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Just Sold: 29 Rivoli, Cole Valley: List $1,395,000 Sold $1,575,000

I am pleased to announce the successful sale of this wonderful, luxury, view residence at 29 Rivoli, in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood.

After an unsuccessful marketing effort with a different agent, the owners put their trust in me to get the job done, and I was able to garner multiple offers, get to a sales price that was suitable to buyer and seller ($180,000 over asking), and secure a quick close. Buyer is thrilled. Seller is thrilled. All is good on Rivoli!

For more details about this transaction, others in Cole Valley, or San Francisco generally, you should know where to find me by now. (Hint:, or 415-254-5351)
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Life Lessons From A Ski Movie Trailer: RIP JP Auclair & Andreas Fransson

For those of you that know me, you know I work to live life, I don’t live life to work. I strive to give you the best level of service I can offer, and top notch support in this frenzied market we call San Francisco, but I don’t do it to get rich. I do it because I love it, and I do it to support my lifestyle, and my family. My lifestyle that has deep roots in skiing, all the way back to my Grandpa bringing Kneisl skis to the U.S., and he and my Uncle taking Vaurnet to the next level. I had a life spent as a child at Ski trade shows and hours spent waiting in ski shops while my mom sold all kinds of products to the retailers who’s lives (including ours) depended on snow. My Dad was a huge cross country skier and I remember days building snow forts with my brother while my parents did some of the fist XC races up around Tahoe. Roots that run so deep, I recently found out my Grandpa (Opa) was offered not only the opportunity to be an early investor in Heavenly Ski Resort by the founder personally (for $5000), but also a little mountain not near, but certainly dear to a number of you SoCal skiers (Mammoth) — Don’t get excited, $5k was a lot of money back then, so sadly I have no interest in either of those mountains.

So where am I going with this? Every so often, something, or someone, comes across your life path that has a profound impact on you, or maybe someone you know. I’ve had many a moment that has changed my life, so I won’t get into them here, but this video clip, the rider in it (JP Auclair), and the skis he’s on (Armada- The skis single handedly responsible for me leaving snowboarding and getting back into skiing) have been my favorites for years, and sadly JP has lost his life:

I have been watching ski movies for as long as I can remember, and used to froth at the opportunity to get autographs of my favorite skiers at Warren Miller Movies (you might remember Scot Schmidt and Glen Plake?) Those movies were always great, and most ski movies today are also great, but they’re all very similar: Crazy skier drops big line, hucks big cliff, skis deep powder, bounces down the moguls, airs the half pipe, rail slide here, nose tap there, bluebird skies. Then a movie (in this case trailer) comes along that bends your mind. Something totally different from the rest: Practically no snow, no blue sky, skiing on pavement, skiing through a working class neighborhood, different camera angles, different lines, great soundtrack, and an entirely different approach. An approach that gets me watching this clip over and over every ski season since I’ve seen it, and wishing like hell I could ski like this. An approach that lives at the very core of riders like JP, and companies like Armada.

Sadly, the skier in this video recently lost his life in an avalanche in South America, along with his friend Andreas Fransson. Sadly, we’ll never get to see new tricks come out of this kid, my kids will never get to meet him, and his family has to deal with their tragic loss. His skiing is smooth, his life was epic, his path was primed, and it has all come to an end, way too soon. This is my tribute to him.

You might not give a shit, you might wonder why the hell I post this on a real estate blog, and you might just brush it off as a consequence of pushing the boundaries of safety, and what you consider “real life”. You might think you’ll live forever. But I hope you do give a shit, and I hope you do realize a life was taken from this world from a true talent, and I hope you let this serve as a reminder to you, and everyone you know, life is really, really short, you could die tomorrow, so get out and LIVE IT! Create. Inspire. Be kind. Be Real. Innovate. Enjoy. Share. Life is better that way. RIP JP and Andreas. Your innovation will be missed.

LUMINA SF :定价,面积和销售新信息

No…I have not been hacked. My assistant is fluent in Chinese, so we wanted to give you overseas readers something to consider. We’re here to help.

