$1 for $1 Match When You Donate To Protect Our Winters

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, I thought I’d share this “Giving Tuesday” pledge here too, after all, ’tis the season of giving, and I’m giving $2500 to Protect Our Winters (POW). I want you to give too, so I can match your donations (up to another $2500)!

Spread the word, check out Protect Our Winters, and donate by following this link. It is a pledge for “Giving Tuesday”, but I don’t care if you donate today or in 3 months…I’ll match it. Just mention theFrontSteps (you can add it to your first or last name) when you donate, and consider it done.

As a reminder, not only am I donating to POW in this pledge, but I give 1% of ALL closed transactions back to the planet through 1% for the Planet, so let’s get some property sold and keep breathing fresh air, surfing clean oceans, and skiing great mountains without man-made snow!

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-Photo Credit: Adam Clark; Skier: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa; Location: Neacola Mountain, Alaska

Is Now A Good Time To Buy In San Francisco? Five Reasons Why The Answer Is YES

…as a follow up to my Market post yesterday, and to answer the age-old question everyone asks, “Is it a good time to buy?”, take it from the head honcho of Keller Williams in San Francisco, and me…the answer is a solid yes. His thoughts are my thoughts exactly, but since he states it so perfectly, all I have to do is cut/paste! ;-)

We finally have more inventory so that the market is more evenly supported by supply and demand. This is still a robust sellers market by all benchmarks and yet buyers are still not pulling the trigger on purchasing. Why is that?

Here are the reasons buyers should really consider buying right now.

1. Interest rates are clearly continuing to rise and projected to rise three more times next year from the economists that I follow closely. [This means even if the cost of the home drops, your cost to borrow goes up, so you might not afford as much home…a wash.]

2. California association of realtors still expects a modest gain in overall prices for 2019 (2 ½ to 3 percent). With our high price points that is a significant amount of money.

3. Buyers can negotiate a little stronger with sellers in this market slightly because of the seasonality in the market but also this shift right now changed the balance of power in the transaction. [I had some buyers secure a home in a trophy Noe Valley location on Vicksburg we thought we had no chance on…but we tried, and got it.]

4. There are finally more favorable loan options for down payments which is one of the biggest challenges right now for first time home buyers to accumulate enough down payment.

5. Sellers might take a contingency sale in this market when they would not have a year ago. [See #3, and I just closed yesterday with some clients in West Portal who had loan and inspection contingencies! What!? Yeah, previously unheard of…]

The fundamentals in our economy are very good with extremely low unemployment rate, high equity in home ownership, great bank balance sheets, strong GDP and CPI and a wobbly stock market that tends to then benefit the real estate sector. The fear of buying in this market is due to lack of correct data and not feeling comfortable about the decision right now based on previous experience. We are in a shifting market and have been due for a correction. However in CA we have already experienced some of this shifting which is why there is now great opportunity to make SMART real estate decisions and make a deal at the offer table.
-Rick Cunningham

Thanks Rick. You saved me a lot of thinking. As for you buyers sitting on the fence, one of you is going to score this amazing Victorian Condo supremely located in the Haight…who’s it gonna be?

1662 Page Street, San Francisco, $1,495,000 [theFront Steps]
-San Francisco Real Estate Market Report – November 2018 [theFrontSteps]
Number of Homes for Sale in SF Remains at a 7-Year Seasonal High [SocketSite]

Bernal Heights Home On Large Lot Gets 12 Offers, Sells In 5 Days

We had to put the battle armor on to get this one (232 Precita in Bernal Heights)…with 12 offers, and negotiations happening at light speed. We offered much lower than the final sales price (given the uncertainty in the market), but had to change our thinking, and change it fast. (This is exactly what I was talking about in my previous post about some properties not getting offers, while others get many multiples.) It was ultimately too nice of a location and lot for my client to pass up. Congratulations to you, sir…well done. It is a great house with major potential.


