Something For You Fence Sitters And Gold Panners To Ponder…

1761hayes

My clients just got shelled by 16 other offers on 1761 Hayes, a top floor 2 bed, 1 bath condo in NOPA asking $849,000. We offered $1,051,000, and they accepted an offer that was “barely higher”. So here’s a thought:

I’d say it’s time for many of you long time residents sitting on the selling fence to pack it up, cash out, and head for greener pastures where the $$$ you make on your sale can buy you acres of space, money in the bank, and plenty of breathing room. I’d even suggest all of you gold panner techies flocking to SF looking to strike it rich consider building another hub for tech activity somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of you, many of you are my clients, we love what you’re doing for the economy (for that matter, the world), and there is a reason everyone wants to be in San Francisco, but at some point, I’d think even you, the innovators, would get tired of throwing your money at sellers and it still not being enough. Surely, the internet works in other locales around the world, and surely companies can be built and go viral from anywhere. Perhaps the companies that are leading the innovation now should open satellite offices in markets where their talent can afford to live? I know Oregon, Seattle, and Salt Lake City have a reasonable real estate market, as well as hip scene. Makes perfect sense to me, and might ease the frenzy that is San Francisco real estate. What do you think?

On a side note (somewhat related to technology): in case you aren’t on the VIP list, and you’re stuck waiting in line for your real estate agent to send you stale data via snail mail about recent sales in your ‘hood, comps that by the time they reach you are old news, I published yet another issue of sfnewsletter last week, and it’s chock full of good real estate porn, including a few good overbids you’ll want to share amongst friends, and a link to the stuff you really want: real time market data sortable by neighborhood and property type (courtesy of The Goods-SF).

Get on the list at sfnewsletter.com. Get out of town with money in the bank by giving me a shout (alexclark@gmail.com, 415-254-5351).

-1761 Hayes Property Detail [theGoods-sf.com]

SOLD! 1471 McAllister

I am pleased to say, I just helped my clients secure this wonderful property in the Alamo Square (bordered by and often referred to as NOPA) area of San Francisco, located at 1471 McAllister. It’s a fabulous 3 bed, 2 bath property in an extremely awesome location, and we are thrilled to say we “won” this most competitive offer situation.

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List price: $995,000

Five White-Hot Districts In A Red-Hot San Francisco Real Estate Market

July 2013 Special Report

Virtually every area of San Francisco and the Bay Area has been experiencing dramatic home-value appreciation in the past 12 to 18 months. Some that were hard hit by distressed property sales, which experienced the largest price declines, have surged in price but remain 20% – 30% below previous peak values reached in 2006 – 2008. As a state, California is still about 25% below its 2007 pre-crash median home price. And in San Francisco itself, many if not most neighborhoods now appear to have re-attained or moved slightly beyond previous high points.

But in this past quarter, a handful of neighborhoods and districts in the city have leapt well beyond the highest average home values achieved in the past. Interestingly, comparing these white-hot areas with one another, there are often huge differences in property type, era and style of construction, and neighborhood culture or ambiance. But all of them have been very affected by affluent – often newly affluent – high-tech professionals of one age group and level of affluence or another. Naturally, these neighborhoods are highly desired by other buyers too – often professionals in finance, bio-tech, medicine and law – but the high-tech-buyer dynamic has generally super-charged these markets in particular.

However, please note that the difference we’re talking about between these neighborhoods and the rest of the city is between white hot and red hot: Quite honestly, they’re all very hot markets right now.

The Inner Mission 

Super hot, super hip, generally young: this neighborhood has seen very dramatic changes since the early nineties as a classic process of gentrification occurred — changes which have recently accelerated. Houses here are often large, classic Victorians, while the condos are mostly modern, built within the last decade or so. This area has a large, vibrant and diverse commercial district centered around Mission and Valencia Streets, but is still close to Noe Valley and the Castro. This chart focuses on the condo market, in which values are approximately 15% above the previous peak.

Noe Valley – Eureka Valley (Castro) – Dolores Heights 

These neighborhoods are part of a district that includes Cole Valley, Ashbury Heights, Clarendon & Corona Heights, Duboce Triangle, Mission Dolores and Glen Park, all of which have seen enormous recent appreciation. Housing here is typically older, built in the first 4 decades of the last century; there are many parks for kids and pets; the streets are tree-lined and the ambiance of the neighborhoods is relaxed and family friendly. This district surged in popularity and price in the mid-late nineties, was one of the last to peak in value in 2008, and has been at the forefront of the market rebound which started early here, in 2011. Among other advantages, it has relatively easy access to highways south to Silicon Valley. The district also has a large condo market, but this chart focuses on house values.

