Forgotten Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest


Sometimes a San Francisco neighborhood falls into obscurity because times change, or demographics change, or in some case there just wasn’t really enough to distinguish the area in the first place. But some neighborhoods were just always the odd ones out, and how and why they’ve endured even to this degree remains a bit of … Continue reading Forgotten Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest

Maximum Overbid: First-Time Sale Goes Way Over


This week’s top overbid is the overweeningly handsome 300 Twin Peaks, a four bed, four bath blue number that sold for $3.15 million after two weeks on the market. According to CoreLogic, this place has never sold before: The last sale (in 1988) was for just the land, coming out to $637,500; the house itself … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: First-Time Sale Goes Way Over

SF’s Top Neighborhoods Are the Marina, Noe Valley, Richmond, and the Sunset…For Now


The spring quarter (April through June) in SF was an exercise in uncertainty, as everyone sat around waiting for a big drop in housing demand and prices…one that never quite came before June closed out. Now, other housing resources will tell you which cities, counties, or districts sold the most or the most expensive homes. … Continue reading SF’s Top Neighborhoods Are the Marina, Noe Valley, Richmond, and the Sunset…For Now

Inside a $45,000/month San Francisco Apartment


Maximum Luxury is a Front Steps column where we sneak a peek at the most expensive home listings in San Francisco just because we can. But today we’re going to wander a bit outside of our sphere with the most expensive RENTAL listing in all of SF. That turns out to be 765 Market St … Continue reading Inside a $45,000/month San Francisco Apartment

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

San Francisco Ranked One of the Best & Worst Cities In America


How does San Francisco compare to other major metros? It depends on who you ask–just this week, two outside sources ranked us as both tip-top and bottom-of-the-barrel. First, the annual Best Cities rankings dubbed San Francisco the third best city in the US right now, out of 100 American metros ranked. Best Cities’ top two … Continue reading San Francisco Ranked One of the Best & Worst Cities In America

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?

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

Here Are 85 Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge For Its 85th Birthday


The Golden Gate Bridge, our world-recognized icon of all things San Francisco, turns 85 today–and it isn’t even the least bit shy about its age. Such a momentous occasion calls for just one thing: trivia. Tons upon tons of trivia. So here are 85 completely true but sometimes unbelievable facts about the greatest span in … Continue reading Here Are 85 Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge For Its 85th Birthday

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?

No, SF Home Prices Did Not Really Skyrocket 20 Percent


The headlines at some other outlets last week (ostensibly based on some Zillow numbers) had it that home prices in SF are up 20 percent just since January. We’ll admit, that does sound dramatic; problem is, it’s just not true, although the actual statistic is kind of within that ballpark. We’ll just look at the … Continue reading No, SF Home Prices Did Not Really Skyrocket 20 Percent

Onetime Mission Church Converts For $1.55M


Former churches and other houses of worship can be tricky housing development prospects: They’re often located on prime residential real estate in popular neighborhoods, but they they also often need a lot of work, and in many cases are historically protected properties in SF. Because of their spacious interiors, churches-turned-condos frequently end up looking like … Continue reading Onetime Mission Church Converts For $1.55M

What San Francisco Looked Like Right Before the Big One


This week marks the 116th anniversary of the great 1906 earthquake and fire, a disaster that, with the exception of some western-lying neighborhoods, erased the SF that had existed here for nearly 60 years and ushered in the age of, well, the city we have now. It’s no exaggeration to say that without the Big … Continue reading What San Francisco Looked Like Right Before the Big One

Maximum Overbid: From $27K to $1.65M


This week’s top overbid really is a product of another time: The two-week Parkside sale at 2626 26th Avenue listed for just under $1 million but ended up clearing $1.65 million, making the initial offer look downright naive. But maybe that’s because this true blue, two bed, one bath cottage really hasn’t been sold in … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: From $27K to $1.65M