Supremely Located West Portal Home Sells For $2,500,000

Pleased to report the recent sale of this fantastic West Portal Home:

Beautifully renovated Mediterranean-inspired home has a style and feel that is absolutely unique and special. The spacious lot (124′ frontage) creates a great floor plan with lots of natural light and privacy. Perfect home for entertaining with open chef’s kitchen, dramatic living and dining rooms. Split level floor plan offers three bedrooms, two baths. Top floor closes off as private suite. Fourth bedroom and third bath, family room, wet bar on lower level (direct access from street – no stairs). Decks in backyard are surrounded by open green space/gardens, two car side-by-side parking. Fantastic location close to shops, Metro, parks, and freeway access.

Congratulations to my buyers, and thanks again to all involved for a smooth transaction.

-40 Dorchester Way, West Portal San Francisco, $2,500,000

Bernal Heights Home On Large Lot Gets 12 Offers, Sells In 5 Days

We had to put the battle armor on to get this one (232 Precita in Bernal Heights)…with 12 offers, and negotiations happening at light speed. We offered much lower than the final sales price (given the uncertainty in the market), but had to change our thinking, and change it fast. (This is exactly what I was talking about in my previous post about some properties not getting offers, while others get many multiples.) It was ultimately too nice of a location and lot for my client to pass up. Congratulations to you, sir…well done. It is a great house with major potential.


From the marketing remarks:

Charming 1930’s era Spanish Mediterranean style home with unprecedented 120′ deep x 56′ wide L-shaped lot, offering the most amazing back yard potential you’ll ever find in Bernal Heights! And just a block from beautiful dynamic Precita Park. Versatile, highly desirable floor plan. Living Room with wood burning fireplace, Formal dining room, Kitchen with breakfast nook -all could be opened up for incredible open Living/Dining/Kitchen experience! Two large bedrooms & delightful period bath w exquisite tilework, separate shower & tub. Parquet wood floors. Interior stairs to large home office & guest suite, w obvious further expansion potential. Live the dream & ultimate CA indoor/outdoor lifestyle with fruit orchard, potting shed & Downtown View backdrop! Premium N.Slope location, where Mission meets Bernal.

Property was listed by Vanguard Properties. I represented the buyer. If you want the play by play on how this deal went down, give me a shout.

Potrero Hill TIC With Big Views And Superb Location Fetches $985,000

I’ve been working on this one for the better part of four months, and our timing and strategy couldn’t have gone more smoothly (despite the market shift). Showing it a few times off market back in July helped us gauge the interest, set a good price, know that we definitely needed to spruce it up a bit, and it allowed the co-owners to establish fractional financing, which definitely helped the sale. After painting, staging, and doing what we do, we were able to get multiple offers, allow the other owners to finish getting fractional financing, and close without a hitch. Hats off to everyone involved, including the lender, the buyer’s agent and her clients, photographer, stager, and of course my client, the seller who couldn’t have been more easy and organized to work with. Congratulations to all!

Situated in the heart-center of Potrero Hill, and just steps to 18th Street shops and restaurants, this top floor two bedroom, one bathroom flat with sweeping Northwest views from Corona Heights to City Hall is not to be missed.

Haight Ashbury Victorian Flat Hits MLS Asking $1,700,000 – Wow Factor At 11

If you don’t get the Spinal Tap reference…it’s high time you watch Spinal Tap.

Anywho…my newest listing to hit the market.

Grand scale, turn of the century Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco with approximately 1630 square feet of living space, original wood floors, period details, ~12 foot high ceilings, renovated kitchen & bath, two fireplaces, in unit washer & dryer, 1 car parking, exclusive use storage, shared yard, and great natural light.


A property so many seek, yet can’t find is here and available..it’s true. This three bedroom, one bath home is filled with charm and details of years past. From the century old wainscoting, to the light fixtures, picture rails, and triple crown molding, 1662 Page will delight even the most discerning Victorian fan, and wow every buyer with a modern, open kitchen, breakfast porch, beautiful split bath with radiant heat, well preserved wood floors, updated foundation and seismic strengthening, as well as parking for one car.

