Comment Du Jour: From San Francisco Shack To Seattle Mid Century For Under $650,000

When readers comment, we listen…

Abuseintake writes in reaction to the $401,000 Overbid at 235 28th Street in Noe Valley:

…moved from a $750,000 2 bed, 1 bath shack in Dogpatch and bought a 2,800 sq.ft, 3 bed, 2 3/4 bath mid-century split-level with a stunning view, for $645,000…in Seattle. You can keep SFO.

Abuseintake took it one step further to share some comparable properties in his/her area of Seattle, should you be so inclined to peruse them.

Sounds like a good time to sell and wander for you San Francisco residents pondering a move to greener pastures.

Just sayin’…

-<a href="“Maximum Overbid Of the Week: 235 28th Street, Noe Valley [theFrontSteps]

John Muir Would Be Proud & Your Hipster Friends Would Be Envious

Nestled among old growth Redwoods practically smack dab in the middle of Napa and Sonoma, this property is your ticket out of the city, and into serenity.
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Picture yourself walking among old growth Redwoods, coffee in hand, the sound of a creek rustling by, deer crossing your path, sun shining through the towering trees, a warm breeze blowing by, and nobody around…for miles. No taxis, no buses, no trash, no fog, no nothing…just nature. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch.

4520 Redwood Road, Napa, CA (45)

It needs work…quite a bit of work. BUT! With a little creativity, vision, and patience, 4520 Redwood Road, Napa could be made into your very own, unique, escape, different from all of your friends’ typical Napa or Sonoma Vineyard homes.

For $275,000 you could practically steal the property, tear down the structure, go minimal by throwing up a pre-fab,
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or shipping container made mostly of glass, put your bathroom in the woods (surround it in glass too, nobody will see you), put a “Beware of Dog” sign on your very own bridge (even if you don’t have a dog), and live the life you simply can’t do here in San Francisco. Secluded. Away. Off the grid.

John Muir would be proud of you for escaping the city and living in the woods. Your friends would envy you. AirBNB or VRBO could fund you. And your hipster status would be off the charts!

And when you get tired of it…it’s only an hour’s drive to come back.

Ahh…serenity now…

-4520 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA $275,000 [MLS]

Happy Holidays From My $75,000,000 Weekend Retreat At Lake Tahoe!

Make no mistake, it’s been a crazy busy market for me and a lot of my colleagues. It’s okay…as it has afforded me the luxury to spend Christmas and likely the New Year enjoying all that Tahoe has to offer from the comfort of my new weekend retreat. It’s not all that I wanted, but it will do until I can find something a little more grand:

Happy Holidays! Thanks again for your continued support and all of you wonderful people that have taken the steps to work with me. See you in 2013!!

Wanderlust: Big Sur 20 Acre Estate Edition

Must…go…here…now…






It’s easy to get lost in thought from this description. Especially coming from the urban jungle we call home here in San Francisco.

Located on Clear Ridge in the heart of Big Sur, this stunning redwood and glass, 3,100 sq. ft. private residence is perfect for family getaways and romantic get-togethers. A peaceful retreat home with vaulted ceilings and skylights, overlooking its own 20-acre meadow, valley and ocean view. No visible neighbors but the deer, a seasonal pond, mature redwoods, oaks, sycamore and other native trees. Private walking trail, ancient redwood-lined stream, large octagonal deck with centerpiece fire pit and natural seating…

You can meet me there. Looks like there is room for all of us. ‘Tis the season of giving and sharing after all…

-Big Sur 20 Acre Estate Vacation Rental [airbnb.com]

So You Wanna Post A Picture Of You Skiing Powder On Your Facebook…How ‘Bout We Just Tell Them All The Truth

So how is the snow up in Tahoe…I mean really?

