The Sausalito waterfront is thick with a peculiar varietal of home-buying prospect, the ever-whimsical and increasingly popular floating homes. Most of us have seen them, but few understand how they really work. For one thing, more often than not outsiders refer to these piscine properties as “houseboats,” but in most cases that’s not strictly accurate. … Continue reading The Truth About Marin County’s Floating Homes
The venerable UK-based travel magazine TIME OUT this month named San Francisco the best city in the world to visit; this is not necessarily the same as being the best city in the world to live, but it certainly adds something to that case for anyone who wants to make it. Is it true? Well … Continue reading San Francisco Named Best City In the World–But Is It?
Selling a home–or anything really–demands a deft approach and a certain way with words; the smallest thing can mean the difference between a sale and a close call, and you have to always put a property in the best possible light. Sometimes, however, you’ve got no choice but to just plain tell it like it … Continue reading “Worst House” In Noe Valley Asks $995k
Every week we chronicle the highest housing overbids in San Francisco–after all, what’s more exciting than a bidding war and a big payday for someone at the end of it? But of course, that’s only half the story: Even in a sky-high market like SF, some homes fall short of their original ambitions. This week, … Continue reading Bay Bridge Designer’s Condos Fall Short In Week’s Biggest Underbid
Usually, SF overbids are fairly modest affairs–but there’s always room for a surprise, or even consecutive surprises. In this case, it’s the second week in a row that our top overbid landed at higher than 160 percent of the original asking; the beneficiary this time is 2021 14th Avenue, a Golden Gate Heights house circa … Continue reading San Francisco Overbids: Golden Gate Heights Home Crushes Old Overbid
If you’ve ever passed by some fancy looking East Cut new construction and wanted the whole thing to yourself, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Just a few days ago, 15-17 Guy Place went on the market, a seven-level, eight bed, eight and a half bath setup on offer for $15 million (we’ll pause just … Continue reading Seven-Level Mid-Rise East Cut Condo Asks $15 Million
Nothing broadens your perspective on the phrase “a whole lot of nothing” quite like the San Francisco real estate market. Case in point, there’s nothing on the lot at the corner of Taylor and Broadway, just as there hasn’t been for over 100 years. But that hasn’t stopped it from being one of the hottest … Continue reading Historic Empty Russian Hill Lot (yes) Asks $13 Million
One of San Francisco’s most prominent haunted houses is up for sale–if you believe in such things, of course. What’s objectively true is that the Chambers Mansion at 2222 Sacramento Street listed this week asking the eye-popping but unsurprising sum of more than $5.74 million. The six bed, seven bath edifice is named for its … Continue reading “Haunted” Pac Heights Mansion Listed For $5.74 Million
Just when you think you’ve seen it all in overbid terms, something can still surprise you. Case in point, it was looking like the top overbid spot for the week would go to 1235 22nd Avenue, a fetching three bed, 1.5 bath Sunset house that sold this week for $1.57-plus million, nearly 44 percent over … Continue reading Photo Finish For Weekly Overbids
Decades ago, City Hall planners envisioned a soaring new downtown San Francisco district in the shadow of the Bay Bridge, built around a revamped Transbay Terminal and featuring inspired (and expensive) office towers that would transform the city skyline forever. Today, that dream is largely a reality–though ironically, those towers sit mostly abandoned, and the … Continue reading Whatever Happened To the Last Transbay Towers?
San Francisco’s identity is increasingly tied up in tech, which means that whenever a tech company leaves the area (or the state) it makes headlines. But departures are really not a significant factor in SF’s economic health, city economist Ted Egan said at a City Hall hearing on Wednesday; fewer than 20 companies egressed from … Continue reading SF Is Still Attracting Techies–But There’s a Catch
We’ve seen the two-unit property at 3790 21st Street that went up for sale this week asking $6.85 million before–despite the fact that this is actually the very first time this home has ever hit the market. See, the last time this house was for sale, it was not yet this house: Previously, the lot … Continue reading Dolores Heights Remodel Overcomes NIMBYs, Delays For $6.85 Million Listing
A great San Francisco home is a work of art–but it’s also a very valuable commodity. Case in point, on Friday a new listing dropped for 459 Ashbury Street, one of the truly, profoundly beautiful Haight Victorians, with five beds, six baths, and a sumptuous baroque exterior dating to 1893. It’s the kind of home … Continue reading This $5 Million Haight Vic Renovated, Raring To Go
Most of the time, overbids in San Francisco clock within fairly modest margins. But there are always boom times, as this week’s overbids are going hard and not apologizing for it. It’s a close race for first place, with two different sales cracking the 55 percent overbid margin. The top spot ends up being 64 … Continue reading SF Overbids: “Fixer-Upper” Worth $1.45 Million Anyway
SF’s housing market hinges on what people think about the city, and nothing informs popular opinion quite as consistently as Hollywood, which has always had a love/hate relationship with the city. That is to say, people love to make movies about San Francisco, but they hate to actually shoot here, usually substituting cheaper cities like … Continue reading Mapping San Francisco Superhero Movies
Dipping our toes into other markets around the Bay Area, we’re happy to report the successful purchase of this wonderful home in the Oakland hills to some wonderful clients who will enjoy the warm weather and views for years to come. It was a competitive situation (Duh!), and in the end our clients got it. … Continue reading SOLD | 5775 Merriewood Dr | Oakland | $1,400,000