Yes, You Can Buy San Francisco Land Underwater (literally)


Realtor Trent Zhu is at it again: After making a splash in May by asking $75K for a 50,000 square foot flooded lot near Candlestick Point, he’s making the same pitch for even deeper pockets, putting up 250,000 square feet of Bayview tideland for a cool (or damp?) $375K. To be clear, yes, this is … Continue reading Yes, You Can Buy San Francisco Land Underwater (literally)

They’ll Pay You $140K To Live In This Victorian On a Remote Island


How much would they have to pay you to live on a deserted island in the middle of the bay? If your answer is somewhere in the neighborhood of $140K per year then you might be in luck, as SFGate has it that Richmond’s East Brother Light Station is once again looking for brave and … Continue reading They’ll Pay You $140K To Live In This Victorian On a Remote Island

These Are the Worst Beaches In the Bay Area


For generations, the dream of owning a home in California has included access to beautiful Pacific beaches, and along the Peninsula particularly people cast their dreamy gaze into the surf and imagine that one day all this will be theirs. But not every day at the beach is, well, a day at the beach; it … Continue reading These Are the Worst Beaches In the Bay Area

Potrero Hill’s Great Patriotic Land Rush (that didn’t work out)


Sunday marks California’s 170th Fourth of July since becoming a state in September of 1850–which means it’s also been that long since the great Potrero Hill land rush scheme, a strange historical boondoggle that tried to leverage California statehood into real estate riches. As anyone who ever visited knows, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and parts of … Continue reading Potrero Hill’s Great Patriotic Land Rush (that didn’t work out)

Midcentury Gem On Huge Sea Cliff Lot Asks $2.2 million


San Francisco’s remote and exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood holds a special fascination for some housing aficionados, one that’s only partly owing to the multi-million dollar homes that people this liminal zone between the city and the sea. Certainly the neighborhood has a lot to offer in terms of big-ticket, multi-room mansion properties to marvel at, … Continue reading Midcentury Gem On Huge Sea Cliff Lot Asks $2.2 million

How San Francisco Screwed Up Van Ness Avenue


“What’s going on with Van Ness Avenue?” is such a commonplace San Francisco question that no less than a civil grand jury formed to find out why the traffic-snarling roadwork on that corridor seems to have lasted forever. A civil grand jury is a special body of SF citizens charged with auditing city government. Outcomes … Continue reading How San Francisco Screwed Up Van Ness Avenue

How SF Housing Demand Can Bounce Back After COVID


(Disclosure: This article written by Evette Zalvino on behalf of HomeLight.) For years, San Francisco has been the promised land for tech wizzes looking to make it big. Yet, with the COVID-19 pandemic still fresh in everyone’s recollection, businesses need to rethink the way they operate, which in turn has made some people reevaluate the … Continue reading How SF Housing Demand Can Bounce Back After COVID

Prop 19 FAQ: How Wildfires & Jeff Bridges Changed Your Property Tax


If there’s anything more contentious in California than the cost of a home itself, it’s how (and how much) the state taxes those who do eventually end up with their name on a deed. Thanks to Proposition 19, some Californians’ property taxes are changing this year, leading to new opportunities for certain homeowners and a … Continue reading Prop 19 FAQ: How Wildfires & Jeff Bridges Changed Your Property Tax

San Francisco Median Home Prices Reach New All – Time Highs


The San Francisco real estate market continues to roar onward and upwards bringing sustained disappointment to buyers, and almost immediate elation to sellers (assuming your property is priced right, and located well.) Find all of the market data you could imagine in theFrontSteps’ newsletter. That link again to the entire market report is right here, … Continue reading San Francisco Median Home Prices Reach New All – Time Highs

Total Teardown In Mission Asks $428K


Here’s an imponderable riddle for housing watchers to consider: How much would you pay for nothing at all? This is not an exercise in Zen enlightenment, but rather a potentially real question for anyone browsing the listing for 1180 Florida Street, as this single-family property in the Mission near the corner of 24th Street was … Continue reading Total Teardown In Mission Asks $428K

“Queen of the Fillmore’s” Scott Street Mansion asks $7.85 Million


Just a stone’s throw away from Alamo Square’s Painted Ladies (not that it’s advisable to throw stones around such prized assets…), an enormous early 20th century house with a profoundly classy Edwardian exterior at 711 Scott Street just listed, asking an equally high-class $7.85 million. The ad promises six beds, eight baths, and nearly 7,000 … Continue reading “Queen of the Fillmore’s” Scott Street Mansion asks $7.85 Million

What To Do With Harvey Milk Plaza


The Castro is one of San Francisco’s most popular, historically significant, and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods–hence its multiplicity of multi-million dollar homes. But not everybody loves what’s supposed to be the neighborhood’s grand centerpiece: Harvey Milk Plaza, the much put-upon thoroughfare at the foot of Castro Street that pays tribute to the late San Francisco politician … Continue reading What To Do With Harvey Milk Plaza

YIMBY-Backed Bill Pushes For More Housing Near Transit–Again


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: YIMBY groups are backing a proposed new California law by SF-based State Senator Scott Wiener that would create dense housing near major transit lines in California cities–if only they can plow through NIMBYish opposition on the way to the governor’s desk. We have indeed been down this … Continue reading YIMBY-Backed Bill Pushes For More Housing Near Transit–Again

San Francisco Built Like Mad Last Decade–But It Wasn’t Enough


The question of the decade has been whether or not San Francisco is building enough housing, but before we answer that we have to confront a potentially more elusive conundrum: Just how much is enough? The SF-based rental platform ApartmentList touched on this topic earlier this month with a report on housing growth coast to … Continue reading San Francisco Built Like Mad Last Decade–But It Wasn’t Enough

If You Sold Your Home For $1,355,000 Over Asking, Where Would You Go? What Would You Buy?


Just in time for the weekend. It was actually a Mission District condo that claimed the top spot on the Top 10 Overbid List (see below) at damn near 52% over asking (we calculate via percentage not $$), but have a look at 268 Wawona in West Portal… Listed at $2,895,000, barely a minute on … Continue reading If You Sold Your Home For $1,355,000 Over Asking, Where Would You Go? What Would You Buy?

May Housing Market Update for San Francisco


During April 2021 in San Francisco, the median single-family home price rose once again to an all-time high, and condo prices fell. Year-over-year, single-family home prices meaningfully increased, up 10%, while condo prices declined 5%.  To say it’s a nutty market would be a huge understatement. Keep in mind the numbers take averages. There are … Continue reading May Housing Market Update for San Francisco