As many of you know, I fancy myself a bit of a skier. I watch the weather like a hawk, I have multiple websites and friends I refer to for snow reports, radar imagery, forecasts, and après ski hangouts. If I can, I play hooky from San Francisco real estate any time there is even a hint of a storm. It’s why we live here, and it keeps me sane after countless hours of negotiating, touring property, and talking about real estate.

There is a lot of hype in the San Francisco Bay Area right now about the storm that just blew threw, and the one that is rolling in as we speak, so I thought I’d give you the honest to goodness (don’t post this on Facebook, because it isn’t gloat worthy) truth. It is bony!!! So many rocks! All over the place. Even with the 20″ Mt. Rose just received, it is essentially on top of nothing. If you think Squaw and Alpine have it any better, you’re wrong. Reports I received today from friends that skied there today can be summed up in two words, “It sucked.” There is no base.

If you come up for this round of snow, do not expect to be able to rip pow like you see in the movies or may have done last year. Expect to see a nice line of freshies, point it, and ski it as hard, but tender as you possibly can for fear of what is lurking below. Rocks, stumps, trees, you name it. It’s all just barely under the snow and ready to grab you.

These are what the bases of my skis look like after today. You’ll notice a few core shots.

Anything under two feet of fresh, and you might as well stay home in San Francisco and call this year a bust. If they get three or more feet, it will be a different ball-game, and I will owe all of you that read this and stayed home a beer, because that will mean more cold smoke pow for me!

Hah hah!

In all seriousness, if you find yourself up this way, give me a shout and we’ll take some turns and discuss real estate on da lift!

Woohoo! It’s snowing!

…but it is rocky, very rocky, and insanely windy, so don’t be surprised if a lot of resorts are on wind lockdown tomorrow (Wednesday).

…but…Woohoo! It’s Snowing!

[Update 2/29 @ 21:30 hrs: Snow at Alpine Meadows is really, really good. Go there!]

-More Reasons We Live Here [theFrontSteps]
-I’m Gonna Have To Call You Back The Next Coupla Days…I’ll Be In Meetings [theFrontSteps]

Wanderlust: $369,000, 3 Beds, 30 Minutes To Skiing In Salt Lake City

It should come as no surprise to those of you that read theFrontSteps on a regular basis, but to those that don’t, I often get stricken with a heavy case of wanderlust. My mind starts to wander, my heart starts to race, and my imagination goes heavy into “what if” mode. Today is no exception.

Although we all like to imagine the “what if” of being the buyer throwing down $28,000,000 for this one of a kind St. Regis Penthouse, the fact is, most of us think about the “what if” of buying a reasonably priced home in San Francisco. The reality is, reasonably priced doesn’t really exist here, because everything is crazy expensive. So as I sit and search places around the country where it just might be snowing, because Tahoe is bone dry, I came across this killer little house in Salt Lake City, Utah with 3 bedrooms, a nice modern kitchen, yard, location smack dab in Salt Lake’s hip 9th and 9th area, and a price tag of only $369,000.



So it’s with a link to that property, and an imagination to days of bluebird skies and 10 feet of fresh snow that I leave you and this computer (or mobile device), and head on up to Alta to score some epic hard pack under bright grey skies.

Happy New Year to all of you! Let your imagination run wild in 2012!

-Salt Lake City Home For Sale, $369,000

First Ever San Francisco – Lake Tahoe Real Estate Caravan And Ski Extravaganza


[R.I.P. Jamie Pierre]

We’re falling into ski season, and you all know I love me some powder. Many of you also know I grew up in Reno Nevada, with Lake Tahoe as my backyard. I learned to ski at the ripe old age of two, I raced, I burned out, I switched to snowboarding, and now I’m back on the two planks. And I can’t get enough.

I know many of you fellow San Franciscans feel the same way, and enjoy all of the same things I love about our proximity to Lake Tahoe. Being in real estate, I also know many of you have extra cash to burn and dream of owning your own slice of Tahoe heaven that frequently gets buried under multiple feet of snow. That’s why, with the help of my connections up Tahoe way, we want to get you your Lake Tahoe ski pad.