This charming turn of the century home enjoys a wonderful central location just 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.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,700,000
1630 square feet
3 bedrooms
1 Remodeled bathroom w/ Designer Shower and Soaking tub, Radiant Floor Heating
Remodeled Split Bath (a.k.a. WC) with Toto toilet and Radiant Floor Heating
Modern Eat-in Kitchen
Granite Countertops
Breakfast Patio
Wine Fridge
Viking Gas Range
Bosch Dishwasher
Wood Floors
2 Gas Fireplaces
2 Living Rooms, one could be Formal Dining Room
New Rheem Hot Water Heater
15 New Double Paned Custom Wood Windows
Period Details
High Ceilings
Period Lighting
New in unit Washer & Dryer
1 car parking
Large Deeded Storage Room
Shared Yard and Garden Room, Fire Pit, & Grill
Extensive Seismic Retrofit completed 2016
HOA Fees $240/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Building Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)
Dog okay (Limit 2)

Showing Schedule:
Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

The House Where Craigslist Was Born Finally Found A Buyer

What do you do in San Francisco when it takes you more than two weeks to get a property sold? A property that was featured on multiple media outlets for the fact it was the place where Craig Newmark founded that little website called Craigslist? You adjust, just like we did here.

After a couple weeks on the market without any real bites (despite at least 150 people walking through the door on the first weekend of Open Houses), and not having been painted or staged, the feeling was brewing inside we needed to shift our focus. Something wasn’t right. Sure, we were in the thick of the Summer doldrums, but this was a perfectly located charming Cole Valley condominium that checked all the boxes…except one…a forever dedicated parking spot. That was the deal killer.

Alas, we pulled this baby off the market for a couple weeks, painted critical rooms, changed some lighting, staged, and bammo! Sold to a wonderful person who is going to enjoy it for many years to come, and doesn’t have a car.

Thanks to my sellers for their incredible patience, and thanks to the buyer for coming forward with an excellent offer.

This property sold for $1,480,000.

The property so many seek is finally available, and it couldn’t be more supremely located…Situated in the heart-center of Cole Valley, this circa 1907 ground floor condominium will delight from the moment you walk in the door.


[Update: This was found within the walls…]

This wonderful home features three bedrooms, one remodeled bathroom, a true chef’s kitchen with Blue Star range (because not all chefs have massive kitchens, but all chefs have the best of the best stoves), hard and softwood floors from generations past, two decorative fireplaces, direct access to common area deck and shared yard, eastern exposure for amazing morning light, washer & dryer, and easy access to public transportation, Sutro Forest & Tank Hill hiking trails, Golden Gate Park, the N-Judah line, UCSF, the Castro, and USF to name a few.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,245,000
SOLD: $1,480,000
3 bedroom
1 updated/modern bathroom with radiant floor heating
Great kitchen
Blue Star Range
Dining room w/ Box beam ceilings
Nest Thermostat
Hardwood and Softwood floors
2 decorative fireplaces
Washer & Dryer
Parking in building (for one year, then rolls to 1/3 share)
Extra Storage
Low HOAs $145/mo
Direct access to yard
Approximately 1250 Square feet
AAA Cole Valley Location
Close to shops, restaurants, public transportation

I am an expert in the Cole Valley real estate market. If you are interested in selling or buying in the area, give me a shout.

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

Charming Cole Valley Condo Where Craig Newmark Launched Craigslist… [SFGate]
Condo Where Craigslist Was Born Asks $1.39 Million [Curbed SF]

2263 47th Ave | Outer Parkside | $1,000,000

Every so often, you get an amazing deal in San Francisco, and you wonder if it really happened. This one did, and we were #1 on the Top 20 list of Underbids! Are you kidding…a single family home in the hottest neighborhood in the city for a million bucks? It happened, and my clients are thrilled.

Details are few and far between on this home, but you can see some here on The Goods.

Congratulations to my clients, and Mahalo to the Hawaii agent who represented the seller (that’s how you get a home for $1,000,000 in SF….look for those.)

2263 47th Ave, San Francisco

Cole Valley Condo Back On Market | New Price | New Look

We took a break, but now we’re back, and ready to go. This amazing turn of the century home is now painted, staged, and $150,000 less! Come in and have a look before it gets snatched out from under you, and tell your friends that are dying to get their feet planted in Cole Valley…


Situated in the heart-center of Cole Valley, this circa 1907 ground floor condominium will delight from the moment you walk in the door.


This wonderful home features three bedrooms, one remodeled bathroom, a true chef’s kitchen with Blue Star range (because not all chefs have massive kitchens, but all chefs have the best of the best stoves), hard and softwood floors from generations past, two decorative fireplaces, direct access to common area deck and shared yard, eastern exposure for amazing morning light, washer & dryer, and easy access to public transportation, Sutro Forest & Tank Hill hiking trails, Golden Gate Park, the N-Judah line, UCSF, the Castro, and USF to name a few.

