Amber Drive

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is bringing affordable homeownership to Diamond Heights.

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Construction at Amber Drive

Construction is well under way at Amber Drive. We are thrilled to be bringing affordable homes to San Francisco. These 8 townhomes will be nestled in the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Diamond Heights in the heart of the city.

Honoring a friend and donor of Habitat for Humanity GSF

Mischa Seligman was a retired electrical engineer whose mother, the late activist Maria (Mitzi) Kolisch, lived at 36 Amber Drive in San Francisco for many years. Mischa was determined to carry out his late mother’s wishes to leave her legacy on the city she loved by donating her Diamond Heights house so that more families could make a home in San Francisco.  

What was a single-family home on a hillside parcel will now become eight 3- and 4-bedroom townhomes, built by Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.  “She wanted to give something back to the people of the City. I do brag a little bit about that this little house becomes 8 family units and I am very happy about that,” said Mischa about his mother’s home.  

We are so pleased that Mischa was able to see construction work begin on this land on Amber Drive before he passed at the age of 101 in April 2022. His extraordinary generosity leaves a legacy for generations of families in San Francisco. 

When completed, a permanent tribute to Mischa, his wife Brigitte, and his mother Maria, will be prominently placed on the outside of the development. The plaque, cast in bronze, features a bas-relief image based on a photo of Maria taken by famed San Francisco photographer Imogen Cunningham. This is just one way that we will make sure that the wonderful story of this special family, and history of this unique home, will be passed on to generations to come. 

“My mother wanted to give something back to the people of the City. I do brag a little bit about that this little house becomes 8 family units and I am very happy about that.”

– Mischa seligman
Habitat Render of Amber Drive

Diamond Heights

Amber Drive

In the heart of San Francisco’s Diamond Heights, Habitat is building our latest affordable homes on donated land. The donor, 99 year old Mischa Seligman, was honoring the wishes of his mother who loved San Franciscans and wanted to give back to the city she loved dearly. This development is a prime example of ‘urban refill’. Habitat’s innovative design creates 8 homes on land which previously held only one. This type of development has the potential to make a significant contribution to addressing California’s acknowledged housing shortfall.

Groundbreaking in Diamond Heights

In May 2021, Habitat Greater San Francisco had the honor of Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman joining us to celebrate the start of work at our affordable homes development in Diamond Heights, San Francisco.

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