was placed atop an add-on living room with no real connection to the rest of the house except by descending the stairs into that living room, crossing through the kitchen and then into the rest of the house. That’s a great layout for a family with teenagers; for those with toddlers, not so much. As I recall there’s not an inch of expansion room to spare here, so the obvious solution of adding an upstairs passageway won’t work. But if you can live with the layout, this is a very nice house for the money.