Telegraph Hill Neighbors: “Our Opposition Is Unconditional”

Ahhh….neighbors. You love ‘em. You hate ‘em. You can’t live in San Francisco without ‘em, and you certainly can’t easily remodel a home to today’s standards without opposition from them. Check out what just hit our inbox:
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If, for some reason, you can’t see the letter, which we uploaded as an image, we’ll go ahead and tell ya what it says:

Dear Mr. [deleted]:
We are neighbors on Telegraph Hill who will oppose any changes to the building envelope at [deleted] owned by [deleted] in this historic district of Telegraph Hill. While the Hill has suffered through renovations in the past, projects such as yours have occurred with extreme environmental changes. Water drainage issues on Telegraph Hill regarding a nearby project created unfavorable slope instability–buildings have been lost and a large boulder ended up on Sansome Street. Additionally, neighbors on [deleted] and surrounds are tired of construction noise and delays in completion caused by projects such as yours. A recent project took 10 years and is still incomplete.

Telegraph Hill is a historic district whose character depends upon building ownership which understands the value of building enhancement not as building expansion, but building enhancement as careful care in keeping up properties in their historic dimension. We find your application to be sadly ignorant of the need to abide by the common elements vital to the neighborhood and its character.

Your proposal to enhance the property needs to be cognizant of the historic preservation without additional elevation or facade changes in all directions. Projects like yours have been attempted in the past and have turned out badly.

While we many of us may be away during your pre-application meeting time, please understand that our opposition is unconditional.

Sincerely,
Your neighbors and friends on Telegraph Hill
[Thirteen names deleted]

Just another bump in the road for a developer out there trying to bring a home that has sat vacant since WWII (yes, that long) into our housing stock…before it falls off the hill or gets consumed by the pests and rodents feasting on its rotting self. But Hey! It’s “historic”.

[Update: We're told none of the authors of this letter took the time to actually visit the property at the open house outreach, and none have contacted the developer, or the architect (aside from this letter) to begin a dialogue of constructive or courteous negotiations.]

You gotta love San Francisco and all the righteousness it preserves…

-Telegraph Hill Landslide forces 120 from homes… [SFGate]
-San Francisco Neighborhoods prone to liquefaction…[theFrontSteps]

2191 32nd Ave, San Francisco CA Hits MLS

[Update: Sold! Sales Price $871,500. Six offers.]

It doesn’t get better than this in the Parkside. Twenty one ninety one (2191) 32nd Ave hits MLS tomorrow, and you are all getting the first look. That is unless you’ve been following me on Instagram (@theFrontSteps).

Asking price for this most excellent home in the Avenues of San Francisco will be $785,000, and we’ll be open this Sunday from 2-4pm. Come take a look, and send your friends and family. It goes in MLS tomorrow, but we aren’t opposed to loyal readers getting a jump on the rest of the buying population.

Property Details:

Fabulous Parkside Center Patio Rousseau and Tudor Style home. Meticulously maintained to preserve original details, this home’s main level boasts beautiful hardwood floors, formal entry, formal dining room, and formal living room w/ arched doorways, high exposed beam ceilings, wood burning fireplace, original tile bathroom, updated kitchen, skylights, center patio, balcony, and ocean views. Downstairs is a large 2 car garage w/ additional storage, laundry, and bonus room (media room / master suite) w/ fireplace, hardwood floors, bathroom, and access to quaint backyard. Parkside / Sunset buyers, you will not want to miss this one. It is like nothing you would have recently seen available on our market. No joke.

San Francisco’s Million Dollar (Sold Property) Club

A quick look at all of the million dollar plus sales (142 of them) in San Francisco in the last month for properties that closed escrow between 8/19 and 9/19/2012.

[Please note: Clicking an image below will not take you to that property's details page, simply a bigger photo. To see details, hover over photo, see address, and find it on the list of properties below, or contact me for details. Sorry for hassle.]

Instead of being able to share all of these properties, with photos, under one link, MLS puts a limit on that of 100 properties…so we had to break it up. Details below, and kudos if you’re in the club:

-Click here for the Comparative Market Analysis Version (all in one, no pics) [MLS]
-Click here for the Detailed Version, including pics, for Single Family Homes and 5+ Units [MLS]
-Click here for Detailed Version, including pics, for Condominiums and 2-4 units [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]

From The Front You Might Consider It A Duck…369 Upper Terrace

My golden rule in real estate sales and searching for the right home…unless the front of the home is actually drop dead fantastic and the best selling feature, take a “drive by” with a grain of salt.

Case in point, 369 Upper Terrace:

From the front, it’s a bit of a duck, but on the inside there are 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 3462 square feet of mid-century (1973 is close enough) modern goodness with decks, 15 foot ceilings, Terrazzo floors, a spa style bath that “oozes tranquility”, a “vinyl lair for music listening”, and big views to get you through the slow days.





You gotta love the “lair”.

Look for more posts from me featuring the finest homes with the best views in San Francisco, starting with this one. I’d give these views an 8 out of 10.

-369 Upper Terrace, San Francisco, CA, 3 bed, 3 bath, $2,995,000 [MLS]