All the Cool Kids Are Signing Up for This Under-the-Radar Urban Retreat
San Francisco has long been a hot spot for private clubs. Years before The Battery, there was the Pacific Union Club, the Bohemian Club, the Metropolitan Club, the San Francisco Golf Club, and the University Club— just to name a few. But there's a new kind of club heading to SoMa this fall: a health and wellness space called Waterhouse.
The club, located above Ritual Hot Yoga on 6th Street, is designed to help health-conscious members connect with other like-minded people. Founder Seth Quest has a background in creating rad spaces, most recently a meditation center for Lawrence Levy's Juniper Foundation. He explains that the mood at Waterhouse—from the sounds to the music to the aromas—will be focused on relaxation and welcoming people.
Quest says his goal to attract people who care about health and wellness by offering amenities that appeal to the modern fitness lover. He's combining the best elements of spas, banyas, and private social clubs to create a home base where members can have "serendipitous connections". Planned spaces within the club include a main gathering area, kombucha bar, tea lounge, superfood cafe, sound meditation zone, and rooms for massage, acupuncture, and floating pods. Outside, there will be a heated, Moroccan-inspired garden with soaking tubs, a cold plunge pool, and sauna. You can see a few of the renderings in the slideshow, below.
Of course, in San Francisco, even serendipitous connections require funding. Unlike Michael and Xochi Birch, (who founded The Battery), Quest doesn't have Bebo money behind his club. Instead, he's working with investors and advisors from the hospitality industry to bring the project to life. Quest also launched an Indiegogo campaign to gauge interest in the space. Indiegogo supporters receive a necklace for their contribution, and they'll get half-price dues—$80 per month—when construction is complete. You can opt in through Indiegogo for as little as $25. If you're a fan of float pods, there's a $100 option that will also give you 50 percent off Waterhouse float sessions. Supporting the campaign, however, does not commit you to membership.
Waterhouse's Indiegogo concludes on March 5, so you still have time to stake your claim as a Waterhouse early adopter. If you have questions for Quest—or you want to help fund the project—ping him at firstname.lastname@example.org.