Maximum Overbid: Laying Out a Classic $2 Million ’80s Home


Sometimes it’s the minor things you really love: In this case, certain floorplans. Truth is, there’s actually nothing all that remarkable about the layout of our top overbid of the week, the Outer Richmond’s 536 44th Avenue; used to be you saw home just like this top the sales charts all the time. The key … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Laying Out a Classic $2 Million ’80s Home

“Godfather of the Beats'” Potrero Hill Home Cuts Price


Back in April we clued you in on The Front Steps’ newest and most intriguing listing at 690-692 Wisconsin Street, a pair of flats on a deep Potrero Hill lot, with a third cottage unit and a whole lot of history to go with it. Now we’ve got a new little wrinkle in the history … Continue reading “Godfather of the Beats’” Potrero Hill Home Cuts Price

Maximum Luxury: A Recession Loss Doubles Down


Houses do not have memories, and they do not have opinions about how much they sell for. But if they did, this would be a proud day for 114 Crescent Avenue in Bernal Heights, because this week the three bed, two bath house with the minty green facade can finally put its last unhappy sale … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: A Recession Loss Doubles Down

Maximum Overbid: When Less Really Is More


Our top two overbids this week are on paper very similar affairs, being western neighborhood houses that were just about the same size, listed just a little bit more than a week apart for almost the same sum, and sold within a few days of each other for close to the same money as. The … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: When Less Really Is More

SOLD: 956 Elizabeth St, $3,415,000


Ah Noe Valley, home of some of the greatest views and greatest homes in all of San Francisco. We are delighted to have found a buyer for this Noe Valley beauty, with its turn-of-the century charm and all modern amenities, complete with incredible Downtown San Francisco and Bay views. If you’re looking at these photos … Continue reading SOLD: 956 Elizabeth St, $3,415,000

Russian Hill’s Great Designer Non-Home Finally Reality, Asks Very Real $21 Million


The startling Russian Hill property at 1283 Greenwich Street used to be a real dream home–which is to say, it did not exist. Previously, this address corresponded to a TIC duplex, with the top floor unit commanding just under $2.2 million back in 2010. But for years this lot listed alongside ambitious plans for a … Continue reading Russian Hill’s Great Designer Non-Home Finally Reality, Asks Very Real $21 Million

Maximum Luxury: Soaring Eichler Penthouses For Sale After Decades


In our comprehensive history of Bay Area developer Joseph Eichler’s legacy, we wrote that Eichler was an everyman builder who created attainable homes for middle class buyers. And indeed he was. However. Everyone’s got to branch out now and then, which is how we ended up with the top floor units at 999 Green Street, … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Soaring Eichler Penthouses For Sale After Decades

Maximum Overbid: In Which We Are Surprised We Can Still Be Surprised


It’s long since time we learned not to speak too soon when it comes to SF’s housing heights, but here we are once again. Last week we noted that the then-most recent Maximum Overbid was the sort of sale that can still shock even the most jaded of housing watchers. Now along comes a different … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: In Which We Are Surprised We Can Still Be Surprised

Maximum Luxury: Inside The Not-Quite Record-Setting Pac Heights Penthouse of the Year


This is Maximum Luxury, a column where we nose around listings for some of the most expensive properties in San Francisco history, for no other reason than that we simply can’t resist. You probably remember the penthouse over at 2006 Washington Street, which if sold for asking would be the most expensive sale in SF … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Inside The Not-Quite Record-Setting Pac Heights Penthouse of the Year

Sold: 848-850 Steiner St, $4.6M


We’re happy to report the successful purchase of this four bed, six bath Steiner Street classic circa 1900 (or so–pre-1906 dates in the city are always a little spotty). This true Victorian classic sits right across the street from Alamo Square and right down the block from the world famous Postcard Row and its Painted … Continue reading Sold: 848-850 Steiner St, $4.6M

SOLD: 943 York St, $1,54M


This sale presented an incredible opportunity to own a truly unique property in San Francisco’s ultra vibrant and hip Mission District. The packaged included a desirable open floorplan that flows from front to back, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and office space on the main level, a two bedroom, one bathroom with kitchenette, office, laundry, a … Continue reading SOLD: 943 York St, $1,54M

Are “Leaning Tower” Condos Worth Top Dollar?


“Millennium Towers [sic] is one of the most luxurious condominium buildings in San Francisco,” this new listing boasts, and in all fairness that is actually true; we’ve been in that building a lot, it runs like a self-contained, vertical neighborhood, the hype is definitely real. But that of course is not what people associate this … Continue reading Are “Leaning Tower” Condos Worth Top Dollar?

Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?


If you’ve been reading Maximum Overbid for a while then you know that you can’t take every home sale at face value. Case in point, our top overbid of the week is a choice three bed, three bath house at 929 Diamond Street in the Noe Valley Hills, which was only on the market for … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?

Onetime Mission Church Converts For $1.55M


Former churches and other houses of worship can be tricky housing development prospects: They’re often located on prime residential real estate in popular neighborhoods, but they they also often need a lot of work, and in many cases are historically protected properties in SF. Because of their spacious interiors, churches-turned-condos frequently end up looking like … Continue reading Onetime Mission Church Converts For $1.55M

Maximum Overbid: Easy Street


Sometimes no news really is good news. Oftentimes our weekly top overbid has something remarkable going for it: A recent renovation, a hot trend, a strategic price change or recent sale that marks this home as a prime mover. But the number one spot this week, a lovely Marina-esque number from 1931 with three beds … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Easy Street