Swoon Factor High On This Haight-Ashbury Victorian | $1,995,000

It’s a grand scale, late 1800s top floor Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco, and it could be yours, or it could be your friends.

With approximately 1692 square feet of living space, hardwood floors, formal living room, formal dining room, ~12 foot high ceilings, updated kitchen, master bedroom and en-suite bath, decorative fireplace, in unit washer & dryer, 2 car independent parking, south facing deck, exclusive use yard, additional storage spaces, and final stage plans at the ready for a 980 square foot attic expansion, it’s the perfect blend of old world charm, Haight-Ashbury lore, and modern convenience…not to mention tremendous South facing light and warmth to soothe the soul.

A rare find, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home enjoys a wonderful southern exposure with French doors that open to a private deck from both the dining room and master suite overlooking an exclusive use serene landscaped yard. 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.

The property is move-in ready, and as an added bonus, is being sold with plans in final stages of approval to transform the main living area into a spacious and modern great room, as well as expansion into the 1692 square foot undeveloped attic. This renovation would transform the property into a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom home with 2672 square feet of luxury living, including a new master suite, tons of new closet space, and views to Sutro Tower. Attic would feature 2 additional bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an entertainment/lounge area, and closets galore, delivering two exquisite levels of living, dining, and entertaining in one of San Francisco’s most coveted and historically significant locations.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,995,000
1692 square feet
1692 square feet attic (unconditioned)
Top Floor Condominium in Two Unit Building
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
2 parking
Storage
Exclusive Use Landscaped Yard
Exclusive Use Deck
Wood Floors
Decorative Fireplace
Period Details
High Ceilings
In Unit Washer & Dryer
Solar Panels
HOA Fees $435/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)

Plans for:
5 bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
2672 Square Feet
Open Kitchen, Living, Dining area
Master Suite
Additional Entertainment area
Luxury to the nines

Showing Schedule:
Saturday & Sunday Open House 1-4pm
Private Showings by Appointment Only

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386

SOLD! | 1720-24 Larkin | Russian Hill Multi-Unit | $5,200,000

When in doubt, write an offer, tie it up, do your research, and hopefully it all turns out. That’s how we got this amazing development opportunity at 1720 Larkin, in Russian Hill, and how we got it WAY below asking. Originally listed “off market” for $6,200,000, I threw this out to a few developers I know, most of whom assumed it was over-priced, and had no potential.


Their loss…we originally submitted a “low-ball” offer just to begin the dialogue, and to our surprise, the sellers didn’t simply tell us to get lost. After a couple verbal rounds of negotiating, we put our intentions in writing, got a counter, countered them, and got in contract with 30 days to figure out what we could do with this beast, if anything, and if we could get a loan. As it turns out…one can do a lot, and our lender agreed!

So stay tuned for the transformation, and relish with me in the fact that we got this property WAY below list price, fought our way through lender headaches, and just closed for $5,200,000 (listed on MLS for $5,500,000, which you’ll note is different than the off market $6.2M list price).

Congratulations to my clients (the buyers) and to all of the sellers. Thank you also to the listing agents who stuck with us, and didn’t lose their sh*t when we kept having to delay the close. I promised we’d get there, and we did.

Onward!

San Francisco Real Estate December 2017 Market Report

…and just like that, another year gone.

As for the month to month market shifts, the November San Francisco real estate market moved along pretty much as expected, with continued low inventory and the majority of properties selling above list price. Condo prices hit an all-time high of $1,230,000.

The proposed tax changes are very likely to affect future buyer behavior as they lose purchasing power with the loss of full deductibility of state income taxes and property taxes. That loss of purchasing power will likely dampen sales price increases. Stay tuned…

Single Family Homes:
November’s median sales price eased off a bit from October’s all-time high of $1,588,000, down to $1,500,000. However, prices are still up 10.7% compared to last year.

While new listings typically fall off in November, this year’s were exceptionally low at just 112, 19% fewer than last November. The number of new listings on the market year-to-date is down 5% from 2016 while the number of sales is up 4.2%. Inventory remains very low at a 1.4 months supply, the lowest level since December 2016.

