Maximum Overbid: First-Time Sale Goes Way Over


This week’s top overbid is the overweeningly handsome 300 Twin Peaks, a four bed, four bath blue number that sold for $3.15 million after two weeks on the market. According to CoreLogic, this place has never sold before: The last sale (in 1988) was for just the land, coming out to $637,500; the house itself … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: First-Time Sale Goes Way Over

Soaring Eichler Condo Sales Kinda-Sorta Breaks Record


Back in June we gandered at these mammoth penthouses roosting atop an Eichler tower at 999 Green Street, on sale after the deaths of previous owners Charles and George Shultz–more on that here if those names don’t ring an immediate bell. Now both of those penthouses have a buyer and even a record to go … Continue reading Soaring Eichler Condo Sales Kinda-Sorta Breaks Record

Maximum Overbid: The Photos Really Do Matter


It was another downbeat week for oversells, at least compared to the surreal highs we’ve been used to for the past 12 months and more. For all that, the top seller this week, 150 Morningside, still landed more than $2.4 million and only needed a round dozen days on the market to seal the deal. … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Photos Really Do Matter

An Entirely Sympathetic Guide To San Francisco Eyesores


The news broke this week that Claes Oldenberg, one of the artists behind Cupid’s Span, the roughly 60-foot bow and arrow sculpture along the Embarcadero a few blocks from the Bay Bridge, had died at the age of 93. Although Oldenberg was acclaimed during his lifetime, and Cupid’s Span is reminiscent of much of his … Continue reading An Entirely Sympathetic Guide To San Francisco Eyesores

SF’s Top Neighborhoods Are the Marina, Noe Valley, Richmond, and the Sunset…For Now


The spring quarter (April through June) in SF was an exercise in uncertainty, as everyone sat around waiting for a big drop in housing demand and prices…one that never quite came before June closed out. Now, other housing resources will tell you which cities, counties, or districts sold the most or the most expensive homes. … Continue reading SF’s Top Neighborhoods Are the Marina, Noe Valley, Richmond, and the Sunset…For Now

Maximum Overbid: Summer Slowdown Speeds Right Back Up


Looks like last week’s slow week for overbids was just that: A slow week. This week on SF’s housing front everything is right back to the business of business as usual, with a top overbid that not only cracks 150 percent of the asking but also buried its previous record sale price. 1530 44th Avenue … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Summer Slowdown Speeds Right Back Up

Incredible Greek-Revival Vic Slashes $1 Million Off Price


Now here’s the kind of SF home you don’t see every day, although we have seen it many times before: The five bed, three bath, Greek-revival Victorian duplex at 164 Henry Street first hit the market almost exactly two years ago, then asking more than $3.99 million. That offering came and went without any takers, … Continue reading Incredible Greek-Revival Vic Slashes $1 Million Off Price

SF Condos Are Taking Longer To Sell. Does It Matter?


We keep hearing that SF condos are in decline. It’s a plausible idea; as we’ve noted already, condos are virtually all the city has built these last ten years, and they’ve proven fairly sensitive to market ups and downs in the past. That said, anecdotes and speculation don’t punch the clock, so let’s see what … Continue reading SF Condos Are Taking Longer To Sell. Does It Matter?

Maximum Overbid: Will SF Home Prices Finally Dip?


This week’s top overbid, 546 Head, is a real looker, even though the sellers marketed it as a real fixer; if the new owners do overhaul this one we hope they spare some of the woodwork, because there’s just not enough of that stuff to go around these days. Market watchers will notice yes, compared … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Will SF Home Prices Finally Dip?

Inside a $45,000/month San Francisco Apartment


Maximum Luxury is a Front Steps column where we sneak a peek at the most expensive home listings in San Francisco just because we can. But today we’re going to wander a bit outside of our sphere with the most expensive RENTAL listing in all of SF. That turns out to be 765 Market St … Continue reading Inside a $45,000/month San Francisco Apartment

Noe Valley Edwardian Demolishes Everything But Facade


If you buy, sell, or even just watch homes in San Francisco for long enough, you learn how to predict the future. For example, this onetime classic 1909 Noe Valley Edwardian ala architect John Anderson last sold in 2019 for the kingly sum of $2.5 million; and if you took one look at this place … Continue reading Noe Valley Edwardian Demolishes Everything But Facade

Maximum Overbid: Laying Out a Classic $2 Million ’80s Home


Sometimes it’s the minor things you really love: In this case, certain floorplans. Truth is, there’s actually nothing all that remarkable about the layout of our top overbid of the week, the Outer Richmond’s 536 44th Avenue; used to be you saw home just like this top the sales charts all the time. The key … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Laying Out a Classic $2 Million ’80s Home

San Francisco Ranked One of the Best & Worst Cities In America


How does San Francisco compare to other major metros? It depends on who you ask–just this week, two outside sources ranked us as both tip-top and bottom-of-the-barrel. First, the annual Best Cities rankings dubbed San Francisco the third best city in the US right now, out of 100 American metros ranked. Best Cities’ top two … Continue reading San Francisco Ranked One of the Best & Worst Cities In America

“Godfather of the Beats'” Potrero Hill Home Cuts Price


Back in April we clued you in on The Front Steps’ newest and most intriguing listing at 690-692 Wisconsin Street, a pair of flats on a deep Potrero Hill lot, with a third cottage unit and a whole lot of history to go with it. Now we’ve got a new little wrinkle in the history … Continue reading “Godfather of the Beats’” Potrero Hill Home Cuts Price

Maximum Luxury: A Recession Loss Doubles Down


Houses do not have memories, and they do not have opinions about how much they sell for. But if they did, this would be a proud day for 114 Crescent Avenue in Bernal Heights, because this week the three bed, two bath house with the minty green facade can finally put its last unhappy sale … Continue reading Maximum Luxury: A Recession Loss Doubles Down

Should We Pray For a Housing Crash?


In May, a Michigan Facebook user declared, “The new Millennial dream is a housing market crash.” More than 2,600 people Liked or Loved that sentiment; when a larger page recycled the post, it got approval from over 327,000 users. Variations of this meme have floated around social media for years. Although usually presented as a … Continue reading Should We Pray For a Housing Crash?