For Sale | 707 Cole St. | Cole Valley | $2,495,000

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
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

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 6/17 1-4pm
Sunday 6/18 1-4pm
Tuesday 6/20 12-1:30
Saturday 6/24 1-4pm
Sunday 6/25 1-4pm
Offer Date TBD after first weekend open houses

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

SOLD | 323 Church St. #A | Mission Dolores | $1,525,000

I’m pleased to report the successful off market close of my clients’ amazing condominium in a smooth and effortless transaction. Congratulations to the buyers, and my clients (the sellers). It has been a great deal all around.

Talk about a great location…

Remodeled in 2015 and only lived in by one owner since, this home has softwood floors, high ceilings & period details.

The light & airy living room has new double-paned windows & a decorative fireplace. The remodeled kitchen features Carrera marble counters, wood floors, stainless appliances, including a Bertazzoni Gas range & stackable washer & dryer. It has a lovely, separate dining area with soaring windows viewing lush greenery and open space. The kitchen leads onto a back staircase with easy access to the garden.

This flat features two lovely bedrooms and a home office/den. The tiled bathroom has a shower over bathtub & vanity. The lush common garden is perfect for entertaining. Deeded 1 car parking w/ additional storage. Walk score 98. 1 block to tech buses, shopping, MUNI & restaurants. Walk to Dolores Park, Valencia Corridor & Castro.

Property Details:
$1,525,000
NOT ON MLS
Victorian Flat
2 bedroom
1 bath
Den/Office
Soft & Hardwood floors
High Ceilings
Decorative Fireplace
Designer Lighting
Period Details
Double Paned Windows
Bertazzoni Range
Carrera Marble Countertops
Washer & Dryer
Parking
Shared Yard
Storage
A+++ Location

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

SOLD | 212 Steiner | Hayes Valley / Lower Haight | $1,250,000

Since it was an off market deal, we don’t have much info to share, especially pictures.

Congratulations to my buyer that just scored 212 Steiner, a two bed, one bath, Victorian in a ridiculously hip and happening neighborhood, perhaps soon to have it’s very own Blue Bottle (assuming the NIMBYs don’t have their way)…not that we measure hipness in terms of cafes around here, but it is a sweet area.

Anyhow, it’s done and dusted for $1,250,000, and we have another happy buyer and seller for the books.

Five Days Later And $361,000 Over, 849 44th Ave Sets New Price Per Square Foot Record In Outer Richmond

To say we knocked it out of the park on this wonderful Outer Richmond residence, like I did with 652 44th Ave would be an understatement…

Listed on a Friday morning, I got a call from an agent shortly thereafter asking if he could get his client in…so I obviously obliged. That day, same agent asked if they could write an offer now to “take it off the table”. The next day, three other buyers asked the same. The sellers and I respectfully declined all of the pre-emptive attempts, and asked the buyers to wait until our offer day 10 days later. Wait they did. After getting roughly 200 people through the door, we got nine offers, and two others that said they’d like to write at $1,250,000, so without actually saying it, I said it, “Don’t waste your time.”

After a slew of phone calls and negotiations, buyer #1..the same person that was the first person to see it, came up to where they needed to be, upped their offer to $1,410,000 and we closed 5 days later. (As a side note, it is often the first person to see a place that is the winner…keep that in mind.)

There you have it. Congratulations to buyers and sellers, and the Outer Richmond for being one of the hottest neighborhoods in all of San Francisco, at the moment. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1146 per square foot for the Outer Richmond.

To give you a little more indication of our market, as crazy as this Overbid was, it’s only #18 on the Top 20 Overbids!

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The Best Of Salesforce Tower Rising | Including Time-Lapse

I scoured Google and all the blogs so you don’t have to.

Gotta start with the foundation…

Before you can get to the top…

Thanks to Jason Fang for the FAA poach and subsequent stomach turning footy…

Before you can go inside…

and quite possibly the coolest thing ever is the time-lapse of the building rising, along with all the others you can find on the Salesforce website, or my quick and dirty Instagram post right here.


Thanks to Patricia Chang for some of those photos…

There you have it, all the best “topping off” and view porn you could need from Salesforce Tower.

If there are some nuggets I may have missed, please feel free to link and share in the comments below.

theFrontSteps Instagram
Salesforce Tower Live Construction Cam [Official Website]
Salesforce Tower Puts Final Beam in Place [Curbed SF]
How Salesforce Tower Looks from Everywhere [Curbed SF]
Salesforce Tower Official website
View From the top of SF’s Salesforce Tower: New photos and video [SF Gate]
Milestone for Salesforce Tower: Now the tallest in the west [SF Gate]

For Sale | 754 18th Ave | Central Richmond Edwardian | $1,095,000

Exquisite Edwardian 2 bedroom plus sunroom (easily used as 3rd bedroom or office), 1.5 bath luxury residence has it all in a location ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, or urban dwellers alike.


