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]

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.

Off Market Cole Valley Victorian Single Family Home

I have the home you have sought for so long. We will not be going to MLS anytime soon, so consider yourself lucky you found yourself on theFrontSteps. Since this is a totally off market and “pocket” listing, we have no pictures to share. Get yourself in for a look, it’s as simple as that.

Property Details:
715 Cole St.
Price: TBD, but definitely more than $2.5M
3 bed, 1 bath upstairs
Gigantic Master Bedroom
Fireplace in master bedroom
Shower over tub
Separate WC
Radiant heat
Deck / landing off North bedroom
Amazing Wood Floors w/ beautiful detailing
Victorian Details Everywhere
High Ceilings
Fireplace in living room
Formal entry with grand staircase
Bath on main level with shower over tub
Original tile in baths
Formal dining room
Large windows
Natural Light
Newly built downstairs area w radiant heat
Storage
Washer & Dryer
Large kitchen faces west
Stairs/landing off kitchen lead to large landscaped yard designed by Flora Grubb
Fruit trees
Landscape Lighting
Drip System
2 car parking
Updated foundation
Fully detached on both sides

It’s definitely as nice as it sounds.

Shown by appointment only.

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.

Cole Valley Flat For $15; Scantily Clad Bathers Arrested; Dead Man Returns To Life – August 18, 1908

It’s not everyday you get to sell a property where history was made (no, I haven’t posted this listing on Craigslist), and it’s definitely not everyday that you open up a wall for a remodel and find a San Francisco Examiner from August 18, 1908…and it’s totally legible!

The information contained on the pages of this newspaper will truly transport you back in time:

“Dead man returns to life under injection of Strychnia”

…the birth and progress of the Independence Party led by William Randolph Hearst “was only defeated by the treason and the knife…”

“…bathers who appear in the surf so scant of cloth as to shock public decency to be arrested and fined.”

“Our country cousins [Santa Cruz residents] who are unused and unaccustomed to the fashions of city life are seriously shocked when they come to see us and go to spend an hour at the seashore…”

And since this is primarily a real estate blog, and I’m selling 1010 Cole, take a look at some of the rental listings, particularly 1039 Cole:

2 sunny; furn. hskpg. rooms; bath; gas; laundry; $15; Masonic ave. cars.

Some things don’t change…the importance of the sun in SF (where has it been!?), having gas to your home, an easy way to wash your clothes, and proximity to public transportation…and luckily others do.

The images are massive, so if you can’t read it, click and zoom.

Priceless reading, for sure.

Although this newspaper is tucked away in a safe and totally not able to be viewed, the property where it was found, and Craigslist was founded, is for sale, and available for purchase, 1010 Cole St, Cole Valley.

Come on by, have a look, or better yet…buy the home, and maybe (if you’re lucky) the newspaper will be part of the deal.

1010 Cole Street, Cole Valley, $1,395,000 [theFrontSteps]
Condo Where Craigslist Was Born Asks $1.39 Million [Curbed]
San Francisco House where Craigslist Was Launched Up For Sale [ABC 7 News]

For Sale | 1010 Cole St. | Cole Valley | $1,245,000

Hi friends and followers! As is always the case, you get a head up on my listings, so tell your friends. This AAA Cole Valley location is hard to beat, so don’t drag your feet…Going on MLS very soon, but you get first look.

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.


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 from 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.

Upper Haight Victorian For $1,495,000…Yes Please!

This turn of the century Top Floor two plus bedroom, two bathroom, south facing Victorian Condominium checks all the boxes in the most ideal Upper Haight/Ashbury location.


Entering from street level, you’ll be drawn in by large, period stained glass windows above the front door flooding the entry with natural light which radiates throughout the entire home. Victorian details abound including a picturesque stained glass skylight, soaring ceilings, original dark wood floors, crown moldings, wainscoting, two working fireplaces, and large functioning pocket doors. The front windows provide a great view of Sutro Tower. This unit has been continually updated since the early 1900s with 2 substantial skylights in the eat-in kitchen, office/bonus room in the back, modern bathrooms, updated appliances, brand new in-unit Washer & Dryer, Monkeybrains & cable ready Internet, beautiful shared courtyard, parking for one car, substantial garage storage including a storage room w/lock.

