Next Monster Home in the Works for Noe Valley Wife Swapper

It was late last year when Wife Swap star and now infamous Noe Valley resident Stephen Fowler sold his 4,218-square foot home at 4218 25th Street. The 6BR/4.5BA home changed hands in a confidential sale, with a list price of $2,925,000. (Tax records show a sales price of $2,822,800.)

There was some speculation as to where the venture capitalist Noe resident would land next. Wonder no more. It seems he’s stirring up trouble in Eureka Valley—specifically at 479 Douglass, a 2BR/2BA, 1,480 square foot home he purchased in a trust sale in November for $850,000:

Plans for a vast expansion of the Douglass house were filed in April, and the neighbors are currently contesting Fowler’s plans. The proposed project calls for a horizontal rear extension with a roof deck above the addition; a music room; guest room; new kitchen and vanity; three new bathrooms; and a master bedroom on the third floor, among other plans.

As one neighborhood group opposing the project objected in a letter to the Planning Department: “It is a massive project that will severely impact adjacent homes by blocking out light, air and privacy…This house would be so much taller, deeper, and bulkier than neighboring homes…We are asking that the project extend less into the mid-block open space and have major setbacks on the second and third floors. We are also asking that the placement of some of the windows facing neighboring homes be reconsidered, as they will destroy the privacy of these neighbors. It is understandable why the adjacent residents are freaking out. We would be, too, if this was proposed next door to us.”

5 responses to “Next Monster Home in the Works for Noe Valley Wife Swapper”

  1. […] Francisco real estate foibles (you all informed us of his Wife Swap antics), and it is today that we get word of his next people pissing off project: Plans for a vast expansion of the Douglass house were […]

  2. keep sf affordable says:

    This guy’s a piece of work. I hear his first order of business is to declare it no longer a two-unit and evict the 89 yr old tenant who’s lived there for 40 years. I have no idea how he’s getting away with this. Isn’t there a rent board in SF?

  3. insidesfre says:

    I haven’t heard that part about the tenant/two-unit building possibility. However, the MLS listing did confirm that there was an elderly tenant, and that the building informally has two units. So you could be on to something. Thanks for your comments. I agree that keeping SF affordable is a huge priority!

  4. Elaine Poutsakis says:

    I think that this monster is just horrible! Here he goes again trying to destroy another neighborhood. These are historic buildings and we all do our best to be respectful of both the building and residents who are there. The planning commission should deny this shameful request!

  5. SFTenantsRights says:

    Looks like Stephen Fower and his wife Renee lost their bid to build that monster home after all. I don’t understand the stuff about the tenant, though. How is that legal to just evict him without even a hearing?

    Planning Comission hearing is linked here, for 479 Douglass, about eight and a half hours into the hearing

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