This Is SF’s Blueprint For More Racially Fair Housing


San Francisco is assembling a new housing element, this time with a brand new goal in mind: City Hall wants this one to be fair. The housing element is the SF Planning Department’s eight-year blueprint for new housing in the city. Despite the dull sounding name and demeanor, SF Planning is one of the most … Continue reading This Is SF’s Blueprint For More Racially Fair Housing

Maximum Luxury: Pac Heights Mammoth, Ultra-Rich Condo Hub Finally Gets $24.5M Penthouse


Maximum Luxury is a weekly column about the most expensive properties for sale in San Francisco, motivated entirely by idle (but irrepressible) curiosity. The flashy condos at 2121 Webster Street broke ground back in 2014, and the 76-unit, Handle Architects-designed hub sold its first home in 2016, to the tune of $8.9 million. However, the … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Pac Heights Mammoth, Ultra-Rich Condo Hub Finally Gets $24.5M Penthouse

Maximum Overbid: “The Worst House” Doubles Its Money


Sometimes the real estate game is simple: All you have to do is predict the future. That doesn’t require any special powers–just a reasonably good sense of the way things are going. Case in point, back in September we featured 320 Day Street, a crumbling fixer advertised as “the worst house on the best block” … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: “The Worst House” Doubles Its Money

Tahoe Property With “Underground Lair” Plans Seeks $12.5M


One of our favorite sub-genres of home listings is incredibly ambitious and expensive luxury properties that have not yet actually been built but still seek millions of dollars. You can find lots of these phantasmal gems in San Francisco, but we have to admit, this latest Tahoe listing in the town of Olympic Valley might … Continue reading Tahoe Property With “Underground Lair” Plans Seeks $12.5M

Pac Heights Mansion Sans Open Floor Plan Wants $10.5M


They don’t make them like they used to, but sometimes you can still see the difference when an old home comes to market again in, well, let’s call it an unusually preserved state. To be clear, the mammoth house at 2815 Pacific Avenue in Pac Heights has indeed been remodeled over the years since its … Continue reading Pac Heights Mansion Sans Open Floor Plan Wants $10.5M

Designer Silver Terrace House Ahead of Its Time, Seeks $1.73M


Silver Terrace is a corner of Bayview that often holds out against rising price pressures, even when nearby neighborhoods come to a boil. As such, the new listing at 1948 Quesada Avenue serves as a particularly fascinating specimen, being a basically brand new, designer home right at the Terrace’s edge, just a few blocks away … Continue reading Designer Silver Terrace House Ahead of Its Time, Seeks $1.73M

Maximum Overbid: A New Year’s Fixer Breaks Bank


There’s nothing quite like the first overbid of the new year–in this case because it’s actually a fairly modest affair all around. The two bed, one-bath circa 1930 house at 2626 23rd Avenue sold this week after just a little over a month on the market for more than $1.5 million, or more than 134 … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A New Year’s Fixer Breaks Bank

Filbert Cottages: The Ultimate Russian Hill Landmark, Yours For $3.89M


Possibly no properties better represent Russian Hill history than the old Filbert Cottages–today as well as once upon a time when they were built. These four landmarked homes at 1338 Filbert presaged the coming popularity of the Craftsman style in San Francisco in 1907. Of course, at the time it was not really a style … Continue reading Filbert Cottages: The Ultimate Russian Hill Landmark, Yours For $3.89M

Maximum Luxury: Infamous Sea Cliff Mansion Still Seeking $15 Million


This is Maximum Luxury, a weekly column where we examine some of San Francisco’s most expensive properties, basically just because we’re curious. And oh do we have a curiosity in store this week: Up on Sea Cliff Avenue, one of San Francisco’s priciest homes also has one of its strangest histories. The house at 224 … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Infamous Sea Cliff Mansion Still Seeking $15 Million

This Is San Francisco’s Very First Home Listing of 2022


The new year is less than a week old but already busy on the home front, with 18 properties listing since the big ball dropped on Saturday. But there was only a single property in the city with the chutzpah to actually go up for sale on New Year’s Day itself (at least on MLS): … Continue reading This Is San Francisco’s Very First Home Listing of 2022

Nic Cage’s Onetime Russian Hill House Finally Sells


After literally years of trying, a star turn has finally come for the six bed, 6.5-bath house at 898 Francisco Street once owned by Oscar winner Nic Cage, which sold a few days before the holiday for more than $8.82 million, a Christmas carol ending to years of drama over the luxurious address. Cage bought … Continue reading Nic Cage’s Onetime Russian Hill House Finally Sells

Maximum Luxury: Transparently Gorgeous Glen Park Listing Hits Anniversary


Maximum Luxury is a weekly column featuring some of San Francisco’s most expensive homes, usually for no particular reason except that we’re curious. But in this case there actually is a timely reason to feature the sprawling Midcentury house at 2 Everson: This listing turns one year old this week, originally dropping on December 29, … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Transparently Gorgeous Glen Park Listing Hits Anniversary

Maximum Overbid: A Recession Repeat Finally Wins Big


With the holiday weekend upon us–where did the time go?–not as many homes closed this week, as SF saw about 100 sales in all since last Friday. But that doesn’t mean anyone was slacking in the bidding department, as the number one taker, a two bed, two bath Inner Sunset house at 1443 16th Avenue, … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A Recession Repeat Finally Wins Big

Maximum Luxury: Big-Time East Cut Building Finally Makes Big Sale


Welcome back to Maximum Luxury, the weekly column where we peer at some of San Francisco’s most expensive homes, just for the heck of it. Ordinarily we feature listings still on the market in this space, but sometimes a unit we’ve had our eye on up and sells out from under us before we can … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Big-Time East Cut Building Finally Makes Big Sale

SF Struggles To Clean Up Streets & Sidewalks Yet Again


After the cost of housing and the homeless crisis, likely the biggest complaint many San Franciscans and would-be San Franciscans have about SF is that our streets and sidewalks are chronically dirty. In truth, street conditions ary a lot from neighborhood to neighborhood and even block to block, but the state of the asphalt remains … Continue reading SF Struggles To Clean Up Streets & Sidewalks Yet Again

Maximum Overbid: A Sunset Switcheroo


If someone were paying VERY close attention to the 1800 block of 45th Avenue, they might be surprised that our top overbid for the week is 1826 45th Ave. Not because of anything to do with the house itself, but simply because this place just sold previously eight months earlier, clearing $1.2 million back in … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A Sunset Switcheroo