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It’s Pink And Red – Will The Sellers See The Green?

2625 Noriega: 3 bed, 2 bath, $850,000 and all the pink you could ever want – like ever.


This property is definitely not marketed to create the frenzy we’ve come to expect in this market, but will it make a difference in the final outcome? Time will tell. In the meantime — just enjoy the colors for a sec and remember, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

-2625 Noriega: 3 bed, 2 bath, $850,000 [Property Details]

San Francisco Is The Best City, Has The Most College Educated People, Oldest Women, And Most Homeless People, And Lots Of Fog…What Else?

By the numbers: San Francisco has an estimated population of 837,442 (per U.S. Census), we live within 47 square miles, our calves are bursting out of our jeans, and who needs squats (we have hills…apparently 43 – 50 “named” hills). We have a ton of billionaires, and even more homeless. We have old ladies, and lots of lawyers. But really, have a look at the rest.

San Francisco is:

  • America’s best city, per Bloomberg Businessweek
  • 2nd best metro area in the country for resident “well-being” (after San Jose-Santa Clara), per 2014 Gallup/Healthways survey
  • America’s most pretentious city (followed by NYC, Boston & Minneapolis), per Travel + Leisure reader survey
  • 1st in college degrees per square mile: 7031, per U.S. Census; 3rd in graduate degrees per capita (after DC and Seattle), per Forbes
  • 3rd worst metro area commute (after DC and LA): average of 61 hours of delay in traffic per year, per Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • 5th best city for dogs, per PawNation; est. 120,000 dogs live in SF, per City Govt.
  • Last in children per capita (14%); approx. 113,000 children under 18, per U.S. Census
  • 3rd in lawyers per capita by metro area (after DC & NYC); 2nd highest mean wage for lawyers, $169,000 (after San Jose), per Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 3rd in number of billionaires (i.e. the Bay Area, after Moscow and New York): 65 billionaires (25 in SF), though it fluctuates depending on stock prices, per SFLuxe
  • 1st in homeless residents per capita, per Philanthropedia; percentage living below poverty level, 13.2%, per U.S. Census
  • 14th largest city in the U.S.; 2nd most densely populated city in the U.S. (after NYC)
  • Misc. Fact – Estimated change in population since 2010: 32,000, per U.S. Census; new housing units added since 2010: approx. 4200, per SF Planning Dept.
  • Highest median asking residential rent in U.S.: $3256/month, per livelovely.com; 4th least affordable city by median-rent-to-median-income ratio – 40.7%, per Zillow
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    SF vs. NYC – The Debate Continues

    Way back on October 15th, 2007 I wrote a post: Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City, If You Had To Chose. It was, and still is, an extremely popular article that has garnered over 100 comments, and still ranks incredibly high on search engine queries of the like. For a small shop like mine, that’s pretty impressive. Our readers shared some incredibly good points about both cities, and it is a debate that will likely go on well after I have physically left this Earth, and well after my kin have parted. There will never be a correct answer.

    Like I said back then, San Francisco has a ton of things to offer that New York simply doesn’t (immediate access to outdoor recreation probably falling top of my list), and there are things New York has that San Francisco simply never will (snowstorms and brutally cold weather come to mind). But it is what it is, and it will always be.

    That said, there were a couple articles written recently that I wanted to share with all of you that take a different approach to the topic, because I frequently get clients from out of town wondering what the heck San Francisco is all about. These two articles are not a question of whether one is better than the other, more a question of whether one has BECOME the other. In the end, they can certainly help you draw a conclusion about the city you’re buying into, and the city you might be leaving.

    In my humble opinion, San Francisco will never be New York, and New York will never be eclipsed by San Francisco. New York conjures up the image of power to me, it is the EMPIRE STATE after all. It moves fast. It never sleeps. It’s gritty. It’s tough. San Francisco (and I’ve lived here a while) brings to mind freedom, outdoor living, really smart people changing the world, getting rich, having fun, and living life to the fullest, but they will never have the power and image of the EMPIRE STATE. San Franciscans can puff their chests, but deep down they are fragile. We’re golden boys and girls living in the GOLDEN STATE, and that’s just fine.

