3843 22nd Street (Noe Valley) Has A Nice Kitchen And A Pool…In The Same Room!


Thirty eight forty three (3843) 22nd Street in Noe Valley is hitting the market* any minute, and you’re getting your first look inside, right here. Unassuming from the front, but dramatic on the inside, you know you want this property. If you happen to work at Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Twitter, Zynga, or any of the … Continue reading 3843 22nd Street (Noe Valley) Has A Nice Kitchen And A Pool…In The Same Room!

San Francisco Real Estate Data, Focus On The Volume On Your Block, Not The Median In Your City


“After hitting a two year low in January, the median price for single-family re-sale homes rose 18.6% in March from February. Year-over-year, the median price was off for the seventh month in a row, falling 3.1%. After falling to their lowest level since January 2009 in February, home sales bounced back last month, which is … Continue reading San Francisco Real Estate Data, Focus On The Volume On Your Block, Not The Median In Your City

What Makes A Room A Bedroom?


What is it exactly that makes that room a bedroom? The question has come across my email enough, and actually I think I even posted on it at some point. Well, it’s resurfaced and maybe time to hash it out, as the opinions on what makes a room a bedroom are anything but concrete. The … Continue reading What Makes A Room A Bedroom?

Winner: The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco, And The Rest


Congratulations to Philz Coffee! You have been voted Best Coffee (House) in San Francisco by the people of the internets. The competition was linked to around the world, and we have to say Philz not only got tons of nods during the first round of nominations, but they also swept the voting when thousands more … Continue reading Winner: The Best Coffee (House) In San Francisco, And The Rest

Reader Reports: We Finally Were Able To Refinance! What A Nightmare! And Some Advice…


From a reader: Dear theFrontSteps, After TWO YEARS of intensive search and questioning and hunting ….we closed yesterday on our refinancing! We got a $600,000 loan at 4.5%. (no point, no refinancing costs, except for appraisal and recording fees). By the way, the appraisal came back at $1,200,000, which made us laugh a good time. … Continue reading Reader Reports: We Finally Were Able To Refinance! What A Nightmare! And Some Advice…

Tacos And Margaritas For All At 156 Vicksburg…Tonight Ole!


Yes, it’s true. You can skip making dinner tonight, and instead get on over to 156 Vicksburg for tacos, and even Margaritas. Fresh lime Margs? Not sure. But with any luck, they’ll at least be heavy on the Tequila. Go one, go all…[REMOVED] rock stars, and even buyers are all welcome to partake in a … Continue reading Tacos And Margaritas For All At 156 Vicksburg…Tonight Ole!

Wife Swap, House Swap, It’s All Porn, Stephen Fowler Is At It Again In Noe Valley


It was on September 25, 2009 that we informed you of Stephen Fowler’s San Francisco real estate foibles (you all informed us of his Wife Swap antics), and it is today that we get word of his next people pissing off project: Elevation PDF — Elevation 2 PDF — Floorplan PDF Plans for a vast … Continue reading Wife Swap, House Swap, It’s All Porn, Stephen Fowler Is At It Again In Noe Valley

Ask Us: 815 Alvarado Just Doesn’t Jibe


Have a look at the front of 815 Alvarado (4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3 car parking, “Single Family Residence” asking $2,965,000) : Now have a look at our reader’s question: So whats the story on 815 Alvarado, SF…..listed as a House…but really has a Legal Inlaw, and only 2 bedrooms upstairs. One can be divided….but … Continue reading Ask Us: 815 Alvarado Just Doesn’t Jibe

Stories Of Despair In San Francisco Real Estate (source: sfnewsletter)


I published this exact thing on sfnewsletter today, but since it is a newsletter there is no room for discussion. Hopefully, we’ll get some here. I recently submitted an offer for $425k on a Short Sale in SOMA (175 Bluxome #119). The “lender approved price” was $450k, but the sellers accepted our offer for $425k … Continue reading Stories Of Despair In San Francisco Real Estate (source: sfnewsletter)

Ask Us: Why The Fuss About Noe Valley?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: The Front Steps really concentrates on Noe. I live in Noe and understand the attraction and the desirability of neighborhood but I’m not exactly sure why it is the barometer for everywhere else. Can you shed any light on this? Good question. It’s not that … Continue reading Ask Us: Why The Fuss About Noe Valley?

Noe Valley Is Not Immune (Noe Valley Median Slides Along With SF As a Whole)


Woah! Where the hell has theFrontSteps been? A few things…I did, in fact, have a birthday (29 for those wondering) and I’ve been slammed with real estate. Thank goodness for the people behind theFrontSteps. This graph again from Misha Weidman: This is median prices, and SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ONLY. If this isn’t ammo for the … Continue reading Noe Valley Is Not Immune (Noe Valley Median Slides Along With SF As a Whole)

Stunner: 4356 25th Street Sold Within 15 Days*


This little Noe Valley gem (3 bed, 3 bath, “Mid-Century Modern”, single family home asking $2,579,000) had been burning the candle off the market for quite some time (we showed it to some clients well before it hit MLS), and we thought it was quite a nice house (especially the graduated ceiling). Maybe it’s not … Continue reading Stunner: 4356 25th Street Sold Within 15 Days*

What Was Is Now Was, 465 Hoffman Is Here And Modern


Last purchased (or sold) in March of 2007 for $1,150,000 (asking $995,000), 465 Hoffman was a contractor’s dream, This property is city approved and permit ready for demolition. New plans propose 3000+ square foot single-family detached residence. Disclosures and Reports include: Historical Evaluation, Geotechnical Investigation, Contractor’s Inspection, Advocacy letter and reduced set of proposed design. … Continue reading What Was Is Now Was, 465 Hoffman Is Here And Modern