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Coming Soon: 16 Jessie (1 Ecker) Unit 409 – Early Century Brick Meets 21st Century Modern In The Heart Of San Francisco

This top floor, one bedroom, one bath, ultra luxury condominium in the heart of San Francisco will be hitting the market (with any luck) on Friday August 9th [It's now officially on the market], but since you’re a fan of theFrontSteps, you get to see it here first.

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This unit is not only on the top floor, but also on the North East corner and features soaring 12 foot ceilings, open kitchen/living area, bamboo flooring, walk-in closet, custom kitchen pantry, Cesarstone kitchen countertops with bar seating, espresso cabinetry, stackable Kenmore High Efficiency Washer & Dryer, Bosch Energy Star appliances (Dishwasher, Gas Range & Hood), Samsung French Door Refrigerator, microwave, and a 64″ Samsung Plasma TV already perfectly mounted to the wall! This unit comes with additional storage, bike parking, and all of the furniture could be included as well. (Parking for one car is currently subleased nearby at 18 Lansing St for $225/mo. Although it is highly likely the sublease would be honored, it cannot be guaranteed.)

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What makes 1 Ecker so attractive and in such demand? 1 Ecker (16 Jessie) is an appealing blend of modern and timeless San Francisco charm, and sustainable down to its very foundation. The original century-old building structure was painstakingly restored and updated with brand-new modern interior fixtures and finishes in every bedroom and bath. The soaring arched windows are 100% recycled, and all of the units were restored with sustainability in mind. Nestled among some of San Francisco’s tallest structures, the grand windows and high ceilings fill this residence with generous amounts of natural light, while the original brick structure is a welcome backdrop for modern, sophisticated living.

1 Ecker’s common area amenities include the comfortable rooftop lounge, with grill and plenty of seating for entertaining a large group or enjoying a quiet dinner for two. Sleek, comfortable modular seating allows for adjustment to meet your group’s needs, as art form meets function. Exotic foliage in vibrant hues frames an antique Balinese water fountain, a tranquil centerpiece. The lounge grill is ready to serve up favorites year-round.. The interior courtyard offers a stylish visual backdrop featuring exotic, vibrant foliage. Common areas are maintained by the building’s Home Owners Association, and monthly HOA dues of $500.68 for this unit help serve to keep them in pristine order. HOA dues also include water, garbage, and professional property management services.

The location of this wonderful city home (go ahead…map it) puts you steps away from tons of shops, restaurants, clubs, art museums (MOMA), theaters (Metreon), Outdoor Parks (Yerba Buena), conference centers (Moscone), World Champion baseball stadium (Go Giants!), and so much more. Multiple Zipcar® locations are within walking distance for pay-as-you-go car convenience, and the future Transbay Transit Center steps away at 1st and Mission Streets will house 11 transportation systems, including AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Muni &; Amtrak, for easy access to all of the Bay Area and beyond.

This is certainly a one-of-a-kind unit in a one-of-a-kind property that you won’t want to miss.

The bullet points:

Kitchen:
Bosch Dishwasher
Bosch Cooktop
Bosch Hood
Samsung French Door Refrigerator
Lazy Susan in cabinetry
Cesarstone countertops and espresso cabinetry
Full Pantry
Under counter lighting
Washer/Dryer – Kenmore High Efficiency

Living Area:
12 ft Ceiling heights
~64 inch Samsung Plasma TV
Custom Paint throughout

Bedroom:
12 ft Ceiling heights
Walk in Closet
Custom closet organizer

Bathroom:
Custom cabinetry under sink
Custom Glass Shower Door upgrade

HOA: $500.68

Parking: Currently Subleased $225/month. Location at 18 Lansing St.

Price: $799,000

Showing times: Sunday 8/11 from 2-4pm; Tuesday 8/13 from 2-3:30pm; Sunday 8/18 from 2-4pm, and by private appointment anytime in between. Sorry, no showings until first Open House. But at least you can see the pictures here and get yourself ready to make this fabulous home your own!

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Exclusively listed by Alexander Clark of Paragon Real Estate.
For more details:
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

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.

Maximum Overbid Of The Week: 430 Noriega Gets $725,000 Over

There is a little something I used to do back in 2003 thru 2008 (mostly on what was then sfnewsletter), then the market tanked, and so too did The Maximum Overbid Of the Week. Alas! It has returned. At the request of some long time readers, I present 430 Noriega:
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A wee little four bedroom home in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Heights that hit the market asking $1,300,000, and promptly sold for $2,025,000, a mere nine days later, and $725,000 extra. Buyer and seller represented by the same agent on this one. Not bad. Not bad at all.

For the record, Curbed beat me to the punch on this scoop, so check out what they had to say too.

