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Lumina: Luxury High Rise Living In Downtown San Francisco – The Inside Scoop

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[Update: I can get you in to the sales center, guaranteed, just contact me using the form below.]

Designed by world-renowned Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, in collaboration with Heller Manus, LUMINA is a 656-unit condominium development, soaring above the San Francisco Bay, striving for LEED Silver Certification. It is located at 201 Folsom Street on the south side between Main and Beale Streets, two blocks from the Embarcadero waterfront. Currently under construction, the project will consist of two towers of 42 and 37 stories, and two mid-rise plaza buildings of eight stories each (perhaps you’ve seen a couple cranes and a few construction workers down that way?)

Each new home will include first-class features and finishes, and common area amenities will do nothing short of blowing your socks off. Floor plans, which are now up on their site, include studio, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, to three-bedroom layouts, averaging 1,200 square feet. [Note: that is average...studios start around 1200 square feet.] Of course there will be penthouses too, but they’re holding those cards close to their chest (get on my radar screen if you want to be notified of penthouse units). Many units will offer breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and the city, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Pricing (Phase 1):
-Studios: approximately 650 square feet, from $695,000 to $825,000
-1BR: approximately 850 to 870 square feet (Tower) and approximately 880 to 1100 square feet (Plaza), from $865,000 to $1,150,000,
-1BR + Den: from $865,000 to $1,160,000
-2BR: approximately 1170 to 1570 square feet (Tower) and approximately 1400 to 1500 square feet (Plaza), from $1,225,000 to $2,295,000
-3BR: approximately 1790 to 2670 square feet (both Tower & Plaza buildings), from $2,350,000 to $5,350,000

Currently no offers are being accepted, but will be considered starting Monday 9/29/14 by noon thru Friday 10/3/14. There are currently ONLY 52 units on offer in ONLY two of the buildings (as stated). After this release, they expect a much larger release of units in the second phase, and pricing will not be the same.

Units available in this release are in the Plaza A (mid rise building) on the 4th Floor, and Tower D (shorter of two towers) on floors 7,12,18,23,30…that’s it. Occupancy projected for late 2015 and 2016 respectively.

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Residences will feature: Gaggenau™ ovens and cooktops; Bosch™ refrigerators and dishwashers with integrated paneling; Premium Caesarstone® quartz countertops and backslashes; Custom SieMatic cabinetry with aluminum recessed channel pulls; SieMatic vanity cabinets with Volakas marble countertops; European porcelain tile on bathroom floors and shower walls; Expansive glass curtain wall with balconies/patios in select units; NEST® Learning Thermostats, and views, views views (unless you buy in lower level units, which are totally awesome too.)

Microwave ovens do not come standard, nor do Hardwood Floors. Those are upgrades. Floors will set you back about $10-20,000.

Parking is included with EVERY unit. That said, you are not allowed to park your car, you must use valet (oh the horrors!). If you decide you don’t want parking, you can ask for $10,000 knocked off your sales price, or perhaps roll it into HW floors?

Before I get into the amenities, here are a few more things I’ve learned from my research:
-Homeowners Association (HOA) fees will be in the ballpark of $1000/mo, and calculated based on the size of your unit. Smaller unit = lower HOAs. Larger Unit = Higher HOAs.
-The first phase of sales will be limited to around 75 units, and only in two of the four buildings, the mid-rise (Plaza), and shorter high-rise.
-Sorry, no Penthouses will be released yet.
-Closing for this phase are currently scheduled for 2015 and 2016
-A second release of homes is planned for November.
-Prices will most likely increase for each release.
-Parking is gonna set you back about $10,000, but apparently that $10k will be credited back to you and your purchase price (still fuzzy on this).
-It’s hard as hell to get an appointment to the sales center, but my clients are guaranteed to get in, so register with me below, and we’ll make it happen. [You must be prepared to show pre-approval/proof of funds prior to meeting, and must not be represented by an agent.]

So what about those amenities, which literally consume about an acre of land?

ROOFTOP TERRACE
An expansive ±10,500-square-foot rooftop oasis with outdoor dining areas, barbecues, fire pits, vegetable gardens, and an outdoor movie lawn where you can sit back and enjoy the latest films or timeless classics projected on an expansive wall under the stars.

CLUB LOUNGE
An impressive club lounge features a marble-wrapped fireplace and backlit bar, and is furnished with rich wood paneling and stone flooring.

