Renaming San Francisco Neighborhoods (Little Hollywood Gets The Nod)

Some of the new monikers have bubbled up from popular culture, others have the whiff of real estate marketing euphemism, and some are a return to names that stuck despite trendsetters’ efforts to change them.

Since Realtors have been given the power to rename some of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, we thought we’d share the one we think could most increase property values in that area, by name alone:

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You too could be neighbors with the stars and you no longer have to go to Los Angeles to do so. Imagine that!

-SFGate Map Mashup for new ‘hoods [sfgate.com]
-Familiar S.F. Neighborhoods gain new names [sfgate.com]

Parking Love Letters, San Francisco Style & The Red DPT Curb

Judging by the hand-writing, we’d say the author of this love letter was female, approximately 38-45 years old (not a Cougar), mother of….we’ll say two, likely drives a Volvo or Mercedes “SUV”, we’re thinking blond hair, light colored eyes, ponytail, and definitely not the life of the party. You?

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Happy Friday…somebody needs a f*cking cocktail!

[Editor’s Note: According to a follow up email from the person that sent the “love letter”, the car was not blocking the driveway like this, but was apparently “not even hanging over one inch into the drive, but definitely blocked the 1 foot of red DPT paint on the curb.”]

[Update: The discussion has begun, and if you’d care to comment on more than this love letter…specifically whether the red DPT curb (fake or not) can have legal implications, you’re cordially invited to join in.]

Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Home In Forest Hill (One San Marcos)

We were fans at Usonian, but if you must…the whip cream on top:

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Polished concrete floors; radiant heating; chef’s kitchen; custom walnut cabinetry; multiroom sound system; remodeled bath with handcrafted Heath tile; Sub-Zero refrigerator with glass front; Viking convection oven; Miele range; 2,344 sqare feet all on one level; two car side-by-side garage.

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Some history on Usonian, and what you need to know from Wikipedia:

‘Usonian’ is a term usually referring to a group of approximately fifty middle-income family homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright beginning in 1936 with the Jacobs House.[2] The “Usonian Homes” were typically small, single-story dwellings without a garage or much storage, L-shaped to fit around a garden terrace on odd (and cheap) lots, and environmentally conscious with native materials, flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs for passive solar heating and natural cooling, natural lighting with clerestory windows, and radiant-floor heating. A strong visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces is an important characteristic of all Usonian homes. The word carport was coined by Wright to describe an overhang for a vehicle to park under. Variants of the Jacobs House design are still in existence today and do not look overly dated. The Usonian design is considered among the aesthetic origins of the popular “ranch” tract home popular in the American west of the 1950s

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Let’s not forget the price and link to more Usonian property picture porn: One San Marcos, $1,590,000.

We look forward to your first fireside chat (we promise to wear our best mid-century ski sweater, and mix some tasty margaritas!)

-OneSanMarcos.com [property website]

From Fractional To Full And Almost On: 181 O’Farrell #513 @ Odeon $2,349,000

It was years ago when we broke the news of a luxury fractional ownership in the heart of San Francisco, and here we are again. The Odeon is back on the screen and the penthouse is coming to an MLS near you (assuming you live in or near San Francisco).

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The fractional ownership of this unit went “pending” in March 2008 at $375,000, but never did hit “sold” status. The pictures are the same then as now, so we’re wondering what exactly is the deal.

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It will soon be on MLS for $2,349,000 and available for all to see. Until then, you’ll have to take our word that it’s a pretty darn sweet pad, so if you can picture yourself living down in the heart of San Francisco and wished you could get one of the units without the annoyance of fractional ownership, your day as come. And if you can’t picture yourself there, maybe this little floorplan photo can help.

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So many excellent homes and neighborhoods in San Francisco…what are we supposed to do!?

-181 O’Farrell, 3 bed, 2 bath, $2,349,000…and coming soon [181ofarrel.com]