The incredibly tight supply coupled with strong demand kept the level of overbids high as well, staying at 115%, much higher than last November’s 107%. Eighty one percent (81%) of single family homes sold above the list price.

Condo/Loft/TIC’s:

As mentioned above, the median sold price hit an all-time high in November. On a three-month rolling average, the median sold price is up 7.7% compared to last year.

Inventory is down 23% from October and 19% compared to November, 2016. Like single family homes, the number of Condo/Loft/TIC listings are down year-to-date compared to 2016, by 5.6%, while sales are up 3.2%.

Fifty nine percent (59%) of condo/loft/TIC listings sold above list price, down from 67% in October and 64% last November. The median overbid was 102%, the same as last November.

There you have it…now visuals:

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For Sale | 875 La Playa Unit 179 | Outer Richmond / Ocean Beach | $779,000

Whether you’re looking for a starter home, Pacific Ocean view pied-a-terre, or simply an Ocean Beach property for the right price, 875 La Playa unit 179 is just the ticket.


Situated on the ground floor and just steps from Ocean Beach, this wonderful Outer Richmond residence features an open living/kitchen/dining area, spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops, a patio with direct access to the common area/courtyard, a private balcony accessed from the living area and guest room…oh…and VIEWS! Views, views, views. On a clear day you can see the Farallon Islands, and on any given day you can watch ships sail in and out of the bay, whales breaching, dolphins playing in the surf, fishermen, dog walkers, runners, cyclists, surfers, and all of the wonderful things living by the beach affords.

In addition to the well maintained unit with breathtaking views, you also get parking for one car in a large underground garage, a private storage facility, and gym, art, and woodworking rooms.

This home is walking distance to the bustling Balboa Corridor Shops and Restaurants (Have you tried Miki or Shanghai Dumpling King? What about Chino’s?), but it’s also a stone’s throw from: Land’s End hiking trails; the ruins of Sutro Baths; Sutro Park; Cliff House & Beach Chalet Restaurants; Lincoln & Golden Gate Park golf courses; Beach Chalet Soccer Fields; Golden Gate Park; Safeway; and so much more. The location of this property also makes for an easy commute to the South via the Great Highway, East via 5 Fulton, 38 Geary, and 31 Balboa Muni Buses, as well as proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north. If you want to go West, you’ll need a boat.

It’s just a matter of time before the Outer Richmond really gets “discovered” so get in while the gettin’s good.

Property Details:
List Price: $779,000
1306 Square Feet (per tax Records)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms (both en-suite)
1 Car Parking
1 Storage Unit
Updated Kitchen
Updated Bathrooms
Open Living/Dining/Kitchen
Patio
Private Balcony
Pacific Ocean Views
In Unit Washer & Dryer
HOA dues $733.34 per month (water, garbage, outside management, on-site manager, maintenance, repairs, building insurance, reserves)
Common Areas (Gym, bike storage, BBQ area, woodworking and art rooms)
Close to Public transportation

Showing Schedule:
By Appointment only
Sunday Open House 2-4pm

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386

SOLD | 1143-45 Jackson | It’s a Good Story…

I had the pleasure of representing some repeat clients on their purchase of this well located and highly sought after two unit property at 1143-45 Jackson for $2,150,000. We had to go to battle, for sure, but in the end we beat out 11 other buyers (including one higher) to seal the deal. The story on this is very interesting…


My clients really wanted this property, despite having just recently (2 weeks prior) purchased another property in the neighborhood. Listed for $1,688,000, it was anybody’s guess where 1143-45 Jackson would go, so we guessed $1,850,000 as our original offer (cash, 7 day close, no contingencies) would “get us a seat at the table”. Well…it almost got us kicked out of the club as we were the LOWEST of 11! Laughable, but not laughable. Many agents would stop there. Not me.

I practically begged to be involved in a multiple counter, and advised the listing agents we could go higher, but simply didn’t know where to begin. So we got the counter from sellers at $2,150,000…and it was ours, because we had excellent terms and a well put together offer package. BUT! We countered at $2,125,000, which was a risky move and could backfire. It backfired. The sellers said they were accepting a higher offer than ours, because we didn’t go where we needed to go. We were devastated.

