The List That Just Won’t Quit | San Francisco’s Top 10 Overbids Of The Week

To say the Richmond District single family home market is hot right now is a wee little understatement. It’s white hot.

Overbid of $712,000 aside, it’s another $1100 per square foot sale in an area of town previously undiscovered and overlooked. I guess the secret is out

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
571 20th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 12 $1,388,000 $2,100,000 51.30%
1463 40th Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 14 $899,000 $1,350,000 50.17%
844 Detroit Street 3/1.00/N/A 22 $899,000 $1,300,000 44.61%
171 Ledyard Street 2/2.00/N/A 11 $599,000 $850,000 41.90%
340 Benton Avenue 3/2.50/ 15 $829,000 $1,142,500 37.82%
1523 26th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 17 $998,000 $1,375,000 37.78%
3030 Rivera Street 3/2.00/N/A 12 $899,000 $1,235,000 37.37%
4045 Ocean Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 10 $1,195,000 $1,622,000 35.73%
849 44th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 10 $1,049,000 $1,410,000 34.41%
74 Winfield Street 76 2-4 Units 29 $995,000 $1,320,000 32.66%

Special mention to my listing at 849 44th Ave that barely made it to the list even as nuts as our situation there was!

These lists are very “real-time”, and a good indication of pockets of our market. For a broader look at the San Francisco market I continually refer people to my favorite resource in Patrick Carlisle at Paragon Real Estate:
30+ Years of San Francisco Real Estate Cycles
Preliminary Indications of Direction of the San Francisco 2017 Market

Have a great weekend! It’s gonna be a cracker, so get out and enjoy.

Five days later and $361,000 Over, 849 44th Ave Sets New Record Price Per Square Foot in the Outer Richmond [theFrontSteps]

Five Days Later And $361,000 Over, 849 44th Ave Sets New Price Per Square Foot Record In Outer Richmond

To say we knocked it out of the park on this wonderful Outer Richmond residence, like I did with 652 44th Ave would be an understatement…

Listed on a Friday morning, I got a call from an agent shortly thereafter asking if he could get his client in…so I obviously obliged. That day, same agent asked if they could write an offer now to “take it off the table”. The next day, three other buyers asked the same. The sellers and I respectfully declined all of the pre-emptive attempts, and asked the buyers to wait until our offer day 10 days later. Wait they did. After getting roughly 200 people through the door, we got nine offers, and two others that said they’d like to write at $1,250,000, so without actually saying it, I said it, “Don’t waste your time.”

After a slew of phone calls and negotiations, buyer #1..the same person that was the first person to see it, came up to where they needed to be, upped their offer to $1,410,000 and we closed 5 days later. (As a side note, it is often the first person to see a place that is the winner…keep that in mind.)

There you have it. Congratulations to buyers and sellers, and the Outer Richmond for being one of the hottest neighborhoods in all of San Francisco, at the moment. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1146 per square foot for the Outer Richmond.

To give you a little more indication of our market, as crazy as this Overbid was, it’s only #18 on the Top 20 Overbids!

From the original post:

Top 10 Overbids And Some Very Interesting Outer Sunset / Parkside Data

It’s that time…

Top 10 Overbids Of the Week

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
165 Vasquez Avenue 3/1.25/N/A 12 $1,050,000 $1,703,000 62.19%
1846 38th Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 12 $898,000 $1,255,000 39.76%
3537 Lawton Street 3/3.00/N/A 11 $1,095,000 $1,525,000 39.27%
1534 17th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 10 $995,000 $1,350,000 35.68%
2039 47th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 0 $895,000 $1,204,000 34.53%
176 Valmar Terrace 2/1.00/N/A 8 $599,000 $802,000 33.89%
153 Wool Street 2/2.00/N/A 1 $1,098,000 $1,450,000 32.06%
257 Richland Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 14 $999,000 $1,315,000 31.63%
1698 Armstrong Avenue 3/1.50/N/A 25 $895,000 $1,173,000 31.06%
229 Stanyan Street 3/2.50/N/A 13 $1,399,000 $1,825,000 30.45%

You might think a lot of emphasis is placed on the overbid and the shock and awe of these, and it is…and it should be. But stop for a minute and look at the bigger picture that is still unfolding. These ridiculous overbids happen by way of multiple offers. What does that mean in lay terms? There is more than one buyer interested in any one home at any one time. Usually, there are about 20-30 people interested, and in situations like this anywhere from 5-15 people actually throw their offer into the hat. And for the most part, these homes are nothing fancy, especially the top dog 165 Vasquez…it’s a “Fabulous Fixer” that sold for $1.7M.

Take it a step further and think about the “Outer” Avenues. The Western shore of San Francisco. The “Outerlands”. The sand dunes. The desolation. The edge of the Continent. The place nobody wanted to be, because it is “always foggy” (When I have listings out this way, people actually come up to me and ask, “Is it ever sunny out here?”…no joke). As it turns out, it’s the most popular place to buy in San Francisco at the moment (close second would be Bernal Heights). Why is that? It’s one of the few areas in San Francisco you can still get a single family home under $1.3M…barely.

