“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

SF Overbids: “Fixer-Upper” Worth $1.45 Million Anyway


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

Mapping San Francisco Superhero Movies


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

Soaring Forest Hill Tudor Asks $3.79 Million


Proverbially, your home is your castle; in the case of a home like 146 Castenada Avenue, the resemblance is much more robust than mere proverbs might suggest. This four bed, three bath Tudor home circa 1929, with its deeply classy rust-red exterior, listed with Compass on Friday for a kingly $3.79 million, up considerably from … Continue reading Soaring Forest Hill Tudor Asks $3.79 Million

SF Overbids All Top $1 Million


It’s getting harder and harder to buy a house for less than $1 million in San Francisco, but that’s not necessarily anybody’s fault. In the examples of this week’s overbids, several sellers initially priced their offerings at under seven figures, only for bidding to push the final cost up over that mark. Of course, in … Continue reading SF Overbids All Top $1 Million

Crocker-Amazon Looker Asks $1.1 Million, With a Bonus


Everyone loves getting something extra, but it may not always be immediately clear just what you’re getting. Take a look at 209 South Hill Boulevard, a truly beautiful two bed, one bath Crocker-Amazon house that just listed on Redfin for a hair under $1.1 million. (Note that some listings mistakenly call the street just Hill … Continue reading Crocker-Amazon Looker Asks $1.1 Million, With a Bonus

Is It Cheaper To Rent or Buy In San Francisco?


For generations, San Francisco has been a renter majority city. Estimates vary, but the San Francisco Planning Department calculates that as many as two-thirds of SF residents rent their homes. The conventional wisdom is that US renters are getting a bum deal in the long run, because for most homes in most cities they’d ultimately … Continue reading Is It Cheaper To Rent or Buy In San Francisco?

San Francisco Never Had Highest Rent In the US


The big housing news today is that for the first time ever, the SF-based rental platform Zumper ranked New York City over San Francisco as the most expensive place to rent in the US. For the month of August, a median-priced one bedroom apartment on Zumper cost $2,810 per month, whereas a similar unit in … Continue reading San Francisco Never Had Highest Rent In the US

The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians


Although there are many beautiful and historic styles of homes for sale across San Francisco, the word “Victorian” is so ubiquitous with the city’s image that some homebuyers are scarcely interested in anything less. But although we all know a Vic when we see one, defining them can be deceptively tricky–especially since even the most … Continue reading The Front Steps Guide To San Francisco Victorians

The Anxious Homebuyer’s Guide To San Francisco Earthquakes


Last week we got an email from some potential San Francisco homebuyers fretting about–what else?–the risks of living in a major fault zone and the danger posed by certain neighborhoods and certain kinds of homes in the event of a major earthquake. Along with the cost of living, this is probably the number one thing … Continue reading The Anxious Homebuyer’s Guide To San Francisco Earthquakes

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

SOLD | $3,900,000 | Off Market | Marina District


I’m pleased to report yet another successful off market (property not on MLS) sale for my clients who had been searching for so long, writing offers, getting beaten by other higher offers, but ultimately hanging in there. Patience paid off.

Where SF’s Most Expensive Homes Sold When the Pandemic Ended


Even when the COVID-19 pandemic was beating down SF’s housing and rental markets last year, demand for single-family homes in the city still stayed surprisingly robust most quarters–such is the premium that buyers and sellers alike place on real, full-fledged SF houses at even the worst of times. Now that the city is largely back … Continue reading Where SF’s Most Expensive Homes Sold When the Pandemic Ended

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?