Then we got the call…the other buyer was M.I.A., and so we could again have the property at $2,150,000 if we could get it signed within 30 minutes. While cooking Salmon on the barbecue, and managing my starving children, I was able to sit down to Docusign (our electronic signature system) between grill checks, some flames, and occasional shouts of “the fish is on fire dad!” to get the counter sent to my buyer, signed, and back to the seller within 10 minutes. Fish off the grill. White wine and milk poured. Napkins in laps. Mahlzeit.

They put the other buyer in “backup” position, in case we faltered. We closed 7 days later.

That’s probably more story than you needed to hear, but that’s how you get it done for your buyers in this market.

Congratulations!

SOLD | 1673 8th Ave | Inner Sunset / Windsor Terrace | $2,465,000

Congratulations to my wonderful client on the successful acquisition of this amazing historical San Francisco home in the coveted Windsor Terrace area of town.

This home has it all: 4 bedrooms; 3.5 bathrooms; large garage for 2 cars; 2779 square feet; charm and period details galore.

It was yet another hard fought multiple offer situation, but in the end, it was the letter to the seller that got the job done.

I am super happy for you, and greatly appreciate your business and trust!

1673 8th Ave, $2,465,000 [theGoods Property Detail Page]
Buyers look to their Childrens’ Art & Writing Sills to get offers accepted [theFrontSteps]

It’s On! Tons of New Listings | A $12M Glen Park Estate For Sale | Overbids | Market Data, Data, Data

Oh my, oh my…it’s like a kid in a candy store. So many choices, what is one to do!? As of right now (12:10pm) there are 168 new listings that have hit MLS in the last 24hrs…that’s nuts, but expected.

There are some gems in the mix, like the most expensive home to hit MLS, 47 Chenery, an extraordinary 10 bedroom, 11 bath Neo-Classical Estate in Glen Park asking $12,500,000…are you kidding me!? Look at this place.


Not my style, but man – oh – man could King Louis be replaced with Maniscalco and call this place amazing!
[Update: You gotta read what Curbed has shared about this property.]

So many cool properties to check out, and not enough time to tell you about them all, so feel free to browse all the Hot New Listings right here.

Since it’s Friday, I know you all expect your weekly top 10 Overbids, so here you go… (important to note, the top 20 Overbids you find on this page runs on a 14 day cycle, whereas this list below I refine to the past 7 days):

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
1718 12th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 13 $1,195,000 $1,750,000 46.44%
2058 45th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 13 $799,000 $1,100,000 37.67%
1030 Ortega Street 2/1.00/N/A 8 $998,000 $1,368,000 37.07%
3550 22nd Street 3552 2-4 Units 35 $925,000 $1,200,000 29.73%
2007 28th Avenue 4/4.00/N/A 13 $968,000 $1,255,400 29.69%
3624 Folsom Street 3/2.00/N/A 7 $1,428,000 $1,850,000 29.55%
1500 Plymouth Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 5 $1,425,000 $1,810,000 27.02%
54 Howth Street 2/1.00/N/A 10 $799,000 $1,008,000 26.16%
28 Rebecca Lane 2/2.00/N/A 15 $699,000 $866,000 23.89%
1287 37th Avenue 4/2.00/N/A 0 $1,395,000 $1,710,000 22.58%

Finally, since it’s been so long, what the hell is the market doing?

On August 22nd Pacific Union released their July recap, and in so many words confirmed the strength of our market, “Home prices rose in all nine Bay Area counties on an annual basis, ranging from 1.3 percent in Contra Costa County to 12.7 percent in Sonoma County. For the second time this year, the median price in San Mateo County hit $1,500,000, tying its all-time high, according to historical housing-market data from CAR. Like last July, the Bay Area is home to California’s other three seven-digit housing markets: San Francisco ($1,428,000), Marin ($1,224,000), and Santa Clara ($1,165,000) counties.”

Keller Williams Report pretty much says the same thing, and if you want to go crazy nuts into detail, Patrick Carlisle over at Paragon Real Estate gives you more data and analysis than you could possibly ever want, and sums up nicely what has happened the past couple months, and what might be in store.

