House on 25th Street. Image from Google Streetview.

San Francisco Magazine has the scoop on an architectural gem between the Mission and Noe Valley. It’s a garage converted into a whimsical children’s play-space decked out with a fire pole, swing set and even a stained-glass window featuring a classic arcade game character. Here’s more detail:

Faced with a side yard consisting of a cracked concrete slab, most city dwellers might cut their losses and rejoice in the extra parking. But when homeowners Kenneth and Marie Libeson moved into this 1910 home in Noe Valley with their two children, ages six and eight, they decided to make the most of the limited outdoor space.

“We wanted our carport to be more than functional,” says Kenneth, an IT director with a creative streak who also pitched in to renovate the home’s interior. He envisioned a private outdoor space where he and his wife could entertain guests and let the kids run wild. Contractor Jeff King of Jeff King & Company built out the playful architectural elements on Libeson’s must-have list—including kid-friendly synthetic grass and a two-story brass fire pole, which is also frequented by adults during cocktail parties. (“I’ve used it several times,” says Kenneth. “It’s super-fun.”)

Are you jealous? I am.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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