我最近收到关于Lumina豪宅的定价,面积和销售情况 (详细英文版):

定价如下(第1阶段) :
Studios :约 650平方英尺,695000 至 825000美元
1房 :约 850 至 870平方英尺(高塔)及约 880 至 1100平方英尺(广场) ,865000 至 1150000美元,
1房 + 书房:865000 至 1160000美元
2房 :约1170 至 1570平方英尺(高塔)及约1400 至1500平方英尺(广场) ,1225000 至 2295000美元
3房 :约1790 至 2670平方英尺,2350000 至 5350000美元

接受报价至到10月3日(星期五) 。目前只有两座大楼,里面只有52个单位提供出售。预计在第二阶段释放更多单位,定价会更新。

本新闻稿中提供的单位都在广场A座4楼,和D座7, 12, 18, 23, 30楼。预计2015年后期和2016年入住。

Lumina SF: Pricing, Square Footage, And Timing Of Sales – An Update

I received new information regarding pricing, square footage, and timing of the Lumina residences, which I have edited and put in the original post, which you can find here, but if you’re on the email drip system, here you go:

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.

-Lumina SF: Luxury High Rise Living In Downtown San Francisco – The Inside Scoop [theFrontSteps]

5 Tips To Maximize Living In A Small Space

Living in San Francisco, I not only help my readers buy and sell property, but I also support new technology and innovation that has the potential to enrich our lives. Recently I came across a cool company, Boxbee, that is helping San Francisco residents get organized and reduce clutter. So with a little help from CEO Kristoph Matthews, we put our brains together and thought you could use a few tips to get maximum use and enjoyment out of your minimal space.


You’re cramped, always tripping over stuff, stubbing toes, and cursing names. Here, in San Francisco, it can be a way of life- especially with micro-apartments and sub 400-square-foot apartments on the rise in the city. Try as you might you can’t downsize everything, and your storage hacks and inventive decorating just aren’t cutting it. It’s time to make some changes and get the most out of your space. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few helpful tips.

Clear the Clutter- This is probably the most obvious thing to do, but clearing the clutter can really help open a space up. It’s time to get ruthless. Do you really need that five-year-old espresso machine that has never been used? Probably not. Start by dividing your items and labeling things that should stay, be placed in storage, be recycled or trashed. This will help you start to feel organized and set the path to a more spacious home.

Make Every Piece Count- Your home is already lacking in space, which means you shouldn’t be showcasing your entire collection of precious figurines or baseball cards. Determine a handful of items you want to showcase and decorate your space around those belongings. Minimalist decorating will help open up your space and still allow you to showcase your personal taste. You could also switch up your featured personal items every six-months, or seasonally, to give you a new slate to work with, and keep things from getting boring.

Manipulate Space Visually- There are many ticks of the trade that can help manipulate your space into looking larger than it is. Painting your room cool, light colors is the first trick you should adopt. Choosing pastels, neutrals or whites will do wonders to a room. Another great trick is to add mirrors to the walls, which can create an illusion of more space. Furniture that is glass or mirrored will also have this same affect. Last but not least, instead of choosing decorative items that are wide, choose items that are vertical. This helps elongate the room and gives the illusion that your space is taller.

Maximize Furniture- Now that your clutter is clear and the walls are decked out to maximize space, it’s time to consider your furniture. Choose pieces that can serve multiple purposes. Instead of using a table to display items, try a chest that can double as a storage container. Also, instead of going after multiple couches and a love seat, try one larger couch that doesn’t take up quite as much space- or pieces that can convert uses. Furniture can really make or break a space.

Keep it Clear of Clutter, Again- People have an impressive ability to amass stuff as time goes on and it’s difficult to rid yourself of items that you have an emotional tie. Instead of downsizing items you will need in the future, try using storage solutions like Boxbee, a self-service storage solution that handles the hassle and allows you to store and manage your belongings from your mobile device without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. With Boxbee, your belongings are always just a delivery away. This way, you won’t have to get rid of your items and can maintain your new spacious and clutter free home right up until the time you decide to list it for sale…with me, of course.

Here’s another tip: Don’t play leap-frog with a unicorn.

Have a great day!

Representing Buyers & Sellers Of Residential Real Estate In San Francisco, Marin, & Palo Alto – Follow/Connect @theFrontSteps


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