Generally speaking, late summer market dynamics (or, for that matter, during the mid-winter doldrums) are not of great significance and do not tell us much about where the market is heading. September, however, is usually the single month with the greatest number of new listings hitting the market in San Francisco, and that surge fuels sales through mid-November, when activity begins to plunge. The coming two months will be the next major indicator: Will the SF market continue to maintain the intense high-demand, low-supply heat of this past spring, or will it cool? While the entire market is affected by seasonality, the luxury home segment is fiercely so, and the next couple months will be the peak selling period for high-end homes until spring 2018 rolls around.

And if that’s not enough for you, you can always give me shout, buy me a beer, and I’ll be happy to share my two cents.

Happy Aloha Friday! Go play.

SOLD | Victorian Single Family in Cole Valley / Haight Ashbury | $2,250,000 Off Market

This wonderful late / early century Victorian home has all the right bones in all the right places, including a grand entryway / staircase, wood floors, fireplace, high ceilings, large garage, 4 bedrooms, yard, and potential, potential, potential.

SOLD | 707 Cole St. | Cole Valley | $2,606,000

Quite possibly one of the busiest sets of open houses I’ve ever held, with nearly 250-300 people through the door, 707 Cole St. has changed hands to a pair of wonderful people that will hopefully enjoy this home as much as my clients did. Listed for $2,495,000, in the end it didn’t go nuts, but we still got over list and closed at $2,606,000.

On a side note, I have TWO properties in Cole Valley that are similar to this, and they are not on MLS. So if you, or anyone you know, are interested in an off market Cole Valley property, get in touch.
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707 Cole Marketing Remarks:

This timeless Cole Valley single family home situated in one of the most desirable locations in all of San Francisco is a circa 1896 Victorian loaded with period details and charm, and updated for today’s standards. Just two blocks to the heart of Cole Valley, the N-Judah, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, and so many more iconic San Francisco locations, this is truly a must-see property.


Carefully maintained to preserve the era in which it was built and upgraded with the finest modern amenities, 707 Cole features a formal entry/foyer and grand staircase leading upstairs to three of the four generously proportioned bedrooms (including master with it’s own fireplace), one bathroom, and conveniently located stackable washer and dryer. The entire top floor is bathed in natural light and period charm, including well preserved, beautiful original wood floors, and access to the large attic.

The main level features gorgeous, newly refinished wood floors, a formal living room with fireplace, a formal dining room, also with fireplace and wonderful French doors that open to a private outdoor deck perfect for indoor/outdoor living when San Francisco weather delights. Also on this level is the modern kitchen with bar seating, granite countertops, custom cabinets, recessed lighting, Viking Gas Range, stainless appliances, and windows looking out on the Japanese maples and large avocado tree in the professionally landscaped backyard.

The recent, down to the studs, remodeled ground floor is a perfect space for extra guests, playroom, home office, or your teenager that wants his/her privacy. Complete with wood floors, open flow, custom wood closets and cabinetry, a modern bathroom addition, and amazing floor to ceiling pivot door that brings the outside in and truly makes the transition from indoor to outdoor living seamless, this fourth bedroom is a wonderful addition to the already amazing home. Also on this level is garage parking for two cars, and interior access to the mudroom with custom wood cabinets and heaps of additional storage for all of your toys, bikes, skis, boots and shoes.

The backyard was professionally designed and maintained with seating areas, lush plantings, excellent flow, and low maintenance artificial turf for year-round enjoyment.

Property Details:
List Price $2,495,000
SOLD: $2,606,000, cash, 7 day close, multiple offers
Year Built 1896
4 bedrooms
3 baths
2 Car parking
Formal Dining
Formal Living Room
Formal Entryway
Grand Staircase
High Ceilings
3 Fireplaces (decorative)
Wood Floors
Designer Lighting
Modern Kitchen
Gas Range
Landscaped Backyard
Artificial Turf
Solar Panels
Seismic Upgrades
Large Attic
Washer & Dryer
Nest Thermostat
New Double Paned Windows
High Efficiency Furnace
Tankless Water Heater
A+ Cole Valley Location

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351