Linea

8 Buchanan #612 (Linea) | Mid-Market | $1,325,000 | Not On MLS

Designed and built by world renowned Architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Architectonica in 2014, Linea provides luxury living in the heart-center of San Francisco. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from your living room, sip coffee in the morning sun, and experience the vibrancy that is living on the edge of Hayes Valley, Mission Dolores, Castro, Lower Haight, Duboce Triangle, and Mid-Market districts.

With walls of glass framed by bold, geometric pillars, this building was designed to impress, and impress it does. Unit 612 features two bedrooms, one bath, 1107 square feet of open floor plan, natural hardwood floors, Bertazzoni gas range, Liebherr refrigerator, polished quartz countertops, high end Italian kitchen cabinets, under cabinet LED lighting, Kohler and Grohe fixtures, stackable washer & dryer, Nest thermostat, custom closets (walk-in), central heating and air conditioning, and the piece de resistance…parking.

The elegant, expansive, attended lobby is finished with porcelain tile floors, natural white-oak wood panels and Italian marble highlights. An interior courtyard with lush plantings and greenery creates a serene interior view, and the rooftop terrace has multiple areas for entertaining and enjoying the city lights (if you don’t get enough of them from the comfort of unit 612).

Linea was born from the imagination of world-renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia as a way to bring a forward-thinking aesthetic to those who appreciate true modern design, so we invite you to come appreciate.

Property Details
$1,325,000
NOT ON MLS
2 beds
1 bath
1 parking
1107 square feet
Hardwood Floors
Panoramic Views
Bertazzoni Range
Liebherr Refrigerator
Italian Cabinets
Stackable W&D
Quartz Countertops
Kohler and Grohe Fixtures
Nest Thermostat
Air Conditioning
HOA Dues: $654/mo
Building wired for 400Mbps+ Webpass Internet

Showing Schedule
Private Showings by Request

Exclusively listed by
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

Contact Alex Clark for more details and to schedule a showing.

[This above video is from the original new construction marketing, as well as the three building renderings]

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Who doesn’t love em…Overbids!

I guess buyers don’t love em. Or the thousands of people still trying to get in this market, but fear not. The tides will turn at some point. They have to.

Top 10 Overbids for San Francisco

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
1551 21st Avenue 4/3.00/N/A 42 $998,000 $1,510,000 51.30%
1634 30th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 29 $995,000 $1,325,000 33.17%
83 Sharon Street 2/1.00/ 23 $799,000 $1,022,000 27.91%
205 Ellsworth Street 1/1.00/N/A 7 $799,000 $1,020,000 27.66%
422 Green Street 2-4 Units 12 $899,000 $1,130,000 25.70%
425 Lake Street 5/1.50/N/A 12 $1,995,000 $2,450,000 22.81%
824 Shields Street 2/1.00/N/A 26 $699,000 $853,000 22.03%
1770 24th Avenue 4/3.00/N/A 7 $1,195,000 $1,455,000 21.76%
54 Cook Street 56 2-4 Units 11 $1,200,000 $1,455,000 21.25%
2 Dawnview Way 5/4.00/N/A 18 $1,250,000 $1,504,000 20.32%

For more Overbids, Underbids, Stalefish, Recent Sales, and New listings, check out my Goods Page. Your one stop shop for all things Real Estate.

Happy Friday! Come check out my new listing this weekend – she’s a beauty, that’s for sure.

1957 11th Ave Kitchen

For Sale: 1957 11th Ave | Golden Gate Heights | $1,295,000

Nestled in the hills of Golden Gate Heights with wonderful vistas to the North/North East, surrounded by beautiful trees and a lush garden, and tastefully remodeled for the minimalist in all of us, including a painstakingly thought out master suite on the lower level, which opens to the garden, 1957 11th Ave is the home you don’t want to miss.


Having found this wonderfully crafted home built in 1948, the architect/owner of this home set out on a journey to create an oasis of minimalist living and design aesthetic nestled into the hills of this vibrant and bustling city of San Francisco. The kitchen was remodeled in 2008 with a focus on clean lines and simple living while maintaining the charm of the original home. In 2014 the lower level was completely remodeled incorporating a designer master suite with walk-in closet and ultra modern master bathroom complete with radiant floor heat, Hans Grohe fixtures, Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood tile, and Toto toilet.

Not wanting the upstairs bath to be outdone, it too underwent an extensive designer remodel in early 2016 also with radiant floor heat, Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood floor tile, Honed Italian MaxFine Calacatta wall tile, Toto toilet, and a wonderfully situated window which make tub soaks and showers feel as if you’re in the garden.

