Forgotten Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest


Sometimes a San Francisco neighborhood falls into obscurity because times change, or demographics change, or in some case there just wasn’t really enough to distinguish the area in the first place. But some neighborhoods were just always the odd ones out, and how and why they’ve endured even to this degree remains a bit of … Continue reading Forgotten Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest

“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

Here Are 85 Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge For Its 85th Birthday


The Golden Gate Bridge, our world-recognized icon of all things San Francisco, turns 85 today–and it isn’t even the least bit shy about its age. Such a momentous occasion calls for just one thing: trivia. Tons upon tons of trivia. So here are 85 completely true but sometimes unbelievable facts about the greatest span in … Continue reading Here Are 85 Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge For Its 85th Birthday

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

“Godfather of the Beats'” Potrero Hill Home Asks $1.995M


***NEW PRICE: $1,995,000*** In a certain sense, every home is a piece of San Francisco history–but some of those histories are admittedly going to furnish you with more to read up on than others. For example, take the Front Steps’ newest listing at 690-692 Wisconsin Street, a pair of flats on a deep Potrero Hill … Continue reading “Godfather of the Beats’” Potrero Hill Home Asks $1.995M

When SF Realtors Kicked Out Our City Cemeteries


As Halloween weekend looms, our usually very atmospheric metro is missing a certain extra gothic flourish that most cities boast: Other than a couple of historic graveyards in the Presidio and Mission Dolores, San Francisco has no cemeteries within its boundaries. And yes, this is because of real estate. Contrary to popular belief, SF never … Continue reading When SF Realtors Kicked Out Our City Cemeteries

When Did the Oakland Hills Fire Actually Happen?


Yesterday, October 19, outlets like SFGate and ABC7 ran coverage marking 30 years since the devastating Oakland Hills fire that swept through the East Bay highlands and destroyed thousands of homes. But wait a minute: Those who lived through that fire and its aftermath may be scratching their heads, because didn’t the anniversary come a … Continue reading When Did the Oakland Hills Fire Actually Happen?

Be-Shingled Nob Hill Mansion Asks $17 Million


When writing about housing, it can be tempting to favor big, flashy, expensive propertes, the ones with the most history and the greatest degree of excess. If you’re not careful, this bias can warp perspectives, and it takes discipline to prioritize less obvious bits of housing news to form a more complete picture for readers. … Continue reading Be-Shingled Nob Hill Mansion Asks $17 Million

Barbary Lane: The Most Famous SF Street That Doesn’t Exist


Macondray Lane is a narrow Russian Hill alleyway that branches off of Leavenworth, just north of Green Street. It’s a pleasant greenbelt with great views (most of it traversable only on foot), but seemingly unremarkable. And yet, this is actually one of the most famous streets in San Francisco–or rather, it’s the nearest proxy for … Continue reading Barbary Lane: The Most Famous SF Street That Doesn’t Exist

Historic Empty Russian Hill Lot (yes) Asks $13 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

“Haunted” Pac Heights Mansion Listed For $5.74 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

Forgotten Neighborhoods: SF’s French Quarter


Neighborhoods are San Francisco’s basic building blocks, each with their own character and spirit. But there have been so many of them over the years that it’s inevitable we lose track of a few. For example, SFGate this week profiled San Francisco’s Russian enclave, a largely overlooked chapter in the history of the Richmond. And … Continue reading Forgotten Neighborhoods: SF’s French Quarter

Plum 1885 Victorian Asks $3.2 Million


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

Where SF’s Least Expensive Homes Sold


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

“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