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AnnaMaria Stephens

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Two S.D. developers rethink multifamily living for modern times.

The multigenerational home is making a comeback from coast to coast, but nobody does it better than local pioneers Soheil and Nima Nakhshab, the brothers behind Nakhshab Development and Design. Their first renegade riff on the all-underone- roof concept landed them national ink and a generous unsolicited offer. Now the Nakhshabs have thrown down the collective welcome mat at the family’s bold new digs in Bankers Hill.

“Life is too short not to be around your loved ones and see them often,” says Soheil, who oversees architecture and engineering for the small design-build firm.

When NDD built the Shayan House in Mission Hills, the first step was conquering the tricky canyon site, a feat Soheil achieved with an ingenious driveway design. After that, every decision hinged on comfortably accommodating three generations of Nakhshabs, including Soheil’s partner Susana, their son Shayan and daughter Sophia, as well as bachelor Nima and the brothers’ parents, Sasan and Mitra.

The home’s midcentury-influenced design balanced the family’s needs with private sleeping quarters and an open layout with plenty of communal gathering spots. “Entertaining is very important to Persians,” says Soheil, whose tight-knit clan emigrated from Iran to America when he was young.

NDD’s latest design coup takes a slightly different tack. While still living at the Shayan House, the Nakhshabs nabbed a modest Queen Anne abode in Bankers Hill. Built in 1888, the 1,200-squarefoot home wasn’t making the most of its prime 5,000-square-foot lot on a hillside overlooking the city and bay.

Their solution? An antique-modern mashup that seamlessly melds the charming Old cottage with three contemporary loft units. To create visual continuity, NDD stuck to a Scandinavian-inspired white and black palette and mimicked the original tall vertical windows on the added structures. They also achieved LEED Platinum status with ample passive measures along with solar panels and other sustainably minded elements.

The name Union 4 couldn’t be more fitting, nodding both to the site’s Union Street location and cohesive four-unit, four-story design. And though the four generations of Nakhshabs share an address, they also enjoy far more privacy than the Shayan House off ered.

“There were no walls completely separating us,” says Soheil. “Th is is more like when a family would all live in apartments in the same building.”

Soheil and his immediate family— which now includes 7-month-old Sofia— settled into the two-bedroom cottage. With 11-foot ceilings and an opened-up floor plan, the airy space belies its small stature. The Nakhshab patriarch and matriarch live in the penthouse, with Nima next door in a stylishly appointed loft. Th e fourth unit serves as a multipurpose guesthouse/music room, and everyone shares the communal outdoor spaces.

Union 4 makes a striking addition to Bankers Hill, an “it” neighborhood among boldface architects—Roy McMakin is staking out his home and HQ there, while Lloyd Russell is developing a 48-unit complex.

“We’re a five-minute walk to Little Italy and Balboa Park,” says Soheil. “It’s quiet but metropolitan. My parents feel so alive here, with all the movement and being around their grandkids.”

“And the views are insane,” adds Nima, whose 17-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows off er a prime vantage point for watching planes land at Lindbergh Field. “I don’t even need a TV.”

NDD is expanding its multifamily approach with its next project, a 17-unit “intergenerational” complex in Golden Hill. Th e brothers also snapped up a sliver of property in East Village, where they plan to build a six-story, mixed-use building. “We might all move there someday,” says Soheil.

But there’s no rush. In fact, their setup is so cool that Nima’s friends keep asking to move in to the spare unit. “Th ey love my family,” he says. “My parents blast hip music and cook big Persian meals. I get to play with my niece and nephew every day. I can’t imagine us not living together.”

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