In addition to the remodeled designer master suite, kitchen, and luxury baths, this home contains a total of three bedrooms, approximately 1595 square feet, parking for one car, a woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors with original detailing, high ceilings, views, hallway skylight, a “Romeo & Juliet” balcony from the second bedroom to the garden, a deck off of the kitchen perfect for outdoor dining/entertainment (and of course barbecuing), plantation shutters, new water main, new furnace, tankless water heater, stackable washer & dryer, recessed lighting, and a newly installed irrigation system to keep the amazingly lush garden alive and well.

This home…you must see.

Details:
$1,295,000
3 bed
2 bath
1 car parking
Remodeled Kitchen, Baths, Master Suite
Radiant Floor Heating in Baths
Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood tile
Hans Grohe Fixtures
Woodburning Fireplace
Hardwood Floors
Lush Landscaped Front and Rear Garden
Irrigation System
Stackable W&D
Tankless Water Heater
Recessed Lighting
Plantation Shutters
Views
New Furnace
Toto Toilets

Showing Schedule:
Open: 8/20 1-4pm
Open: 8/21 1-4pm
Open: 8/23 1-2:30pm
Open: 8/25 5-7pm
Open: 8/27 1-4pm
Open: 8/28 1-4pm
Private Showings available by request
Offers, if any, kindly accepted and reviewed 8/30 @ noon.

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

Contact me for details or to get in early:

SF liquefaction map

Bay Area Liquefaction, Landslide, and Seismic Zones – Mapped

Lots of talk in the news these days about landfill, liquefaction, and general stability of property in and around San Francisco’s waterfront, and entire city for that matter (see “SF’s landmark tower for rich and famous is sinking and tilting“that hit newsstands and internets today [SF Gate/Chronicle]).

Big news, no doubt, but what about the rest of us?

I did a post waaaay back in 2010, preceded by the post I did even further back in 2008, both of which get hundreds, sometimes thousands of views daily, so I know for sure this is a topic of interest when buying/selling property in San Francisco. And since I get so many questions about whether the property you want to buy is, or is not, in liquefaction, let me be clear, I AM NOT A SEISMOLOGIST, GEOLOGIST, SCIENTIST, OR ANY TYPE OF OTHER EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF EARTHQUAKES, LIQUEFACTION, LANDSLIDES, LANDFILL, MUD FILL, BEDROCK, SETTLING, SLOPING, SLIPPING, SLIDING, OR ANY OTHER FIELD OF INTEREST THAT HAS LED YOU TO THIS SITE FOR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LIQUEFACTION. I AM A REALTOR, AND EXPERT AT MARKETING PROPERTY FOR SALE, AND HELPING BUYERS BUY. WHAT I AM SHARING HERE IS MEANT TO BE A RESOURCE FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR OWN EDUCATED DECISIONS. DO NOT RELY ON THE INFORMATION POSTED HERE FOR YOUR PROPERTY PURCHASE OR SALE.

That said, I want to share a new App/site with you: Temblor…all things Seismic. You have to check it out. It’s awesome, and will hook you in for hours.

Check out this screenshot of the entire Bay Area…including liquefaction zones, fault lines, and recent quakes.
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Now zoom in to San Francisco…
SF liquefaction map

As I sit in my home office, which, according to Temblor, is built in an area of “moderate Liquefaction Susceptibility”, and a “Seismic Hazard rank of HIGH” (I challenge you to move the pin and find an area in SF that is not “High”), it’s left me wondering…does this change anything for me, and my decision to own property where I do? No. It doesn’t. It’s better than a map telling me I live in an area of High Tornado Susceptibility, where I roll the dice on a pair of glass slippers showing up on my doorstep.

So, there you go. Plug in your address, your mom’s address, your brother’s address, your employer’s address and see how you all stack up. This is yet another amazing resource, thanks to the Internet, available to everyone and anyone with even a remote interest in Earthquake activity (I’m guessing that’s everyone in California, at least). And I’m pleased to be sharing it with you.

Full disclosure, yes, I chatted with the founders of this service, no, they are not paying me for this post. I have downloaded the app, and refer to it constantly.

Happy Monday.

Previous Earthquake related posts on theFrontSteps:

SF neighborhoods prone to liquefaction and earthquake induced landslides, bedrock vs. landfill take two [theFrontSteps]
Ask Us, A map of bedrock vs landfill [theFrontSteps]
Liquefaction Zones of San Francisco’s Marina District [theFrontSteps]

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Hey Overbids!

The overbids are still there, it’s myself who has been a bit absent. Hey! It’s Summer, so why not.

