Swoon Factor High On This Haight-Ashbury Victorian | $1,995,000

It’s a grand scale, late 1800s top floor Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco, and it could be yours, or it could be your friends.

With approximately 1692 square feet of living space, hardwood floors, formal living room, formal dining room, ~12 foot high ceilings, updated kitchen, master bedroom and en-suite bath, decorative fireplace, in unit washer & dryer, 2 car independent parking, south facing deck, exclusive use yard, additional storage spaces, and final stage plans at the ready for a 980 square foot attic expansion, it’s the perfect blend of old world charm, Haight-Ashbury lore, and modern convenience…not to mention tremendous South facing light and warmth to soothe the soul.

A rare find, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home enjoys a wonderful southern exposure with French doors that open to a private deck from both the dining room and master suite overlooking an exclusive use serene landscaped yard. The home’s central location is steps away from all of your shopping needs and a growing number of popular restaurants, and is situated ideally for access to Golden Gate Park and Buena Vista Parks, Cole Valley, NoPa, freeways to points North, South, and East, and of course the famous Haight/Ashbury.

The property is move-in ready, and as an added bonus, is being sold with plans in final stages of approval to transform the main living area into a spacious and modern great room, as well as expansion into the 1692 square foot undeveloped attic. This renovation would transform the property into a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom home with 2672 square feet of luxury living, including a new master suite, tons of new closet space, and views to Sutro Tower. Attic would feature 2 additional bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an entertainment/lounge area, and closets galore, delivering two exquisite levels of living, dining, and entertaining in one of San Francisco’s most coveted and historically significant locations.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,995,000
1692 square feet
1692 square feet attic (unconditioned)
Top Floor Condominium in Two Unit Building
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
2 parking
Storage
Exclusive Use Landscaped Yard
Exclusive Use Deck
Wood Floors
Decorative Fireplace
Period Details
High Ceilings
In Unit Washer & Dryer
Solar Panels
HOA Fees $435/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)

Plans for:
5 bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
2672 Square Feet
Open Kitchen, Living, Dining area
Master Suite
Additional Entertainment area
Luxury to the nines

Showing Schedule:
Saturday & Sunday Open House 1-4pm
Private Showings by Appointment Only

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386

SOLD! | 1720-24 Larkin | Russian Hill Multi-Unit | $5,200,000

When in doubt, write an offer, tie it up, do your research, and hopefully it all turns out. That’s how we got this amazing development opportunity at 1720 Larkin, in Russian Hill, and how we got it WAY below asking. Originally listed “off market” for $6,200,000, I threw this out to a few developers I know, most of whom assumed it was over-priced, and had no potential.


Their loss…we originally submitted a “low-ball” offer just to begin the dialogue, and to our surprise, the sellers didn’t simply tell us to get lost. After a couple verbal rounds of negotiating, we put our intentions in writing, got a counter, countered them, and got in contract with 30 days to figure out what we could do with this beast, if anything, and if we could get a loan. As it turns out…one can do a lot, and our lender agreed!

So stay tuned for the transformation, and relish with me in the fact that we got this property WAY below list price, fought our way through lender headaches, and just closed for $5,200,000 (listed on MLS for $5,500,000, which you’ll note is different than the off market $6.2M list price).

Congratulations to my clients (the buyers) and to all of the sellers. Thank you also to the listing agents who stuck with us, and didn’t lose their sh*t when we kept having to delay the close. I promised we’d get there, and we did.

Onward!

“I Received the Keys to my Forever Home”

What better way to start off 2018 than a great testimonial a client sent me on Yelp, which I had overlooked. Here’s to finding everyone’s “forever home”.

Happy New Year!

Alex is an outstanding agent. We worked together for 2.5 years in search of just the right home for me and my daughters. Over that time, Alex showed me dozens of homes and helped me put in several strong offers in a very competitive neighborhood and market. Alex provided the perfect balance in an agent — he was responsive to my needs and respectful of my decisions as a buyer and aggressive in representing me to the sellers agent, always adeptly managing to get my offers to rise to the top. This home buying journey was well played and well worth the wait. This week I received the keys to my forever home. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you Alex!

Congratulations to you as well, Erin. I hope the home turns out to be as amazing at it all appears will be.
p.s. Love the girls rocking theFrontSteps t-shirts!

$682,000 Over Asking in the Outer Sunset to End the Year

You thought I was going to let you finish out the year without one final Overbid stunner, didn’t you? I actually tried, but then it didn’t snow (Supreme Leader says it’s cold, so Global Warming is not a real thing), so I was left with a choice of skiing man-made ice, or sit down and share these jaw-dropping overbids with you. I chose the latter, if that tells you anything about the quality of skiing up around Tahoe these days. Pray for snow!

Anyhow…It’s important to note, many of these homes hit the market at what is traditionally the slowest time of year for San Francisco real estate, the Holidays, yet still had enough interest to drive the price to the moon. Case in point, the #1 Overbid at 1623 43rd Ave, listing for $998,000 (some would argue a bit low), but selling for a staggering $1,680,000! Forget about the overbid amount, and focus on the final sales price…that’s damn near $1.7M for a basic Outer Sunset home…the Sunset…the place nobody ever wanted to be, and now it’s the hottest neighborhood in the city. Maybe all these hipster surfers are on to something. ;-)

So you’re thinking this property is just a one-off…not so. Look at the #2 Overbid at 840 Kansas, a fixer in Potrero Hill selling for $1,629,000…or 49% above their list price.

Before any of you nay-sayers spending too much time “plugged in” to other sites get all bent out of shape about us Realtors constantly touting overbids, stop for a minute and look at the underlying price per square foot on both of those sales $1153/sqft in the Outer Sunset and $1398/sqft in Potrero Hill.

Since this is my last post of 2017, let me dig a little deeper into those numbers for you. My quick calculations and MLS sales search shows in all of 2016, there was exactly one sale in the Outer Sunset over $1.6M, the average sales price was $1,095,578, and the average price per square foot was $801. Fast forward to the same search for 2017, there are seven sales over $1.6M, average sales price is now $1,229,376, and the average price per square foot is now $902. That is just single family home sales for the Outer Sunset. If you want Potrero Hill numbers, you’ll have to contact me. I’m going surfing right now.

Here are the top 10 Overbids to finish out 2017…

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
1623 43rd Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 13 $998,000 $1,680,000 68.34%
840 Kansas Street 2/1.00/N/A 22 $1,095,000 $1,629,000 48.77%
131 Peru Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 13 $749,000 $1,105,000 47.53%
253 Sussex Street 2/1.00/N/A 11 $899,000 $1,300,000 44.61%
355 Winding Way 3/1.00/N/A 47 $828,000 $1,063,000 28.38%
260 King Street 1/1.50/657 15 $720,000 $900,777 25.11%
108 Sagamore Street 110 2/1.25/N/A 40 $819,000 $1,005,000 22.71%
251 De Long Street 2/1.00/N/A 12 $699,000 $788,000 12.73%
150 Saturn Street 3/2.00/ 11 $1,499,000 $1,675,000 11.74%
5160 Diamond Heights Boulevard 1/1.00/307C 35 $650,000 $725,000 11.54%

As always, the rest of this great data (Overbids, Underbids, Recent Sales, New Listings, and more) can be found on The Goods.

I wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! Here’s to 2018, tons of snow, and me helping ALL of you sell your SF properties so you can take the cash, retire, and live your dreams.

Ciao, au-revoir, adios, auf wiedersehen 2017! See you all next year.

San Francisco Real Estate December 2017 Market Report

…and just like that, another year gone.

As for the month to month market shifts, the November San Francisco real estate market moved along pretty much as expected, with continued low inventory and the majority of properties selling above list price. Condo prices hit an all-time high of $1,230,000.

The proposed tax changes are very likely to affect future buyer behavior as they lose purchasing power with the loss of full deductibility of state income taxes and property taxes. That loss of purchasing power will likely dampen sales price increases. Stay tuned…

Single Family Homes:
November’s median sales price eased off a bit from October’s all-time high of $1,588,000, down to $1,500,000. However, prices are still up 10.7% compared to last year.

While new listings typically fall off in November, this year’s were exceptionally low at just 112, 19% fewer than last November. The number of new listings on the market year-to-date is down 5% from 2016 while the number of sales is up 4.2%. Inventory remains very low at a 1.4 months supply, the lowest level since December 2016.

The incredibly tight supply coupled with strong demand kept the level of overbids high as well, staying at 115%, much higher than last November’s 107%. Eighty one percent (81%) of single family homes sold above the list price.

Condo/Loft/TIC’s:

As mentioned above, the median sold price hit an all-time high in November. On a three-month rolling average, the median sold price is up 7.7% compared to last year.

Inventory is down 23% from October and 19% compared to November, 2016. Like single family homes, the number of Condo/Loft/TIC listings are down year-to-date compared to 2016, by 5.6%, while sales are up 3.2%.

Fifty nine percent (59%) of condo/loft/TIC listings sold above list price, down from 67% in October and 64% last November. The median overbid was 102%, the same as last November.

There you have it…now visuals:

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SOLD! | 875 La Playa #179 | Outer Richmond / Ocean Beach | $860,000

Thanks to stellar photography, lightning fast painters, and top notch staging, we were able to get this property on the market in a matter of two weeks, get six offers, all over list price, and set a new high water mark sales price for this building. Congratulations to everyone involved, and thank you for a smooth transaction.

Whether you’re looking for a starter home, Pacific Ocean view pied-a-terre, or simply an Ocean Beach property for the right price, 875 La Playa unit 179 is just the ticket.


Situated on the ground floor and just steps from Ocean Beach, this wonderful Outer Richmond residence features an open living/kitchen/dining area, spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops, a patio with direct access to the common area/courtyard, a private balcony accessed from the living area and guest room…oh…and VIEWS! Views, views, views. On a clear day you can see the Farallon Islands, and on any given day you can watch ships sail in and out of the bay, whales breaching, dolphins playing in the surf, fishermen, dog walkers, runners, cyclists, surfers, and all of the wonderful things living by the beach affords.

In addition to the well maintained unit with breathtaking views, you also get parking for one car in a large underground garage, a private storage facility, and gym, art, and woodworking rooms.

This home is walking distance to the bustling Balboa Corridor Shops and Restaurants (Have you tried Miki or Shanghai Dumpling King? What about Chino’s?), but it’s also a stone’s throw from: Land’s End hiking trails; the ruins of Sutro Baths; Sutro Park; Cliff House & Beach Chalet Restaurants; Lincoln & Golden Gate Park golf courses; Beach Chalet Soccer Fields; Golden Gate Park; Safeway; and so much more. The location of this property also makes for an easy commute to the South via the Great Highway, East via 5 Fulton, 38 Geary, and 31 Balboa Muni Buses, as well as proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north. If you want to go West, you’ll need a boat.

It’s just a matter of time before the Outer Richmond really gets “discovered” so get in while the gettin’s good.

Property Details:
List Price: $779,000
SOLD: $860,000
1306 Square Feet (per tax Records)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms (both en-suite)
1 Car Parking
1 Storage Unit
Updated Kitchen
Updated Bathrooms
Open Living/Dining/Kitchen
Patio
Private Balcony
Pacific Ocean Views
In Unit Washer & Dryer
HOA dues $733.34 per month (water, garbage, outside management, on-site manager, maintenance, repairs, building insurance, reserves)
Common Areas (Gym, bike storage, BBQ area, woodworking and art rooms)
Close to Public transportation

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386

1% of my commission from this sale will be donated to environmental non-profits fighting the epic fight of saving our environment.

Sell A Home, Save The Planet

We live in an incredibly beautiful location here in the Bay Area with amazing parks and recreation at our fingertips, and serene natural environments literally just minutes from a bustling city that affords us the opportunity to escape it all. Sadly, we’re polluting the hell out of ourselves and our environment, and it’s got to stop.

The beaches I frequent to surf are riddled with plastics and trash, the sea level is definitely rising eroding our shores, snow levels continue to rise forcing us to ski more rain days than I have ever in my life, Lake Tahoe is filled with beer cans, bottles and trash, it’s clarity diminishing, and “spare the air” days are becoming way too common in San Francisco. So what can we do?

I just joined 1% for the Planet, which means that 1% of my earnings will go towards supporting the environment and 1% for the Planet certifies my giving. It’s an iron-clad way for me, and you, to put money earned from your transaction and donate to non-profits fighting the fight of reversing the downward trajectory of our environment and everything we take for granted.

In the words of Craig Matthews, co-founder of 1% for the Planet, “If we just take, take, take, and give nothing back, we’re going to have nothing in the end…” Sadly, that’s the truth, but luckily Yvonne Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia has sage advice for all of us, “Don’t get depressed, get angry.”

I try not to get angry in my daily life, even when my kids refuse to do what I ask them, and I hope every transaction I do is free from drama, but I have to admit, I’m a little upset about the cleanliness of the world we live in, so I’m taking action.

I’ve given to many charities in my time as a Realtor, and I will continue to give to many more, but it’s time I take it up a notch on the environment, and do more by guaranteeing, no matter what, I donate.

There are numerous non-profits on the 1% for the Planet roster, so if there is one in particular you’d like me to donate to after the close of your transaction, do not hesitate to let me know.

If you’d like to get involved on your own, you can learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.

In the meantime, let’s get some property sold, and help save our environment.

For Sale | 875 La Playa Unit 179 | Outer Richmond / Ocean Beach | $779,000

Whether you’re looking for a starter home, Pacific Ocean view pied-a-terre, or simply an Ocean Beach property for the right price, 875 La Playa unit 179 is just the ticket.


Situated on the ground floor and just steps from Ocean Beach, this wonderful Outer Richmond residence features an open living/kitchen/dining area, spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops, a patio with direct access to the common area/courtyard, a private balcony accessed from the living area and guest room…oh…and VIEWS! Views, views, views. On a clear day you can see the Farallon Islands, and on any given day you can watch ships sail in and out of the bay, whales breaching, dolphins playing in the surf, fishermen, dog walkers, runners, cyclists, surfers, and all of the wonderful things living by the beach affords.

In addition to the well maintained unit with breathtaking views, you also get parking for one car in a large underground garage, a private storage facility, and gym, art, and woodworking rooms.

This home is walking distance to the bustling Balboa Corridor Shops and Restaurants (Have you tried Miki or Shanghai Dumpling King? What about Chino’s?), but it’s also a stone’s throw from: Land’s End hiking trails; the ruins of Sutro Baths; Sutro Park; Cliff House & Beach Chalet Restaurants; Lincoln & Golden Gate Park golf courses; Beach Chalet Soccer Fields; Golden Gate Park; Safeway; and so much more. The location of this property also makes for an easy commute to the South via the Great Highway, East via 5 Fulton, 38 Geary, and 31 Balboa Muni Buses, as well as proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north. If you want to go West, you’ll need a boat.

It’s just a matter of time before the Outer Richmond really gets “discovered” so get in while the gettin’s good.

Property Details:
List Price: $779,000
1306 Square Feet (per tax Records)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms (both en-suite)
1 Car Parking
1 Storage Unit
Updated Kitchen
Updated Bathrooms
Open Living/Dining/Kitchen
Patio
Private Balcony
Pacific Ocean Views
In Unit Washer & Dryer
HOA dues $733.34 per month (water, garbage, outside management, on-site manager, maintenance, repairs, building insurance, reserves)
Common Areas (Gym, bike storage, BBQ area, woodworking and art rooms)
Close to Public transportation

Showing Schedule:
By Appointment only
Sunday Open House 2-4pm

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386

Buying Or Selling I Got Your Back…Another Great Testimonial

Just got this in from my clients I helped sell 754 18th Ave and buy 2139 15th Ave:

Alex helped us sell our home and buy a new home, both in San Francisco in 2017. Alex understands the market very well and brought a skilled team of stagers, painters and handymen to prepare our home for sale and make it look great. They’re a good group to work with, they all know what sells in the current market and got our place ready and looking great in quick time. Alex’s sales and marketing skills are one of his strengths.

The sale price of our home exceeded our expectations and set a new high for the neighborhood. On the buy side, once we found a home we wanted, Alex was a tiger in pushing our bid forward against multiple competitive offers. It helped that Alex had a prior working relationship with the seller’s Realtor. After some negotiation, our bid was accepted and we’re very happy in our new home. Thanks to Alex.

In both buy and sell transactions, Alex stayed closely involved throughout and handled any bumps. You can trust Alex to take care of your buying or selling of your home.

p.s. we’re very happy with our new home, love the views, garden, great location and neighborhood…thank you!
Cheers
Denis and Mercy

Congratulations to the both of you, and thank you for the great testimonial.

754 18th Ave, Central Richmond [theFrontSteps]
2139 15th Ave, Inner Parkside [theFrontSteps]

FOR SALE | 740 Clayton | Haight-Ashbury / Cole Valley | $2,495,000

First time on the market since the 1960’s, and currently used as a Church, 740 Clayton is a true (circa 1906) Victorian gem just waiting to be restored to its original glory, or developed to the max (zoned RH-3), situated on a massive L-shaped lot with 38 feet of frontage, and containing an additional structure / cottage in the rear.


The main level features a grand entrance, and staircase, large open area, kitchen, and half bath.
Second level has 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 fireplaces.
There is an unfinished attic with incredible views, and an unfinished basement level.
Period details abound, Hardwood floors underneath carpets, fireplaces have been covered up, and property has a fire sprinkler system.

This is a one of a kind property in an A+ location that doesn’t come around that often.

Property Details:
List Price $2,495,000
Built 1906
Large L-Shaped Lot
4652 Square Foot Lot
38 feet frontage
Zoned RH3
4 beds
1.5 baths
3 Fireplaces
Hardwood Floors
Additional Structure in Rear (approximately 400 square feet)
Unfinished Basement
Parking for many cars

Showing Schedule:
By Appointment only
Saturday & Sunday Open House 2-4pm
DO NOT DISTURB CHURCH SERVICES

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386