PRIVATE DINING ROOM
For an intimate or grand-scale gathering, the elevated Private Dining Room affords the most refined living and dining space for entertaining your guests. The Private Dining Room opens to a breezy outdoor terrace, features a chef-quality show kitchen for cooking demonstrations, fully equipped back-of-house prep kitchen, and stone-clad fireplace.

SCREENING ROOM
For a relaxed film viewing, the beautifully designed private screening room with sophisticated wall paneling and dimmed sconces features comfortable, upholstered tiered theatre seating for 30, a large projection screen, and surround sound.

LIBRARY LOUNGE
For intimate social gatherings or a peaceful escape, the welcoming private lounge is conveniently outfitted with Wi-Fi access, and still welcomes hard and paper back books.

CHILDREN’S ROOM (Don’t worry, you won’t be alone.)
Ideal for children’s birthday parties or just playful afternoons, the colorful and engaging space, complete with a chalkboard and an interactive wall, is thoughtfully designed for hours of enriching entertainment.

PET GROOMING STATION
To conveniently care for your pets, the grooming station features a full wash basin and raised platform for easy accessibility.

FITNESS CENTER (Get your sweat on.)
The massive ±7,000-square-foot fitness center designed by renowned gym designer, Jay Wright, is fully equipped with both yoga and high impact aerobic studios, the only residential 20-foot rock climbing wall in San Francisco, and cardio and strength equipment to keep you in shape for the myriad of outdoor activities the Bay Area has to offer.

POOL ($100 to the first person to share their selfie canon-ball with us.)
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the 75-foot heated lap pool, beautifully sun-lit by a two-story skylight from above.

SPA
A transcendent experience awaits in the ±2,000-square-foot spa where a private treatment room, day lockers, steam room, dry sauna and men’s and women’s changing rooms are perfectly suited for a fully immersive experience.

MUSIC PRACTICE ROOM (So you don’t have to annoy your neighbors.)
For residents who have a true passion for music, the professional-quality practice room provides the perfect sound isolation and environment to spend hours honing your craft.

That ought to get you started, so take a minute to fill out the form below, or shoot me an email (alexclark@gmail.com), phone call/text (415-254-5351), and don’t miss out on this one of a kind opportunity in this one of a kind city we all love to call home.

Remember: It’s hard as hell to get an appointment to the sales center, but my clients are guaranteed to get in, so register with me below, and we’ll make it happen. [You must be prepared to show pre-approval/proof of funds prior to meeting, and must not be represented by an agent.]

5 Tips To Maximize Living In A Small Space

Living in San Francisco, I not only help my readers buy and sell property, but I also support new technology and innovation that has the potential to enrich our lives. Recently I came across a cool company, Boxbee, that is helping San Francisco residents get organized and reduce clutter. So with a little help from CEO Kristoph Matthews, we put our brains together and thought you could use a few tips to get maximum use and enjoyment out of your minimal space.

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You’re cramped, always tripping over stuff, stubbing toes, and cursing names. Here, in San Francisco, it can be a way of life- especially with micro-apartments and sub 400-square-foot apartments on the rise in the city. Try as you might you can’t downsize everything, and your storage hacks and inventive decorating just aren’t cutting it. It’s time to make some changes and get the most out of your space. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few helpful tips.

Clear the Clutter- This is probably the most obvious thing to do, but clearing the clutter can really help open a space up. It’s time to get ruthless. Do you really need that five-year-old espresso machine that has never been used? Probably not. Start by dividing your items and labeling things that should stay, be placed in storage, be recycled or trashed. This will help you start to feel organized and set the path to a more spacious home.

Make Every Piece Count- Your home is already lacking in space, which means you shouldn’t be showcasing your entire collection of precious figurines or baseball cards. Determine a handful of items you want to showcase and decorate your space around those belongings. Minimalist decorating will help open up your space and still allow you to showcase your personal taste. You could also switch up your featured personal items every six-months, or seasonally, to give you a new slate to work with, and keep things from getting boring.

Manipulate Space Visually- There are many ticks of the trade that can help manipulate your space into looking larger than it is. Painting your room cool, light colors is the first trick you should adopt. Choosing pastels, neutrals or whites will do wonders to a room. Another great trick is to add mirrors to the walls, which can create an illusion of more space. Furniture that is glass or mirrored will also have this same affect. Last but not least, instead of choosing decorative items that are wide, choose items that are vertical. This helps elongate the room and gives the illusion that your space is taller.