The plan: Spend a day (or more) skiing (with me and some local Tahoe rippers), go see property with proximity to Tahoe ski areas, grab cocktails, make offers, drink champagne (choke champagne powder), invite friends, ski more, and live the Tahoe dream.

The thoughts are preliminary at this point, but far enough along that connections up Tahoe way have been established, homes are being scouted, vans can be rented, and we just need you.

The question is, “Would you, or anyone you know, be interested in taking part in the first ever San Francisco-Lake Tahoe real estate caravan and ski extravaganza?” Feel free to share your yes / no, and thoughts in the comments below, or contact me directly to be kept in the loop or share thoughts privately. With any luck, we can put this together before the snow gets too deep and the “Out of Office Auto Replies” start kicking in.

Pray for snow!

Maybe we’d all be so lucky as to score days like this:

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[Snowboarders obviously welcome too. We don't discriminate.]

Walking Distance to a “Wet Woody”

View from the Carnelian Bay Lakefront

If incredibly convenient access to Garwoods restaurant and bar and its iconic drink, the Wet Woody, is your cup of tea (or your cup of Wet Woody – and yes, that’s the last time I’ll use that phrase in this article), this lakefront property may be for you. Not only is this house right next door (stumbling distance) to Garwoods, but like the Carnelian Bay favorite, it is also right on the Lake.
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The most amazing part of this story? You can own a prime piece of Tahoe north shore lakefront property for $1,325,000, or maybe less, $1.325 mil is the “asking” price.
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One million three hundred twenty five thousand dollars is a screaming deal for anything on the lake, let alone on the north shore in a protected and centrally located bay. While some may not appreciate having Garwoods as a next door neighbor, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the property sits on one of the most beautiful sections of one of the world’s most beautiful alpine lakes.

Carnelian Bay Lakefront Interior

Obviously its owners have come to the point where they are very, very serious about selling, but looking at its asking price history, that has not always been the case. The 4 bedroom, 2 bath home (with a 2 car garage) was originally listed at $2.5 million on March 6th, with the price coming down to $1,999,000 on July 28th. Its current price reflects a huge drop from the almost $2,000,000 asked in July, and a gargantuan drop from the original 2.5 million dollar original asking price! I asked Paul Smith, the listing agent, about these very substantial price drops, and his answer was simple: “They just want to get it sold!” If this price doesn’t do that, I don’t know what will.

Carnelian Bay Lakefront, Lake Tahoe, $1,325,000 [Lake Tahoe MLS]

[Chris Anderson is a Tahoe based writer and real estate professional. You can contact him at chris@tahoetruckeehomes.com or go to TahoeTruckeeHomes.com.]

Wanderlust: Villa De Montaña In St. Helena. It’s Only $16,950,000

I mentioned this one a bit ago, and you can’t deny it “sounds” wonderful. But we never had a look inside the home, let alone inside the gates. That is until now.

Have a look at Villa De Montaña in St. Helena an let your imagination soar!

Currently not marketed on MLS, this home is on 20+ acres and surrounded by 1,000 acres of the Mayacama Mountains. Asking $16,950,000, it is a 32 room estate with 2 master suites, 4 guest suites, 3 offices, 10 bathrooms, a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, sun room, wine cellar, exercise studio, library, and the list goes on and on.

Although not decorated to my standards, the home is quite lovely indeed, especially this killer patio…

I’d love to come visit you on occasion and (insert British accent here) sip a lovely glass of Napa Valley wine on your lovely estate, and marvel at the exquisitely manicured grounds, enjoy delicious meals from your private chef, and form extraordinary friendships with your undoubtedly, absolutely delightful friends. Cheers…

For more details, visit Villa De Montaña, St. Helena, $16,950,000 on PocketListings.net.