South Beach & Yerba Buena 

After the Embarcadero freeway came down in 1991 and then AT&T Park built in 2000, this area changed from a place for B-class offices and car stereo installations to the home of some of the most dramatic and expensive condo and loft buildings in the country. More condos are now sold here than anyplace else in the city and high-floor units with staggering views often sell for millions of dollars – one sold for $28 million. It’s popular with a number of demographics – high-tech and bio-tech workers working in offices nearby in SoMa and Mission Bay, financial district professionals, and empty-nesters who want to enjoy city life and have all the amenities, but without the responsibility of maintaining a house. Affluent foreign buyers are also a significant segment. Its neighborhood ambiance is very urban. This chart is for condos below the price of $1,800,000, but the dynamic for ultra-luxury condos is also white hot, with an average dollar per square foot value of over $1200.

Bernal Heights 

Like Noe Valley and Glen Park, Bernal Heights was originally a blue-collar neighborhood filled with Victorian houses. Noe Valley soared in value first, becoming wildly popular, and now people who want a similar family-friendly neighborhood ambiance, but at a more affordable cost, have increasingly turned to Bernal Heights. It also has easy access to highways south to the peninsula.

 

Hayes Valley-North of Panhandle (NoPa)-Alamo Square

This condo market is made up of two totally different types: Edwardian flats that have been turned into condos and brand new, ultra-modern condo developments. The Hayes Valley commercial district is very hot and hip, similar to, but still different from the Mission’s Valencia Street. Buyers who are priced out of the nearby Cole Valley-Haight Ashbury condo market often look here for a similar neighborhood ambiance at lower cost. Hayes Valley is also close to the Civic Center cultural cluster of museum, opera, symphony, ballet and other performing arts, which appeals to another buyer demographic as well.

To put all of these charts into one simple suggestion: It’s a great time to sell your property in San Francisco, and our market desperately needs the inventory!

If you have questions or would like information regarding a neighborhood not listed above, please contact us.

Live in San Francisco’s NOPA District In This Fabulous Top Floor View Condo

Have aspirations to live in the oh so hip NOPA district of San Francisco? Been searching for a single family home in NOPA, but just can’t afford one? You’re in luck, as thankfully San Francisco always has an alternative for you, and 22 Loyola Terrace is no exception.

Photos and details are here now.

Technically mapped in San Francisco’s Lone Mountain neighborhood, 22 Loyola Terrace is one cute cul-de sac a stone’s throw from the heart center of NOPA, close to Haight, down the hill from USF, around the hill from Laurel Village, and a short par 3 away from Golden Gate Park. It’s most definitely stumbling distance to Bistro Gambrinus, 1/2 block from Papalote, and certainly walking distance to Matching Half Cafe (because Starbucks on the corner of Fulton and Masonic should be avoided). It gets better…there is a new place to try on the corner of Geary and Masonic called The Corner Store (Remember the Hukilau? Right there.) They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and have a soda fountain (such the rage).

This top floor, two level, three plus bedroom condominium could easily trick you into thinking it’s a single family home, but alas…it is not. Homeowner’s dues are an incredibly low $193/month, the wood floors sparkle, the kitchen and baths have been updated, the decks and views are tremendous, the garage is massive (2 cars easily fit), there is additional storage, washer & dryer in the unit, and the creme de la creme…radiant heat, no hot air blowing in your skin to dry you out!

So if you, or anybody you know, has been looking for a single family home, or condominium anywhere near NOPA, Lone Mountain, Haight, Laurel Village, Cole Valley, or even Hayes Valley, this is one property you won’t want to miss. Spread the word far and wide, 22 Loyola Terrace is officially on the market, and ready for a new owner. Me thinks it should be you!

Open Houses will be held every Sunday from 2-4pm until it sells.

-22 Loyola Terrace, 3+ bed, 2 bath, 2 parking, 2 decks, 2 levels, 2 cool, $1,095,000 [MLS]

22 Loyola Terrace: A Single Family, NOPA Alternative With Real Big Views For $1,095,000

Have aspirations to live in the oh so hip NOPA district of San Francisco? Been searching for a single family home in NOPA, but just can’t afford one? You’re in luck, as thankfully San Francisco always has an alternative for you, and 22 Loyola Terrace is no exception.

Technically mapped in San Francisco’s Lone Mountain neighborhood, 22 Loyola Terrace is one cute cul de sac practically in NOPA, close to Haight, down the hill from USF, around the hill from Laurel Village, and a short par 3 away from Golden Gate Park. It’s most definitely stumbling distance to Bistro Gambrinus, 1/2 block from Papalote, and certainly walking distance to Matching Half Cafe (because Starbucks on the corner of Fulton and Masonic should be avoided). It gets better…there is a new place to try on the corner of Geary and Masonic called The Corner Store (Remember the Hukilau? Right there.) They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and have a soda fountain (such the rage).

This top floor, two level, three plus bedroom condominium could easily trick you into thinking it’s a single family home, but alas…it is not. Homeowner’s dues are an incredibly low $193/month, the wood floors sparkle, the kitchen and baths have been updated, the decks and views are tremendous, the garage is massive (2 cars easily fit), there is additional storage, washer & dryer in the unit, and the creme de la creme…radiant heat, no hot air blowing in your skin to dry you out!

