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

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

Adolf Sutro Ocean Beach Carriage House Gets Major Facelift And $2.6M Price Tag


For those of you folks that rarely venture to the Outer Lands…and I’m not talking about the restaurant, if you take a trip down the Lower Great Highway, you may have at one point seen this home: You may have also wondered what it looked like inside: And you may have thought, “Meh…wonder what hippie, … Continue reading Adolf Sutro Ocean Beach Carriage House Gets Major Facelift And $2.6M Price Tag

Before & After On A Noe Valley/Glen Park Victorian


There is always a lot of talk around town about how “easy” it is to sell a property in San Francisco, and that all we (Realtors) have to do is sign up a listing, put a sign out front, and the hordes of buyers will come marching through the door, offer oodles over asking, beg … Continue reading Before & After On A Noe Valley/Glen Park Victorian

From Vacant Lot To Contemporary Home In Eight Short Months: 2192 Funston Ave


What was… Is now… But not yet… Look for this to hit MLS any day, unless someone goes and knocks the seller’s socks off with a big time offer between now and this weekend. Sold in May of 2012 for $489,000 as a “Great opportunity for a developer to build a stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 … Continue reading From Vacant Lot To Contemporary Home In Eight Short Months: 2192 Funston Ave

From Beater To Butter, A Before & After At 121 Beulah (Cole Valley)


[Update: This property is Sold. Was sold in 5 days, CASH, for $2,600,000. Wow…] The Living Room was: The Living Room is: The Kitchen was: The Kitchen is: Bathroom was: Bathroom is: (Note: There are now 4.5 Baths, this is just one of them.) Lower Level was: Lower Level is: Rear Cottage was: Rear Cottage … Continue reading From Beater To Butter, A Before & After At 121 Beulah (Cole Valley)

32 Hidalgo Terrace Gets Foreclosed, Fixed, And Flipped


Thirty Two Hidalgo Terrace is currently on MLS. No, it’s not the Fixer of Epic Proportions I brought to your attention here, and recently featured on Yahoo! In fact, it’s no longer a fixer, but this is what it looked like a few short months ago: Lovely Kitchen: Before… After… Lovely Bath: Before… After… Don’t … Continue reading 32 Hidalgo Terrace Gets Foreclosed, Fixed, And Flipped

A Fixer Of Epic Proportions “Not On MLS”: 30-32 Prescott, Telegraph Hill


[Update: Property is now on MLS. Keep your eyes on PocketListings.net for your chance at many other off market opportunities, as this one was first posted there several weeks ago.] This is one of those properties where every step you take inside the building you wonder if you’ll end up one floor below, like in … Continue reading A Fixer Of Epic Proportions “Not On MLS”: 30-32 Prescott, Telegraph Hill

From Mid-Century to Modern, 3577 Pacific Returns (Almost)


The last recorded sale of 3577 Pacific (2 bed, 1.5 baths, on the Presidio wall right across from Julias Kahn Playground) was August 31, 2005 for $2,225,000 and she was definitely a mid-century diamond in the rough. Well…she’s back and she’s looking sweet. She did get a bit bigger, and more modern though. She’s been … Continue reading From Mid-Century to Modern, 3577 Pacific Returns (Almost)

Well that was fast, 2730 Fulton returns 6 months later and $793,000 more


We think this would qualify as a “flip” in every sense of the word. From this 4 bed, 2.5 bath home in March 2008, which sold for $1,605,000 (asking $1,500,000): — To this 5 bed, 4.5 bath home six months later asking $2,398,000: — Very interesting to say the least. We’ll see how this goes. … Continue reading Well that was fast, 2730 Fulton returns 6 months later and $793,000 more

Reader Reports: Parkside home for $1.4M? (2560 22nd Ave)


From our reader: Is any house in the central sunset worth 1.4 million? The average price in the central sunset 800k -900k. Please take a look at 2960 22nd Ave, San Francisco which just came on the market. …and the kitchen: We must first say that this home is technically located in the Parkside, near … Continue reading Reader Reports: Parkside home for $1.4M? (2560 22nd Ave)

2801 Lake returns, new price, new look


In case you don’t get sfnewsletter: All it takes is to remove the clutter (before shots)… adjust the price (sold in Dec ’07 for $2,580,000 after some massive price reductions) to get it sold, call in the contractors and voila…the after: 2801 Lake Street (after shots), a 5 bed, 4 bath remodeled home in Sea … Continue reading 2801 Lake returns, new price, new look

Before, After, Up, Down…Straight Up Confusion on 2542 Fillmore


Hats off to the developer for a job well done and having the cajones to see this project at 2542 Fillmore through. Had you seen the before, you’d realize how great is the after. Oh…we have the before: …and the after …and even more. The before price of $2,675,000 (August 2005), the after price of … Continue reading Before, After, Up, Down…Straight Up Confusion on 2542 Fillmore

Getting the LEED out for the weekend


This tip comes to us all the way from Oregon, via telephone no less (what is that!), and is about “one of the country’s first LEED certified homes” (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that happens to be across the pond (Oakland). Rather than ramble on, we thought we’d just leave you … Continue reading Getting the LEED out for the weekend

Before After and WTF on 154 15th Ave.


From a sale in January 2007 at $1,700,000, to a new listing and price of $2,400,000 in early May 2007, to a reduced price of $1,995,000 in middle May 2007, and an ultimate sales price of $2,100,000 (and your before photos) on the last day of May 2007, we find ourselves looking again at 154 … Continue reading Before After and WTF on 154 15th Ave.