Map: San Francisco’s Most Haunted Houses


Ghost stories can be serious business in the housing game: In certain cases they may depress property values and even land sellers in court. Reporting on allegedly haunted houses can be tricky too, because of course we can’t in good conscience actually say that any of these places are haunted: only that they have that … Continue reading Map: San Francisco’s Most Haunted Houses

Inside the $468 Billion Plan To Fix Bay Area Housing


On Thursday, the Association fo Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Council adopted a proposal they call Plan Bay Area 2050, a 184-page blueprint laying out a 30-year, $1.4 trillion quest to fix some of the Bay Area’s most pressing problems, including a $468 billion housing element. What does all that mean? If you … Continue reading Inside the $468 Billion Plan To Fix Bay Area Housing

Maximum Overbid: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet


Here’s an overbid riddle for you: When can being just average also make you the best? The answer: When you’re selling a home like 1826 23rd Avenue, far and away our top overbid for the week after closing for more than $1.52 million from a $899K asking price, a margin of well over 69 percent. … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Mill Valley’s Most Expensive Home Asks $12.5 Million


What makes a home listing stand out? Sometimes its historicity, sometimes it’s architectural daring, and sometimes it’s the insight that a property can provide about a city or neighborhood. But maybe the simplest way is just to be worth a whole pile of money, as in the case of 9 Walsh Drive, which listed this … Continue reading Mill Valley’s Most Expensive Home Asks $12.5 Million

When Did the Oakland Hills Fire Actually Happen?


Yesterday, October 19, outlets like SFGate and ABC7 ran coverage marking 30 years since the devastating Oakland Hills fire that swept through the East Bay highlands and destroyed thousands of homes. But wait a minute: Those who lived through that fire and its aftermath may be scratching their heads, because didn’t the anniversary come a … Continue reading When Did the Oakland Hills Fire Actually Happen?

Be-Shingled Nob Hill Mansion Asks $17 Million


When writing about housing, it can be tempting to favor big, flashy, expensive properties, the ones with the most history and the greatest degree of excess. If you’re not careful, this bias can warp perspectives, and it takes discipline to prioritize less obvious bits of housing news to form a more complete picture for readers. … Continue reading Be-Shingled Nob Hill Mansion Asks $17 Million

Home Prices Soar Across Bay Area Since 2020


What does it cost to buy a house in San Francisco? It’s not an exaggeration to say that the world wants to know–SF real estate prices make headlines internationally all the time. In a raft of data just released by the California Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a house (not condo) in … Continue reading Home Prices Soar Across Bay Area Since 2020

Maximum Overbid: Riding Into the Sunset


Another week, another shockingly high San Francisco western neighborhoods overbid–or at least that’s how it feels sometimes. This week’s number one overbid is once again an Outer Sunset prospect, a three bed, two bath house at 2026 47th Avenue that originally listed for $995K but closed this week for $1.6 million, a spike of more … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Riding Into the Sunset

Barbary Lane: The Most Famous SF Street That Doesn’t Exist


Macondray Lane is a narrow Russian Hill alleyway that branches off of Leavenworth, just north of Green Street. It’s a pleasant greenbelt with great views (most of it traversable only on foot), but seemingly unremarkable. And yet, this is actually one of the most famous streets in San Francisco–or rather, it’s the nearest proxy for … Continue reading Barbary Lane: The Most Famous SF Street That Doesn’t Exist

Condos Selling at Hayes Valley Development Featured In Bribery Scandal


There are new listings for condos at 555 Fulton Street in Hayes Valley–and if that address rings a bell, oh boy, should it ever. The long-delayed 555 Fulton project was the eye of the storm in the bribery scandal that engulfed the Department of Public works in 2020, the full ramifications of which are still … Continue reading Condos Selling at Hayes Valley Development Featured In Bribery Scandal

Maximum Overbid: The Telltale Bargain


When is a bargain not quite what it seems? When it turns into an overbid instead. That’s what happened with this week’s top overbid at 2358 41st Avenue. This two bed, one bath, Outer Sunset setup listed for $1.09-plus million less than two weeks ago, advertised as a “great price,” and closed out for $1.5 … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Telltale Bargain

Why SF Might Be Buying Homeless Hotels On Your Block


Chances are most people weren’t paying attention to Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors’ Budget & Finance Committee (the name alone is enough to discourage most potential viewers), but one vote could end up having a profound impact on your neighborhood. We’ll break it down for the benefit of anyone who wasn’t there: What … Continue reading Why SF Might Be Buying Homeless Hotels On Your Block

Mammoth Mill Valley A-Frame Asks $1.15 Million


We’ve talked before about the nearly cult-like fascination some people have with A-frame homes, spurred in large part by the muscular simplicity of their design and their association with remote NorCal locations, American post-war prosperity, and 20th century nostalgia. But not every home of a certain style has to fit the formula: In the case … Continue reading Mammoth Mill Valley A-Frame Asks $1.15 Million

SF’s Oldest Home Listing Dumps $10 Million Off Price


Some things get better with age; home listings are not usually reckoned one of them, but there are exceptions. The penthouse at 1080 Chestnut Street is currently the oldest public San Francisco home listing, having gone on the market way back in October of 2019; in fact, in two weeks it will be precisely two … Continue reading SF’s Oldest Home Listing Dumps $10 Million Off Price

Before & After: 1890 Castro Victorian Renovation


Sellers love to push the “r-words”: “renovate,” “refurbish,” “remodel.” Sometimes this is a practical consideration: Certain homes really could do with a new look and more modern sensibilities. Other times it’s simply a shrewd marketing move: People feel motivated to buy things that are new, and University of Western Ontario, Canada researchers find that one … Continue reading Before & After: 1890 Castro Victorian Renovation