My first post via iPhone…
But not yet…
Look for this to hit MLS any day, unless someone goes and knocks the seller’s socks off with a big time offer between now and this weekend. Sold in May of 2012 for $489,000 as a “Great opportunity for a developer to build a stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath single family home in highly coveted Golden Gate Heights, [with] shovel-ready approved plans for a single family home in excess of 3,000 sqft, elevator, sauna, 2 car garage, deck, and much more!”
It’s now touted as “a newly constructed contemporary home with panoramic views on a quiet Golden Gate Heights cul-de-sac. [And this] chic and modern beauty is wonderfully laid out on five levels. The stairs are beautiful, especially with the glass paneled railings that create an open and airy sense of space. Too tired to walk up stairs? No worries — that’s what the elevator is for!”
From the looks of the pictures provided by Open Homes Photography, and the minimalist approach to maximizing the views, we’re very curios to see how this $1,680,000 four bedroom, three and one half bath home does in this oh so hot market of ours…especially since it may be one of the few (or only) vacant lots turned single family home west of Twin Peaks with an elevator…and did we mention the views?!
Make sure to check the interactive floor plans, and get yourself out there this weekend to have a look. It’s not something you see everyday in that neck of the woods, and so far, you’re one of the first to know it even exists.
My golden rule in real estate sales and searching for the right home…unless the front of the home is actually drop dead fantastic and the best selling feature, take a “drive by” with a grain of salt.
Case in point, 369 Upper Terrace:
From the front, it’s a bit of a duck, but on the inside there are 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 3462 square feet of mid-century (1973 is close enough) modern goodness with decks, 15 foot ceilings, Terrazzo floors, a spa style bath that “oozes tranquility”, a “vinyl lair for music listening”, and big views to get you through the slow days.
You gotta love the “lair”.
Look for more posts from me featuring the finest homes with the best views in San Francisco, starting with this one. I’d give these views an 8 out of 10.
If you like coming to, or living in, San Francisco, and shopping is your thing, 333 Grant is quite possibly your nirvana. A chip shot away from Prada, Banana Republic, North Face, Nike, Neiman Marcus, Levi’s, Macy’s, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Burberry, Chanel, Maiden Lane, American Apparel…you name it…it’s all here, it’s all around San Francisco’s Union Square, and 333 Grant is in the heart center.
If a San Francisco shopping experience is secondary to your exploits as a dining connoisseur, the location of this Landmark Building is sure to delight! Walk out your door and across the street to Cafe de la Presse, round the corner to Le Central, have a pint (perhaps this weekend) at the Irish Bank, stumble over to Belden Place and take your pick of cuisine, enjoy a stroll on over to Bix for an elegant cocktail and mellow jazz, perhaps try some oysters and fresh seafood at Farallon, get some dim sum in China Town, or simply sit at Starbucks on the corner and watch the people go by (I would recommend Cafe de la Presse over Starbucks any day, but that’s me.)
Built in 1908 and declared a landmark in 1981, the Historic Landmark Building (333 Grant) is in the Union Square section of San Francisco’s Financial District. Converted in 2004, The Landmark Building contains 39 condominium homes & lofts designed with preservation of history and architecture in mind, while paying attention to details suited to modern day living. These homes are designed to accentuate urban elements, while providing a tranquil and inviting city retreat.
Visitors to your home will be greeted by the impressive neo-Renaissance façade with towering 40 ft columns. Unit #501 contains one bedroom, bonus room, one bath, has one (leased) parking space, beautiful brick accents, wood floors, mahogany kitchen cabinets, contemporary features, modern kitchen with Bosch appliances and Amana refrigerator, stackable washer & dryer, extra deeded storage, and a location to die for. Entertaining is easy with the bright, open and spacious layout of the living, dining, and kitchen areas, and guests can easily park in the Sutter-Stockton garage just around the corner.
Almost directly across the street from the Famous Chinatown Gate, The Landmark Building is truly a wonderful property, in an excellent location, right smack dab in the middle of the nation’s best city, San Francisco.
It has a perfect 100 Walkscore, is a short walk to FiDi, SOMA, and BART. The area has excellent gyms (Sports Club LA, Equinox), and did I fail to mention is a stone’s throw away from Rick House? Well…
Asking price is $629,000, it’s easy to show, and if you don’t love it, I’ll buy you an espresso across the street at Cafe de la Presse.
HOA fee: $753/mo.
Contact Alex Clark (the owner/editor of this site) for details.