-More Wanderlust [theFrontSteps]

A Wine Lover’s Paradise. Thirty Two Room St. Helena Luxury Estate Could Be Yours For $16,950,000

Do you love wine? Do you long for weekends, or a life, spent in wine country? Are you thinking, “Gee, it would be nice to have a place I could call my own and invite all of my friends without them having to sleep on the couch with my dog. A place like a completely remodeled 32 room estate with 2 master suites, 4 guest suites, 3 offices, 10 bathrooms, 4 entries, a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, sun room, loggia, wine cellar, exercise studio, library, laundry facilities, trunk room, pool, pool house/changing rooms, two bedroom, two bath guest house, three car garage/three car carport, views, and magnificent gardens?”

Do you dream of barrels of wine like this so close you can smell them?

If so, I have found just the place for you not too far from San Francisco up in the hills of St. Helena (Napa Valley) California.

I think you would look good in this home, and I think you’d rather enjoy the Summers there. The only catch…I have carte blanche to do as many cannonballs into the pool as my ass can handle, cuz I will be mixing up some sweet margaritas for you and your guests, and happily assuming the role of weekend pool boy. Deal?

-St. Helena, Napa Wine Country Estate For Sale: 6 bedrooms, 10+ bathrooms, $16,950,000 [PocketListings.net]

*Photos in this post are not actual photos of the estate for sale or necessarily anywhere near it. They are stock photos of Napa Valley. For more details, contact me and I’ll happily get you up there for a look.

Living Large for Small Change on Tahoe

Tahoe Lakefront

I never really heard the term “Lakefront” until I moved to Lake Tahoe. Now, as a realtor in Tahoe, I hear it all the time – mostly in relation to the ultimate in luxury living on the most desirable lake in the country. Affordable? Not usually. Lakefronts are generally reserved for the very rich or those who bought back in the days of the dinosaurs when land was cheap. However, while “cheap” and “Tahoe lakefront” are terms that will probably never go together again, “sort of affordable” seems to have come back into vogue.

Check out this property in Rubicon on the west shore of Tahoe. While 1.6 million may seem like a lot of dollars, that is a bargain that hasn’t been seen in Tahoe for quite a few years. According to my recent MLS research, the average sales price for a lakefront home in this area going back to 2005 is $4,882,941, and no home has sold for anything close to 1.6 million; the next lowest sold price was $2,350,000 (that’s the sold price, not the asking price). Granted, most of those homes were larger and more grand than this little guy, but it gives you an idea of how even the most desirable real estate in the world (and this property is that) has become more attainable than it has in years.

Keep in mind, not all lakefront locations are created equal. Rubicon is an extremely beautiful part of the lake. Even if you don’t live there you will probably boat that direction (if you have a boat). This isn’t a large house, or even a new house (it was built in 1931), but only a fraction of your purchaser’s check would go toward the value of the house.

Check out the views of the turquoise water from the living room and deck. You can’t buy views like that! Well, I guess you can – for 1.6 million. Did I mention that is a bargain?

Rubicon Lakefront, Lake Tahoe, $1,595,000 [Lake Tahoe MLS]

[Chris Anderson is a Tahoe based writer and real estate professional. You can contact him at chris@tahoetruckeehomes.com or go to TahoeTruckeeHomes.com.]

Wanderlust: Sweden Ain’t All IKEA You Know

As much as I love dealing in, and talking about, San Francisco real estate (because it is really THAT cool), I’ve been known to get a serious case of wanderlust from time. What better way to cure it than going walkabout. Last week was Los Angeles modern, yesterday a glimpse of real estate up Tahoe way, today…Stockholm, Sweden!
In case you’re unable to read Swedish (like me), that’s four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 290 square meters, outdoor space galore, modern kitchen, and all can be yours for a starting bid of 8,900,000 Krona. Don’t have Krona in your pocket, I’m sure they’d take $1,429,562.50 USD too. In fact, I know they would, because the owners will hopefully be putting that cash right here in San Francisco real estate. I just gotta convince them East Bay is inferior to San Francisco, but that shouldn’t be too difficult, San Francisco is where it’s at. Right?