So if you, or anybody you know, has been looking for a single family home, or condominium anywhere near NOPA, Lone Mountain, Haight, Laurel Village, Cole Valley, or even Hayes Valley, this is one property you won’t want to miss. Spread the word far and wide, 22 Loyola Terrace is officially on the market, and ready for a new owner. Me thinks it should be you!

-22 Loyola Terrace, 3+ bed, 2 bath, 2 parking, 2 decks, 2 levels, 2 cool, $1,095,000 [MLS]

Another Purdy Pocket Listing To Ponder In NOPA / Lone Mountain

This wonderful two-level single family alternative only a par 4 from the oh-so-hip NOPA district of San Francisco, and situated on the edge of the Lone Mountain district is currently listed off MLS until the sellers can find a suitable replacement property (if you know of any, don’t be shy). Asking $1,125,000, the home (its 3 beds, 2 baths, remodeled kitchen, fireplace, hardwood, steam heat, and charm) is truly awesome, as are the two decks, the views, the massive two car garage with heaps of additional storage, the east facing backyard, and the location.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in more information about this property, click this link, and get the deets…

Winner: The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco, And The Rest

Congratulations to Philz Coffee! You have been voted Best Coffee (House) in San Francisco by the people of the internets. The competition was linked to around the world, and we have to say Philz not only got tons of nods during the first round of nominations, but they also swept the voting when thousands more hit the polls.

It’s all good stuff and we can’t wait to get a cup. We appreciate everyone’s participation and the countless links that sent people this way.

The Rankings:

1. Philz Coffee
2. Bernie’s
3. Blue Bottle Coffee
4. Four Barrel Coffee
5. Martha Bros Coffee
6. Contraband (Coffee Bar)
7. Ritual Coffee Roasters
8. Farley’s Coffee
9. Java Beach
10. Sightglass Coffee
11. Peet’s Coffee & Tea
12. Caffe Roma
13. the Beanery
14. Intelligentsia Bar (In Specialty’s)
15. Caffee Trieste
16. Stumptown (Ma’velous)
17. Henry’s House of Coffee
18. Simple Pleasures
19. Barefoot Coffee (Epicenter Cafe)
20. Café La Taza
21. Starbucks (Really?)
22. Caffe Puccini
23. Trouble Coffee (De La Paz)
24. Velo Rouge Cafe
25. Caffe Greco
26. Verve Coffee Roasters
27. De La Paz Coffee (Trouble)
28. Hearth Coffee Roasters (Brown Owl Cafe)
29. Graffeo
30. Bello Coffee and Tea
31. Quetzal Coffee
32. Jeremiah’s Pick Coffee
33. Coffee to the People
34. Piccino Cafe
35. 7-11 (Humoring you)
36. Progressive Grounds
37. Showplace Caffe
38. Castro Coffee House
39. La Boulange
40. Matching Half
41. Wicked Grounds
42. Farm:Table
43. Blue Danube
44. Cafe Reina
45. Toy Boat
46. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
47. The Summit SF
48. Curbside Coffee
49. Rancho Parnassus (Thanksgiving Coffee)
50. Tully’s
51. Capricorn Coffees
52. Cavalli Cafe
53. Equator Coffees & Teas
54. Muddy’s Coffee House
55. The Coffee Roastery
56. Cup of Blues
57. Cafe Encore
58. Ecco Caffe
59. Stella Pastry & Cafe
60. Coffee Roaster
61. Manning’s
62. Dash Cafe
63. Javalencia Cafe
64. Cafe La Stazione
65. The Grove

We’ll just go ahead and stop there. There were another 25-30 one vote coffee (houses) that came in, but we gotta stop somewhere. Thank you everyone!

Wait, there’s more! (1953 Grove)

If it’s not the spiral staircase that sells it for you on 1953 Grove

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maybe this reader’s account will:

Hello lovely Frontsteps, [Thank you! We feel loved.]

This unit (1953 Grove) went on the market recently. I live [nearby], and this past weekend I attended a “soft” open house, where I toured the residence while the renters hung out and prepared for a party (no kidding; there was tons of beer in the kitchen and some girl cutting up vegetables, too).

I was appalled at 1) the mess. The renters were there, lounging about, with clothes strewn everywhere and beer cans in the windows. The kitchen was full of trash, and it was evident that the unit hadn’t been cleaned in quite some time. And 2) the price! 1.1M for this lower-level 3 bedroom? There was nothing special about it, and I think whoever buys it will need to totally redo the floors, repaint everywhere, and update the bathrooms. There have been other, much nicer units for sale in the area at a lower asking price. Thoughts? Am I bonkers or just missing something?

PS- the pictures posted on the MLS are from over three years ago.

Personally, I have not seen the unit yet, so can’t comment, but maybe some readers can.

-1953 Grove [listing detail]

Straight Confusion: NOPA Where the F*ck are You!?

Who’s got the answer? We want to hear it. NOPA…boundaries…exactly.

Park North it is not. North Panhandle it is not. You’re back yard it might be…let us know. North, South, East, West street borders. If it kinks, we want to know that too. If it stinks, save it. Fav hang out. You might as well dish it.

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The most detailed districts map you’ll find to help you nail down those streets.