-333 Grant #501, 1+bed, 1 bath, 1 park, $629,000 [MLS listing]
Are you, or any of your friends, looking for a single family home in Noe or Cole Valleys (or anywhere in San Francisco for that matter)? Are you getting beat out by multiple offers in the over million dollar price range ($1.5M+), and showing up late to the party? Is your Realtor telling you they’re doing all they can (simply checking MLS everyday, which you can do too), but really not delivering? If so, you’re not alone, and I can help.
Within the past couple of months my buyers and readers have known about dozens of properties prior to them going to MLS. To think I share all of them online with everyone is simply silly. For example, my circle of clients knew about 707 Cole, 1027 Cole, 313 Parnassus, 785 Cole, 1340 Cole, 121 Beulah, 471 Duncan, 2975 Lake, and many more. There are also a dozen or so homes that never even made it to MLS and were shown without a hint of market activity, such as a mid-century home in Noe Valley, a grand, modern home on Sanchez, an AIA tour home in Golden Gate Heights, a penthouse stunner in SOMA, and a few others that I can’t recall the address off the top of my head.
Today, I present to you two more opportunities in Cole Valley, one in Nob Hill, and another on Lake Street not on MLS. Nowhere near MLS in fact. Not on PocketListings.net, not in my pocket, and not even on anybody’s radar. They are all single family homes, and they are all at least 2 bedrooms, and close to or over $1,500,000. They are not fixers, they are done, done, done…or turnkey as we like to say.
If you are interested, or know somebody that might be, you gotta contact me directly (email@example.com), you gotta be unrepresented, and I’m going to ask you to work with me going forward and sign a written agreement confirming exactly that. No co-agents, no “I’ll work with you if you find me the property”, no “let’s try it out on this deal”…none of that. You either marry me as your agent or you don’t. Not sure if you should? Have a look at some recent testimonials I’ve been gathering and come take the plunge.
Like I’ve said, working with and finding a Realtor you like is like dating. If it’s not working out with one, you are free to leave to find another.
I’m also beginning to dabble in Lake Tahoe real estate, so if you’re interested in a second home, ski pad, lake front property, my finger is finding the pulse of that market too (and I know where all the good powder is).
So feel free to give me a shout, and let’s work on getting you ahead of the pack and into the home of your dreams. I’m also happy to help any of you sellers out there sitting on the fence in these markets. It’s a good time to sell in certain areas and certain price-points. I am at your service and available for consultation.
It’s good to be loved…especially when you have buyers out there looking for one of your previously designed homes. In this case, the love is for a John Maniscalco designed residence like this…
…or perhaps, since it did just snow up Tahoe way, a little ski hut to get you through the winter…
Property owners looking to quietly part ways with your John Maniscalco drool home, your buyer is out there and they have $2,100,000 to burn. Nobody has to know.
-John Maniscalco Architecture [Highly recommend you take a look at this site if you are a fan of modern, clean, beautiful designs.]
-Buyer looking for John Maniscalco designed residence [PocketListings.net]
I have come across another great opportunity for all of you one bedroom buyers that would love to be in one of San Francisco’s best locations…South Park.
This unit has been marketed off of MLS for a fair bit, and I’m surprised to hear it still available.
Details are here, the listing agent is here, and I am here to help you make this your new home (or city pied-a-terre) where you can enjoy all the South Park reruns from the comfort of your South Park home.
…and how can you deny yourself such easy access to the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen literally out your door!?
-One bedroom, one bath, one car parking at One South Park, $659,000 [PocketListings.net]
Are you a lover of Modern (particularly Mid-Century) like me? Are you looking for a home that you just can’t seem to find anywhere else? Do you have a budget up to $2,200,000? If so, I have found the home for you. I have been asked not to share any photos of this particular home online, because it is not listed on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and is a pocket listing, but it is on par with something like these:
The home is 3 beds, 2 baths, 2 car side by side parking, in an A+ Noe/Castro/Liberty Heights area. It is up on the hill, has tremendous views, is totally open, bright, minimal, and amazing. Re-designed by Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, it also has custom designer wall finishes throughout, SubZero, 6-burner Thermador range, Limestone, Calacatta marble & Thassos stone finishes, integrated sound with built in speakers, outdoor built-in Viking grill with granite counter, and did I mention views, views, views!
It’s one of a kind, and it could be yours.
I do not hold the listing, but can definitely bring a buyer. Principals Only Please. Contact me for details.