Top 10 Overbids for San Francisco:

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
792 Capp Street 3/1.00/N/A 13 $995,000 $1,450,000 45.73%
154 Bonview Street 1/1.00/N/A 9 $799,000 $1,150,000 43.93%
113 Newman Street 2/1.00/N/A 9 $889,000 $1,250,000 40.61%
2330 Sloat Boulevard 5/3.00/N/A 23 $995,000 $1,380,000 38.69%
1375 32nd Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 32 $950,000 $1,280,000 34.74%
1728 Ortega Street 3/2.00/N/A 16 $1,095,000 $1,458,000 33.15%
850 Treat Avenue 2/1.00/ 10 $999,000 $1,300,000 30.13%
23 Roscoe Street 1/1.00/N/A 27 $695,000 $890,000 28.06%
4228 24th Street 2/2.00/ 15 $1,299,000 $1,650,000 27.02%
1856 28th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 25 $975,000 $1,238,000 26.97%

For more Overbids, Underbids, Stalefish, Recent Sales, and New Listings, check out The Goods.

Have a great weekend. Come visit me at 1011 23rd, my super sweet loft, which just came BOM for $699,000.

Family Home

Happy Clients Send Happy Note

My wonderful clients just sent this awesome testimonial, so obviously I have to share it with all of you:

When my wife and I moved to San Francisco from the East Coast with our newborn, we quickly realized that navigating the beast of a real estate market in SF required a unique kind of agent. Luckily we found Alex.

We spent 5 months looking for a home with Alex. In the process, he guided us thru 12 bids, all the typical multi-offer, SF auction-style, which can be anxiety provoking to say the least. “Are we bidding too much? Are we not bidding enough?!” Alex kept us grounded on this emotional roller coaster! We were able to tap into his unique market knowledge to navigate these conversations about how much to offer. Alex put us in touch with experts to discuss potential renovation projects on unloved properties. We picked his brain about every single micro-neighborhood in the city, talked single family vs condo and which side of the street to buy on in the Richmond if you like a sunny back yard. He is a wealth of knowledge to say the least.

When we found a property that we loved, but were unsure about a few things that came up in the inspection, Alex’s connections came to the rescue. Alex had the personal cell phone number of the inspector who had done the report and was able to put us in touch. This conversation gave my wife and I the reassurance that we needed to bid aggressively and got us our home. Without Alex this would not have happened. We highly recommend working with Alex to find your home in this amazing city!

Dan, Hanni, Hazel and Brizzy

If you’re kicking the tires with a few agents and just don’t know who to pick, have a look at some more testimonials that might help you come to your senses.

1011 23rd Street Living Area with Soaring Ceilings

Amazing Dogpatch Loft Seeks Buyer | $699,000

Dogpatch, San Francisco: according to Wikipedia “is located on the eastern side of the city, adjacent to the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay, and to the East of Potrero Hill. Its boundaries are Mariposa Street to the North, I-280 to the West, Cesar Chavez to the South, and the waterfront to the East. It contains housing, some remaining heavy industry, more recent light industry, and a new but growing arts district. In 2002 it became an officially designated historic district of the city of San Francisco….[and] there is no definitive explanation for the name

One thing we know for certain, Dogpatch has some amazing properties, and 1011 23rd Street #10 is right up there…

Situated on the corner of 23rd Street and Minnesota, this corner unit residence features soaring (approximately) 17′ ceilings, enormous windows that flood the home with natural light, an open kitchen/living area with bar seating, granite countertops, stainless appliances, fireplace, refinished hardwood floors, in unit Washer & Dyer, new carpet in the loft bedroom, and parking.

Just a short walk away from the increasingly vibrant Dogpatch shops and restaurants, and half a block away from Philz Coffee (yes, that’s a selling feature, since Philz was voted the best coffee house in San Francisco, and this is their Mothership location), living at 1011 23rd Street will afford you all of the new things San Francisco is offering up, as well as some of the old that seems to have been lost (especially some grit and character).

Come check out this wonderful loft, introduce yourself, feel the vibe, cruise the neighborhood, bring me a coffee, and I’ll hand you the keys – coffee and a few hundred thousand dollars.

