Explaining Los Gatos’ Mind-Blowing Housing Plan


Los Gatos, a wealthy suburb of San Jose, doesn’t usually make the news over things as seemingly prosaic as the town’s general plan. But we are living in interesting times, and the changes currently proposed for this South Bay berth are nothing short of mind-blowing for anyone familiar with how housing works–and doesn’t work–in the … Continue reading Explaining Los Gatos’ Mind-Blowing Housing Plan

Berkeley Tops US In Housing Overbids


San Franciscans are peaceful people, but quick to launch a bidding war when a choice piece of property are the spoils. And yet there’s one Bay Area destination where overeager overbidding happens even more often, at least according to one source. Earlier this week, the listing aggregate site Realtor.com tallied which US cities lead the … Continue reading Berkeley Tops US In Housing Overbids

These Are the Worst Beaches In the Bay Area


For generations, the dream of owning a home in California has included access to beautiful Pacific beaches, and along the Peninsula particularly people cast their dreamy gaze into the surf and imagine that one day all this will be theirs. But not every day at the beach is, well, a day at the beach; it … Continue reading These Are the Worst Beaches In the Bay Area

Potrero Hill’s Great Patriotic Land Rush (that didn’t work out)


Sunday marks California’s 170th Fourth of July since becoming a state in September of 1850–which means it’s also been that long since the great Potrero Hill land rush scheme, a strange historical boondoggle that tried to leverage California statehood into real estate riches. As anyone who ever visited knows, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and parts of … Continue reading Potrero Hill’s Great Patriotic Land Rush (that didn’t work out)

Midcentury Gem On Huge Sea Cliff Lot Asks $2.2 million


San Francisco’s remote and exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood holds a special fascination for some housing aficionados, one that’s only partly owing to the multi-million dollar homes that people this liminal zone between the city and the sea. Certainly the neighborhood has a lot to offer in terms of big-ticket, multi-room mansion properties to marvel at, … Continue reading Midcentury Gem On Huge Sea Cliff Lot Asks $2.2 million

Prop 19 FAQ: How Wildfires & Jeff Bridges Changed Your Property Tax


If there’s anything more contentious in California than the cost of a home itself, it’s how (and how much) the state taxes those who do eventually end up with their name on a deed. Thanks to Proposition 19, some Californians’ property taxes are changing this year, leading to new opportunities for certain homeowners and a … Continue reading Prop 19 FAQ: How Wildfires & Jeff Bridges Changed Your Property Tax

Total Teardown In Mission Asks $428K


Here’s an imponderable riddle for housing watchers to consider: How much would you pay for nothing at all? This is not an exercise in Zen enlightenment, but rather a potentially real question for anyone browsing the listing for 1180 Florida Street, as this single-family property in the Mission near the corner of 24th Street was … Continue reading Total Teardown In Mission Asks $428K

“Queen of the Fillmore’s” Scott Street Mansion asks $7.85 Million


Just a stone’s throw away from Alamo Square’s Painted Ladies (not that it’s advisable to throw stones around such prized assets…), an enormous early 20th century house with a profoundly classy Edwardian exterior at 711 Scott Street just listed, asking an equally high-class $7.85 million. The ad promises six beds, eight baths, and nearly 7,000 … Continue reading “Queen of the Fillmore’s” Scott Street Mansion asks $7.85 Million

YIMBY-Backed Bill Pushes For More Housing Near Transit–Again


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: YIMBY groups are backing a proposed new California law by SF-based State Senator Scott Wiener that would create dense housing near major transit lines in California cities–if only they can plow through NIMBYish opposition on the way to the governor’s desk. We have indeed been down this … Continue reading YIMBY-Backed Bill Pushes For More Housing Near Transit–Again

San Francisco Real Estate Trends in COVID-19 Lockdown


We just released our monthly real estate market report and forecast newsletter. If you’ve been subscribed to it, check your spam folders, find it, read it, send it to a friend. Can’t find it, we got you. Read the full report by following this link. –theFrontSteps Newsletter – Real Estate Trends in COVID-19 Lockdown Subscribe … Continue reading San Francisco Real Estate Trends in COVID-19 Lockdown

Exclusive Access To San Francisco Off Market (Private) Listings


When it comes to San Francisco real estate, nothing is more important than having an edge, and as our clients and readers you’re getting a major one today. We, at theFrontSteps, have long been fans of alternative methods and avenues to get your property sold, and ways to connect buyers with sellers that simply don’t … Continue reading Exclusive Access To San Francisco Off Market (Private) Listings

Haight Ashbury Victorian Sells In A Flash For $1,800,000


I had barely figured out how to turn the heat on in this place and it was gone….Listed for $1,649,000 on a Friday, in contract for $1,800,000 on a Tuesday. Gone in a flash. Congratulations to the buyers and sellers of this killer property in the Haight. If you’re bummed you missed out on this … Continue reading Haight Ashbury Victorian Sells In A Flash For $1,800,000

State Of The Real Estate Union


If you had to guess, what would be the most common question you think a Realtor is asked? “What’s my home worth?” No. “Should I stage my home when I sell it?” No. “Do you think interest rates are going to rise?” No. All very close, and all very common questions we certainly answer more … Continue reading State Of The Real Estate Union

If It’s Not Selling Over, It’s Selling Under


Top 10 Underbids in San Francisco this past week: Address BR BA Parking List Price Sold Price Underbid 1219-1219A Stanyan Street N/A N/A 2 $2,579,000 $2,100,000 -18.57 % 1111 Bay Street 2 2.00 1 $1,199,000 $1,000,000 -16.60 % 677 Ellis Street N/A N/A 0 $2,695,000 $2,275,000 -15.58 % 338 Spear Street 2 2.00 1 $1,999,999 … Continue reading If It’s Not Selling Over, It’s Selling Under

May 2016 Central San Francisco Market Conditions


District 5’s (See SF Districts Map Here) April numbers continue their strong upwards trend with their highest ever median sales price of $2,287,500. Year-over-year, the median price is up 8.9%. Resale Condo/Loft Median Prices Resale condo-loft median prices have resumed the downward trend that started last September with a brief uptick in January and February. … Continue reading May 2016 Central San Francisco Market Conditions