Potential Locations

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This page collects trip reports to view possible Noisebridge spaces.

17 January 2008:

We (Jake Appelbaum, Andy Issacson, and David Molnar) went out to go look at an office space advertised on craigslist on Thursday that might be available for a permanent move-in soon. We actually ended up seeing two places. Here are some notes on the places plus pictures. These give some idea of what possible options are in addition to 40 Ringold. (Thanks again to Bill for letting us use 40 Ringold for meetings, etc. during this time!)

Place #1: 215 Dore Lane

Pictures: ADD URL HERE Rent asked: $2350 / month Movein: first month + two month security = $7050 Min lease duration: 1 year Ready to move in: 1 February 2008 Contact: "Michael"

This is a garage plus two story space on the back half of a SOMA 40x80 mixed-use lot. The space for rent is a building set back from the street, behind a building with a ground floor commercial office and a 2nd floor residental apartment. Access to the space passes directly under the residential apartment's back window. The owner, Michael, owns both buildings on the lot and built the place from scratch three years ago. Michael does not live on the lot.

The interior space is organized as two large rooms, roughly a total of 1000 to 1100 sq. ft. usable. Bathroom and shower included.

Andy notes:

"It's somewhat difficult to imagine how to divide this space into the rooms we want. The upstairs is hard to subdivide, because of the raked ceiling; if there are people playing video games up there, I'm not going to be able to get work done upstairs. I'm more excited by the idea of several smaller rooms rather than two giant rooms.

The dealbreaker, I fear, is that late-night access is very likely to disturb the residential tenants in the front building."

Other notes -

- water included, all other utilities extra
- front: intercom, garage door w/opener
- no alarm system, we could add one
- two car tandem drive-through garage
- rear patio, all concrete.
- two sets of double-doors; locking security is somewhat of a concern
- concrete floor in downstairs
- bathroom (with shower, IIRC.)
- upstairs: carpeted; all one big open space, gabled ceiling down to
  ~9ft at the side walls.  windows only in front (facing southwest).
- building footprint quoted at 20'x30'.  Upstairs less usable space due
  to stairwell.
- built "three years ago" according to owner.  Looks like wired with
  cat5 (but with rj11 throughout).
- Power is great -- I counted 12 20A circuit breakers, plus two 30A breakers labelled "220V".  
  (I'm not even sure how you could wire all of that into two rooms, but whatever.)
- Building has own boiler and heating; AC consists of two fans but we could

possibly add a wall unit later

- No furnishings, previous tenant may sell desks if desired
- Owner is ok with roof antennas if they do not dig into roof

Place #2 1351 Harrison

While walking on the street, we stopped to peer in the window of a space with a "FOR RENT" sign. A nice woman who works for the currently leaving tenant popped out and invited us in. We had a chance to look around and ask questions but did not talk to the landlord. Andy later called and talked to the landlord to obtain price information.

Pictures: none Rent asked: $2500/month Movein: unknown Min lease duration: unknown Ready to move in: around April 2008 Contact: "Eric", 415 292 7070 x101

This is a large street-facing single room plus a 6x10 closet on the ground floor of a SOMA building. Total quoted 1060 sq. ft. The top floor consists of two residential apartments, which are both being rennovated and will be sublet to yuppies. The landlord claims soundproofing between apartments and space, apartments will be 3BR 2BA to rent for ~$3K/month.

Electrical system significantly less good than the 215 Dore space and building appears older as well. Recently fixed water leak in one corner of ceiling, some minor water damage to paint. No heat; current tenants use space heaters. Bathroom with shower included.