[Update: Steven L writes in the comments, "Since you note that Curbed beat you to the punch, couldn’t you also have noted what one of the commenters over there said? “This is a little misleading at best. There were 2 adjacent lots valued at 300K each that were attached to the sale. The total asking price was really $1.9M and a sale price of $125K over that isn’t that big of a stretch.”]

Are you a would be seller? Let’s talk about putting your property on the market, and helping you go out on top.

-Golden Gate Heights Abode Gets $725k Above Asking [Curbed SF]
-The Maximum Overbid Of the Week [theFrontSteps]

Three Indicators Of A Very Strong Housing Year To Come

Number of Homes suffering price reductions on the decline:
Price Reduction Decline

Price of Newly listed properties on the rise:
List Prices going up

Days on Market (how long a property takes to sell) going down:
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For more info and the full article, visit:
-Three signs 2013 will be the Hottest Housing year since 2005 [Altos Research]

Buying A Home In San Francisco – Step 5 And Beyond: Depends On How Step 4 Goes

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There is one guarantee after writing an offer on a property in San Francisco, and that is there is no guarantee you’ll get the property. With multiple offers all too common, sellers holding the upper hand, extremely low inventory, and thousands of buyers in the market, writing an offer is only part of the property winning (yes, we use the term winning) equation.

So what is the next step, then? The only certainty is if your offer was rejected, you can shuffle back up to Step 3 and start the touring again. There is a learning curve in San Francisco real estate, and you likely won’t get the first place you go for. Patience is paramount, and communication is key. Stay in touch with your Realtor (because now you have one), and keep hope alive. You will get there in the end. It may just take more time than you had expected.

If your offer was not rejected, and you’re the lucky winner, there are so many different steps that could happen next, we need not mention them in detail here. Things like: did you receive a counter offer; was the counter offer a multiple counter offer; have you been offered what is called “backup”; did your offer include inspections; how much time do you have to remove contingencies; do you need to sell your own home; is the seller asking for a “rent back”; so on and so forth. It is here that you will see value in a Realtor, and why we are so very comfortable giving you all of the tools you need to find your property on your own, online.

In the end, there will be about 10-20 more steps (at least) before getting keys to your home, and you’re going to need someone to guide you, because the process is so very not cut and dry, and we hope to earn your business. Feel free to learn more about us here, and read some testimonials here. Or better yet, drop us a line so we can chat about what you need.

If all you do is read these steps, set out on your own, find your own Realtor, and never contact us…we truly wish you the best of luck!

-Buying a Home In San Francisco – Step 1: Get Pre-Approved / Provide Proof Of Funds [theFrontSteps]
-Buying a Home In San Francisco – Step 2: Get New Listings Fed To You Automatically [theFrontSteps]
-Buying A Home In San Francisco – Step 3: Go See Some Property [theFrontSteps]
-Buying A Home In San Francisco – Step 4: Make An Offer (Choose A Realtor) [theFrontSteps]

Buying A Home In San Francisco – Step 2: Get New Listings Fed To You Automatically

Yesterday, we educated you on the first and most important step in the San Francisco home buying process, so today we’re moving on…

Step 2 – Get New Listings Fed To You Automatically (via Email or Text)

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Our market moves fast, and so must you. You might have thought the next step would be to contact a Realtor. You can certainly do this now, but it’s not necessary. You can preview all the property you want yourself, right here online, and very soon we’ll show you just how easy it is to get dialed in to seeing these homes on your own.

So how do you get these new listings “fed” to you?
a. Get dialed into MLS. Contact us with your criteria (desired # of beds, baths, parking spaces, size, price, location, and your email) and we can set you up with behind the scenes access to what we call our “Client Portal”. You’ll receive new listings to your inbox the second they hit MLS, you can save, reject, and track what properties are selling for (very important), and you can request showings from within the application. This way, you’ll also be on our radar for potential off market matches should any pop up.
b. A different variation of the same theme, but without the need to contact anyone. It’s called MyZephyr, and you can get alerts, save, search, and track property from the comfort of your own home. The only downfall to this, is that we have so many people in this system using this tool, we simply do not have time to track your activity (some might consider this a plus), and therefore we probably won’t know who you are should something great pop up “not on MLS”.
c. Browse MLS: Even less intrusive, and way more stealth, MLS is actually there and available to you 24/7. No really…it is.
d. Redfin. Hands down the best way to search property if you’re not searching with one of the tools provided above. It’s a great site, with a ton of great info, and incredibly accurate data. If you don’t choose a. or b. above, use this over option c. It’s better.
e. Trulia, Zillow, or Realtor.com. These three are crap, inaccurate, and not worth your time. The only saving grace is Trulia’s community or “Voices” area. There is some good info to be found there. Zillow Zestimates are awful, and when we’re sipping a Cerveza after we hand you the keys to your house, we’ll make sure the beers are on you if you mention one word about “but the Zestimate said it’s worth this.”

