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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.]

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Top 10 Whiskey Bars In San Francisco

Because talking about real estate ad nauseam gets boring, and we can all use a good Bourbon from time to time, I decided to do a top 10 Favorite locales to enjoy Whiskey/Bourbon in San Francisco. Get at it!

Whiskey, the brown liquid brimming with magical properties, is one of the best liquors around. If you agree and happen to be moving to the Bay Area then you’re in for a treat, because the city has some excellent whiskey-heavy haunts that should please even the snottiest of liquor snobs. If you’re in the mood for chatting with somebody over a smooth glass of single malt, then consider checking out the following 10 places.

Bourbon and Branch

Bourbon and Branch is one of the more unique venues in Tenderloin. It’s easy to fall in love with this place because of its prohibition theme, secret passwords, hidden rooms, costumed mixologists and an exclusive, speakeasy atmosphere. Plus, they have a modest collection of uncommon and rare liquors, and some of the best mixed drinks around.

Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Civic Center / Tenderloin
Website: bourbonandbranch.com

Nihon Whiskey Lounge

If you’re looking for an intimate encounter with your glass of whiskey, then Nihon is the place to go. This Japanese-style whiskey haunt has one of the largest selections of single malt on the West Coast, and some good food to go alongside it. Plus, if you feel like one glass of special liquor isn’t enough, you can buy an entire bottle which gets put in a private locker until you return.

Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30 pm – 1:30 am
Neighborhood: Mission
Website: dajanigroup.net/establishments/nihon-whisky-lounge

Rickhouse

There is a reason GQ put Rickhouse on its best whiskey bars in the country 2013 list: it’s amazing. It’s the go-to haunt for an after work drink, particularly if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the bar. This place breathes whiskey, from its 300 Kentucky-imported barrels that make up the ceiling staves, to the walls in the back which are inspired by prohibition era distilleries.

Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: FiDi
Website: rickhousebar.com

Tradition

Another Bourbon and Branch whiskey house, this place is a wonderful stop, if for nothing more than they age their own barrels on the second floor. Plus, the place boasts more than 80 different cocktails, a knowledgeable staff and a traditional drinking atmosphere.

Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Website: tradbar.com

83 Proof

The signless 83 Proof is a wonderful bar, if you can find it. This hidden gem is quite literally hidden. It has no signage and it’s rather hard to find unless you know where you’re looking, which means the lounge is not nearly as crowded as its other popular counterparts.

Hours: Tue-Sat 2 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: SOMA
Website: 83proof.com

Hard Water

If you’re craving rare bourbon and don’t mind being squished in this tiny hole-in-the-wall haunt, the Hard Water is where you want to be. This NOLA-themed place has the best options for rare bourbon by the flight in the city.

Hours: Mon-Sat 5 pm – 12 am
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Website: hardwaterbar.com

Whiskey Thieves

If you’re looking for a more casual environment to enjoy your whiskey in, then Whiskey Thieves is the place to be. It boasts a relaxed, but substantial option of liquors, pool tables, jukeboxes, and affordable prices.

Hours: Mon-Fri 1 pm – 2 am; Sat-Sun 12 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Civic Center / Tenderloin
Website: Yelp Profile

Bloodhound

If you need a reprieve from the average yuppie San Francisco bar, then Bloodhound is your best bet. It’s themed as a country western lodge with leather sets, exposed wooden beams, hunting apparel decorating the walls and Edison light bulbs. The liquor selection is massive, and the pool table and old school jukebox finish off the rugged touch.

Hours: Mon-Sun 4 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: SOMA
Website: bloodhoundsf.com

Swig

If you’re in the mood for a classy atmosphere to enjoy your glass of whiskey, then look no further than Swig. In the colder seasons the bar offers a pleasant fire to cozy up to, and an impressive selection of more than 150 whiskeys that span 80 years. The prices are not cheap, but it’s worth the splurge now and then.

Hours: Mon-Thu 4 pm – 1:30 pm; Fri-Sat 2 pm – 1:30 pm; Sun 5 pm – 1:30 pm
Neighborhood: Civic Center / Tenderloin
Website: swigbar.com

The Alembic

The Alembic is a small, tucked away narrow room that has an overwhelming list of excellent liquor choices. The bar specializes in getting you the perfect glass of bourbon, single malt scotch, American whiskey and Irish whiskey. If you’re feeling for something a little less straight forward, then try the new school and old school mixed options to liven things up.

Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm – 2 am
Neighborhood: Haight Ashbury
Website: alembicbar.com

And of course, if you need a comrade, I’m a quick text message away.

Cheers!

