Haight Ashbury Victorian Flat Hits MLS Asking $1,659,000 – Wow Factor At 11

If you don’t get the Spinal Tap reference…it’s high time you watch Spinal Tap.

Anywho…my newest listing to hit the market.

Grand scale, turn of the century Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco with approximately 1630 square feet of living space, original wood floors, period details, ~12 foot high ceilings, renovated kitchen & bath, two fireplaces, in unit washer & dryer, 1 car parking, exclusive use storage, shared yard, and great natural light.


A property so many seek, yet can’t find is here and available..it’s true. This three bedroom, one bath home is filled with charm and details of years past. From the century old wainscoting, to the light fixtures, picture rails, and triple crown molding, 1662 Page will delight even the most discerning Victorian fan, and wow every buyer with a modern, open kitchen, breakfast porch, beautiful split bath with radiant heat, well preserved wood floors, updated foundation and seismic strengthening, as well as parking for one car.

This charming turn of the century home enjoys a wonderful central location just 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.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,659,000
1630 square feet
3 bedrooms
1 Remodeled bathroom w/ Designer Shower and Soaking tub, Radiant Floor Heating
Remodeled Split Bath (a.k.a. WC) with Toto toilet and Radiant Floor Heating
Modern Eat-in Kitchen
Granite Countertops
Breakfast Patio
Wine Fridge
Viking Gas Range
Bosch Dishwasher
Wood Floors
2 Gas Fireplaces
2 Living Rooms, one could be Formal Dining Room
New Rheem Hot Water Heater
15 New Double Paned Custom Wood Windows
Period Details
High Ceilings
Period Lighting
New in unit Washer & Dryer
1 car parking
Large Deeded Storage Room
Shared Yard and Garden Room, Fire Pit, & Grill
Extensive Seismic Retrofit completed 2016
HOA Fees $240/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Building Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)
Dog okay (Limit 2)

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 10/20 from 2-4pm
Sunday 10/21 from 1-4pm
Tuesday 10/23 from 12-1:30pm
Sunday 10/28 from 1-4pm
Private Showings by Appointment
Offer date TBD

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

The House Where Craigslist Was Born Finally Found A Buyer

What do you do in San Francisco when it takes you more than two weeks to get a property sold? A property that was featured on multiple media outlets for the fact it was the place where Craig Newmark founded that little website called Craigslist? You adjust, just like we did here.

After a couple weeks on the market without any real bites (despite at least 150 people walking through the door on the first weekend of Open Houses), and not having been painted or staged, the feeling was brewing inside we needed to shift our focus. Something wasn’t right. Sure, we were in the thick of the Summer doldrums, but this was a perfectly located charming Cole Valley condominium that checked all the boxes…except one…a forever dedicated parking spot. That was the deal killer.

Alas, we pulled this baby off the market for a couple weeks, painted critical rooms, changed some lighting, staged, and bammo! Sold to a wonderful person who is going to enjoy it for many years to come, and doesn’t have a car.

Thanks to my sellers for their incredible patience, and thanks to the buyer for coming forward with an excellent offer.

This property sold for $1,480,000.

The property so many seek is finally available, and it couldn’t be more supremely located…Situated in the heart-center of Cole Valley, this circa 1907 ground floor condominium will delight from the moment you walk in the door.


[Update: This was found within the walls…]

This wonderful home features three bedrooms, one remodeled bathroom, a true chef’s kitchen with Blue Star range (because not all chefs have massive kitchens, but all chefs have the best of the best stoves), hard and softwood floors from generations past, two decorative fireplaces, direct access to common area deck and shared yard, eastern exposure for amazing morning light, washer & dryer, and easy access to public transportation, Sutro Forest & Tank Hill hiking trails, Golden Gate Park, the N-Judah line, UCSF, the Castro, and USF to name a few.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,245,000
SOLD: $1,480,000
3 bedroom
1 updated/modern bathroom with radiant floor heating
Great kitchen
Blue Star Range
Dining room w/ Box beam ceilings
Nest Thermostat
Hardwood and Softwood floors
2 decorative fireplaces
Washer & Dryer
Parking in building (for one year, then rolls to 1/3 share)
Extra Storage
Low HOAs $145/mo
Direct access to yard
Approximately 1250 Square feet
AAA Cole Valley Location
Close to shops, restaurants, public transportation

I am an expert in the Cole Valley real estate market. If you are interested in selling or buying in the area, give me a shout.