[Update: Just got word two bids are in and the price is pushing north of 9,400,000 Krona. Yes, they use a bidding system in Sweden, and they share the prices being bid with the other side. Imagine that. If only SF were so smart. This whole, "you can't shop an offer" thing is stupid. If you have a bid, why not tell the other side the price. Sorry...tangent.]

-Swedish Modern Home Details [Sotheby's Stockholm]
-Reasons We Live Here [theFrontSteps]
-More Walkabout [theFrontSteps]

When Men were Men and Mice were Movies Stars…

[Editor's Note: Because I know soooo many San Francisco residents love to visit Lake Tahoe regularly for any number of great things the Lake Tahoe area has to offer, and because I know you all love yourself a little real estate, I have found a talented writer/Realtor up there to share some insight. This is his first post. Please welcome him.]
Walt Disney slept here! Seriously. When I moved from Orange County to Tahoe, I thought I was leaving my Disneyland connection behind. But right here on the north shore is a little slice of Disney. Called the “Heigh Ho Lodge” because Walt himself was a frequent guest back in the day, this 1.6 acre lakefront estate includes over 280 ft. of south facing sandy beach along with 3 separate houses: a guest house, a caretaker’s house, and a 6 BR main house that sleeps 21. You could fit all 7 dwarves, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Walt himself and still have room for 11 more overnight guests!
At a touch under $9 mil, I only need to save $9 million more to afford it. But if you have ever spent any time at Buck’s Beach (a public beach just down the street from the Heigh Ho Lodge) you know why this property is on my short list of dream houses. The north shore enclave of Old Brockway is one of the most beautiful parts of the lake – granite boulder mini-islands dot the crystal clear, turquoise sandy bottomed shallows, beckoning anyone in possession of an inflatable raft and a couple cold Coronas.
Did Walt drink Corona? Maybe not, but I’m sure Mickey did.

-“Heigh Ho Lodge, Lake Tahoe, $8,995,000 [Lake Tahoe MLS]

[Chris Anderson is a Tahoe based writer and real estate professional. You can contact him at chris@tahoetruckeehomes.com or go to TahoeTruckeeHomes.com.]

Escape The San Francisco Fog, Buy This Home In Sausalito

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,” said Mark Twain, who didn’t have the luxury of hopping in his car, heading over the Golden Gate Bridge and parking in Sausalito.

Indeed, it’s that time of year when the fog starts creeping back in, the mercury drops, the cold wind picks up off the beautiful blue ocean (now gray from the fog), and ushers in the most dreaded season in San Francisco…summer. That means, it’s time to see what else is out there, and how far you have to go to find some sun.

Today, we take a trip 10, maybe 15 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, and find this wonderful Sausalito home tucked into the hillside just out of reach of said fog.

Back on the market as of today, four bedrooms, two and one half baths, roughly 3400 square feet, and asking $2,350,000, who’s going to be the next to attempt to snag this Old Town Sausalito Craftsman?

To those of you readers that are reading this post anywhere east of Oakland, you might be shocked to learn that although we are, in fact, in “sunny” California, we San Franciscans suffer the wrath of the fog all summer long. (Just as our nano-markets differ by the block, so does our weather.) So when you come here on your summer vacation looking for a home or just hoping to see the sights, pack your winter coats, scarves, and ear muffs. And if summer to you means lemonade stands, shorts, bright sun and dinners on your deck, you’re gonna have to go North, South, or East, because it just doesn’t happen but maybe 10 days all summer long in San Francisco (Mission, SOMA districts excepted).

-219 West Street, Sausalito, CA-$2,350,000 [agent website]
-Focus on the Volume On Your Block, Not the Median In Your City [theFrontSteps]

Wanderlust: A Little Lake Tahoe Getaway For $100,000,000

It’s Friday, and dammit if I don’t have a bit of Wanderlust. The snow is falling (very lightly), and the base is deep up Tahoe way, so I thought I’d do a little searching for a home big enough to house my ski bootens. This $100,000,000 home in Zephyr Cove ought to fit the bill.

