An enormous solar farm planned in the East Bay is making headlines and court dates once again–and it’s no surprise. Because although this appears to be an argument about such heady matters are climate change, democracy, preservationism, and even the very future of human civilization, the lynchpin to the controversy is really housing–and you can … Continue reading Why East Bay Homeowners Hate This Solar Power Plan
Coming off the heels of possibly the warmest day in San Francisco for the entire month of August, and actually seeing the sun at the coast (I think we broke 70 yesterday), it got me thinking about this recent New York Times article, “Think It’s Hot Now? Just Wait“. Apparently, “July wasn’t just hot — … Continue reading Global Warming Could Fuel (Future) San Francisco Real Estate Market
The SoMa-based SF Flower Mart has been a bay city institution for almost 60 years, but when plans were unveiled in 2014 for the establishment to move underground, public outcry was fierce. Finally, the project has been revamped and the renderings depict a much more appealing above-ground facility, dotted with coffee shops, open space and plenty … Continue reading New Renderedings of Above-Ground SF Flower Mart Revealed
Way, way back, we looked at the then just starting Ardenwood luxury home project. We all speculated on price (around $2 mil, was the consensus) and rapidity with which they would sell. Many people also complained that a set of less than ten luxury homes was not the best use of the lot, … Continue reading Arden Wood (Mostly) All Grown Up
Some time ago, I noted the construction in West Portal and asked around the Front Steps for the scoop. Those folks on the steps always know a lot, and more importantly, they like to argue. We had ideas that the construction would yield five- no, six- no, seven- no, eight homes. They were to be made of … Continue reading The Scoop: Seven Arden Estates Have Risen from the Earth
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
We’ve been waiting for some proof in writing to support not only the trend we’ve been seeing in new home construction, but also an argument to hold up against clients’ wishes to install granite countertops. Yes, some granite is still good, but better is something like CeasarStone, and Alan Mark, of the Mark Company provides … Continue reading Granite is out, CaesarStone is in…music to our ears!
Is that a word? Who cares, check it out on Popsci. [via Green Key Real Estate] We’re not so sure about that transportation part, but at least we’re working in the right direction. [Update: “Is there an image in that green rectangle?” Keep looking, and you tell us.]
by Tiffany Elston: In the spirit of keeping tabs on San Francisco’s green housing inventory, it seems only logical to draw attention to a green 2 unit TIC in the Mission: 1303 Alabama. The main unit is being retained by the owners. The second unit is a 1,200 SqFt home. The project is the result … Continue reading Sunset Idea House a.k.a. 1303 Alabama
From a reader: a true e-mail interaction between 2 SF real estate watchers on 1303 Alabama St: A: wanna hear some funny shit? no, not 306 Mullen, but that freaky-eco project on alabama and 25th. st. Be the first to see it this sunday 1-4 (and guess what, u don’t have to pay $25 to … Continue reading Cyber real estate conversations: some “funny shit”
by Tiffany Elston I know what you’re probably thinking: a “green” prefab? Aren’t prefabs generally characterized by their cheap (and toxic) materials with no real aesthetic appeal? Well that was until now! West Coast Green has decided to bring in a whole, full size beautiful green prefab to sit in Civic Center Plaza for the … Continue reading Green prefab?
Continuing the green thoughts, we receive some information from our green experts about a green tour, which might save you some green, and ultimately help green this city. However, you might keep the Land Rover LR3 parked in your green garage for this tour. ;-) by Tiffany Elston San Francisco’s first green home tour Build … Continue reading Green Home Tour San Francisco
We get such a kick out of some of the comments that go un-noticed, we thought we’d grab a few from time to time. Today’s “quote du jour” comes from Joe Schmoe on “Go Green” regarding the Lorax Development Clipper House. Important to note before you see the quote, this home had features like “the … Continue reading comment du jour: 520 Clipper and being “green”
Our readers have been asking in various places about some properties we featured as of late. Since so many have asked so nicely here you go: 3280 22nd St @ Valencia, the “green” building that all the blogs were all hot about and many claiming wouldn’t sell. Guess what? Last week, in the middle of … Continue reading Various Updates (Alhambra, Sea Cliff, 22nd, Sacramento, Douglass, 27th, and more)
from “Eddy” via Core 77. “Could be the new housing trend in SF greenhome building…” “The benefits of mud construction aren’t just confined to the Third World, [Environmental engineer Dominic Dowling] says. “Look at the massive amount of energy required to build modern houses using steel and concrete. There’s the energy required to make those … Continue reading Bamboo, mud, “green” and earthquakes?
by Tiffany Elston On 22nd Street, that is. Check out the specs on these green babies: Solar system * Living Roof * Recycled glass tiles/slabs * Ultra-Touch® Recycled “blue jean” denim insulation * Radiant floor heating – hydronic heating * Wood floors made from reclaimed mine timbers * Wood floors made from Asian hardwood shipping … Continue reading Go Green!