The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians


Although there are many beautiful and historic styles of homes for sale across San Francisco, the word “Victorian” is so ubiquitous with the city’s image that some homebuyers are scarcely interested in anything less. But although we all know a Vic when we see one, defining them can be deceptively tricky–especially since even the most … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians

The Anxious Homebuyer’s Guide To San Francisco Earthquakes


Last week we got an email from some potential San Francisco homebuyers fretting about–what else?–the risks of living in a major fault zone and the danger posed by certain neighborhoods and certain kinds of homes in the event of a major earthquake. Along with the cost of living, this is probably the number one thing … Continue reading The Anxious Homebuyer’s Guide To San Francisco Earthquakes

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

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

How San Francisco Screwed Up Van Ness Avenue


“What’s going on with Van Ness Avenue?” is such a commonplace San Francisco question that no less than a civil grand jury formed to find out why the traffic-snarling roadwork on that corridor seems to have lasted forever. A civil grand jury is a special body of SF citizens charged with auditing city government. Outcomes … Continue reading How San Francisco Screwed Up Van Ness Avenue

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

What To Do With Harvey Milk Plaza


The Castro is one of San Francisco’s most popular, historically significant, and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods–hence its multiplicity of multi-million dollar homes. But not everybody loves what’s supposed to be the neighborhood’s grand centerpiece: Harvey Milk Plaza, the much put-upon thoroughfare at the foot of Castro Street that pays tribute to the late San Francisco politician … Continue reading What To Do With Harvey Milk Plaza

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 Built Like Mad Last Decade–But It Wasn’t Enough


The question of the decade has been whether or not San Francisco is building enough housing, but before we answer that we have to confront a potentially more elusive conundrum: Just how much is enough? The SF-based rental platform ApartmentList touched on this topic earlier this month with a report on housing growth coast to … Continue reading San Francisco Built Like Mad Last Decade–But It Wasn’t Enough

San Francisco Real Estate Market Report January 2021


What better way to spend a rainy Sunday than reading our latest and great San Francisco Real Estate market report. Click the link or the image to see the full report. January Housing Market Updates for San Francisco The median single-family home and condo prices fell month-over-month, which is typical for the winter season. Year-over-year, … Continue reading San Francisco Real Estate Market Report January 2021

State of The Outer Richmond Market


Buying and Selling Guide to Outer Richmond Real Estate As the founder of a top-producing local real estate team and brand, I’m committed to giving you excellent personalized service. This guide offers a timely analysis of the housing-market indicators for Outer Richmond that will help you strengthen your negotiating position as a buyer or seller … Continue reading State of The Outer Richmond Market

Ernest Born Oceanfront Mid-Century Beach House On San Francisco’s Ocean Beach For Sale


Perhaps one of the most appealing properties on all of the Great Highway, famed Mid-Century modernist Ernest Born’s beach house designed and built in 1949, and its sleek conjoined (by glass bridge) Aidlin-Darling designed ocean-view master suite and tower addition added in 2006 are for sale…and we have your first look inside. Located at 2020 … Continue reading Ernest Born Oceanfront Mid-Century Beach House On San Francisco’s Ocean Beach For Sale

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

SOLD! | 744 18th Ave | Central Richmond | $2,000,000


We are pleased to report the “quiet” sale of this wonderful Central Richmond District home in an “off market” transaction. Through the power of the internet, our network, and the wonderful peers amongst whom we work, we were able to get our clients an excellent sale for an excellent price without having to move out, … Continue reading SOLD! | 744 18th Ave | Central Richmond | $2,000,000

San Francisco Homes Still Selling WAY Over List Price


It continues to amaze that we’ve been talking Overbids for at least 15 years now. Here we are again. Another week. Another list of stunning sales. San Francisco’s top 10 Overbids Week Ending 5/17/19: Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid 361 Nevada Street 2/1.00/N/A 15 $950,000 $1,425,000 50.00% 22 Robinson Drive 4/2.00/N/A 10 … Continue reading San Francisco Homes Still Selling WAY Over List Price