Anyone care to join me? You might have to sleep on the couch, but you should have plenty of room to stretch out.

The only problem…skiing at Heavenly (the closest resort) is less than stellar (in fact it’s awful). Guess I’ll just have to cross country ski around my 200 acres, or maybe ice fish my own private lake.

-525 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, Nevada (Lake Tahoe) [Chase International Lake Tahoe]
-Walkabout [theFrontSteps]

Walkabout: A True Case Of Wanderlust To The Swiss Alps…JUIZ!!!!

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We saw this on Apartment Therapy and just had to share. Simply too cool to pass up. The best part…you don’t have to buy it, you can rent it. Oh, and it’s in Switzerland…JUIZ!!!!

The home is located in the Valsertal at 1250 meters, deep in the Swiss Alps….oh we’ll save the translation. Here:

Het huis ligt aan het einde van het ongerepte ‘Valsertal’ hoog (1250 m) in de Zwitserse Alpen. Het bevindt zich direct naast het wereldberoemde Therme Vals van Peter Zumthor en aan de rand van het dorp. Het combineert de nabijheid van alle noodzakelijke voorzieningen met een fantastisch uitzicht op de ongeschonden natuur van de bergen en de vallei. Op loopafstand gelegen zijn de bakker, supermarkt, postkantoor, bank, restaurants en het dorpsplein. De gratis pendelbus Therme-Dorf-Bahn stopt tijdens het skiseizoen aan de lagergelegen weg. Het skigebied is heerlijk rustig. U kunt er tot 3000 meter hoogte skiën. Het huis met terras biedt veel privacy en is omgeven door een ruime tuin en een berghelling van 1.300 m2.

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The description of the house is just as amazing, and we’re dying to get there:

Het huis – ongeveer 160 m2 groot – is geheel in de bergwand ingegraven. Het biedt plaats aan tien personen (maximaal twaalf indien met minimaal vier kleine kinderen) en is omgeven door een zonnige, grote tuin met veel privacy. Een grote glazen pui opent naar een terras (60 m2) en biedt een spectaculair uitzicht op groene weiden (sneeuwhellingen in de winter) en bergtoppen.

If that doesn’t give you Wanderlust, we don’t know what kind of real estate porn will. (You think we’re joking…we understand those descriptions, you don’t? If you know German, you’ll at least get the gist.)

[Update: Hats off to woyouwenti, for giving you all the translation.]

-Villa Vals
[Images ALL pulled from Apartment Therapy]

Is It The Price Or The Mold That Brought You Here?

From $138,900 to $49,900 (the magic number) 880 Ashwood Ave, Vallejo, CA was quite simply too good to pass up.

We’re not sure if it was the price that was so eye-catching ($49,900..oh! Too late, it’s “pending”) or the property description:

REO/bank-owned property. Property has mold. Mold inspection report indicates the need for mold remediation for the entire house. Property may not qualify for coventional financing. Seller will give buyer 3% of purchase price to be applied to closing cost. Repairs credit: 0.

Kinda like, “I’ll practically give you my house, but if you ask me to fix anything, take a hike!”

Go ahead, walk around the corner and see what you find:

Regardless, it’s something to note and certainly something to consider, not to mention it got us out of the city for a little walk.

Walkabout: Homes Along California’s Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway)

Those of you that have been reading theFrontSteps for a while know that we often get a case of Wanderlust and must cure the ailment by getting out of San Francisco and going Walkabout. Today, we take a little trip down Highway 1 (the most beautiful highway in the world) and discover some masterpieces fit for kings and surfers alike. Enjoying a taste for modern homes, mixed with a bit of old and natural charm is all you need.

