Do San Francisco Housing Prices Ever Drop?


While having lunch with a friend recently, she put forth a potentially disarming question: Have San Francisco home prices ever actually gone down for any significant period? Not just wobbly month-to-month dips, but a real drop? Her tone was one of almost unvarnished disbelief: She was of an age where she could not remember SF … Continue reading Do San Francisco Housing Prices Ever Drop?

Making Sense of SF’s Stupid Housing Measures


It’s an election year (as usual), and San Franciscans are voting on housing (as usual), and if you can’t make sense out of what you’re being asked to vote on then we can hardly blame you. This year’s two most hotly contested housing items have almost identical names and are in direct opposition to one … Continue reading Making Sense of SF’s Stupid Housing Measures

Do “Haunted” Houses Really Sell For Less?


The real estate game is full of superstitions, as befits a business where so much of your success depends on invisible market forces and the whims of buyers and sellers. When the spooky season rolled around last year, we examined the longstanding rumor that homes with sinister addresses, like the numbers 13, 666, or 44 … Continue reading Do “Haunted” Houses Really Sell For Less?

Neighborhood Guide: Liberty Hill


If you’ve ever been driving down a stretch of Mission and found yourself suddenly taken by an unusually gorgeous cluster of homes, odds are you just stumbled on Liberty Hill, one of San Francisco’s most historic but oddly still overlooked neighborhoods. This redoubt is only about two blocks by three blocks, bounded by Mission Street, … Continue reading Neighborhood Guide: Liberty Hill

Maximum Overbid: Great Highway, Great Payday


Your eyes are not deceiving you: 2136 Great Highway Highway is indeed the listed address for this week’s top overbid home, and this of course is due in part to the fact that there are two Great Highways in San Francisco, side by side no less. You could be forgiven if that fooled you, but … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Great Highway, Great Payday

Forgotten Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest


Sometimes a San Francisco neighborhood falls into obscurity because times change, or demographics change, or in some case there just wasn’t really enough to distinguish the area in the first place. But some neighborhoods were just always the odd ones out, and how and why they’ve endured even to this degree remains a bit of … Continue reading Forgotten Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest

Maximum Overbid: First-Time Sale Goes Way Over


This week’s top overbid is the overweeningly handsome 300 Twin Peaks, a four bed, four bath blue number that sold for $3.15 million after two weeks on the market. According to CoreLogic, this place has never sold before: The last sale (in 1988) was for just the land, coming out to $637,500; the house itself … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: First-Time Sale Goes Way Over

Soaring Eichler Condo Sales Kinda-Sorta Breaks Record


Back in June we gandered at these mammoth penthouses roosting atop an Eichler tower at 999 Green Street, on sale after the deaths of previous owners Charles and George Shultz–more on that here if those names don’t ring an immediate bell. Now both of those penthouses have a buyer and even a record to go … Continue reading Soaring Eichler Condo Sales Kinda-Sorta Breaks Record

Maximum Overbid: The Photos Really Do Matter


It was another downbeat week for oversells, at least compared to the surreal highs we’ve been used to for the past 12 months and more. For all that, the top seller this week, 150 Morningside, still landed more than $2.4 million and only needed a round dozen days on the market to seal the deal. … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Photos Really Do Matter

An Entirely Sympathetic Guide To San Francisco Eyesores


The news broke this week that Claes Oldenberg, one of the artists behind Cupid’s Span, the roughly 60-foot bow and arrow sculpture along the Embarcadero a few blocks from the Bay Bridge, had died at the age of 93. Although Oldenberg was acclaimed during his lifetime, and Cupid’s Span is reminiscent of much of his … Continue reading An Entirely Sympathetic Guide To San Francisco Eyesores

SF’s Top Neighborhoods Are the Marina, Noe Valley, Richmond, and the Sunset…For Now


The spring quarter (April through June) in SF was an exercise in uncertainty, as everyone sat around waiting for a big drop in housing demand and prices…one that never quite came before June closed out. Now, other housing resources will tell you which cities, counties, or districts sold the most or the most expensive homes. … Continue reading SF’s Top Neighborhoods Are the Marina, Noe Valley, Richmond, and the Sunset…For Now

Maximum Overbid: Summer Slowdown Speeds Right Back Up


Looks like last week’s slow week for overbids was just that: A slow week. This week on SF’s housing front everything is right back to the business of business as usual, with a top overbid that not only cracks 150 percent of the asking but also buried its previous record sale price. 1530 44th Avenue … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Summer Slowdown Speeds Right Back Up

Incredible Greek-Revival Vic Slashes $1 Million Off Price


Now here’s the kind of SF home you don’t see every day, although we have seen it many times before: The five bed, three bath, Greek-revival Victorian duplex at 164 Henry Street first hit the market almost exactly two years ago, then asking more than $3.99 million. That offering came and went without any takers, … Continue reading Incredible Greek-Revival Vic Slashes $1 Million Off Price

SF Condos Are Taking Longer To Sell. Does It Matter?


We keep hearing that SF condos are in decline. It’s a plausible idea; as we’ve noted already, condos are virtually all the city has built these last ten years, and they’ve proven fairly sensitive to market ups and downs in the past. That said, anecdotes and speculation don’t punch the clock, so let’s see what … Continue reading SF Condos Are Taking Longer To Sell. Does It Matter?

Maximum Overbid: Will SF Home Prices Finally Dip?


This week’s top overbid, 546 Head, is a real looker, even though the sellers marketed it as a real fixer; if the new owners do overhaul this one we hope they spare some of the woodwork, because there’s just not enough of that stuff to go around these days. Market watchers will notice yes, compared … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Will SF Home Prices Finally Dip?

Inside a $45,000/month San Francisco Apartment


Maximum Luxury is a Front Steps column where we sneak a peek at the most expensive home listings in San Francisco just because we can. But today we’re going to wander a bit outside of our sphere with the most expensive RENTAL listing in all of SF. That turns out to be 765 Market St … Continue reading Inside a $45,000/month San Francisco Apartment