This central location is across the street from The Park Branch Public Library, 1 block from shops on Haight Street and the Panhandle, 2 blocks from Whole Foods & the entrance to Golden Gate Park. Easy commute anywhere in SF: North, West, East, and South, walk to Cole Valley, tech shuttle stops, St. Mary’s / Dignity Medical Center, UCSF Parnassus and a multitude of dining and shopping options. While the official “Walk Score” is 97 it feels more like 99! As Page Street is one of SF’s official bike routes, 1826 Page street has a “Bike Score” of 98.

When you own a Victorian like this you’ll enjoy the benefits of a modern space while appreciating the quality workmanship, design, charm, and engineering of an historic San Francisco Victorian. Come visit us at one of the open houses, peruse the high resolution photos, or better yet, schedule a private tour and come fall in love with your future home.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,495,000
1400 square feet (per floor plan expert)
2+ bedrooms
2 bathrooms
Office/Breakfast Nook
1 car parking
Storage
Original Wood Floors
2 Fireplaces
Period Details
High Ceilings
Skylights
In Unit Washer & Dryer
Serene Common area Patio
HOA Fees $369/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 6/9 from 1-4pm
Sunday 6/10 from 1-4pm
Private Showings by Appointment
Offers as they come

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.

For Sale | Haight Ashbury Victorian | 1649 Page St | $1,649,000

Grand scale, late 1800s Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco with approximately 1692 square feet of living space, original wood floors, formal living room, formal dining room, designer lighting, ~12 foot high ceilings, renovated kitchen, decorative fireplaces, in unit washer & dryer, 1 car parking, exclusive use south facing patio, and great natural light.


A gem of gems, this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home enjoys a wonderful southern exposure with French doors that open to a private and serene patio perfect for outdoor entertaining, lounging in the afternoon sun, or simply enjoying a quiet space amongst the hustle and bustle of city living. 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.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,649,000
1692 square feet
3 bedrooms
1.5 bathrooms
1 car parking
Storage
Exclusive Use South Facing Patio
Wood Floors
Decorative Fireplaces
Period Details
High Ceilings
Designer Lighting
Modern Kitchen
In Unit Washer & Dryer
HOA Fees $435/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 5/5 from 1-4pm
Tuesday 5/8 from 12-1:30pm
Saturday 5/12 from 1-4pm
Sunday 5/13 from 1-4pm
Private Showings by Appointment
Offer date TBD

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.

SOLD | 321 Frederick | $1,850,000 | Cole Valley

Congratulations to my buyers and sellers of this wonderful top floor, three bedroom, two bathroom view condominium in prime Cole Valley.

Listed quietly off market (hence no interior pics) in the middle of an epic March storm cycle (If you follow this blog, you know I can’t think straight when the snow is falling!), shown to two buyers, and quickly snagged and secured by one of them, this stunner of a home that checks all the boxes, including amazing views to Sutro Forest, and down into Cole Valley, ultimately sold for $1,850,000.

As is the case with every transaction I do in and around Cole Valley (I do many) it pays to get on my radar, and stay on my radar. These buyers met me at my 1651 Page St listing, which I knew would go slightly out of their range, and told me what they were looking to get. I took mental inventory of what they wanted, set them up on a flurry of properties to see and got them on the track to market education, all the while knowing I might get 321 Frederick listed and it’d be perfect for them. Shortly thereafter, I locked down the listing on Frederick, listened to the sellers’ wants and needs to get the sale done, and started planning the potential marketing and sale timeline. After discussing all of the options, weighing recent sales, Facetimes and Skypes to foreign lands, I showed 321 Frederick to the buyers, and it was a done deal. Love at first sight.

I’m super happy for everyone involved and ready to help more of you Cole Valley residents come up with your ideal solution to selling or buying property in your tight-knit community.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Keep an eye on this site for 1649 Page, and 1826 Page that are both “Coming Soon”.

SOLD | 740 Clayton | Haight Ashbury / Cole Valley | $2,600,000

Three offers, and a long three months later, I’m pleased to report the successful sale of the Church of the Living God…a.k.a. 740 Clayton. Congratulations to the buyers, and the sellers and thank you all for a smooth (albeit long) transaction.

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.