This Central Richmond flat features beautiful hardwood floors, formal living room w/ decorative fireplace, formal dining room, updated kitchen, in unit Washer & Dryer, tons of natural light, additional storage, double paned windows, yard (with plum and lemon trees), views, and parking. Half block to Golden Gate Park, and 5 minutes to Ocean Beach. Easy access to Marin, Napa, Peninsula & Downtown. Multiple public transit options, and front row seats to everything Golden Gate Park has to offer. You will be the envy of all your cycling, running, dog-walking, museum-going, and music-loving friends.

Property Details:
$1,095,000
Built 1923
2 Unit Building/HOA
2 bedrooms
1.5 bath
Sunroom with views
1399 Square Feet (per tax records)
1 car parking (option for 2)
Open/Updated Kitchen
Hardwood Floors
Fireplace
Radiator Heat
Shared Yard
Dishwasher
Washer & Dryer
Gas Range
Additional Storage
Shared Extra Room off of garage
Excellent Location
Low $250/HOA Dues (Includes: Insurance, Water, Garbage, Common area utilities)

Showing Schedule:
Saturdays & Sundays 1-4pm Open House
Easter Sunday 2-4pm
Private Showings Upon Request

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

For Sale | 849 44th Ave | Outer Richmond \ $1,049,000

Beautifully maintained, and recently remodeled Outer Richmond single family residence in the same family for almost 60 years. Pride of ownership extends generations back in this 1950s home. From the beautifully preserved original wood floors, to the wood burning fireplace, and incredibly large and well-maintained yard (with deck off the main living area), this three bedroom, one bath home with a large garage is ideal for those seeking a wonderful single family home in one of San Francisco’s hottest neighborhoods.

Moving To San Francisco | Things You Should Know | Infographic

A city known for its moderate weather, steep hills, and sweeping bay views, San Francisco is a small city (by land size…only 7X7 miles and flanked by water on three sides) jam packed with culture and coolness. If you’ve ever played tourist in SF, you’re likely aware of the city’s Victorian architecture, trademark fog (named Karl), cable cars, and awesome landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Chinatown. Almost any visitor to San Francisco will tell you it’s an awesome place to visit, and even more awesome to call home.

If you are planning a move to San Francisco, it is important to familiarize yourself not only with its geography, attractions, and culture, but also with the cost of living, job opportunities, and other realities. To help you get acquainted with your new hometown, our friends at Great Guys have compiled the data you need to know in the super cool infographic below.

What does the data show? For starters, San Francisco proper is the fourth biggest city in the state of California, and the 14th largest in the U.S. with just over 840,000 residents. The larger metro area, which includes the areas of San Jose, Oakland, and Silicon Valley, has over 7.6 million inhabitants (another reason to live IN the city, and not have to commute). Though it seems job competition in such a populous area would be stiff, unemployment rates are surprisingly far below the national average. Several large corporations including GAP, Twitter, Levi’s, Mozilla, Dropbox, Uber, and Wells Fargo are all headquartered in SF proper, as well as a myriad of tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Intel, Tesla, and Google (to name a few), just a stone’s throw away in Silicon Valley. Not only do these companies employ many San Francisco residents, they also pay pretty well too. In fact, the median household income here is 46.6% higher than the median nationwide.

That said, living in San Francisco is pricey. Normal household costs such as foodstuffs, energy bills, gas, a visit to a doctor, movie tickets and a six-pack of beer are all above the national averages. And home prices? Jaw-dropping. The average price of real estate is over $1 million (If you want the nitty-gritty, read our March Market Report), and that $1 million dollar mark won’t get you much. The outrageous real estate prices could explain why over 60% of the population is still renting. Yet despite the expense, people just can’t resist living here.

San Francisco Moving Infographic

Whether it’s the incredible weather, the cutting-edge tech scene, proximity to wine country, or the beautiful scenery around every corner, there are many reasons to love calling San Francisco home.

If you’re moving to the City by the Bay and are in search of a place to live, contact us. Whether it’s a chic condo close to Union Square or a luxurious spread in Pacific Heights, there’s a perfect place just waiting for you.

No Car? No Problem | San Francisco Rated Best City In The Nation To Live Without A Car

My friends over at Redfin just did a great report ranking the top 10 Cities to live without a car, and guess what…San Francisco wins. They asked me to share it with you, so here you go:

What makes a city livable? People have differing views, but for many city-dwellers, proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, parks and jobs are some of the key perks of urban living, especially if those destinations are accessible without a car. According to recent Redfin research, the construction of parking spaces for residential properties is starting to wane, as is the number of families who own two cars. And as traffic concerns and commute times rise across the country, many people are opting out of car ownership entirely.

Redfin compiled the latest Walk Score rankings to see which U.S. cities with populations greater than 300,000 have the highest composite Walk Score, Transit Score and Bike Score rankings. These are places where you could forgo having a car and still be able to get around town in a variety of ways, whether it be by foot, bike or public transit. And while not all cities are created equal, each of these 10 cities has infrastructure to support a car-free lifestyle.

Ranking

1. San Francisco

Even though San Francisco takes second place in every category (walking, biking and transit) the overall score is the highest in the nation. This isn’t a surprise. It’s true that most people in San Francisco don’t own cars. Nearly every neighborhood in San Francisco is walkable and the BART and MUNI can basically get you anywhere you need to go. Getting a parking spot with your home will add to the price significantly, and getting around town in your car will drive you nuts…so you might as well just go without. Being able to walk, bike, cable car, or bus to work, dinner, or to get groceries is a privilege we should all embrace.

2. New York

New York has the highest Walk Score and Transit Score rankings in the nation. Its Bike Score, on the other hand, falls to seventh place. “Even with the bike-share programs accelerating across the city, many streets don’t have special bike lanes and traffic is a deterrent for many people who might otherwise consider biking,” said Redfin agent Jonathan Makolondra. “That said, New Yorkers are certainly accustomed to getting around the city and surrounding boroughs without a car. The MTA subway system is extensive and walking is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the city.”

3. Boston

It turns out that Boston is a great city for every mode of transportation that doesn’t involve a car. The city ranks third in the nation for Bike,Transit and Walk Score. “In general, Boston is just a really easy city to get around without a car,” said Redfin agent Megan McShane. “In addition to being known as ‘America’s Walking City,’ the T provides access to all the most popular neighborhoods via subway, bus, trolley and boat, and the commuter rail services the outlying suburbs.”

4. Washington D.C.

With a Transit Score of 70, D.C has the fourth highest Transit Score in the nation. “The METRO provides a lot of routes into the city from various suburbs and within the city there are also plentiful bus routes,” said Redfin agent Dan Galloway. “Biking is really on the rise too. Capital Bikeshare now has 400 stations across the city and more bike lanes and routes have been popping up. The city also has plenty of walkable neighborhoods like Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Downtown/Chinatown.”

5. Philadelphia

Philadelphia has the fourth highest Walk Score in the nation and it turns out that it’s becoming more walkable as builders focus on creating walkable new construction throughout the city. “Redfin agents have noticed that a lot of walkable homes are being built in neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Frankford, South Philly and Point Breeze,” said Redfin agent Tom Lewis. “In addition to great walkability, the city offers plenty of public transportation options as well. Philly is also known as one of the top cities in the nation for bike commuters.”

6. Chicago

“Especially if you live in neighborhoods close to the Loop, a car isn’t necessary in Chicago. Lincoln Park, River North, the South Loop – they’re all worlds unto their own, where you can walk to everything you need,” said Redfin agent Jenn Kim. “Should you want to get out of your neighborhood, the El is a great option, plus the city’s invested a lot in its biking infrastructure. In the summer, the Divvy bike-share program is popular, and it’s not uncommon to see large groups of people cycling home via Milwaukee Avenue during the evening commute.”

7. Minneapolis

“Last year Minneapolis was the only U.S. city on a worldwide list of bike-friendly cities. Mayor Betsy Hodges’ administration has emphasized building more protected bikeways to traverse town, and there’s always the old favorites like the Chain of Lakes trails and the Midtown greenway,” said Redfin agent James Garry. “Add to that a growing light rail system, on-time buses and vibrant neighborhoods like Uptown and Dinkytown, where you can walk to everything you need, and it should be no surprise to see Minneapolis on this list.”

8. Miami

“Even though Miami ranks high for walkability with a Walk Score of 78, its Bike and Transit Scores leave a little more to be desired. With a Bike Score of 60, two wheels probably won’t take the place of four wheels any time soon, but that said, there are neighborhoods like Downtown and Little Havana where cycling is a viable transportation option,” said Redfin agent Cecilia Cordova. “If you’d prefer to get around town via public transit, there are several options including the Metrorail that runs from West to South Miami crossing through Downtown.”

9. Seattle

“The expansion of the light rail up to Capitol Hill and the University District and the recently approved light rail extension plan indicate that Seattle’s Transit Score could be improving within the next year or two, potentially making Seattle an even friendlier city for those who’d like a car-free commute or lifestyle,” said Redfin agent Kyle Moss. “The bus system also offers great options for commuters and travelers alike, and neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Belltown and Madison Park are really fun, lively places to walk around. For those who love to bike, Seattle also has some fantastic bike trails, many of them scenic like the Burke-Gilman.”

10. Oakland

“Oakland doesn’t fall short when it comes to public transportation,” said Redfin agent Mia Simon. “The BART and A C Transit are both good options for navigating the city. In addition, the Trans-Bay express bus just makes a few stops and then heads directly to San Francisco. There’s also a ferry from Jack London Square if you prefer traveling by water. Neighborhoods like Rockridge and Uptown, Lake Merrit/Grand are all super walkable. There are also 13 neighborhoods with a Bike Score above 90, making them a biker’s paradise!”

For Sale | 652 44th Ave | Outer Richmond | $1,195,000

“Outer Richmond Single Family Home Hits the Market, Buyers Everywhere Flock to See it”…so the headline could read. It’s been a long time since a home of this character, quality, and size has hit the market in the Outer Richmond, and you don’t want to miss it.