An enormous solar farm planned in the East Bay is making headlines and court dates once again–and it’s no surprise. Because although this appears to be an argument about such heady matters are climate change, democracy, preservationism, and even the very future of human civilization, the lynchpin to the controversy is really housing–and you can … Continue reading Why East Bay Homeowners Hate This Solar Power Plan
It’s high time we talk about color. Take the example of 964 Avalon Avenue, a two bed, one bath Excelsior house circa 1950 that’s just listed for $899,000. Realtor Jim Beitzel calls it “super cute,” which of course could mean a lot of things, but one of the first that stands out is that the interior … Continue reading Multi-Chromatic Excelsior House Offers Solace From White Interiors
Ah summer, when a San Francisco homebuyer’s fancy turns to–what else?–Victorians. And if anyone is fancy enough to have $3.2 million burning a hole in their pocket, that’s the asking price for 249 Fair Oaks, a gorgeous tiered white wedding cake of a “grand Victorian” with three beds and two and a half baths on … Continue reading Plum 1885 Victorian Asks $3.2 Million
There’s a new grocery store slated for Hayes Valley in the next couple of years, and in pretty much any other city that would be the end of the story. But in San Francisco, this decision represents the finale to years of political infighting, housing wars, and community struggle that overlapped with the city’s most … Continue reading Store Finally Approved For Scandal-Plagued Hayes Valley Condo Development
Los Gatos, a wealthy suburb of San Jose, doesn’t usually make the news over things as seemingly prosaic as the town’s general plan. But we are living in interesting times, and the changes currently proposed for this South Bay berth are nothing short of mind-blowing for anyone familiar with how housing works–and doesn’t work–in the … Continue reading Explaining Los Gatos’ Mind-Blowing Housing Plan
San Franciscans are peaceful people, but quick to launch a bidding war when a choice piece of property are the spoils. And yet there’s one Bay Area destination where overeager overbidding happens even more often, at least according to one source. Earlier this week, the listing aggregate site Realtor.com tallied which US cities lead the … Continue reading Berkeley Tops US In Housing Overbids
Although there are many beautiful and historic styles of homes for sale across San Francisco, the word “Victorian” is so ubiquitous with the city’s image that some homebuyers are scarcely interested in anything less. But although we all know a Vic when we see one, defining them can be deceptively tricky–especially since even the most … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians
Everybody is leaving San Francisco–or at least that’s what a too-hasty reading of certain statistics and headlines leads people to believe. It’s true that for several years, census data reveals that the city had more people moving away than moving in. But SF’s overall population nevertheless continued to rise year after year, on account of … Continue reading When People Leave SF, Where Do They Go?
Last week we got an email from some potential San Francisco homebuyers fretting about–what else?–the risks of living in a major fault zone and the danger posed by certain neighborhoods and certain kinds of homes in the event of a major earthquake. Along with the cost of living, this is probably the number one thing … Continue reading The Anxious Homebuyer’s Guide To San Francisco Earthquakes
When the real estate market in San Francisco, especially San Francisco’s Sunset District, is as crazy as it is, you gotta know where to find opportunity and know when to strike, and strike quickly. Happy to report yet another off market find for my buyers, and successful close of a long and painful lender process. … Continue reading SOLD | Sunset District | Off Market
If you think about it, housing security seems to be a serious motivator in fairy tales. Happy endings often involve other kinds of gains for plucky folkloric heroes, of course: true love, personal liberty, extremely liquid cash resources, etc. But it’s hard not to notice that retiring to a castle or at the very least … Continue reading Parkside Storybook Prize Asks $1.6 Million
Previously, we explored which San Francisco neighborhoods bounced back highest and hardest this year with a look at the highest median sale prices for single-family homes last spring, the period when SF was emerging from the pandemic and getting an idea what the new lay of the land is. But not everyone is seeking the … Continue reading Where SF’s Least Expensive Homes Sold
I’m pleased to report yet another successful off market (property not on MLS) sale for my clients who had been searching for so long, writing offers, getting beaten by other higher offers, but ultimately hanging in there. Patience paid off.
Other than lurking anxiety about earthquake hazards, the thing that preys most heavily on most people’s minds when pondering a move to San Francisco is how much it will cost? The simple answer to that question is, “A lot,” whereas the more complex answer is, “A lot…but it depends.” On Wednesday, the National Low Income … Continue reading How Much It Really Costs To Rent In SF
Great news for bargain hunters: There’s a 130-plus year old West Oakland Victorian that’s yours to own for the low, low price of zero dollars. The only catch is: You’ve got to come pick it up–literally. Riaz Capitol, the current owners of a three bed, 1.5 bath, nearly 1,150-square-foot Vic at 2420 Chestnut, are telling … Continue reading This Oakland House Is Free
Even when the COVID-19 pandemic was beating down SF’s housing and rental markets last year, demand for single-family homes in the city still stayed surprisingly robust most quarters–such is the premium that buyers and sellers alike place on real, full-fledged SF houses at even the worst of times. Now that the city is largely back … Continue reading Where SF’s Most Expensive Homes Sold When the Pandemic Ended