Category Archives: Classic

Getting Twisted in Cole Valley (1342 Shrader)

We’ve been in, around, over, and under this remodeled 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home at 1342 Shrader in Cole Valley, and it is absolutely awesome. It’s coming to the MLS very soon (if not already) and some lucky person (hopefully our clients) will be throwing some killer parties in this great home.


The little cottage out back:

It’s a beautiful house by all accounts and we’re hoping our clients like it when they see it tomorrow, but we can’t help notice… Is that Twister we see?

What else are we to do when the country is in a recession?

Back to topic, there is a great elementary school just down the street (Grattan Elementary) as well as a lovely pre-school on the same block (Jubilee). Oh, and Cole Street is just around the corner, Haight is close by, a park right across the street and the “banana belt” weather Cole Valley gets in the Summer. Yes, we’re fans…

[Update: Sold $2,370,000]

-1342 Shrader.com, $2,985,000 [property website]

Can you say matchy-matchy (3525 Clay)

Need we say more…

Don’t panic. It appears to be limited to just the bedrooms and one bathroom. Nothing a little paint, scraper, and mallet couldn’t fix. After that, you’re left with a great house.

-www.3525clayst.com

You like dags? “Sexy, dog-friendly” condo awaits (1944 Green St.)

Ahhhh…San Francisco real estate is so much fun isn’t it? Our market is inundated with agents (4000+ at last count), there’s a growing number of real estate bloggers out there trying to separate themselves from the pack, and the amount of Realtor “marketing” hitting our Inbox is out of control. We like to call this RealSpam, and today’s little nugget reminded us of a line in one of our favorite movies…“Snatch” (The line isn’t actually on any clip we’ve found, but it’s where Brad Pitt turns and asks “you like dags” in the heavy pikey accent.)

“Sexy, Dog-friendly Condo one block off Union Street”

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[You gotta love that peak-a-boo Golden Gate Bridge view.]

The moral of this story, 1944 Green was just reduced in price to $1,695,000 and the marketing has turned to the canine loving crowd. (Whether or not a building accepts dogs is actually a very common question when selling condos, but we’re not sure it needs to be the focal point. Of course, if it’s not selling, why not try.)

Hold on….this listing has more story. It is the first we’ve seen where we will learn (without getting into contract) what the sellers will miss most about their home…

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Our favorite line…”Practically no stairs or drama coming in and out of home with my belongings”.

And for you to debate…”Green Street is like living in the palm of the hand of Pacific Heights-flat, gentle, yet still spectacular”.

Finally, this goes to show that if you select and track homes that were previously out of reach or just a pipe dream, every dog has its day, and yours might be just around the corner.

-1944 Green [listing detail]

Short Sale at 1671 Bush, and we’re giving back!

To the untrained eye, 1671 Bush St. is nothing more than a “spacious, elegant Victorian flat priced well below market comparables”, but to the wizards behind theFrontSteps

…it is an approved short sale, so time is of the essence, and we would like to sell as soon as possible. We are offering 4% commission to the buyer’s agent.

Okay, so we got spammed and the email gave us the short sale clues, but now you have them too. And since you’re reading, we’ll give you back 1.5% of that commission should you need assistance with that purchase.

As for help with the wallpaper. Sorry, our hands are tied.

Update: And a reader comes in with more details:

It opened at 1.13 then dropped to 995k.

It’s also been on craigslist some times for 899k and must sell.

All told, it’s been on the market for well over 12 months at roughly the same price.

For most of the time it has been in foreclosure, which makes me think that the owners haven’t paid their mortgage for about the 12 months that it’s been on the market.

Last sold was approx 400k in 1997. I’m guessing the owners did a massive refinance to the highest price they could appraise it at. (1.13) then stopped paying the mortgage. I hope the owners are taking a nice holiday with the money the borrowed from the bank before they stopped paying the mortgage.

Especially since it is “AS IS” and it has had no takers at roughly the same price for the last 12 months, look out below!

-1671 Bush St. [MLS]

Check Mate! One day on the market and in escrow (2401 Divisadero)

It’s really only the kitchen floors that inspired the title “Check Mate”, or is it the quote from Eddy! that came along with his email?

[One] Day on market. In Escrow. I’d written about this one on [theFrontSteps.ORG] in the old days.

Buyers are out there and ready to strike!

We’d have to agree the high end buyers are out there, as are the mid-range buyers, but what about the low end?

-2401 Divisadero [MLS]