Think back to 2014 when the average home in the Outer Avenues could be had for under $900,000 , and look at the four overbids on this top 10 list in the avenues, all trading well over $1.2M. It’s nuts! But it’s reality.

As a reference point, to make sure I wasn’t delusional, I pulled the averages for the Outer Sunset and Outer Parkside 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Have a look…

Type       Units Sold | List Price | Sqft | LPPSF| DOM | Sales Price | SPPSF

Single-Family | (142)  | $759,918 | 1358 | $595 | 34 | $854,982 | $670
Single-Family | (142) | $844,974 | 1365 | $645 | 25 | $1,012,097 | $771
Single-Family | (141) | $918,479 | 1398 | $689 | 29 | $1,080,833 | $808
Single-Family | (28) | $910,195 | 1237 | $778 | 31 | $1,076,107 | $906

It’s all very interesting…
Units Sold – almost identical every year.
List price – Creeped steadily up.
Average size of the home – down.
List Price – Up.
Days On Market – Hovering around 30.
Sales price – Climbing (remember 2017 is not even close to done).
And the last and easy to decipher for even the most data challenged person (like myself) Sales Price Per Square Foot – up nearly $240 per square foot on average.

Moral of the story, it’s hot in the Avenues right now. And the small to mid-size single family home market is sizzling. It might be time for you to sell, so give me a shout.

Anyhow, that’s it. Have a great holiday weekend! Enjoy the sun, surf, snow, greens, trails, whatever it is you love to do, and I’ll be back next week.

The Best Of Salesforce Tower Rising | Including Time-Lapse

I scoured Google and all the blogs so you don’t have to.

Gotta start with the foundation…

Before you can get to the top…

Thanks to Jason Fang for the FAA poach and subsequent stomach turning footy…

Before you can go inside…

and quite possibly the coolest thing ever is the time-lapse of the building rising, along with all the others you can find on the Salesforce website, or my quick and dirty Instagram post right here.


Thanks to Patricia Chang for some of those photos…

There you have it, all the best “topping off” and view porn you could need from Salesforce Tower.

If there are some nuggets I may have missed, please feel free to link and share in the comments below.

theFrontSteps Instagram
Salesforce Tower Live Construction Cam [Official Website]
Salesforce Tower Puts Final Beam in Place [Curbed SF]
How Salesforce Tower Looks from Everywhere [Curbed SF]
Salesforce Tower Official website
View From the top of SF’s Salesforce Tower: New photos and video [SF Gate]
Milestone for Salesforce Tower: Now the tallest in the west [SF Gate]

Uninhabitable San Francisco Home Asks $499,000 Gets $789,000

It’s official…San Francisco real estate is on acid.

This week’s #1 Overbid is sure to blow your mind. Listed for $499,000 and just closed for $789,000, 167 Maynard is everything you’ve ever dreamed of owning in a home…assuming you can raze it and build that dream home (just keep your eyes closed for the next two years while you go through planning and construction).


Overbid amount aside, what we have here is a totally uninhabitable home in an up and coming neighborhood of San Francisco selling for more than triple the National Average Home Price. Chew on that this Friday morning.

As for the top 10…here you go:

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
167 Maynard Street 3/1.00/N/A 14 $499,000 $789,000 58.12%
1368 46th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 12 $799,000 $1,200,000 50.19%
347 Lisbon Street 3/1.00/N/A 8 $599,000 $875,000 46.08%
1415 Oakdale Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 11 $599,000 $875,000 46.08%
1567 29th Avenue 3/1.50/N/A 14 $995,000 $1,420,000 42.71%
1719 17th Avenue 3/1.50/N/A 22 $998,000 $1,400,000 40.28%
2191 24th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 7 $898,000 $1,250,000 39.20%
1452 Waller Street 1/1.00/2 34 $649,000 $901,000 38.83%
117 Los Palmos Drive 3/2.00/N/A 10 $949,000 $1,301,000 37.09%
229 Granville Way 3/3.00/N/A 7 $1,695,000 $2,305,000 35.99%

Happy Friday! Come back next week for more, or better yet, Follow theFrontSteps.

The Goods for all your Real Estate Needs

For Sale | 754 18th Ave | Central Richmond Edwardian | $1,095,000

Exquisite Edwardian 2 bedroom plus sunroom (easily used as 3rd bedroom or office), 1.5 bath luxury residence has it all in a location ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, or urban dwellers alike.


This Central Richmond flat features beautiful hardwood floors, formal living room w/ decorative fireplace, formal dining room, updated kitchen, in unit Washer & Dryer, tons of natural light, additional storage, double paned windows, yard (with plum and lemon trees), views, and parking. Half block to Golden Gate Park, and 5 minutes to Ocean Beach. Easy access to Marin, Napa, Peninsula & Downtown. Multiple public transit options, and front row seats to everything Golden Gate Park has to offer. You will be the envy of all your cycling, running, dog-walking, museum-going, and music-loving friends.

