Maximum Overbid: A Tale Of Two Sales


This week’s top overbid takes us out of the Sunset for once, and also notches another testimonial in our ongoing debate about whether it’s even possible to sell a house in San Francisco for less than $1 million anymore. The answer in this case is that you can certainly try, with a perhaps pointedly lowball … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A Tale Of Two Sales

Maximum Overbid: February Sale Sets May Records


This week’s top overbid mastered a magic trick: How to make four days last three months? As you can see, the two bed, one bath house at 1526 Santiago Street with the enchanting lavender exterior landed a $1.7 million price after what MLS says was just four days on the market–a remarkably quick turnaround even … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: February Sale Sets May Records

SF’s Population Is Dropping Again, But Almost Nothing About That Matters


Yes, it’s true what you’ve heard: San Francisco’s population declined yet again in 2021, according to new estimates released by the California Department of Finance. But as we’ll get to in a minute, almost none of the things people assume about that fact are relevant, and indeed, in some ways there’s nothing to see here, … Continue reading SF’s Population Is Dropping Again, But Almost Nothing About That Matters

Sold: 848-850 Steiner St, $4.6M


We’re happy to report the successful purchase of this four bed, six bath Steiner Street classic circa 1900 (or so–pre-1906 dates in the city are always a little spotty). This true Victorian classic sits right across the street from Alamo Square and right down the block from the world famous Postcard Row and its Painted … Continue reading Sold: 848-850 Steiner St, $4.6M

SOLD: 943 York St, $1,54M


This sale presented an incredible opportunity to own a truly unique property in San Francisco’s ultra vibrant and hip Mission District. The packaged included a desirable open floorplan that flows from front to back, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and office space on the main level, a two bedroom, one bathroom with kitchenette, office, laundry, a … Continue reading SOLD: 943 York St, $1,54M

Maximum Overbid: “You’re Much Too Modest, Have Another $650K”


Well what do you know: We were just discussing how tricky it is to find home selling for less than $1 million in the western neighborhoods–or for that matter anywhere in SF these days–and along comes a sterling example of that phenomena. The house at 3345 Vicente Street did indeed list for a whisper below … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: “You’re Much Too Modest, Have Another $650K”

Are “Leaning Tower” Condos Worth Top Dollar?


“Millennium Towers [sic] is one of the most luxurious condominium buildings in San Francisco,” this new listing boasts, and in all fairness that is actually true; we’ve been in that building a lot, it runs like a self-contained, vertical neighborhood, the hype is definitely real. But that of course is not what people associate this … Continue reading Are “Leaning Tower” Condos Worth Top Dollar?

Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?


If you’ve been reading Maximum Overbid for a while then you know that you can’t take every home sale at face value. Case in point, our top overbid of the week is a choice three bed, three bath house at 929 Diamond Street in the Noe Valley Hills, which was only on the market for … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?

No, SF Home Prices Did Not Really Skyrocket 20 Percent


The headlines at some other outlets last week (ostensibly based on some Zillow numbers) had it that home prices in SF are up 20 percent just since January. We’ll admit, that does sound dramatic; problem is, it’s just not true, although the actual statistic is kind of within that ballpark. We’ll just look at the … Continue reading No, SF Home Prices Did Not Really Skyrocket 20 Percent

Onetime Mission Church Converts For $1.55M


Former churches and other houses of worship can be tricky housing development prospects: They’re often located on prime residential real estate in popular neighborhoods, but they they also often need a lot of work, and in many cases are historically protected properties in SF. Because of their spacious interiors, churches-turned-condos frequently end up looking like … Continue reading Onetime Mission Church Converts For $1.55M

Maximum Overbid: Easy Street


Sometimes no news really is good news. Oftentimes our weekly top overbid has something remarkable going for it: A recent renovation, a hot trend, a strategic price change or recent sale that marks this home as a prime mover. But the number one spot this week, a lovely Marina-esque number from 1931 with three beds … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Easy Street

What San Francisco Looked Like Right Before the Big One


This week marks the 116th anniversary of the great 1906 earthquake and fire, a disaster that, with the exception of some western-lying neighborhoods, erased the SF that had existed here for nearly 60 years and ushered in the age of, well, the city we have now. It’s no exaggeration to say that without the Big … Continue reading What San Francisco Looked Like Right Before the Big One

Maximum Overbid: A House Flip That’s Still Flipping


This week’s top overbid is a three-bedroom Parkside house at 1923 30th Avenue that sold after just 10 days on the market, netted $2.1 million, and hit more than 175 percent of the original list price. That sentence would turn people’s brains into solid blocks of chalk in most markets, but it’s just another week … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A House Flip That’s Still Flipping