Feeling BLŪ (631 Folsom): Step inside!


Until now, we had not seen inside the new world unfolding down at BLŪ, yet another San Francisco upscale condo development. Thankfully, we have friends in high places (we’re waiting on that balloon story we alluded to). We can all pay homage to zūm llc for their wonderful renderings. Enjoy your First Look ™ inside … Continue reading Feeling BLŪ (631 Folsom): Step inside!

Comment du Jour: Does sold mean sold?


Sophie on Millennium Tower…”: Close of Escrow [for units at the Millennium Tower] is scheduled for Spring of 2009. I have a question. Close of escrow is when title is given [for] a big chunk of money. Right? So if they advertise “58% sold” what does that mean? That you can buy an “option” lasting … Continue reading Comment du Jour: Does sold mean sold?

Waiting to see…1751 Beach


From our favorite Marina Pimp, BoomTime, we present: 1751 Beach, a 3 bed, 2 bath condo in the Marina. Boomtime says, “Got a postcard. [It was] purchased for $1.4 mil on 9/30/05, asking $1.595 mil. Will check it out Sunday and report back. Purchased near the end of 2005, where supposedly people said the market … Continue reading Waiting to see…1751 Beach

Vizzie my house!


What do you think of advertising listings in this manner? I guess if you have a hot, sexy voice, or a voice like Darth Vader’s (James Earl Jones), it could be effective, and get you in the mood….to buy property of course! But does the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” apply here, … Continue reading Vizzie my house!

Cyber real estate conversations: some “funny shit”


From a reader: a true e-mail interaction between 2 SF real estate watchers on 1303 Alabama St: A: wanna hear some funny shit? no, not 306 Mullen, but that freaky-eco project on alabama and 25th. st. Be the first to see it this sunday 1-4 (and guess what, u don’t have to pay $25 to … Continue reading Cyber real estate conversations: some “funny shit”

17th & Clayton, a reader asks…


[Update: New drive by photos below!] “I was wondering if you know what the deal is with the copper siding on the new condos on the corner of 17th & Clayton. Some people are saying that it will be the finished look and I am hoping they are wrong. Hideous! Thanks.” Here’s all I know: … Continue reading 17th & Clayton, a reader asks…

Calculating Square Footage in San Francisco: “Comment du Jour”


To think that I always choose snarky comments for the “Comment du Jour” would be silly. As I always say, the comments are full of information, but I know not all of you read or follow them. So…a reader (FogCityBrit) provides a horses mouth (City Assessor) account of calculating square footage: (An update on Chelsea … Continue reading Calculating Square Footage in San Francisco: “Comment du Jour”

What’s the square footage on that, and why’s it missing?


by Kenny, verbatim: This post is to question a common practice in the SF market. That is the practice of intentionally leaving the lot and block numbers (apn) information out of the MLS listing, entering instead 9999999 or else intentionally running the numbers into one another so that the hyperlink won’t load. I understand why … Continue reading What’s the square footage on that, and why’s it missing?

Why Buy Hotel Condos?


by Janet Krahling (thanks Janet): People often ask “Why buy a private residence at the Four Seasons, St. Regis or Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco?” Here’s the simple answer: Imagine having exceptional high-end services in your home every single day and the potential investment upside associated with real estate, but without any of the headaches normally … Continue reading Why Buy Hotel Condos?

The reasons for my absence: Market Activity on three levels


I know, I know. I’ve been MIA, but there is a reason. A good one. Or two. Actually three. You see, when I get caught up in this blog, reading comments, and reporting on what I see “virtually” I almost get the sense the market has cooled. It has cooled, but not nearly to the … Continue reading The reasons for my absence: Market Activity on three levels

1330 Chestnut…a done deal


I can’t believe how many people are asking me about 1330 Chestnut, and I haven’t had time to check (cough…bull shit!)…but it is now sold. Asking $1,495,000 sold $1,550,000 and only spent 15 days (during the mortgage crisis) on the market. Reminder: If you were to receive the sfnewsletter either from me, or your Realtor/Mortgage … Continue reading 1330 Chestnut…a done deal

TICs fetching the same price as condos?


I’m going to hope the Stammtisch comes through with a quick response to this reader’s question, as I am totally swamped right now. If they don’t I’ll get to your answer this weekend. Thanks for writing in. In Andy Sirkin’s famous online article on condo conversion in SF, the graph seems to suggest that vacant … Continue reading TICs fetching the same price as condos?

Hotel Luxury Condo’s Hold Their Value


by Janet Krahling Take a look at this comparison: Downtown Hotel Luxury Condos (St. Regis and Four Seasons Residences re-sales) vs. Pacific Heights Condos ($1m+ sales). This chart compares average price per square foot in 2006 vs. average price per square foot YTD in 2007, according to MLS data. The average price per square foot … Continue reading Hotel Luxury Condo’s Hold Their Value

733 Front unit 203 now showing


Not quite sure what their email to me meant by being “one of the first to tour [their] model home” unit #203 (asking $725,000) this Tuesday from 1:30-3:30, since I’d already been in the building sans furniture, but you might like to get in there, so here’s your chance. (I’m assuming the unit is now … Continue reading 733 Front unit 203 now showing