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

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

“Modified A-Frame” North of Lake Tahoe Asks $675K


If you’re looking for decisive vindication of the idea that Lake Tahoe is an entirely different world from San Francisco in housing terms, consider that a two bed, two bath house in Truckee (on the north side of the lake) can be had for the SF-frugal price of $675,000. Now of course this is not … Continue reading “Modified A-Frame” North of Lake Tahoe Asks $675K

The Truth About Marin County’s Floating Homes


The Sausalito waterfront is thick with a peculiar varietal of home-buying prospect, the ever-whimsical and increasingly popular floating homes. Most of us have seen them, but few understand how they really work. For one thing, more often than not outsiders refer to these piscine properties as “houseboats,” but in most cases that’s not strictly accurate. … Continue reading The Truth About Marin County’s Floating Homes

Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million


If you’ve ever passed by some fancy looking East Cut new construction and wanted the whole thing to yourself, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Just a few days ago, 15-17 Guy Place went on the market, a seven-level, eight bed, eight and a half bath setup on offer for $15 million (we’ll pause just … Continue reading Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million

Historic Empty Russian Hill Lot (yes) Asks $13 Million


Nothing broadens your perspective on the phrase “a whole lot of nothing” quite like the San Francisco real estate market. Case in point, there’s nothing on the lot at the corner of Taylor and Broadway, just as there hasn’t been for over 100 years. But that hasn’t stopped it from being one of the hottest … Continue reading Historic Empty Russian Hill Lot (yes) Asks $13 Million

“Haunted” Pac Heights Mansion Listed For $5.74 Million


One of San Francisco’s most prominent haunted houses is up for sale–if you believe in such things, of course. What’s objectively true is that the Chambers Mansion at 2222 Sacramento Street listed this week asking the eye-popping but unsurprising sum of more than $5.74 million. The six bed, seven bath edifice is named for its … Continue reading “Haunted” Pac Heights Mansion Listed For $5.74 Million

Dolores Heights Remodel Overcomes NIMBYs, Delays For $6.85 Million Listing


We’ve seen the two-unit property at 3790 21st Street that went up for sale this week asking $6.85 million before–despite the fact that this is actually the very first time this home has ever hit the market. See, the last time this house was for sale, it was not yet this house: Previously, the lot … Continue reading Dolores Heights Remodel Overcomes NIMBYs, Delays For $6.85 Million Listing

This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go


A great San Francisco home is a work of art–but it’s also a very valuable commodity. Case in point, on Friday a new listing dropped for 459 Ashbury Street, one of the truly, profoundly beautiful Haight Victorians, with five beds, six baths, and a sumptuous baroque exterior dating to 1893. It’s the kind of home … Continue reading This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go

Soaring Forest Hill Tudor Asks $3.79 Million


Proverbially, your home is your castle; in the case of a home like 146 Castenada Avenue, the resemblance is much more robust than mere proverbs might suggest. This four bed, three bath Tudor home circa 1929, with its deeply classy rust-red exterior, listed with Compass on Friday for a kingly $3.79 million, up considerably from … Continue reading Soaring Forest Hill Tudor Asks $3.79 Million

Walnut Creek House Burns Down, Sells For $1 Million


Even burning down will not stop a Bay Area home for selling for $1 million, at least in the case of 254 Tamarisk Drive in Walnut Creek, which has now redefined the term “fire sale.” It’s been less than a year since fire destroyed this formerly handsome four bed, two bath, 2,400 square foot home … Continue reading Walnut Creek House Burns Down, Sells For $1 Million

Forest Hill Craftsman Overbid Returns


When a buyer truly has their heart set on the ideal San Francisco home, not much will stand in their way. That’s how we end up with overbids, including this week’s top spot at 144 Idora Avenue, a four bed, three bath, Forest Hill Crafsman home from 1926 that sold this week for $2.5 million … Continue reading Forest Hill Craftsman Overbid Returns

Inside Gavin Newsom’s (former) $5.9 Million Marin County Mansion


The big news in California politics is the upcoming recall election, asking voters whether or not they want to oust Governor Gavin Newsom. And speaking of recall, we’re also getting a flashback to some of Newsom’s recent real estate prospects. Earlier this year, Newsom finally managed to sell his Marin County mansion, after a two-plus … Continue reading Inside Gavin Newsom’s (former) $5.9 Million Marin County Mansion

Three Sutro Heights Properties Not Yet On MLS


I wish I could say theFrontSteps had these listings, but we don’t. But why should we all miss out? I want to have good neighbors and close deals, just as much as you want to know if a trophy property or two are coming up for sale. So, if you, or anyone you know, have … Continue reading Three Sutro Heights Properties Not Yet On MLS

The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Edwardians


Few things are so quintessentially San Franciscan as Victorian houses, but there’s another style of classic SF home that’s even more numerous in the city and, whether everyone realizes it or not, exerts even greater influence over the city’s aesthetic. Edwardians are what we might think of as siblings to Victorians–or, with an eye toward … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Edwardians