Luxury Condos Downtown , Yerba Buena at 16 Jessie

“Best Agent, Bar None, In San Francisco”

Recently, I had the pleasure of representing my client in the sale of his condominium in one of the most sought after locations and buildings in downtown San Francisco. Many people refer to this area as SOMA, some refer to it as FiDi (Financial District), some as the Barbary Coast, and others still as Yerba Buena. Regardless of what you call it, I call it a sale that far exceeded my client’s expectations and set a new price per square foot record in his building of $1233 per square foot. In the end, we received 16 offers, all over asking, and settled 31.31% above asking, and well above any recent comparable sale.

My client was so thrilled, he sent me this wonderful testimonial:

Best agent, bar none, in San Francisco

I had the good fortune of working with Alex Clark of Paragon Real Estate on the recent sale of my condo. Alex is extremely professional yet very personable and possesses a keen knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market. My unit was listed for only 11 days and received 16 excellent offers all well over the asking price.
If you are contemplating selling or buying in San Francisco, Alex Clark is a must in your strategy.

A VERY satisfied client.
-Peter

Many people will chalk this up as simply a sign of the times, but there is an art to garnering tremendous interest, multiple offers, and ultimately a successful, new high water mark sale. It also helps to have your property listed here on the most popular San Francisco Real Estate blog, so it can get press on the more most popular Curbed SF real estate blog. Buyers are online, that’s where I am, and that’s where your property will be.

Congratulations on your sale Peter, and all the success and good times in New York City. I’m definitely jealous of that one way ticket.

-Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City, If You Had To Choose (Over 100 comments on the matter) [theFrontSteps]
-More Testimonials [theFrontSteps/Alexander Clark]
-Recent Transaction [theFrontSteps/Alexander Clark]
-1 Ecker (16 Jessie) Hits The Market, Monday Open House Was Packed [theFrontSteps]
-A Slice of 1 Ecker Can Be Yours For $495,000 [Curbed SF]

“You Know Me I’m On The 333…”

I know of another unit at 333 Grant Avenue that is not on MLS and hardly being marketed. If you have interest in living downtown, a stone’s throw away from Union Square, give us a shout. This is a two level (loft style) unit, and it’s awesome.

I know of a a few other epic off market opportunities as well in case you keep missing the boat.

-Hipster Hilarity on the 333… [theFrontSteps]

Live Amongst History On Hotaling Place

I’m in process of securing a pied-à-terre for a client in 25 Hotaling Place*, and I was reminded of not only what a great building it is, and how rich it is with history, but also what an incredible location!

The best of San Francisco right at your doorstep
Located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square District, 25 Hotaling Place is surrounded by four of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods—North Beach, The Financial District, Chinatown and The Embarcadero Waterfront. Intimate cafes, sophisticated restaurants and colorful watering holes are just steps away and a stone’s throw from the city’s spectacular waterfront.

A little street with a big past
Originally called Jones alley, the small street that runs between Jackson and Washington Streets started life as an alley servicing the warehouses of old San Francisco’s bourgeoning waterfront. In the early 20th century it was given its present name—Hotaling Place— commemorating one of the Gold Rush-era’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Anson Parsons Hotaling arrived in San Francisco in the mid-1850s and founded A.P. Hotaling & Company, a distributor for Cutter’s Bourbon Whisky. During the 1906 Earthquake and ensuing fire, sheer luck and a change in wind spared Hotaling’s warehouse. This led to one local commentator to pen the following lines that are now etched in the city’s folklore:

“If, as they say, God spanked the town for being over frisky, Why did he burn the churches down and save Hotaling’s Whiskey?”

To put it in my words: the location is BUTTER!!! One of the best spots in San Francisco. Right smack dab in the thick of it all, yet quaint enough to feel like you just stepped into a small part of history, lore, and a European side street. One of my favorite restaurants (Bix) is just around the corner, you can purchase any number of SWEET espresso machines and grinders around another corner at Thomas E Cara, Ltd, and for those of you that love a little late night entertainment, you’re stumbling distance to all that jazz too. It is quite simply, awesome.

Guess what? If you missed out on getting into this building before, your chance may just be coming around again. There is talk of another resale unit hitting the market soon (maybe not on MLS), and I have the inside scoop. So if you’ve been looking for a place in and around Union Square, Financial District, North Beach, Embarcadero, have I got the property for you! Oh…if you like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera you’re really going to want to contact me.

Since we’re on the subject of Hotaling, you might like to try some of Hotaling’s Whiskey, produced by San Francisco’s own Anchor Distilling Company, while you ponder the possibilities of owning a slice of San Francisco history.

*25Hotaling.com is from the original marketing of the property and is NOT the current unit for sale, or necessarily an accurate depiction of the unit coming for sale. The finishes, exposed brick, and location are indeed accurate.