Category Archives: Outer Sunset

“You Understand the Modern Buyer, Who Can Do Their Own Research and Come Prepared”

A great testimonial from two very happy selling clients.

Hi Alex,

Thanks again for the great work on the sale of our Outer Sunset Condo.

We really never expected to get even close to the price you were able to achieve for us.

When we decided to move in Nov 2012, the Outer Sunset was trailing the rest of the city and we were told by an SF realtor friend to expect under $600K for our place.

So to come in at over $800K two years later feels phenomenal.

We don’t think it was luck at all. Having read your newsletter for many years — I got hooked when you used to do profiles of the micro-neighborhoods of San Francisco, which were great — I knew that you loved San Francisco and know San Francisco buyers. I felt that you understand the modern buyer who can do their own research and come prepared, yet has limited time and is used to working through texts, emails and on-line. So when we were coming up on 2 years after moving, we knew it was time to sell and I knew that I wanted to give you a try.

From our first contact the experience has not disappointed. You have been prompt and responsive and treated us and our condo as a top priority throughout. We started the process in May and from the beginning we established a timeline and expectations. May was the perfect time to start for a sale in mid-September with a close in mid-Oct.

You went to work on our place immediately, engaging Gigi Park and getting us estimates and a timeline for the required work prior to sale. You walked us through the entire process and based on your advice we negotiated an early move-out for our tenant. We knew that there was deferred maintenance going into the project, and spent the money to bring the place into top form. Over the summer you would check in periodically to make sure everything was on track, and as the work progressed our timeline unfolded exactly as expected.

Due to the early move out we were able to market the property in mid-September which was an optimal time. With the work completed, Katrina’s staging really showed off the beauty of the location and the rooms. The brochure was beautiful and it was thrilling to see our place featured in your newsletter. Tom kept track of the Zillow hits — over 2000 views and over 25 favorites!

Offer day we were happy with the offers and then ecstatic. Adding to our comfort level was knowing that the offer we chose was from a couple who worked with an agent and mortgage broker with whom you have close ties. It helped us believe that the deal would really go through and that we were dealing with high integrity buyers who would love our home as we had.

The close went smoothly and we knew if we had questions you were just a text or a call or an email away throughout.

Thanks again!

–KT and Tom

(See Tom’s comments below)

To add to what Katy says, I’d like to note that since we used Alex for his knowledge and skill regarding our sale, we followed all of his advice. We staged, painted, repaired and replaced fixtures as he advised and didn’t try to quibble with, or shortcut his guidance.

Congratulations again guys! Thanks for the great testimonial. So glad it worked out on such an extraordinary level. Keep in touch and let’s get you moved back to the City! Go Giants!

SOLD! 1582 48th Ave | Outer Sunset Top Floor Condo By Ocean Beach Gets $226,000 Over Asking

To say we knocked it out of the park on this sale would be an understatement. Transaction details below:


As much as I love doing a stellar job for the sellers I represent, it honestly pains me when we set a new high water mark for San Francisco real estate sales, because it makes it that much harder for the next buyers out there trying to buy the next property that comes along.

Listed at $589,000, we received 8 offers, 3 of which were over $800,000, and we just closed yesterday for $815,000. That’s $226,000 over asking for a condo in the Outer Sunset. Put another way, 38.37% over list price. When we had received an offer at $750,000, we thought that was going to be the best. Alas, it was not. We could have actually sold this property an hour after it hit MLS, but we declined the offer, and I pushed for an offer date. It paid dividends. The sellers are thrilled, as are the winning buyers, the the SF-Marin Food Bank will be getting a check from me shortly, and I got a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label out of this deal. Suuuweet! Thanks John!

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 and we marketed it at an amazing price, not really knowing where it would sell.

If you have a property in San Francisco, and you’d like me to help you sell it, I have a great team and we’ll get it done just like we did on this, and many of the other transactions I’ve orchestrated in and around San Francisco.

Are you a buyer curious about the Outer Sunset? I know the area very, very well. I can help you. For a taster, 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
Sold Price: $815,000
10 days on the Market

-Outer Sunset: Hip By The Beach [SF Examiner]
-Some of my recent transaction [theFrontSteps - Alexander Clark]
-How I “give back” with each transaction [theFrontSteps]

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]

Just Sold! 1622-1626 Great Highway: Save The Waves Coalition Gets A Check

I am happy to say I just represented part of the buying group for this wonderful property on the Great Highway. You may remember the post my colleague did about 1622-1626 Great Highway (Ghost of Sunset Past: The Moss Flats)? Originally listed for $1,349,000 our clients got it for LESS THAN ASKING (it can be done). It’s a done deal at $1,265,000, and everyone is happy, including Save The Waves Coalition, a group dedicated to protecting our oceans, beaches, and waves.

In case you haven’t heard, every transaction I will donate a portion of my commission to the charity/nonprofit of my clients’ choosing, and my clients this time chose Save The Waves. If any of you at Save The Waves are reading, the check is in the mail!


Congratulations to our buyers. This is a great property in an awesome location.

I am available to help you, your friends, and your family with all of your real estate needs, and I am feeling really good about now giving a portion of every sale to charity/nonprofit, so help me do more!

-Ghost of Sunset Past: The Moss Flats [theFrontSteps]
-1622-1626 Great Highway Details [theGoods-sf.com]

Ghosts of Sunset Past: The Moss Flats

Imagine an Outer Sunset made up entirely of sand dunes, streetcars repurposed as oceanfront homes and clubhouses, bohemians having all-night parties that include midnight swims in the icy Pacific and this:

Charles Depew, late of Saginaw, Michigan, built 1626 Great Highway in 1908, minus an architect but likely inspired by Bernard Maybeck. The three-flat building, known as “The Moss Flats,” has survived long enough to join the National Register of Historic Places, decades after the last of its colorful, ramshackle neighbors dissolved into dust. It’s on the market, listed for $1.349 by similarly old San Francisco school agency Barbagelata.

Outside are the maybe-Maybeck-inspired shingles; inside are three two-bedroom tenant-occupied flats decorated in surfer chic:

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Plus ocean views from the top-most unit. Longtime owners, plus longtime rental units, plus longtime exposure to salty ocean air may be a caveat in this case, but assuming the owner of the last standing evidence of Carville has no immediate plans to sell, this is your best chance to get into a pre-Doelger Outer Sunset historic property, steps from the beach and with a steady, proven income flow.

-Article by Larry Rosen: Contributing writer and San Francisco local sharing his thoughts with theFrontSteps.