If it’s a high style three bedroom, three bath 2300 +/- square foot completely remodeled Noe Valley home with Hi-Def views you crave, yours truly has the one for you. This home is not on MLS, and it’s not even on PocketListings.net. It’s so not even “ON” that there is only one way to get to it right now…through me.
That’s not to say if a buyer doesn’t come along and take advantage of this opportunity right now it’s not going to hit the MLS, but it is guaranteed you will have to compete with multiple buyers for this property. So if you feel like beating out the other buyers and getting your Noe Valley dream home with incredible views, a beautiful south facing back yard with two decks, one car parking, high end finishes, new plumbing, heating, and appliances, and an incredibly open floorplan perfect for entertaining, then contact me.
As you can see from the photos, the home is not yet finished, but I can assure you there is a deal to be had. Principals only please, as I will be representing you as buyer’s agent. Or you can wait and hope it hits MLS so you can compete with a few other well qualified buyers. Price around $2,000,000.
Because sometimes you have to go ultra modern….
Private, gated compound designed by Viennese architect Coop Himmelb(l)au has 3 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths and 2,522 square feet, asking $2,595,000, and it has your name on it…but you gotta move to Los Angeles (ouch).
I’m not quite sure just how many people from around the world hit this here little (20,000 monthly unique visitors) real estate blog looking for Marin real estate, but one thing I do know is that Marin is pretty damn hard to beat. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump away from one of the best cities in the world, the weather is fantastic, the commute is minor, and the schools are awesome. Because of this, I often find myself browsing Marin real estate, both on and “off market” (not on MLS), and recently came across this $3,250,000 Tiburon pocket listing.
Five bedrooms, four and one half baths, views of Golden Gate Bridge & Bay, designer kitchen, family room with fireplace, formal living room with fireplace (yes that’s two fireplaces), formal dining area, two car attached garage (no parking sticker needed), level yard & gardens (not the postage stamp variety either)…and should I go on?
If you’ve been dying to move to San Francisco, but have children and just can’t seem to figure out the logic and lottery that is the San Francisco Unified School District, then you might consider Tiburon. And if you want modern, open space, and the calming effects of water, then this property might just be the place for you, and I happen to know a damn good Realtor that can get you in before the rest.
Oh, and if you’re worried about the commute to San Francisco, don’t. You can take the ferry to work! You’ll be so green all of your friends will wonder why you never have to buy $6/gallon gas!
A couple of weeks ago we were thrilled to see 457 Buena Vista Avenue East go into contract after a short spell on MLS (asking $2,329,000), and how could you blame the buyer…the place is awesome! However, we felt a little bad as we were told 457 “can be purchased with sister property 459 Buena Vista Avenue East“.
As pretty as she is, this poor sister was left hanging and we wondered if someone would come along and rescue her. Granted, she’s a bit more of an expensive date, asking $2,389,000. Well…she found Mr. (and maybe Mrs.) Right. She’s in contract as of today, and dammit if she isn’t just as pretty as her sister, but with more to offer up top (focus boys!):
Congrats to the agents and buyers. What a fantastic property in a great location. We’re very jealous.
When the bottom falls, it falls hard. By way of unplugged Flujster, we learn our new favorite house becomes our new favorite comp. Three thirteen Duncan, a stunningly remodeled contemporary 5 bed, 5.5 bath home in Noe Valley closes escrow for a reported $2,400,000…down slightly from the original $2,850,000 asking price.
Looking on the bright side (for the developer), it only spent 72 days swimming in the Stalefish pond. [In order to reach Stalefish status a property must be on the market 100 days, 313 Duncan was on the market 172 days, so time spent in the pond...72. Prior to that it was just another listing.]
We’ll file this one under Done Deals that make us jealous. Congrats to the new buyers. We make a killer margarita, so don’t be shy.
Last purchased (or sold) in March of 2007 for $1,150,000 (asking $995,000), 465 Hoffman was a contractor’s dream,
This property is city approved and permit ready for demolition. New plans propose 3000+ square foot single-family detached residence. Disclosures and Reports include: Historical Evaluation, Geotechnical Investigation, Contractor’s Inspection, Advocacy letter and reduced set of proposed design.
The property saw itself on the market again in January of 2008 attempting to be sold for $1,625,000 (~41% more). This time around those plans now had permits and floorplans,
Developers! Start Building Tomorrow. Fully permitted & entitled project site in a spectacular residential location. Modern designed legal 2 unit or marketable as a magnificent 4BR, 3BA, VIEW, single family home. All permits, including shoring & underpinning approved & open, can start building immediately. Demolition of the existing house has been completed.
