Maximum Overbid: Laying Out a Classic $2 Million ’80s Home


Sometimes it’s the minor things you really love: In this case, certain floorplans. Truth is, there’s actually nothing all that remarkable about the layout of our top overbid of the week, the Outer Richmond’s 536 44th Avenue; used to be you saw home just like this top the sales charts all the time. The key … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Laying Out a Classic $2 Million ’80s Home

“Godfather of the Beats'” Potrero Hill Home Cuts Price


Back in April we clued you in on The Front Steps’ newest and most intriguing listing at 690-692 Wisconsin Street, a pair of flats on a deep Potrero Hill lot, with a third cottage unit and a whole lot of history to go with it. Now we’ve got a new little wrinkle in the history … Continue reading “Godfather of the Beats’” Potrero Hill Home Cuts Price

Maximum Luxury: A Recession Loss Doubles Down


Houses do not have memories, and they do not have opinions about how much they sell for. But if they did, this would be a proud day for 114 Crescent Avenue in Bernal Heights, because this week the three bed, two bath house with the minty green facade can finally put its last unhappy sale … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: A Recession Loss Doubles Down

Should We Pray For a Housing Crash?


In May, a Michigan Facebook user declared, “The new Millennial dream is a housing market crash.” More than 2,600 people Liked or Loved that sentiment; when a larger page recycled the post, it got approval from over 327,000 users. Variations of this meme have floated around social media for years. Although usually presented as a … Continue reading Should We Pray For a Housing Crash?

Maximum Overbid: When Less Really Is More


Our top two overbids this week are on paper very similar affairs, being western neighborhood houses that were just about the same size, listed just a little bit more than a week apart for almost the same sum, and sold within a few days of each other for close to the same money as. The … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: When Less Really Is More

SOLD: 956 Elizabeth St, $3,415,000


Ah Noe Valley, home of some of the greatest views and greatest homes in all of San Francisco. We are delighted to have found a buyer for this Noe Valley beauty, with its turn-of-the century charm and all modern amenities, complete with incredible Downtown San Francisco and Bay views. If you’re looking at these photos … Continue reading SOLD: 956 Elizabeth St, $3,415,000

Russian Hill’s Great Designer Non-Home Finally Reality, Asks Very Real $21 Million


The startling Russian Hill property at 1283 Greenwich Street used to be a real dream home–which is to say, it did not exist. Previously, this address corresponded to a TIC duplex, with the top floor unit commanding just under $2.2 million back in 2010. But for years this lot listed alongside ambitious plans for a … Continue reading Russian Hill’s Great Designer Non-Home Finally Reality, Asks Very Real $21 Million

Everyone Is About To Lose Their Minds About SF’s Vacancy Rate


Everybody hates the vacancy rate in San Francisco, even though relatively few understand what that figure means. The vacancy rate of course is the measure of the number of housing units currently without tenants. While that seems like a straightforward concept, in practice its ramifications are really quite diverse. A huge amount of the sturm … Continue reading Everyone Is About To Lose Their Minds About SF’s Vacancy Rate

Maximum Overbid: In Which We Are Surprised We Can Still Be Surprised


It’s long since time we learned not to speak too soon when it comes to SF’s housing heights, but here we are once again. Last week we noted that the then-most recent Maximum Overbid was the sort of sale that can still shock even the most jaded of housing watchers. Now along comes a different … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: In Which We Are Surprised We Can Still Be Surprised

SF’s Population Is Dropping Again, But Almost Nothing About That Matters


Yes, it’s true what you’ve heard: San Francisco’s population declined yet again in 2021, according to new estimates released by the California Department of Finance. But as we’ll get to in a minute, almost none of the things people assume about that fact are relevant, and indeed, in some ways there’s nothing to see here, … Continue reading SF’s Population Is Dropping Again, But Almost Nothing About That Matters

Sold: 848-850 Steiner St, $4.6M


We’re happy to report the successful purchase of this four bed, six bath Steiner Street classic circa 1900 (or so–pre-1906 dates in the city are always a little spotty). This true Victorian classic sits right across the street from Alamo Square and right down the block from the world famous Postcard Row and its Painted … Continue reading Sold: 848-850 Steiner St, $4.6M

SOLD: 943 York St, $1,54M


This sale presented an incredible opportunity to own a truly unique property in San Francisco’s ultra vibrant and hip Mission District. The packaged included a desirable open floorplan that flows from front to back, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and office space on the main level, a two bedroom, one bathroom with kitchenette, office, laundry, a … Continue reading SOLD: 943 York St, $1,54M

Are “Leaning Tower” Condos Worth Top Dollar?


“Millennium Towers [sic] is one of the most luxurious condominium buildings in San Francisco,” this new listing boasts, and in all fairness that is actually true; we’ve been in that building a lot, it runs like a self-contained, vertical neighborhood, the hype is definitely real. But that of course is not what people associate this … Continue reading Are “Leaning Tower” Condos Worth Top Dollar?

Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?


If you’ve been reading Maximum Overbid for a while then you know that you can’t take every home sale at face value. Case in point, our top overbid of the week is a choice three bed, three bath house at 929 Diamond Street in the Noe Valley Hills, which was only on the market for … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?