Maximum Overbid: Riding Into the Sunset


Another week, another shockingly high San Francisco western neighborhoods overbid–or at least that’s how it feels sometimes. This week’s number one overbid is once again an Outer Sunset prospect, a three bed, two bath house at 2026 47th Avenue that originally listed for $995K but closed this week for $1.6 million, a spike of more … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Riding Into the Sunset

Barbary Lane: The Most Famous SF Street That Doesn’t Exist


Macondray Lane is a narrow Russian Hill alleyway that branches off of Leavenworth, just north of Green Street. It’s a pleasant greenbelt with great views (most of it traversable only on foot), but seemingly unremarkable. And yet, this is actually one of the most famous streets in San Francisco–or rather, it’s the nearest proxy for … Continue reading Barbary Lane: The Most Famous SF Street That Doesn’t Exist

Condos Selling at Hayes Valley Development Featured In Bribery Scandal


There are new listings for condos at 555 Fulton Street in Hayes Valley–and if that address rings a bell, oh boy, should it ever. The long-delayed 555 Fulton project was the eye of the storm in the bribery scandal that engulfed the Department of Public works in 2020, the full ramifications of which are still … Continue reading Condos Selling at Hayes Valley Development Featured In Bribery Scandal

Maximum Overbid: The Telltale Bargain


When is a bargain not quite what it seems? When it turns into an overbid instead. That’s what happened with this week’s top overbid at 2358 41st Avenue. This two bed, one bath, Outer Sunset setup listed for $1.09-plus million less than two weeks ago, advertised as a “great price,” and closed out for $1.5 … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Telltale Bargain

Mammoth Mill Valley A-Frame Asks $1.15 Million


We’ve talked before about the nearly cult-like fascination some people have with A-frame homes, spurred in large part by the muscular simplicity of their design and their association with remote NorCal locations, American post-war prosperity, and 20th century nostalgia. But not every home of a certain style has to fit the formula: In the case … Continue reading Mammoth Mill Valley A-Frame Asks $1.15 Million

SF’s Oldest Home Listing Dumps $10 Million Off Price


Some things get better with age; home listings are not usually reckoned one of them, but there are exceptions. The penthouse at 1080 Chestnut Street is currently the oldest public San Francisco home listing, having gone on the market way back in October of 2019; in fact, in two weeks it will be precisely two … Continue reading SF’s Oldest Home Listing Dumps $10 Million Off Price

Before & After: 1890 Castro Victorian Renovation


Sellers love to push the “r-words”: “renovate,” “refurbish,” “remodel.” Sometimes this is a practical consideration: Certain homes really could do with a new look and more modern sensibilities. Other times it’s simply a shrewd marketing move: People feel motivated to buy things that are new, and University of Western Ontario, Canada researchers find that one … Continue reading Before & After: 1890 Castro Victorian Renovation

Maximum Overbid: Top Sellers Close After Two Weeks Or Less


Even when we’re talking about overbids, money isn’t everything. After all, the most valuable commodity of all is time. Case in point, this week’s top overbid, a three bed, one bath circa 1943 house at 1735 39th Avenue, which listed for just under $1.1 million and closed this week for $1.6, more than 46 percent … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Top Sellers Close After Two Weeks Or Less

PG&E Building Deal To Oust Famous Falcons From Roof Nest


The big news downtown is that Hines, the developer that bought the longtime headquarters of embattled power utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for $800 million back in May, plans to redevelop the entire block and create a new, 800-foot building with over 700 homes. That’s all well and good, but the question remains: … Continue reading PG&E Building Deal To Oust Famous Falcons From Roof Nest

Rich People Are Still Buying Homes In the Sinking, Tilting Millennium Tower


Last week saw the news of still more structural problems in the sinking and tilting Millennium Tower, which is now seeing some plumbing problems due to its uneven settling. It’s just more bad news for this top-dollar building with rock-bottom problems. What’s interesting though is that even after five solid years of basically nothing but … Continue reading Rich People Are Still Buying Homes In the Sinking, Tilting Millennium Tower

Barren Glen Park Lot Becomes $5.3 Million Home


They grow up so fast. Just two years ago, Glen Park’s 80 Thor Avenue was a weedy, overgrown lot about the size of a standard tennis court, as it had been for years. That was when its owners put it up for sale, seeking a hopeful $1.85 million, with the addition of permits for an … Continue reading Barren Glen Park Lot Becomes $5.3 Million Home

Maximum Overbid: Great Recession Loser Returns With a Vengeance


Sometimes an overbid gives you perspective on the past as well as the current market–and boy can perspective knock you for a loop. Case in point, this week’s number one spillover is 2242 17th Avenue, a three bed, three bath Parkside house that sold this week for more than $2.2 million, 47-plus percent more than … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Great Recession Loser Returns With a Vengeance

“Modified A-Frame” North of Lake Tahoe Asks $675K


If you’re looking for decisive vindication of the idea that Lake Tahoe is an entirely different world from San Francisco in housing terms, consider that a two bed, two bath house in Truckee (on the north side of the lake) can be had for the SF-frugal price of $675,000. Now of course this is not … Continue reading “Modified A-Frame” North of Lake Tahoe Asks $675K

The Truth About Marin County’s Floating Homes


The Sausalito waterfront is thick with a peculiar varietal of home-buying prospect, the ever-whimsical and increasingly popular floating homes. Most of us have seen them, but few understand how they really work. For one thing, more often than not outsiders refer to these piscine properties as “houseboats,” but in most cases that’s not strictly accurate. … Continue reading The Truth About Marin County’s Floating Homes

“Worst House” In Noe Valley Asks $995k


Selling a home–or anything really–demands a deft approach and a certain way with words; the smallest thing can mean the difference between a sale and a close call, and you have to always put a property in the best possible light. Sometimes, however, you’ve got no choice but to just plain tell it like it … Continue reading “Worst House” In Noe Valley Asks $995k

Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million


If you’ve ever passed by some fancy looking East Cut new construction and wanted the whole thing to yourself, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Just a few days ago, 15-17 Guy Place went on the market, a seven-level, eight bed, eight and a half bath setup on offer for $15 million (we’ll pause just … Continue reading Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million