Stunning Marina Condo

SOLD | 1487 Chestnut | Marina District | $1,050,000 | 24% Over

1487 Chestnut Living Room to Dining Room
1487 Chestnut Living Room to Dining Room

Holy moly did this one go great, or what!? Top floor 1 bed, 1 bath condo with its own private deeded garage in an A+ Marina District location. After kindly declining multiple attempts to pre-empt offers, we stuck to our marketing plan, got roughly 250 parties through the door, reviewed 7 offers, and just closed for $1,050,000! In case you forgot, we listed at $849,000. That’s $1111.11 per square foot, and 24% over asking. Wowza…

You might be wondering how we got so many people through the door. It’s partly the sign of the times, but also some very creative online marketing, including this post about Liquefaction Zones of San Francisco’s Marina District that gets attention to my listings, which gets people through the door and contacting me to get in. Add to that amazing staging by GiGi Park, great photos by Whistle Photography, detailed inspections and files put together by my awesome assistant, a ton of web traffic to my site already, and you have a recipe for success when it comes to selling property.

Congratulations to my seller, and also to the buyer that successfully fended off the wolves chasing after him. Well played.

As your listing agent, I am always thinking outside of the box to knock your sale out of the park, so let’s get to know one another when you’re ready to sell.

Details about this property, including full photo gallery, can be found here. To see more of my recent transactions, click here.

1487 Chestnut, Marina District 1/1/1, asking $849,000, sold $1,050,000 [theFrontSteps]
Liquefaction Zones of San Francisco’s Marina District [theFrontSteps]

Cole Valley Property Gets 30 Offers

Because one offer isn’t enough, 135 Parnassus (a teeny – tiny 1192 sqft, 2 bed, 1 bath condo) in the heart center of Cole Valley, just blew the roof off of reality. Sure, priced crazy low at $799,000 (actually, I would have priced it similarly because it did have some issues), but still…30 offers? Come on!

I do know roughly where this will sell, but have been asked not to share pricing info, so check back, contact me, or better yet – get on my list to receive real time sold property reports to your inbox every other Friday. (Sign up at and get “The Goods”.)

The agent kindly informed me, “We also have a solid backup offer”, and my response, “You actually have 29.” Ahhh…to be a seller in San Francisco.

And didn’t I just report the market might be cooling…sort of?


135 Parnassus – Cole Valley [Property Detail]
San Francisco Real Estate Market Cools (sort of) [sfnewsletter]
Real Time Neighborhood Sold Property Reports via Inbox [sfnewsletter]
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Spacious View Home

SOLD (In 3 Days) | 62 Buena Vista Terrace

We accepted offers on Monday, we closed yesterday…that’s a three day close. Remarkable, to say the least. Congratulations to my clients, and thank you all for an incredibly smooth transaction. I wish they all went like this.

Listed $1,295,000, SOLD $1,500,000. Property details below:

Located on an elegant street in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park District, one of San Francisco’s most coveted neighborhoods, 62 Buena Vista Terrace affords you the ability to immerse yourself in all this city has to offer, yet escape from it too.

Walking distance to Duboce Triangle, the Castro, Haight, Hayes Valley, Upper Market, Mission Dolores, Alamo Square, Buena Vista Park, Duboce Park, and NOPA, this luxury residence is truly in the heart of the city, and truly awesome…yes awesome.

Top floor condominium in a small 2-unit building, 62 Buena Vista Terrace has 2 + bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 car parking, views, formal dining room, living room, beautiful bamboo flooring throughout, new double paned windows, tons of natural light, two fireplaces, exclusive deeded deck off of kitchen, beautiful lush garden, in unit Washer & Dryer, tons of extra storage, and plentiful closet space.

The designer kitchen is a chef or entertainer’s dream, complete with granite countertops, Viking Range, Amana refrigerator, custom cabinets, island with Carrera marble countertop, under cabinet LED lighting, microwave, Miele Dishwasher, and an extra room off the kitchen perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktail preparation (could be a great breakfast nook too). Trust me when I say your friends will envy you here.

The unit is approximately 1353 square feet (per tax records), HOA dues are $300/month.

Property Summary:
-Buena Vista Park Top Floor Condominium
-Address: 62 Buena Vista Terrace
-2 bedrooms
-Bonus room/office
-1 bath
-1 parking
-1353 Square feet (per tax records)
-$300/mo HOAs
-Bamboo Flooring
-New Windows
-Formal Dining Room
-Living Room
-Designer Kitchen
-Breakfast nook/office

This one went fast. Contact me for further details or to talk about selling your property.
Alex Clark


30 Days Later, Property Resells For $101,000 More

This is for those of you that just fought your way into contract, closed, and are now wondering, “Will I ever make my money back?”

