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Bay Area Demographics – In Detail

San Francisco Bay Area Demographics

18 charted analyses of ancestry, affluence, education, real estate,
politics, poverty and employment for San Francisco, Marin, Napa,
Sonoma, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties.

4th Quarter 2014, Paragon Special Report

These charts are mostly based on U.S. Census surveys from 2010 to 2013. Each of the 8 counties examined contains areas of widely varying demographics, and the multiple reports analyzed (6+ for each county) contain counts and estimates made at different times. Though these statistics are broad overviews, we still found many fascinating insights – and hope you will as well.

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Ancestry, Race & Age

For the most part, the ancestry and race categories used below
are as designated in the U.S. Census reports.

Ancestry: This first chart is a collated overview of the 8 counties. The Bay Area is one of the most multi-cultural places on earth, but (not broken out on this chart) this diversity is not evenly spread: Different ethnic and national groups often cluster in specific counties. For example, San Francisco has the largest populations with Chinese or Russian ancestry; Santa Clara has, by far, the greatest number of residents from India, Vietnam or Mexico; Alameda leads in those of Portuguese or Pacific Island heritage. For breakdowns by county, U.S. Census reports can be accessed here.

Race: Marin County has by far the largest percentage white (non-Hispanic) population at 73%, followed by Sonoma and Napa. San Francisco has the largest Asian percentage at 34.4%, with Santa Clara just behind at 34.1%. Santa Clara is the only county where white isn’t the largest group – Asian is bigger by a tiny margin. Napa has the largest Hispanic percentage at 33%, with 5 other counties between 23% and 27%. Alameda has the most substantial percentage black population at 12%.


Foreign-Born: The foreign-born population in the Bay Area is large (behind only New York, Miami, LA and Chicago) with again, different groups predominating in different counties. About 50% of our foreign-born residents have acquired U.S. citizenship.

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August Case-Shiller Index For San Francisco/Bay Area

The August Case-Shiller Index report released today showed a small home price decline for the 5 counties of the SF Metro Area. Autumn’s numbers will give us a clearer indication as to whether this is the beginning of a flattening or declining price trend or simply the not untypical indication of a Summer adjustment from the Spring frenzy.

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Lumina SF | 200 Offers On First 52 Units Released | Second Release Happening Now

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Continuing to bring you all the updates on one of San Francisco’s most hyped and happening new developments, Lumina SF, I wanted to quickly follow up on the last post I did with updated pricing on the first release of units. For full details about the Lumina SF development, including amenities and finishes, check out my original post.

So how did that first release go? Was it as insane as everyone expected? I’d say yes. From a reliable source:

Lumina received about 200 offers for the 52 released units. A few were accepted and most were asked to come back with “highest and best.” Additional units were released to absorb more of the interest, resulting in approximately 80 sales. The next release MIGHT BE first come, first serve but buyers that have not prevailed will be given priority, if possible. The next release will not be for a week or more as they are swamped, getting this group of contracts written.

That’s old news. Second release is happening now, and I’d be happy to help you secure a unit in this amazing luxury building.

Alex Clark
Paragon Real Estate Group
415-254-5351
alexclark@gmail.com

-Lumina SF: Pricing, Square Footage, and Timing of Sales – An Update [theFrontSteps]
-Lumina – Luxury High Rise Living In Downtown San Francisco [theFrontSteps]

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SOLD | 694 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, California


I am happy to report I just helped some buyers secure this wonderful mid-century property in Tiburon (that’s North over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County for those of you not familiar with our area). Located at 694 Hilary Drive, this 4 bed, 2 bath single family home has great charm and character, a beautiful back yard with amazing views, and happy new homeowners. I was able to position my clients’ offer as the best offer out of 18! We just closed for $1,482,000. Congratulations to my buyers, and hello Marin County!

Feel free to contact me for the deets, and if you’re one of the thousands of San Franciscans considering a move over to Marin, not only can I help you sell your San Francisco home for top dollar, but I can help you buy in Marin too.

Go Giants!

62 Buena Vista Terrace: Designer Kitchen

For Sale | 62 Buena Vista Terrace, San Francisco

Located on an elegant street in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park District, one of San Francisco’s most coveted neighborhoods, 62 Buena Vista Terrace affords you the ability to immerse yourself in all this city has to offer, yet escape from it too. And you, dear reader, get first crack at it.


Walking distance to Duboce Triangle, the Castro, Haight, Hayes Valley, Upper Market, Mission Dolores, Alamo Square, Buena Vista Park, Duboce Park, and NOPA, this luxury residence is truly in the heart of the city, and truly awesome…yes awesome.

Top floor condominium in a small 2-unit building, 62 Buena Vista Terrace has 2 + bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 car parking, views, formal dining room, living room, beautiful bamboo flooring throughout, new double paned windows, tons of natural light, two fireplaces, exclusive deeded deck off of kitchen, beautiful lush garden, in unit Washer & Dryer, tons of extra storage, and plentiful closet space.

The designer kitchen is a chef or entertainer’s dream, complete with granite countertops, Viking Range, Amana refrigerator, custom cabinets, island with Carrera marble countertop, under cabinet LED lighting, microwave, Miele Dishwasher, and an extra room off the kitchen perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktail preparation (could be a great breakfast nook too). Trust me when I say your friends will envy you here.

The unit is approximately 1353 square feet (per tax records), HOA dues are $300/month, and we’ll be listing it for sale at $1,295,000.

Property Summary:
-MLS Listing Information
-Buena Vista Park Top Floor Condominium
-Address: 62 Buena Vista Terrace
-2 bedrooms
-Bonus room/office
-1 bath
-1 parking
-1353 Square feet (per tax records)
-$300/mo HOAs
-Bamboo Flooring
-New Windows
-Formal Dining Room
-Living Room
-Deck
-Yard
-Views
-W&D
-Storage
-Designer Kitchen
-Breakfast nook/office
-$1,295,000
-Boom!

Showing Schedule:
-Saturday 10/25 2-4pm
-Sunday 10/26 1-4pm
-Tuesday 10/28 12-1:30pm
-Thursday 10/30 5-7pm (Twilight)
-Sunday 11/2 1-4pm
-Private showings by appointment

Other important information:
-Full disclosure package, including pest/contractor inspection available
-Offers, if any, reviewed Monday 11/3 by 12pm

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Don’t delay. This one is gonna go fast. Contact me for further details or to schedule a showing.
Alex Clark
415-254-5351
alexclark@gmail.com