That was then, this is now:
Price is to be determined (place your bets!). There are: four bedrooms; four and one half baths; two car parking; two legal units; Silestone counters; Miele, Bosch, Gaggenau, Bertazzonni appliances; 100% Recycled Wood Flooring; wave pool; half-pipe; and on call massage therapist (last three are not true, but we can dream, right!?)
We’re still not 100% certain this thing is actually built, as we haven’t yet gone by (or received confirmation from the agent), but we’re assuming it’s definitely coming soon, so we’re sharing with you.
[Update: The home is not yet complete, "about 60 days out". Care to take a look before the masses? Contact us.]
-465 Hoffman, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, price TBD [property website]
Right on the heels of our recent post a la Sophie, “A walk up the hill”, we learn that one of the little nugs she reported on went into contract as of yesterday, 565 Clipper being that little 4 bed, 3.5 bath, $2,149,000 single family nug (originally listed 10/08 for $2,599,000):
The deets, with a little RealSpeak for good measure:
Breathtaking, recently rebuilt home w/ hi ceilings & dramatic dark walnut floors. Enormous living room w/ FP & city vus. Top shelf kit w/ 6-burner Viking & CesarStone + huge bfast bar. Dramatic DR is surrounded by windows & adjacent outdoor living space. 3BD/2BA upper level includes a luxurious master suite w/ FP & vu deck + an add’l south facing deck adjacent to 3rd BD overlooking the garden.Ground level has huge family/media room w/ wet bar + 4th BD, full BA & 2 car sxs gar. This is the one!
It “is the one” for someone, and is a good comparable for 469 Clipper (future version), which just so happens to still be available.
So what gives? Bad market, busy street, nothing but doom on the horizon, yet somebody pulled the trigger on a $2+Million property on Clipper? Let’s hope it closes.
Stay tuned for reports of multiple offers on multiple properties. No kidding.
[Update: Closed escrow for $2,090,000.]
James and Gillian Servais build “stealth homes”. Over the years the couple have designed more than twenty houses, mostly in the Berkeley and Oakland hills, and the one characteristic they all share is how well they blend into their surroundings. With their dirt-colored stucco and discreet positioning, they are the antithesis of the architecturally strident “statement” homes that some people chose to build in the aftermath of the 1991 East Bay firestorm.
The look is invariably rustic chic. Think limestone floors, hearths made from slabs of sandstone and recycled wood used for exposed beams and doors. The influences are Mediterranean and early Monterey with a dash of the Southwest.
1400 West View Drive, a 3+/2.5 with a garden, Bay views and a 2-car garage, has vaulted beamed ceilings (as in the living room, above) and hand-plastered walls. It’s not the most accessible spot: it’s reached by a private drive and parking is limited. And with its 34/100 Walk Score, it’s not for someone looking to reduce their dependence on foreign oil. But it may suit someone looking to retreat to the hills and, at $481/sq ft, the price is not unreasonable (Berkeley average being $433).
Another Servais home, at 1269 Grand View Drive, sold in April this year for $2,025,000 on a $2,495,000 asking price. Down the street, 1260 Grand View Drive — a 3,626 sq ft, 4/3.5 contemporary priced at $1,099,000 — has been languishing on the market for more than 150 days.
The last recorded sale of 3577 Pacific (2 bed, 1.5 baths, on the Presidio wall right across from Julias Kahn Playground) was August 31, 2005 for $2,225,000 and she was definitely a mid-century diamond in the rough. Well…she’s back and she’s looking sweet. She did get a bit bigger, and more modern though.
She’s been developed by Mitch Menaged, designed by John Maniscalco Architecture, and Huang Iboshi Architecture and now has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, roof deck, waterfall, chef’s kitchen with Miele Double Ovens, Steam Oven, Espresso Machine, Dacor Microwave Drawer, Gaggenau Ceramic Cooktop, Liebherr Wine Cooler, an 800 bottle temperature controlled display wine cellar, Phase Four Home Automation System, Philippe Starck designed Duravit tub with ceiling water fill, custom cabinets, walnut flooring, Cat 5 wiring, Carrera Marble Fireplace, sculptural stone, iron & glass cantilevered staircase…(deep breath)…and of course a few “green” features like energy efficient radiant in-floor heating, wiring in place for photovoltaic panels, made with fly ash concrete, and a drought tolerant landscape, but we’ll stop there.