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

Charming Cole Valley Condo Where Craig Newmark Launched Craigslist… [SFGate]
Condo Where Craigslist Was Born Asks $1.39 Million [Curbed SF]

Cole Valley Condo Back On Market | New Price | New Look

We took a break, but now we’re back, and ready to go. This amazing turn of the century home is now painted, staged, and $150,000 less! Come in and have a look before it gets snatched out from under you, and tell your friends that are dying to get their feet planted in Cole Valley…


Situated in the heart-center of Cole Valley, this circa 1907 ground floor condominium will delight from the moment you walk in the door.


This wonderful home features three bedrooms, one remodeled bathroom, a true chef’s kitchen with Blue Star range (because not all chefs have massive kitchens, but all chefs have the best of the best stoves), hard and softwood floors from generations past, two decorative fireplaces, direct access to common area deck and shared yard, eastern exposure for amazing morning light, washer & dryer, and easy access to public transportation, Sutro Forest & Tank Hill hiking trails, Golden Gate Park, the N-Judah line, UCSF, the Castro, and USF to name a few.

Come take a look and tell your friends…

Property Details:
List Price: $1,245,000
3 bedroom
1 updated/modern bathroom with radiant floor heating
Great kitchen
Blue Star Range
Dining room w/ Box beam ceilings
Nest Thermostat
Hardwood and Softwood floors
2 decorative fireplaces
Washer & Dryer
Parking in building (for one year, then rolls to 1/3 share)
Extra Storage
Low HOAs $145/mo
Direct access to yard
Approximately 1250 Square feet
AAA Cole Valley Location
Close to shops, restaurants, public transportation

Showing Schedule:
Sundays from 2-4pm
Tuesday 12-1:30pm
Private Showings by Appointment

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

San Francisco Real Estate Micro Market Update – Plus 3 Off Market Gems

Like a bear coming out of hibernation, the San Francisco real estate market is waking up from its Summer slumber and new inventory is flooding the market. As of the time of this post, this week alone San Francisco has seen 254 new listings (of all property types) hit the market since Monday. That’s more than double the rolling average for the months of June, July, and August. The linked tear sheet is as basic as you get, but it will give you an indication of what’s out there. As soon as the data dump is complete, you’ll be able to see all of these Hot New Listings on The Goods.

All Summer long, no matter where I was, or what I was doing, people ask “So how’s the market in San Francisco?” It’s almost as common as “Is it foggy in SF?” And my answer to them has become canned, “It’s slow in places, white hot in others, and everyone is waiting until after Labor Day, so let’s see what happens then. And yes, it’s foggy…every day.”

It’s very hard to paint an accurate picture of a market when I know sellers are holding out until after Labor Day, and buyers are waiting in the shadows, or traveling to exotic locales to escape the fog. It’s not possible to know if it’s a broader slowdown, or just the typical Summer Doldrums as I like to call them.

I have about 15 buyers, and 5 listings. Three of those 15 buyers are looking for the same thing, and as it stands today, there is only one good choice for all of them. Multiply that by the other Realtors working the same tight city market, and I can already see a recipe for Overbids on many properties in prime locations, high demand, and continued low supply. I’ll go out on a limb and say I suspect things to really heat up this Fall, so if you’re still thinking of selling, now is a damn good time.

If you’re looking for a place, I suspect you’re going to continue to need a thick skin and patience. As I say to everyone that I meet, get on my radar as there is an entire world of off market activity to increase your chances of buying success, and I’m always here to help make your life easier. Cases in point, I am bringing 1010 Cole Street back on the market any minute (painted, staged, $150,000 less, and looking amazing!), 318 Connecticut just hit the wire, and 215 Cole, 715 Cole, and 1720 Larkin are in my pocket, ready to be sold.

Happy Fall. See you out there, and make sure you introduce yourself.