    I could go on and on, but I digress. Both cities are amazing in their own right. Both cities have pluses and minuses. But if I’m not mistaken, Tony Bennett did not make famous a song about losing his heart in New York City.

    Just sayin’…

    -Is San Francisco New York [New York Times, Kevin Rose]
    -Why San Francisco Is Not New York [New York Times, Nick Bilton]
    -Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City, If You Had To Chose [theFrontSteps, Alexander Clark]

    Bay Area Ski Season Is Here! But Wait, Do You Need Tahoe?

    The entire Bay Area is teeming with ski fever. More ski racks are showing up on cars, fleece and Gore-tex wear is on the rise, and non-stop chatter about ski leases is everywhere. But wait! Perhaps you should think more along the lines of an Ocean Beach ski lease.

    With a new swell on the way, and increased crowds out at Ocean Beach here in San Francisco, perhaps this will get your ski fix on, and wave count up?

    The “Islands of San Francisco”. We Can Just Call Them Neighborhoods

    I get a lot of questions along the lines of “where exactly is NOPA?”  Or “We were thinking of selling our home in Noe Valley, and moving to Pacific Heights…where exactly is Pacific Heights’ border?”  

    That kind of stuff.  
    Wonder no more, thanks to Burrito Justice

     

    This cool picture assumes the main streets have all vanished and we are a city of islands. So you can either do your own map mashing to see what streets go where, or just wait til next year when the 9.0 quake that’s coming hits, and the trailing tsunami turns our hills into islands, dust off your gondola (the Italian kind), and take to the streets for your tour…err the canals.

    Maximum Overbid Monday!

    Well now that we have the government shutdown (temporarily) behind us, let’s get back to the market at hand. It would appear there is a bit of a calm washing over our waters, but open house activity is still through the roof, so we might indeed be stuck in this craziness for a while. Case in point, San Francisco’s most recent Top 10 Overbids.

    Rank| Address | Property Type | Bed/Bath | DOM | Asking Price | Sale Price | % Over

    #1-709 York St: Single-Family; 2/2.00; 10 DOM; $799,000; $1,150,000; 43.93%
    #2-152 Hancock St: 2-4 Units; 26 DOM; $1,100,000; $1,557,000; 41.55%
    #3-82 Peralta Ave: Single-Family; 3/2.00; 28 DOM; $998,000, $1,380,000; 38.28%
    #4-514 Precita Ave: Single-Family; 2/1.00; 11 DOM; $925,000; $1,255,000, 35.68%
    #5-130 Randall St: Single-Family; 3/1.50; 7 DOM; $1,195,000; $1,575,000; 31.80%
    #6-3901 17th St: 5+ Units; 28 DOM; $2,300,000; $3,025,000; 31.52%
    #7-327 Richland Ave: Single-Family; 3/1.00; 35 DOM; $749,000; $980,000; 30.84%
    #8-515 Powhattan St: Single-Family; 2/1.00; 13 DOM; $708,000; $925,000; 30.65%
    #9-4430 Cabrillo St: 2-4 Units; 14 DOM; $925,000; $1,200,000; 29.73%
    #10- 1108 Cabrillo St: Single-Family; 3/1.50; 11 DOM; $1,295,000; $1,677,000; 29.50%

    [Copyright ©2013 TheGoods-SF.com. Visit www.thegoods-sf.com for more information. Data feed from SFAR MLS deemed accurate but not guaranteed.]

    This data set reflects properties that got into contract on average 30+ days ago, so it will be interesting to see how this continues. We look forward to providing this information to you every Monday, now that the Goods has made it easy for us to share it, so come on back!