Pics, you ask?
You’ll have to settle for the old ones for now, the new ones are coming soon. This home should be on the market within the week, and don’t expect the price to be anywhere near what it sold for in 2005.
There is an invitation only preview on Thursday, so if this is the type of home you’d like to buy, we’d be happy to take you as our guest.
(For those that sometimes ask, the answer is yes. As is the case with most properties we feature on theFrontSteps, we have already been inside this one as well. So agents, keep those invites and tips coming.)
[Update: Price $7,700,000, still no pics.]
[Update: Price already reduced (one week on the market) to $6,950,000, still no pics.]
[Update: Brochure with pictures and floorplans now online.]
-3577 Pacific Avenue (before) [MLS]
[Update 10/20/08: Sold, $1,725,000]
One of the first resales at this conversion building down in the Financial District, #605 was sold through the sales office for $1,600,000 only about three months ago. The unit directly below it #505 was sold for around $1.7M and received three offers (floor plan was a bit different, but not by much). Unit 605 recently listed at $1,695,000 and boasts one of the few corner views, (not to mention 4 storage spaces), it is now in contract a mere 6 days after hitting the market.
This market is anybody’s guess, because it sure is making my head spin.
-733 Front #605 [MLS listing detail]
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]
It looks like our clients aren’t going to pull the trigger on one of the nicest new homes (soon to be) on the market (313 Duncan), so we’re free to run our mouths.
High resolution pictures coming soon, but for now, here is a glimpse inside the living / dining / eating / entertaining / kitchen area:
The home has gone through a total and complete renovation and seismic retrofit. Essentially, the only thing that remains from the original home is the facade and the cottage out back, which has also been extensively remodeled into a very killer one bedroom / loft cottage with beamed ceilings (tons of sky lights), a studio kitchen and loads of charm. You could probably rent it for close $3,000 month if you needed to.
The large home on the front of the lot that you’d see from the street is now 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, three levels, with a top roof deck and atrium area that would be ideal for an office (women in skirts be warned, the floor is glass that looks all the way down to the living room). Each bedroom has outdoor space directly off the rooms as well as a private bathroom. The kitchen is all Dacor and quite simply awesome (except the glass hood which will certainly meet a few heads when cooking). There is a nice garden and the best part is walking into the home and being able to see all the way through the house to the yard and cottage in the back. Oh, and it has two car parking. Technically, it’s still two units, but more like a large single family with a nice little guest house.
We’ve been in twice now, but would love to take some new clients through before it hits the market (Thursday). Price $2,995,000 (ish). If you’re asking for us to speak to the price, not going to happen. We’ll just say we’re watching this closely.
-313 Duncan.com [coming soon]
The top unit living area (notice that big red bridge?)
Lower unit bath…
One buyer, two buyers, three buyers four. Who really cares! Five million seven hundred twenty five thousand dollars ($5,725,000) of property is about to change hands just behind the Wells Fargo on Union Street.
Those homes are sweet and some clients we know aren’t too happy they’re gone. Do let us know if that all cash offer should fall out of escrow!
Should you be interested in 1937 concrete warehouse conversions, you might like to know that Loft #613 (Penthouse) at 300 Beale is going on the MLS tonight (maybe tomorrow).
Digging the (pear wood) bar….
…and the views from the balcony.
Those lounge chairs look pretty cumfy too. The price, $1,649,500.
-Loft #613 (Penthouse) at 300 Beale [Property Details]
So you heard me complain, and cry, and moan that my clients missed out on unit 33D at the St. Regis. Well, now it’s back on the market, still $3,695,000, still spectacular, and still available. The buyer, which just so happened to be represented by the seller’s agent as well, has walked (the wife claiming the space just didn’t work).
My clients have determined that they aren’t quite sure South of Market is happening enough to purchase at the St. Regis, claiming it to be a bit “dead”, and now 33D awaits the next person looking for an A+ unit with spectacular views, floor to ceiling windows, an outdoor terrace, and a great floorplan. Comps will quickly point to unit 23D selling at $3.3M, but I’d like to point out that was an off-market deal and the buyer and seller were represented by the same agent (think not necessarily market price). So now that the dust has settled, 27D (at $3,475,000) and 33D (at $3,695,000) are both available, things could get interesting.
There is still one other unit “available”, but not yet on the market in the “F” stack, should you be interested.
-188 Minna #33D [Pacific Union Listing, $3,695,000]
-188 Minna #27D [listing detail $3,475,000]