First Look | Top Floor Potrero Hill View Residence

Because you follow theFrontSteps (if you don’t, you can follow here), you get the first peak inside this charming and perfectly located Potrero Hill view residence, and if you like, you can even make an offer before we hit MLS (this Friday).

You can expect a market update from me soon as we climb out of the typical Summer hibernation, and we see how the looming flood of inventory gets snatched up. Until then, enjoy the Fog, and check my Featured Properties (including three off market gems) for some things you may have missed while you, and the rest of San Francisco were bouncing to techno at Burning Man…

Situated in the heart-center of Potrero Hill, and just steps to 18th Street shops and restaurants, this top floor two bedroom, one bathroom flat with sweeping Northwest views from Corona Heights to City Hall is not to be missed.

Cole Valley Flat For $15; Scantily Clad Bathers Arrested; Dead Man Returns To Life – August 18, 1908

It’s not everyday you get to sell a property where history was made (no, I haven’t posted this listing on Craigslist), and it’s definitely not everyday that you open up a wall for a remodel and find a San Francisco Examiner from August 18, 1908…and it’s totally legible!

The information contained on the pages of this newspaper will truly transport you back in time:

“Dead man returns to life under injection of Strychnia”

…the birth and progress of the Independence Party led by William Randolph Hearst “was only defeated by the treason and the knife…”

“…bathers who appear in the surf so scant of cloth as to shock public decency to be arrested and fined.”

“Our country cousins [Santa Cruz residents] who are unused and unaccustomed to the fashions of city life are seriously shocked when they come to see us and go to spend an hour at the seashore…”

And since this is primarily a real estate blog, and I’m selling 1010 Cole, take a look at some of the rental listings, particularly 1039 Cole:

2 sunny; furn. hskpg. rooms; bath; gas; laundry; $15; Masonic ave. cars.

Some things don’t change…the importance of the sun in SF (where has it been!?), having gas to your home, an easy way to wash your clothes, and proximity to public transportation…and luckily others do.

The images are massive, so if you can’t read it, click and zoom.

Priceless reading, for sure.

Although this newspaper is tucked away in a safe and totally not able to be viewed, the property where it was found, and Craigslist was founded, is for sale, and available for purchase, 1010 Cole St, Cole Valley.

Come on by, have a look, or better yet…buy the home, and maybe (if you’re lucky) the newspaper will be part of the deal.

1010 Cole Street, Cole Valley, $1,395,000 [theFrontSteps]
Condo Where Craigslist Was Born Asks $1.39 Million [Curbed]
San Francisco House where Craigslist Was Launched Up For Sale [ABC 7 News]

SOLD! | Haight Ashbury Victorian | $1,500,000

This is one of those properties that took me for a whirl. We spent 5 weeks of marketing and open houses before getting an offer. I had countless calls and showings, but ultimately the property did not sell where we expected ($1,650,000 or more). In the end, sellers are happy and moving on, and buyers are thrilled. Did the market hiccup right around the time we listed, or did the “Summer Doldrums” come early? Time will tell…stay tuned by following theFrontSteps.

This turn of the century Top Floor two plus bedroom, two bathroom, south facing Victorian Condominium checks all the boxes in the most ideal Upper Haight/Ashbury location.

Haight Ashbury Victorian Sells In A Flash For $1,800,000

I had barely figured out how to turn the heat on in this place and it was gone….Listed for $1,649,000 on a Friday, in contract for $1,800,000 on a Tuesday. Gone in a flash. Congratulations to the buyers and sellers of this killer property in the Haight.

If you’re bummed you missed out on this one, you’re in luck, I have another Victorian condo for sale just down the street at 1826 Page, and it’s Top Floor.

Wondering where my most recent market updates and Overbids have been? I’ll get to those soon. Trust and patience. :-)

Grand scale, late 1800s Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco with approximately 1692 square feet of living space, original wood floors, formal living room, formal dining room, designer lighting, ~12 foot high ceilings, renovated kitchen, decorative fireplaces, in unit washer & dryer, 1 car parking, exclusive use south facing patio, and great natural light.


A gem of gems, this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home enjoys a wonderful southern exposure with French doors that open to a private and serene patio perfect for outdoor entertaining, lounging in the afternoon sun, or simply enjoying a quiet space amongst the hustle and bustle of city living. 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.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,649,000
SOLD $1,800,000
1692 square feet
3 bedrooms
1.5 bathrooms
1 car parking
Storage
Exclusive Use South Facing Patio
Wood Floors
Decorative Fireplaces
Period Details
High Ceilings
Designer Lighting
Modern Kitchen
In Unit Washer & Dryer
HOA Fees $435/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)

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

SOLD | 3541 Cabrillo | Outer Richmond | $1,825,000

I’m pleased to report another Outer Richmond sale knocked out of the park. We did some big time work getting this one ready and to the market, and it paid off in spades. After 10 days marketing, and a few open houses, we set an offer date, received multiple, negotiated some pros and cons of each offer and there you have it…Sold from a $1,595,000 list price to a $1,825,000 sales price. Congratulations to the buyers and my client, the seller. And a HUGE thank you to Primary Painting for going the extra mile cleaning up on multiple occasions.

Situated one block from the trendy Balboa Corridor, one block from Golden Gate Park, and one stone’s throw away from Ocean Beach, 3541 Cabrillo is a rare find in the Outer Richmond…

Having recently been updated and re-imagined, this amazing home features everything you need, including three full size bedrooms, three bathrooms (including en suite master bathroom with dual showerheads, dual sink, bathed in natural light), two car garage parking, hardwood floors with period details, formal living, formal dining room, in unit Washer & Dryer, downstairs great room that opens to a South facing yard with deck, designer lighting, patio off of the updated kitchen, and newer appliances.

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.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,595,000
SOLD Price: $1,825,000
Multiple Offers
Year Built: 1925
3 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
2 Car Garage Parking
Hardwood Floors
Formal Living Room
Formal Dining Room
Designer Lighting
Updated Kitchen
Patio off kitchen
Master Bedroom
Master Walk-in Closet
En Suite Master Bathroom
Downstairs Great Room
Washer & Dryer
South Facing Yard and Deck
*Some updates made without the benefit of Permit, prospective Buyers advised to investigate

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

Upper Haight Victorian For $1,495,000…Yes Please!

This turn of the century Top Floor two plus bedroom, two bathroom, south facing Victorian Condominium checks all the boxes in the most ideal Upper Haight/Ashbury location.


Entering from street level, you’ll be drawn in by large, period stained glass windows above the front door flooding the entry with natural light which radiates throughout the entire home. Victorian details abound including a picturesque stained glass skylight, soaring ceilings, original dark wood floors, crown moldings, wainscoting, two working fireplaces, and large functioning pocket doors. The front windows provide a great view of Sutro Tower. This unit has been continually updated since the early 1900s with 2 substantial skylights in the eat-in kitchen, office/bonus room in the back, modern bathrooms, updated appliances, brand new in-unit Washer & Dryer, Monkeybrains & cable ready Internet, beautiful shared courtyard, parking for one car, substantial garage storage including a storage room w/lock.

This central location is across the street from The Park Branch Public Library, 1 block from shops on Haight Street and the Panhandle, 2 blocks from Whole Foods & the entrance to Golden Gate Park. Easy commute anywhere in SF: North, West, East, and South, walk to Cole Valley, tech shuttle stops, St. Mary’s / Dignity Medical Center, UCSF Parnassus and a multitude of dining and shopping options. While the official “Walk Score” is 97 it feels more like 99! As Page Street is one of SF’s official bike routes, 1826 Page street has a “Bike Score” of 98.

When you own a Victorian like this you’ll enjoy the benefits of a modern space while appreciating the quality workmanship, design, charm, and engineering of an historic San Francisco Victorian. Come visit us at one of the open houses, peruse the high resolution photos, or better yet, schedule a private tour and come fall in love with your future home.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,495,000
1400 square feet (per floor plan expert)
2+ bedrooms
2 bathrooms
Office/Breakfast Nook
1 car parking
Storage
Original Wood Floors
2 Fireplaces
Period Details
High Ceilings
Skylights
In Unit Washer & Dryer
Serene Common area Patio
HOA Fees $369/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 6/9 from 1-4pm
Sunday 6/10 from 1-4pm
Private Showings by Appointment
Offers as they come

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.