Just a short drive down the coast over Devil’s Slide (soon to be through the tunnel) and you come to this great little one bedroom (do you really need more than that) house at 100 14th Street, Montara CA, $1,985,000 [Editor's Note: If you saw this post an hour ago we actually had a picture of the Montara lighthouse, leading you to believe that was the house. Not the case...whoops!]:

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Head on down the coast a bit further, climb into the hills, see the giant Redwoods, notice the increase of poison oak along the road and you get to one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the world, Big Sur, and for $6,000,000 you could have this “Treadwell House”. This home was featured in Dwell Magazine, and it is oh so nice. (We can put you in touch with the agent, just drop us a line.):

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If one of these homes is not enough for you, or you feel you need to be where there is more “action”, how about a trip way down to sunny Los Angeles and buying a home in the Hollywood Hills, right smack dab next to Ellen Degeneres. It will only set you back $3,295,000 and don’t forget it comes with a famous neighbor:

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Phew! We made it all the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one day down the coast. Lots of great things to do and see on the way, but lots of great property porn to distract even the best driver. Either way, our Wanderlust is temporarily satisfied, and now it’s back to reality…

Got Walkabout tips: Send them to thefrontsteps@gmail.com.

Tour De San Francisco: Clarendon Heights

It took a little while, but true to our new year’s resolutions another stage of the Tour de San Francisco (real estate) has been completed.
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For all of the new readers or those that might just be passing by, le Tour, as it pertains to real estate, is a look (mostly pictures) at all the nano-markets and different little districts that make up the greater city of San Francisco. Each district is a new stage and today marks the completion of Stage 51. Only about 49 stages left to go. With any luck it will be complete before le Tour de France kicks off in July.

-Tour de San Francisco (real estate) [tdsf.blogspot.com]
-Stage 51, Clarendon Heights [Tour de SF]

Walkabout: Los Altos edition and a $7M price reduction (12335 Stonebrook Dr.)

Since we’re on the subject of million dollar price reductions (some more honorable and accurate than others), we got that Wanderlust in us again and couldn’t help but bring you 12335 Stonebrook Dr. (For more detailed pics go here.)

“This magnificent home is one of the greatest estates in California” (and they just hacked the price $7M from $45M to $38M, so you’re in luck!)

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“architectural masterpiece that is said to have played host to presidents and kings, movie stars and celebrities…” (“Said”? What exactly does that mean?)

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“Outdoor Activities” (Canon balls, back flips, swan dives, Marco Polo, Fish out of Water…)

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We could go on and simply repost all of the pictures here, but that’d be silly now wouldn’t it. You must absolutely check this place out. It is not to be missed for all of you real estate porn addicts. And of course, should you have $38,000,000, you know where to find us in order to get the keys. ;-)

-Decker Bullock Website with property details

Walkabout: Sonoma edition, includes helicopter pad

Those of you that have read our little blog about San Francisco real estate for a while know we’ve been known to get Wanderlust from time to time and are forced to go walkabout. Today we head to Sonoma where $5,895,000 buys you one helluva sweet (green?) house at 2000 Hot Springs Rd. in the town of Cloverdale, CA.

It wasn’t the pictures that caught our eye (although they’re nice).

It was the description:

Dramatic 332 acre estate property of rolling oak-studded hills overlooking Lake Sonoma w/ 360 degree panoramas all the way to Mt. St. Helena. Eleven thousand (11,000) square foot modern residence designed by apprentice to Mies Van der Rohe with 6 bedrooms & rooms of great scale…green energy property with carbon negative footprint… an entertainer’s paradise, features swimming pool, terrace, 1700 bottle wine cellar, helicopter pad and 12 horse stable…easy access to wineries, fine dining and exceptional outdoor recreation.

We’d take it, but we wouldn’t have enough cash left to buy the helicopter to go with the pad, so we’ll have to pass. Nice pad though.

-2000 Hot Springs Rd. [listing detail]