Come take a look and tell your friends…

Property Details:
List Price: $1,245,000
3 bedroom
1 updated/modern bathroom with radiant floor heating
Great kitchen
Blue Star Range
Dining room w/ Box beam ceilings
Nest Thermostat
Hardwood and Softwood floors
2 decorative fireplaces
Washer & Dryer
Parking in building (for one year, then rolls to 1/3 share)
Extra Storage
Low HOAs $145/mo
Direct access to yard
Approximately 1250 Square feet
AAA Cole Valley Location
Close to shops, restaurants, public transportation

Showing Schedule:
Sundays from 2-4pm
Tuesday 12-1:30pm
Private Showings by Appointment

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

San Francisco Real Estate Micro Market Update – Plus 3 Off Market Gems

Like a bear coming out of hibernation, the San Francisco real estate market is waking up from its Summer slumber and new inventory is flooding the market. As of the time of this post, this week alone San Francisco has seen 254 new listings (of all property types) hit the market since Monday. That’s more than double the rolling average for the months of June, July, and August. The linked tear sheet is as basic as you get, but it will give you an indication of what’s out there. As soon as the data dump is complete, you’ll be able to see all of these Hot New Listings on The Goods.

All Summer long, no matter where I was, or what I was doing, people ask “So how’s the market in San Francisco?” It’s almost as common as “Is it foggy in SF?” And my answer to them has become canned, “It’s slow in places, white hot in others, and everyone is waiting until after Labor Day, so let’s see what happens then. And yes, it’s foggy…every day.”

It’s very hard to paint an accurate picture of a market when I know sellers are holding out until after Labor Day, and buyers are waiting in the shadows, or traveling to exotic locales to escape the fog. It’s not possible to know if it’s a broader slowdown, or just the typical Summer Doldrums as I like to call them.

I have about 15 buyers, and 5 listings. Three of those 15 buyers are looking for the same thing, and as it stands today, there is only one good choice for all of them. Multiply that by the other Realtors working the same tight city market, and I can already see a recipe for Overbids on many properties in prime locations, high demand, and continued low supply. I’ll go out on a limb and say I suspect things to really heat up this Fall, so if you’re still thinking of selling, now is a damn good time.

If you’re looking for a place, I suspect you’re going to continue to need a thick skin and patience. As I say to everyone that I meet, get on my radar as there is an entire world of off market activity to increase your chances of buying success, and I’m always here to help make your life easier. Cases in point, I am bringing 1010 Cole Street back on the market any minute (painted, staged, $150,000 less, and looking amazing!), 318 Connecticut just hit the wire, and 215 Cole, 715 Cole, and 1720 Larkin are in my pocket, ready to be sold.

Happy Fall. See you out there, and make sure you introduce yourself.

First Look | Top Floor Potrero Hill View Residence

Because you follow theFrontSteps (if you don’t, you can follow here), you get the first peak inside this charming and perfectly located Potrero Hill view residence, and if you like, you can even make an offer before we hit MLS (this Friday).

You can expect a market update from me soon as we climb out of the typical Summer hibernation, and we see how the looming flood of inventory gets snatched up. Until then, enjoy the Fog, and check my Featured Properties (including three off market gems) for some things you may have missed while you, and the rest of San Francisco were bouncing to techno at Burning Man…

Situated in the heart-center of Potrero Hill, and just steps to 18th Street shops and restaurants, this top floor two bedroom, one bathroom flat with sweeping Northwest views from Corona Heights to City Hall is not to be missed.

NOPA Is Calling You!

Another amazing off market opportunity for my dear readers…not going on MLS for a few weeks, but definitely available for immediate purchase and viewing.

Like some of my other listings at the moment, this is off market, so we don’t have pictures to share. You gotta see it in person.

Property Details:
215 Cole St
Condominium
Price: $TBD, but likely around $1.5ish
3 bedroom
2 bath
Master Suite w/ built in closets and en suite bath
Hickory Wood Floors
Open Living/Dining/Kitchen area
Bay Windows
Bar Counter with Seating
High Ceilings
Gas Fireplace
1 car parking
Storage
Shared Yard

Great Location close to NOPA, Haight, GG Park, USF, Koret Center, Whole Foods, De Young Museum, and easy commute to N,S,E and W locations

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.