Shipyard Condo Sells for Half Million, Instantly Goes Back Up For Sale


Some homes you just can’t bear the thought of parting with. But 550 Innes Avenue #101 is evidently not one of them, at least not in the eyes of the guy who just bought it. This one bed, one bath Shipyard condo just sold three days after Christmas for a tidy $525,000 (about normal for … Continue reading Shipyard Condo Sells for Half Million, Instantly Goes Back Up For Sale

Why Does This $8.9M Nob Hill Condo Look Like a Museum?


What do you get for $8.9 million in the Nob Hill condo market these days? Well, at 1001 California Street #3, which just listed for that very rich sum, you get not only a two bed, three bath home but also history–or at least, the modern equivalent of history. If these interiors look surprisingly lustrous … Continue reading Why Does This $8.9M Nob Hill Condo Look Like a Museum?

Maximum Overbid: Did This Rundown Nob Hill Fixer Really Net $21M?


Covering housing in SF, we employ the phrase “That can’t be right” far more often than is probably usual for any other job on the planet. Case in point, this week’s Maximum Overbid is really pushing the definitions of “maximum,” with a Nob Hill sale that hit 775 percent of its original asking price. The … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Did This Rundown Nob Hill Fixer Really Net $21M?

Is “Van Mission” a Real San Francisco Neighborhood?


Home sellers and buyers can get downright pernicious when it comes to neighborhood prestige. Of course, this is highly subjective: The Tenderloin, for example, sports some of San Francisco’s most beautiful architecture and most fascinating neighborhood history. But some people still nurse a grudge against the name anyway. So what do you do when you … Continue reading Is “Van Mission” a Real San Francisco Neighborhood?

This Is SF’s Blueprint For More Racially Fair Housing


San Francisco is assembling a new housing element, this time with a brand new goal in mind: City Hall wants this one to be fair. The housing element is the SF Planning Department’s eight-year blueprint for new housing in the city. Despite the dull sounding name and demeanor, SF Planning is one of the most … Continue reading This Is SF’s Blueprint For More Racially Fair Housing

Maximum Luxury: Pac Heights Mammoth, Ultra-Rich Condo Hub Finally Gets $24.5M Penthouse


Maximum Luxury is a weekly column about the most expensive properties for sale in San Francisco, motivated entirely by idle (but irrepressible) curiosity. The flashy condos at 2121 Webster Street broke ground back in 2014, and the 76-unit, Handle Architects-designed hub sold its first home in 2016, to the tune of $8.9 million. However, the … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Pac Heights Mammoth, Ultra-Rich Condo Hub Finally Gets $24.5M Penthouse

Maximum Overbid: “The Worst House” Doubles Its Money


Sometimes the real estate game is simple: All you have to do is predict the future. That doesn’t require any special powers–just a reasonably good sense of the way things are going. Case in point, back in September we featured 320 Day Street, a crumbling fixer advertised as “the worst house on the best block” … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: “The Worst House” Doubles Its Money

Tahoe Property With “Underground Lair” Plans Seeks $12.5M


One of our favorite sub-genres of home listings is incredibly ambitious and expensive luxury properties that have not yet actually been built but still seek millions of dollars. You can find lots of these phantasmal gems in San Francisco, but we have to admit, this latest Tahoe listing in the town of Olympic Valley might … Continue reading Tahoe Property With “Underground Lair” Plans Seeks $12.5M

Pac Heights Mansion Sans Open Floor Plan Wants $10.5M


They don’t make them like they used to, but sometimes you can still see the difference when an old home comes to market again in, well, let’s call it an unusually preserved state. To be clear, the mammoth house at 2815 Pacific Avenue in Pac Heights has indeed been remodeled over the years since its … Continue reading Pac Heights Mansion Sans Open Floor Plan Wants $10.5M

Designer Silver Terrace House Ahead of Its Time, Seeks $1.73M


Silver Terrace is a corner of Bayview that often holds out against rising price pressures, even when nearby neighborhoods come to a boil. As such, the new listing at 1948 Quesada Avenue serves as a particularly fascinating specimen, being a basically brand new, designer home right at the Terrace’s edge, just a few blocks away … Continue reading Designer Silver Terrace House Ahead of Its Time, Seeks $1.73M

Maximum Overbid: A New Year’s Fixer Breaks Bank


There’s nothing quite like the first overbid of the new year–in this case because it’s actually a fairly modest affair all around. The two bed, one-bath circa 1930 house at 2626 23rd Avenue sold this week after just a little over a month on the market for more than $1.5 million, or more than 134 … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A New Year’s Fixer Breaks Bank

Filbert Cottages: The Ultimate Russian Hill Landmark, Yours For $3.89M


Possibly no properties better represent Russian Hill history than the old Filbert Cottages–today as well as once upon a time when they were built. These four landmarked homes at 1338 Filbert presaged the coming popularity of the Craftsman style in San Francisco in 1907. Of course, at the time it was not really a style … Continue reading Filbert Cottages: The Ultimate Russian Hill Landmark, Yours For $3.89M

Maximum Luxury: Infamous Sea Cliff Mansion Still Seeking $15 Million


This is Maximum Luxury, a weekly column where we examine some of San Francisco’s most expensive properties, basically just because we’re curious. And oh do we have a curiosity in store this week: Up on Sea Cliff Avenue, one of San Francisco’s priciest homes also has one of its strangest histories. The house at 224 … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Infamous Sea Cliff Mansion Still Seeking $15 Million

This Is San Francisco’s Very First Home Listing of 2022


The new year is less than a week old but already busy on the home front, with 18 properties listing since the big ball dropped on Saturday. But there was only a single property in the city with the chutzpah to actually go up for sale on New Year’s Day itself (at least on MLS): … Continue reading This Is San Francisco’s Very First Home Listing of 2022

Nic Cage’s Onetime Russian Hill House Finally Sells


After literally years of trying, a star turn has finally come for the six bed, 6.5-bath house at 898 Francisco Street once owned by Oscar winner Nic Cage, which sold a few days before the holiday for more than $8.82 million, a Christmas carol ending to years of drama over the luxurious address. Cage bought … Continue reading Nic Cage’s Onetime Russian Hill House Finally Sells

Maximum Luxury: Transparently Gorgeous Glen Park Listing Hits Anniversary


Maximum Luxury is a weekly column featuring some of San Francisco’s most expensive homes, usually for no particular reason except that we’re curious. But in this case there actually is a timely reason to feature the sprawling Midcentury house at 2 Everson: This listing turns one year old this week, originally dropping on December 29, … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: Transparently Gorgeous Glen Park Listing Hits Anniversary