Yerba Buena Island debuts high-end, sustainable townhomes just minutes from downtown San Francisco

Ranging in size from 1,956 to 4,034 square feet, the newly developed townhomes come with two-, three-, and four-bedroom options, with prices starting at $2.85 million.

Georgie Mihaila
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Building on the success of The Bristol, the 6-story Yerba Buena Island luxury building whose condos command prices as high as $4.4 million, the transformative new San Francisco neighborhood is adding more options for residents looking to adopt its sustainable living model.

Soon to join The Bristol will be a collection of townhomes that combine modern architectural design with the unique natural setting of the island.

Designed by renowned architecture firm Hart Howerton, the townhomes are inspired by San Francisco’s iconic row houses — but with a distinctly modern twist — and offer expansive floor plans ranging from 1,956 to 4,034 square feet, with prices starting at $2.85 million.

Creating an urban village within minutes of downtown San Francisco

Yerba Buena Island photo with rendered aspects, surrounded by water and showing the San Francisco skyline in the distance
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The developers behind the project, Wilson Meany and Stockbridge Capital Group are not just adding residences to the naturally formed island, but rather cultivating an urban village — and taking advantage of the premium location of Yerba Buena Island.

Located strategically between Downtown San Francisco and the East Bay, the island serves as a peaceful retreat amidst the bustle of city life.

“With the arrival of the initial Townhomes within The Cove Residence enclave at Yerba Buena Island, our vision of an urban village is truly coming to life,” said Chris Meany, Managing Partner at Wilson Meany.

The new townhomes at The Cove Residences are a crucial part of this ambitious development, offering a connected, wellness-focused lifestyle within minutes of the city center.

The Townhomes within The Cove Residences on Yerba Buena Island

Architectural rendering showing the exterior of the two-story townhouses on Yerba Buena Island with modern exteriors and palm trees planted in front.
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Ranging in size from 1,956 to 4,034 square feet, the newly developed townhomes come with two-, three-, and four-bedroom options, with prices starting at well over $2 million. Each unit will have its own private entrance and attached garage, with interior concepts by Meyer Davis —  a globally recognized New York City-based design boutique.

Designed to maximize views and natural light, every townhome features large bay windows, extensive terraces, and private outdoor spaces that showcase breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Area.

The homes are equipped with top-tier amenities, including gourmet chef’s kitchens, spa-style bathrooms, and some with private rooftop access and elevators.

The townhomes were designed by architecture firm Hart Howerton

A closer view of two of the townhomes, with light on inside, and the water slightly visible in the background.
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Hart Howerton, the renowned architecture firm behind The Townhomes, has a storied history of crafting high-end residential and resort communities. Past work includes premier resort and private club communities like Kukio, Santa Lucia Preserve, and Yellowstone Club.

Their design for Yerba Buena Island’s townhomes integrates modern aesthetics with functional elegance, creating a living space that harmonizes with both the island’s topography and San Francisco’s architectural heritage.

Inspired by San Francisco’s iconic row houses

townhouses rising through dense shrubbery, with a clear sky above.
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Drawing inspiration from San Francisco’s iconic row houses, the newly built townhomes reflect the city’s architectural tradition but with a modern twist.

These residences feature a contemporary interpretation of the classic row house design, making them a fresh yet familiar addition to the island’s landscape.

“The Townhomes draw inspiration from the finely crafted building traditions of San Francisco coupled with the latest innovations of building materials and technology,” says Tim Slattery, AIA, a Partner at Hart Howerton.

“The homes are organized in a series that steps with the terrain, creating a unique rhythm and identity for each home. This design approach embraces a variety of expressions that respond to both the island’s natural and neighborhood settings.”

Inside the Showcase Home staged by BraytonHughes

A model home is ready to woo prospective residents.

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The BraytonHughes-designed showcase townhome spans 2,253 square feet, the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath residence has floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious terraces, and a rooftop deck that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Clipper Cove, and the marina.

Pairing maritime elegance with urban design, this home features a blend of natural materials and a color palette that complements its coastal environment. It’s adorned with modern art and offers luxurious fittings, including an art collection curated by the Jessica Silverman Gallery. 

Residents get to enjoy all the amenities of The Bristol

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Townhome residents have full access to The Bristol’s posh amenities.

These include a well-appointed lobby, a rooftop terrace perfect for social gatherings, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, all designed to enhance the living experience and foster community interactions.

But dedicated new amenities are underway

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Adding to the list of posh amenities, The Island Club — the wellness and community hub of the townhome development — is currently underway.

The upcoming Island Club promises to further enrich residents’ lifestyles with its comprehensive wellness and social facilities. This 10,000-square-foot sanctuary will feature a fitness area, spa services, outdoor pool and hot tub, and leisure spaces like a lounge, game room and library, all set against the scenic backdrop of Yerba Buena Island.

Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

living room with an armchair and green plant, with the balcony doors opened and overlooking water views
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In line with Yerba Buena Island’s commitment to sustainability, the Townhomes are designed for LEED Silver certification, emphasizing sustainable building practices and energy efficiency.

Each unit incorporates solar panels and uses high-quality, sustainable materials to minimize its ecological footprint.

Just a short ferry ride to downtown San Francisco

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Yerba Buena Island’s proximity to downtown San Francisco — just an 8-minute ferry ride away — positions it as a desirable location for those who value quick access to the urban core while residing in a serene, natural setting.

The island offers extensive parks and recreational spaces, emphasizing its commitment to a green, sustainable lifestyle.

Sales start this Spring

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Sales for the Townhomes at Yerba Buena Island are now open, with prices starting at $2.85 million. For more information, prospective residents are encouraged to contact the sales team or visit the Yerba Buena Island website.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded