Photo Finish For Weekly Overbids


Just when you think you’ve seen it all in overbid terms, something can still surprise you. Case in point, it was looking like the top overbid spot for the week would go to 1235 22nd Avenue, a fetching three bed, 1.5 bath Sunset house that sold this week for $1.57-plus million, nearly 44 percent over … Continue reading Photo Finish For Weekly Overbids

Whatever Happened To the Last Transbay Towers?


Decades ago, City Hall planners envisioned a soaring new downtown San Francisco district in the shadow of the Bay Bridge, built around a revamped Transbay Terminal and featuring inspired (and expensive) office towers that would transform the city skyline forever. Today, that dream is largely a reality–though ironically, those towers sit mostly abandoned, and the … Continue reading Whatever Happened To the Last Transbay Towers?

SF Is Still Attracting Techies–But There’s a Catch


San Francisco’s identity is increasingly tied up in tech, which means that whenever a tech company leaves the area (or the state) it makes headlines. But departures are really not a significant factor in SF’s economic health, city economist Ted Egan said at a City Hall hearing on Wednesday; fewer than 20 companies egressed from … Continue reading SF Is Still Attracting Techies–But There’s a Catch

Dolores Heights Remodel Overcomes NIMBYs, Delays For $6.85 Million Listing


We’ve seen the two-unit property at 3790 21st Street that went up for sale this week asking $6.85 million before–despite the fact that this is actually the very first time this home has ever hit the market. See, the last time this house was for sale, it was not yet this house: Previously, the lot … Continue reading Dolores Heights Remodel Overcomes NIMBYs, Delays For $6.85 Million Listing

This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go


A great San Francisco home is a work of art–but it’s also a very valuable commodity. Case in point, on Friday a new listing dropped for 459 Ashbury Street, one of the truly, profoundly beautiful Haight Victorians, with five beds, six baths, and a sumptuous baroque exterior dating to 1893. It’s the kind of home … Continue reading This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go

SF Overbids: “Fixer-Upper” Worth $1.45 Million Anyway


Most of the time, overbids in San Francisco clock within fairly modest margins. But there are always boom times, as this week’s overbids are going hard and not apologizing for it. It’s a close race for first place, with two different sales cracking the 55 percent overbid margin. The top spot ends up being 64 … Continue reading SF Overbids: “Fixer-Upper” Worth $1.45 Million Anyway

Mapping San Francisco Superhero Movies


SF’s housing market hinges on what people think about the city, and nothing informs popular opinion quite as consistently as Hollywood, which has always had a love/hate relationship with the city. That is to say, people love to make movies about San Francisco, but they hate to actually shoot here, usually substituting cheaper cities like … Continue reading Mapping San Francisco Superhero Movies

Why Millennium Tower Is Sinking Yet Again


Millennium Tower, the home of multi-million dollar condo views and $100 million headaches at 301 Mission Street, has got that sinking feeling again, as the city has pushed pause on attempts to fix the tilting tower’s structural woes. UC Berkeley engineer Rune Storesund told NBC Bay Area that attempts to repair the sinking luxury highrise’s … Continue reading Why Millennium Tower Is Sinking Yet Again

Soaring Forest Hill Tudor Asks $3.79 Million


Proverbially, your home is your castle; in the case of a home like 146 Castenada Avenue, the resemblance is much more robust than mere proverbs might suggest. This four bed, three bath Tudor home circa 1929, with its deeply classy rust-red exterior, listed with Compass on Friday for a kingly $3.79 million, up considerably from … Continue reading Soaring Forest Hill Tudor Asks $3.79 Million

Crocker-Amazon Looker Asks $1.1 Million, With a Bonus


Everyone loves getting something extra, but it may not always be immediately clear just what you’re getting. Take a look at 209 South Hill Boulevard, a truly beautiful two bed, one bath Crocker-Amazon house that just listed on Redfin for a hair under $1.1 million. (Note that some listings mistakenly call the street just Hill … Continue reading Crocker-Amazon Looker Asks $1.1 Million, With a Bonus

Is It Cheaper To Rent or Buy In San Francisco?


For generations, San Francisco has been a renter majority city. Estimates vary, but the San Francisco Planning Department calculates that as many as two-thirds of SF residents rent their homes. The conventional wisdom is that US renters are getting a bum deal in the long run, because for most homes in most cities they’d ultimately … Continue reading Is It Cheaper To Rent or Buy In San Francisco?

Forgotten Neighborhoods: SF’s French Quarter


Neighborhoods are San Francisco’s basic building blocks, each with their own character and spirit. But there have been so many of them over the years that it’s inevitable we lose track of a few. For example, SFGate this week profiled San Francisco’s Russian enclave, a largely overlooked chapter in the history of the Richmond. And … Continue reading Forgotten Neighborhoods: SF’s French Quarter

Three Sutro Heights Properties Not Yet On MLS


I wish I could say theFrontSteps had these listings, but we don’t. But why should we all miss out? I want to have good neighbors and close deals, just as much as you want to know if a trophy property or two are coming up for sale. So, if you, or anyone you know, have … Continue reading Three Sutro Heights Properties Not Yet On MLS

The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Edwardians


Few things are so quintessentially San Franciscan as Victorian houses, but there’s another style of classic SF home that’s even more numerous in the city and, whether everyone realizes it or not, exerts even greater influence over the city’s aesthetic. Edwardians are what we might think of as siblings to Victorians–or, with an eye toward … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Edwardians

No, You Don’t Have To “Preemptively Evacuate” Over Fire Danger


Thus far, California’s nightmarish recent fire seasons have spared the southern Bay Area–but that could change, as the still-visible scars of the Oakland hills fire of the early 90s remind us. With that in mind, the city of Berkeley last week issued an advisory warning residents of certain neighborhoods to be prepared for wildfire risks … Continue reading No, You Don’t Have To “Preemptively Evacuate” Over Fire Danger

Demystifying SF’s Tenancy-In-Common Condos


Imagine you’re browsing SF home listings and you stumble across a comfy looking condo that for some reason is priced markedly below even similar units in the same neighborhood. And it’s branded with some mysterious letters: “TIC.” What to make of this conundrum? Even those who have already gotten their feet wet buying and selling … Continue reading Demystifying SF’s Tenancy-In-Common Condos