A good friend and colleague of mine recently (just this March) represented her buyers in the purchase of this awesome top floor penthouse at 2200 Market #502. They closed for $949,000, in an all cash purchase.
2200 market street

2200 Market

The owner decided not to move in, and therefore wanted to sell. Recently listed again – this time for $899,000, 2200 Market #502 came back on only 30 days after the buyers closed on their purchase. Fast forward four days of marketing, it went into contract, and voila! It has sold $101,000 higher than it sold for just 30 days prior – and it was an all cash transaction.

Because I know most of you are doing the math on how much this buyer/seller made, probably around $30,000 after commissions, title/escrow fees, and transfer tax. Not bad for holding a property just 30 days.

How’s that for nuts?

2200 Market #502 [Listing Detail]

It Is Certainly Brisk Out, And We’re Not Talking Weather

Somebody has certainly turned the tap on with regards to San Francisco real estate. Case in point (like we need to see more), 1998 Broadway #1007.

I just called on this Pacific Heights property to get an appointment for a client to take a look at it next Tuesday. How foolish of me to think it’d still be available! They accepted offers yesterday, received five, and will certainly not be looking for another by next Tuesday.

That’s a two bedroom, one and one half bath, 1030 square foot condominium asking $750,000, gone in seven days.

1998 Broadway #1007, $750,000 [MLS]

The Best Time To Sell Since San Francisco Real Estate Went Bust…Is Now

I’ve often said, if you can’t say it better yourself, just plagiarize. Or something like that. ;-)

Even if it means sharing information from a “competing” brokerage. Mark McLaughlin is the CEO of local real estate company Pacific Union. His recent article pretty much sums up my thoughts exactly. Especially, if you live in Cole Valley.

I asked him, “Do you have any data that might suggest how poor earnings of the investment banks and the capped bonuses of the investment bankers impact the luxury goods and real estate markets in the San Francisco Bay Area?”

His response was fairly simple and as follows: “No data. I would think the Apple, Google, Facebook etc. income gains would swamp any losses in the finance sector in the Bay Area.”

It is very important to remind our sellers that the both the buyer demographics and the traditional selling season in our markets have, in fact, changed – and for the most part, our markets are supply-constrained. We have more motivated buyers than we do properly improved, located and priced properties for sale.

Put another way, now is the best time I’ve seen since 2007 to list your property for sale. Demand is through the roof.

Wall Street vs. Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.

Four Buyers In Four Days…And 121 Beulah, How Did It End?

Hi all! I just wanted to give a little update to you from my world of San Francisco real estate.

In my humble opinion, the market is extremely hot for the right properties. On Friday I wrote four separate offers (five if you count that one property is two condos), in four entirely different neighborhoods, and have been in a multiple offer situation on every single one of them. My buyers lost out on a house near West Portal (by roughly $25-35k), and my buyer on a Outer Avenues house is still in the thick of a six offer situation.

My clients for a Cole Valley property accepted a counter offer from the seller, knowing that other offers were lurking. And thankfully, the sellers of a Russian Hill property that my client offered on realized cash truly is king in this lending environment, and wisely accepted our offer on their property, rather than the others with financing.

I would love to share details and specifics about all of these, but as you can imagine, I can’t. I am very busy representing a ton of people throughout the city at this very moment, and all of it is helping me gain that much more knowledge to help you.

As always, other agents are talking to me and sharing stories, potential buyers they may have for homes, and properties some of their sellers may sell. Why they don’t just post all of it for free on is beyond me, but I’m happy they feel comfortable sharing with me.

If you, or any of your friends/family, need help with San Francisco real estate, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My head is FULL of real estate opportunity!

Oh…and that luxury remodel on Beulah I mentioned two weeks ago….SOLD IN FIVE DAYS for $2,600,000 (asking $2,495,000). We can only assume CASH, and multiple circling.

Happy Monday! It snowed!

394 Frederick, Before, After, Here And Gone (In Contract After 7 Days): $2,399,000

True, the market tanked. True, average home prices have come down in San Francisco. True, even A+ areas like Noe Valley and Pacific Heights have felt the pinch. False, it is death doom and destruction everywhere. Case in point, 394 Frederick St @ Belvedere in Cole Valley, is an awesome 4 bed, 4 bath, 3173 square foot home that spent a staggering ;-) 7 days on the market (one Sunday Open House, one Broker Tour) and received an offer with non-contingent financing (means they’re getting a loan, but they’re not worried about that loan approval falling apart), the offer is really close to asking, and it’s damn near a done deal.


Call us crazy, but we’ve seen a lot of activity in the market as of late, at all price points.

For those wondering, last sale was in 2005 for $1,755,000 (asking was $1,395,000) but has since undergone a significant remodel, and added roughly 1209 square feet.

Kitchen Before:

Kitchen After:

Living Room Before:

Living Room After:

We’ve long stood by Cole Valley as a better investment than Noe Valley. Is the writing appearing on the wall? Time will tell. Maybe real estate doens’t suck after all.

394 Frederick [MLS]