Maximize Furniture- Now that your clutter is clear and the walls are decked out to maximize space, it’s time to consider your furniture. Choose pieces that can serve multiple purposes. Instead of using a table to display items, try a chest that can double as a storage container. Also, instead of going after multiple couches and a love seat, try one larger couch that doesn’t take up quite as much space- or pieces that can convert uses. Furniture can really make or break a space.

Keep it Clear of Clutter, Again- People have an impressive ability to amass stuff as time goes on and it’s difficult to rid yourself of items that you have an emotional tie. Instead of downsizing items you will need in the future, try using storage solutions like Boxbee, a self-service storage solution that handles the hassle and allows you to store and manage your belongings from your mobile device without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. With Boxbee, your belongings are always just a delivery away. This way, you won’t have to get rid of your items and can maintain your new spacious and clutter free home right up until the time you decide to list it for sale…with me, of course.

Here’s another tip: Don’t play leap-frog with a unicorn.

Have a great day!

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For Sale: 1582 48th Ave, Top Floor Condo By Ocean Beach!


Come live by the beach! This fabulous top floor condominium in the oh-so popular Outer Sunset is one block from the Ocean, two blocks from Judah street shops/restaurants/N-Judah, and a few blocks from Golden Gate Park. This is an outdoor lover’s dream. The home features an open floor plan with living/dining area including a wood burning fireplace, partial views to the Ocean, kitchen with bar counter opening to dining area, in unit W&D, Master Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom, Central Vacuum, SxS parking, TONS of extra storage, and shared yard. Property was recently painted, has a new fence, and new carpet in common area. It’s an amazing property at an amazing price! Easy to show, so don’t miss out.

Curious about the Outer Sunset? Check out this post by Refinery 29: What To Do In Outer Sunset (Slideshow)
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1582 48th Ave @ Lawton
List Price: $589,000
Showing Schedule:
Sunday 9/14 2-4pm
Tuesday 9/16 1-2:30pm
Thursday 9/18 5-7pm
Sunday 9/21 2-4pm
Private Showing Available by appointment

-Outer Sunset: Hip By The Beach [SF Examiner]

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For Sale: 29 Rivoli, Top Floor Edwardian View Condo In Cole Valley On A Quiet Tree Lined Street


I have this fabulously luxurious top floor, 3 bed, 2 bath Edwardian condominium with amazing panoramic views to the North from the living area and South from the bedrooms, on a quiet tree lined street in Cole Valley, coming on the market this Friday 9/12, and you get the first look.

The home features gorgeous hardwood floors, a spacious, bright and open formal living room (wired for surround sound) with a fireplace. Formal dining room with period details, built-in cabinets and box-beam ceiling. Walk through the Butler’s pantry into your bright, open and large designer kitchen with Caesarstone countertops, custom cabinets, skylight, extra storage and A+ appliances. Both bathrooms have been remodeled by Waterworks and feature all of today’s amenities. Laundry room has side by side washer & dryer, and floor to ceiling cabinets. The entire condo has refinished floors, new carpet, and new paint. It also comes with one car parking, a shared yard, and did I mention views, views, views. Because the property is completely separated from other structures on all sides, the home is incredibly bright…a rarity in San Francisco.

Soar above Cole Valley in this truly remarkable property you don’t want to miss.

List price $1,395,000
Open House Schedule:
Sunday 9/14 2-4pm
Tuesday 9/16 12-1:30pm
Thursday 9/18 5-7pm
Sunday 9/21 2-4pm
Private showings available

For more information about this property or any others, please contact me (alexclark@gmail.com / 415-254-5351), and to learn more about Cole Valley, in general, check out all the great stuff I’ve shared!

Before Google Street View, I did a Tour de San Francisco. And here’s what I did for Cole Valley.

-More Listings [theFrontSteps]

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255 New Listings In The Past 3 Days – Time To Go Shopping!

I thought I’d do a quick post directing you all to the easiest place to see the flood of new inventory just hit our market the past two weeks, specifically the past two days, including this $16,000,000 home at 298 Chestnut, and this $9,500,000 Modern Drooler at 16 Spruce.

As of today, there are about 255 new listings hit the market in the past 3 days…as a comparison, August saw 431 listings total for the entire month. Any of you buyers thinking about taking it easy this weekend…think again. Act quickly before you miss out.

BTW, these data tables are so easy and fun to sort, it’s just the thing for all of you real estate porn addicts. If you’re agent isn’t sending them to you, they should. Just sayin’.

Have a great weekend!

-New Listings on the market in the past two weeks [The Goods]