What about all of the “off market” listings that are becoming so popular, and how do you get clued in to them?
a. PocketListings.net: It’s growing, more agents are using it, and you (the buyer) can certainly browse it for “off market” opportunities. You can follow PocketListings on Twitter for instant notification of new listings, and you can even have your “buyer need” added to it…but for that you’ll need a Realtor.
b. A Realtor: At this stage, there is no way around it, and it’s the very reason Pocket Listings are growing in popularity…Realtors are taking back the control of their listings, and they’re doing this to keep themselves relevant. Listing aggregators like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, and Realtor.com don’t always portray the most accurate data, agent contact info, pictures, and local information. The system needs to change, and Realtors are taking it back. And guess what? A human is actually a really useful tool in the home searching process and if you find the right one, said human can provide a wealth of accurate and opinionated information. If you want off market opportunities, and want to truly feel like you’re getting in the loop of what most people aren’t, you need a Realtor. If you want to just browse MLS, PocketListings.net, and go at your own pace, you can still get by without contacting one.

So now you’ve proven to all involved you have the money, you’re getting listings fed to you from all angles, and you’re ready to take the next step…Check back tomorrow, and we’ll let you know what to do.

San Francisco Real Estate Market Update & Recent Sales Snapshot

Wowza, wowza, wowza! Those of you that have been reading a long time know that if I go quiet, I’m probably busy. That’s exactly the case. I currently have 4 properties in contract, and two listed as active on MLS (both of which I expect will go into contract soon). Once the dust settles, I’ll have many stories to share, and much more wisdom to impart on all of you. Until then, enjoy the most recent market snapshot I sent on Friday.

And of course, San Francisco’s most recent sales (because that’s all we really care about, right?)

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]

333 Grant Avenue #501: Simply Union Square, Simply a Shopper’s Paradise, Simply A Perfect Pied-A-Terre, Simply $629,000

If you like coming to, or living in, San Francisco, and shopping is your thing, 333 Grant is quite possibly your nirvana. A chip shot away from Prada, Banana Republic, North Face, Nike, Neiman Marcus, Levi’s, Macy’s, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Burberry, Chanel, Maiden Lane, American Apparel…you name it…it’s all here, it’s all around San Francisco’s Union Square, and 333 Grant is in the heart center.

If a San Francisco shopping experience is secondary to your exploits as a dining connoisseur, the location of this Landmark Building is sure to delight! Walk out your door and across the street to Cafe de la Presse, round the corner to Le Central, have a pint (perhaps this weekend) at the Irish Bank, stumble over to Belden Place and take your pick of cuisine, enjoy a stroll on over to Bix for an elegant cocktail and mellow jazz, perhaps try some oysters and fresh seafood at Farallon, get some dim sum in China Town, or simply sit at Starbucks on the corner and watch the people go by (I would recommend Cafe de la Presse over Starbucks any day, but that’s me.)

Built in 1908 and declared a landmark in 1981, the Historic Landmark Building (333 Grant) is in the Union Square section of San Francisco’s Financial District. Converted in 2004, The Landmark Building contains 39 condominium homes & lofts designed with preservation of history and architecture in mind, while paying attention to details suited to modern day living. These homes are designed to accentuate urban elements, while providing a tranquil and inviting city retreat.

Visitors to your home will be greeted by the impressive neo-Renaissance façade with towering 40 ft columns. Unit #501 contains one bedroom, bonus room, one bath, has one (leased) parking space, beautiful brick accents, wood floors, mahogany kitchen cabinets, contemporary features, modern kitchen with Bosch appliances and Amana refrigerator, stackable washer & dryer, extra deeded storage, and a location to die for. Entertaining is easy with the bright, open and spacious layout of the living, dining, and kitchen areas, and guests can easily park in the Sutter-Stockton garage just around the corner.

Almost directly across the street from the Famous Chinatown Gate, The Landmark Building is truly a wonderful property, in an excellent location, right smack dab in the middle of the nation’s best city, San Francisco.

It has a perfect 100 Walkscore, is a short walk to FiDi, SOMA, and BART. The area has excellent gyms (Sports Club LA, Equinox), and did I fail to mention is a stone’s throw away from Rick House? Well…

Asking price is $629,000, it’s easy to show, and if you don’t love it, I’ll buy you an espresso across the street at Cafe de la Presse.

HOA fee: $753/mo.
Parking: $309/mo.
Contact Alex Clark (the owner/editor of this site) for details.

-333 Grant #501, 1+bed, 1 bath, 1 park, $629,000 [MLS listing]