2299 Market St. – A Harsh Alarm Clock?

2299 Market St. continues to rise in The Castro neighborhood. Formerly the site of a Methodist church, the lot sat vacant for 31 years until construction began in 2012 on 18 new condominium homes. Below is a picture I took of the condo development a few days ago. The picture was taken from Noe St., showing the Noe Street side of the building. Market St (not visible) is to your left, with downtown in the far distance.

I have no idea if the city intends to move it, but currently a siren for the city’s outdoor warning system rests atop a pole that appears to be located perilously close to someone’s future window. In case you didn’t know it, the city of SF has a system of outdoor sirens that can be activated in case of emergency. I have no idea if there are plans to re-locate this particular siren – I’m sure it won’t be a problem to put it on top of the building or elsewhere – but if there aren’t any plans to re-locate the siren, a future resident of 2299 Market St. will be in for a harsh awakening on a very regular basis.

In my 11+ years of living here, the city has never activated the outdoor warning system (that I’m aware of, at least), but it tests the alarms on a regular basis. Weekly, in fact. As in 12:00pm. Every Tuesday.

Which isn’t particularly early – if you can afford a condo in The Castro you will probably be at work on a Tuesday well before noon. Unless, of course, you happen to be a geek that likes to code all night and sleep all day. In which case you’ll be in for a very harsh awakening every Tuesday. Would the presence of a city warning siren outside your window change your purchase plans?


  1. Kevin says

    If they don’t move it, I imagine its presence and current usage schedule (e.g., Tuesdays at noon) will need to be in disclosure documents. In which case that night-owl coder will have to decide on his or her own whether or not to buy it.

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