Listing Details:
$699,000
1 bedroom
1.5 bathrooms
1 parking space
Corner Unit Loft
Soaring (Approx. 17′) Ceilings & Windows
Custom Window Coverings
Open Kitchen w/bar counter
Granite Countertops
Dishwasher
Hardwood Floors
New Carpet in Bedroom/loft
Fireplace
Washer & Dryer
Storage
Fitness Area
View Roof Deck
HOA Dues: $512.94/mo (Includes Water, Garbage, Webpass Internet, Building maintenance, gym, roof deck, building insurance, outside management)
A+ Dogpatch Location

Showing Schedule:
Private Showings Upon Request
Open House Sundays 2-4pm

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

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San Francisco Market Report

Britain’s June vote to exit the EU has already had an impact on the market in the US, including here in San Francisco. Mortgage rates have dropped almost a quarter of a percent, making the monthly payments on our pricey housing slightly more affordable. The result is that it will support continuing increases in sales prices, as decreases in interest rates always do. For example, a $1,000,000 loan at 3.75% costs $4,631/month, but at 3.5% you can borrow $1,032,000 for the same monthly payment. And monthly payments are what buyers focus on.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco published its upbeat Economic Forecast in June which indicated continued strong job and economic growth, continued low business and mortgage interest rates (this was published prior to the vote in Britain), coupled with historically low unemployment and inflation below the Fed’s target of 2%. The conclusion is that they see Gross Domestic Product growth around 2% for the year, at a “pace consistent with moderate ongoing expansion, which we expect to continue over the next few years.”

Of interest was their findings about the cause of the lower labor force participation rates that have been occurring since 2001 that have been noted by many previous reports. It turns out that because of the considerable shift in the wage gains during this time period to the higher income households, that these households have fewer multiple earners. On the opposite end of the spectrum, lower wage earners continue to need multiple earners to make ends meet.

The Fed report hypothesizes that this is a shift that the upper-income households have made in the work-life balance and that the workforce participation in this group may remain low. It is also mimicked by the young workers in upper-income households, where labor force participation is also significantly lower than in the general population.

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San Francisco Single Family Home median prices have been hovering between $1,352,000 and $1,380,000 for the past four months since peaking at $1,400,000 in February 2016. That was the second time median prices had hit that number, first back in May of 2015. With the drop in interest rates, we could break through that median price soon because that drop from 3.75% to 3.5% finances another $45,000 in the loan amount for the same monthly payment.

The Condo/Loft Median Sales Price hit an all time high of $1,180,000 in June 2016, up 4.9% from June 2015.

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Resale Condos-Lofts jumped 59% in both Days on Market and Months Supply of Inventory compared to June 2015, but both are still in strong sellers market territory.

Single Family Homes are up slightly in Days on Market from 16 to 20 both for May to June, 2016 and from June 2015 to June 2016. Months Supply of Inventory dropped from 2.3 in May to 1.9 in June 2016 and was also down from June 2015’s 2 months. Both market indicators continue to show a strong sellers market.

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Single Family Homes New Listings dropped by 55 from May to June 2016. It was also off 61 compared to June 2015. Of additional continuing importance is that the year-to-date number of new listings is down 60 from year-to-date 2015, a 4.1% decline. This helps explain why Months Supply of Inventory is lower than last year.

Resale Condos/Lofts had the reverse trend, with 1 more new listing on the market in June than May, 2016, and 27 more new listings in June 2016 than June 2015. And, significantly, year-to-date new listings are up 167 over year-to-date 2015, which represents a 10.3% increase in inventory. This helps explain why Months Supply of Inventory and Days on Market has risen sharply for Resale Condo/Lofts.

No Mass Exit from San Francisco on the Horizon

At last month’s SFARMLS Building Boom forum, the Bay Area Council presented its latest poll of Bay Area residents, and said that the results show that a third of Bay Area residents “are likely to bolt the region in the next few years”. In truth, that is a big overstatement of the poll results.

What the poll actually asked for was a response to: “I am likely to move out of the Bay Area in the next few years.” What people answered was: 13% said they strongly agree with that statement and 21% said they somewhat agree.

That is certainly not a third of the residents saying they are likely to “bolt” in the next few years. Exactly where would they go? Jobs are here, families are here, the great weather is here. There’s a reason our population is growing – this is a fabulous place to work and live, in spite of high prices and congestion.

Bay Area Home Prices by Transit Stop

“Bay Area Home Prices by Transit Stop” Is Sure To Melt Your Brain

Perhaps the coolest (and frankly, REALLY insightful) graphics and lists to come across my desk in a really long time. Kudos to the folks over at Estately for putting this Bay Area Home Prices by Transit Stop edit together:


…and this to spin your brain around the connection between Silicon Valley and San Francisco:

“Estately Real Estate Search analyzed the last six months of home sales for houses, townhouses, and condos that were within a one-mile radius of each BART and Caltrain transit stop. We then broke them down by price per square foot.

At an average of $1,630 per square foot, Caltrain’s California Avenue stop in Palo Alto is the Bay Area’s most expensive transit stop to buy a home near. Pittsburg/Bay Point BART stop, the furthest from downtown San Francisco, is the least expensive at $219 per square foot on average.”

Chew on all that for a while on this glorious, post NBA Finals Monday.