Property Details:
$1,095,000
Built 1923
2 Unit Building/HOA
2 bedrooms
1.5 bath
Sunroom with views
1399 Square Feet (per tax records)
1 car parking (option for 2)
Open/Updated Kitchen
Hardwood Floors
Fireplace
Radiator Heat
Shared Yard
Dishwasher
Washer & Dryer
Gas Range
Additional Storage
Shared Extra Room off of garage
Excellent Location
Low $250/HOA Dues (Includes: Insurance, Water, Garbage, Common area utilities)

Showing Schedule:
Saturdays & Sundays 1-4pm Open House
Easter Sunday 2-4pm
Private Showings Upon Request

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

#Innovation

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…4340 Ulloa comes out with the floating stove/island/counter thingy with gas line kinda hidden going into the floor…and the little white mystery box comes with.


Guess you’ll have to go see it to suss it out, and get design ideas. I mean hey! Figure out the gas line and the floating stove will be all the rage.

4340 Ulloa, For Sale, $879,000 [theGoods]

Not Everything In The Avenues Is Selling Over…

Originally listed for $1,299,450, then chopped to $1,249,450 35 days later, 2182 45th Ave finally got it done at $1,130,000 only 114 days after going on the market. That must have seemed like an eternity for the seller.


That’s got to be some sort of record in and of itself in arguably one of the hottest markets in the city (Parkside/Sunset). Regardless, sale closed. Happy buyer, likely relieved seller.

Moral of the story…list with a local, and price it a helluva lot lower.

Think our market is all overbids and sunny weather? Think again, and check the Underbids, and get in touch with a local expert when it’s time for you to sell.

“A Rare Brand Of Human”

Before I get to posting this amazing off market property I just listed on Church Street in the heart of the City (Mission Dolores), I couldn’t help but share this recent testimonial:

Alex is a rare brand of human. Not only did he manage to snag us the deal of the year on our gorgeous Parkside Craftsman dream home…12 hours after it hit the market – in a gnarly red triangle of overbidding and subsequent discouragement, but he advised (and sometimes consoled) us throughout the whole home search process. He paid attention to what we were looking for, and even checked our home out personally, so we could make a quick offer (sight unseen!) while we were out of town. In a competitive market like San Francisco, everyday normal people need an edge to compete, and a knowledgeable and talented Realtor is an absolute necessity. That dude’s name is Alexander Clark. Typically a realtor is in your life for a moment and has an objective, but you’ll want to surf Ocean Beach and hit the mountains long after you close with this awesome and solid human being.

Thank you Alex!!

You guys are very welcome. I’m super happy for you. Thanks for sticking it out, and thanks for playing the game. You played it well, and definitely won.

Full Disclosure: That picture is not me. It is my son ripping!

Presidio Heights Fixer Snags $3,450,000 Over Asking, Closes For $10,350,000

Today’s Maximum Overbid of the Week comes as no surprise, in fact, I’m surprised it didn’t sell for more.


Situated on the wall of the Presidio, 3515 Pacific Avenue is the gem of all gems, something that will hold value for generations, and affords this buyer the opportunity to make it their own: wide lot, excellent bones, premiere location, views, indoor/outdoor flow, and only a $6,900,000 offering price that quickly ballooned to a $10,350,000 sales price (cash, of course) – don’t worry, I’ll do that math for you…$3,450,000 over list, and $1814 per square foot.

It’s a bargain, and when you have $10M cash, who really gives a sh*t. I would have paid double that for this house, because I would never sell it. Congratulations to the buyers, and kudos to the sellers.

As for the runners up…

Top 10 Overbids Of the Week

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
3515 Pacific Avenue 6/6.50/N/A 13 $6,900,000 $10,350,000 50.00%
622 Edna Street 2/1.00/N/A 14 $859,000 $1,200,000 39.70%
2478 30th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 23 $899,000 $1,250,000 39.04%
38 Everglade Drive 4/2.00/N/A 14 $1,088,000 $1,500,000 37.87%
1088 Ashbury Street 3/2.50/N/A 12 $1,795,000 $2,450,000 36.49%
1751 42nd Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 13 $849,000 $1,150,000 35.45%
265 Oak Street N/A/N/A/5 12 $1,495,000 $2,000,000 33.78%
1716 14th Avenue 3/2.50/N/A 13 $995,000 $1,325,000 33.17%
83 Wawona Street 3/2.00/N/A 5 $1,695,000 $2,250,000 32.74%
3952 19th Street 2/1.00/N/A 13 $1,895,000 $2,513,000 32.61%

And if you’re not in the market for a $10M fixer, that’s okay. I have a really awesome house that just hit the market today at 849 44th Ave ($1,049,000), and it’ll be open Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm. So come check it out once you land back on Earth after dreaming about what you’d do to 3515 Pacific Avenue if you were the lucky buyer.

Happy Friday!

More Overbids, Underbids, and Recent Sales @ The Goods [theGoods-sf.com]