From the marketing remarks:

Charming 1930’s era Spanish Mediterranean style home with unprecedented 120′ deep x 56′ wide L-shaped lot, offering the most amazing back yard potential you’ll ever find in Bernal Heights! And just a block from beautiful dynamic Precita Park. Versatile, highly desirable floor plan. Living Room with wood burning fireplace, Formal dining room, Kitchen with breakfast nook -all could be opened up for incredible open Living/Dining/Kitchen experience! Two large bedrooms & delightful period bath w exquisite tilework, separate shower & tub. Parquet wood floors. Interior stairs to large home office & guest suite, w obvious further expansion potential. Live the dream & ultimate CA indoor/outdoor lifestyle with fruit orchard, potting shed & Downtown View backdrop! Premium N.Slope location, where Mission meets Bernal.

Property was listed by Vanguard Properties. I represented the buyer. If you want the play by play on how this deal went down, give me a shout.

Haight Ashbury Victorian Flat Hits MLS Asking $1,700,000 – Wow Factor At 11

If you don’t get the Spinal Tap reference…it’s high time you watch Spinal Tap.

Anywho…my newest listing to hit the market.

Grand scale, turn of the century Victorian Condominium on a coveted block in the Haight / Ashbury area of San Francisco with approximately 1630 square feet of living space, original wood floors, period details, ~12 foot high ceilings, renovated kitchen & bath, two fireplaces, in unit washer & dryer, 1 car parking, exclusive use storage, shared yard, and great natural light.


A property so many seek, yet can’t find is here and available..it’s true. This three bedroom, one bath home is filled with charm and details of years past. From the century old wainscoting, to the light fixtures, picture rails, and triple crown molding, 1662 Page will delight even the most discerning Victorian fan, and wow every buyer with a modern, open kitchen, breakfast porch, beautiful split bath with radiant heat, well preserved wood floors, updated foundation and seismic strengthening, as well as parking for one car.

This charming turn of the century home enjoys a wonderful central location just steps away from all of your shopping needs and a growing number of popular restaurants, and is situated ideally for access to Golden Gate Park and Buena Vista Parks, Cole Valley, NoPa, freeways to points North, South, and East, and of course the famous Haight/Ashbury.

Property Details:
List Price: $1,700,000
1630 square feet
3 bedrooms
1 Remodeled bathroom w/ Designer Shower and Soaking tub, Radiant Floor Heating
Remodeled Split Bath (a.k.a. WC) with Toto toilet and Radiant Floor Heating
Modern Eat-in Kitchen
Granite Countertops
Breakfast Patio
Wine Fridge
Viking Gas Range
Bosch Dishwasher
Wood Floors
2 Gas Fireplaces
2 Living Rooms, one could be Formal Dining Room
New Rheem Hot Water Heater
15 New Double Paned Custom Wood Windows
Period Details
High Ceilings
Period Lighting
New in unit Washer & Dryer
1 car parking
Large Deeded Storage Room
Shared Yard and Garden Room, Fire Pit, & Grill
Extensive Seismic Retrofit completed 2016
HOA Fees $240/mo. (Includes Water, Garbage, Building Insurance, Common Electric and repairs.)
Dog okay (Limit 2)

Showing Schedule:
Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

Cole Valley Condo Back On Market | New Price | New Look

We took a break, but now we’re back, and ready to go. This amazing turn of the century home is now painted, staged, and $150,000 less! Come in and have a look before it gets snatched out from under you, and tell your friends that are dying to get their feet planted in Cole Valley…


Situated in the heart-center of Cole Valley, this circa 1907 ground floor condominium will delight from the moment you walk in the door.


This wonderful home features three bedrooms, one remodeled bathroom, a true chef’s kitchen with Blue Star range (because not all chefs have massive kitchens, but all chefs have the best of the best stoves), hard and softwood floors from generations past, two decorative fireplaces, direct access to common area deck and shared yard, eastern exposure for amazing morning light, washer & dryer, and easy access to public transportation, Sutro Forest & Tank Hill hiking trails, Golden Gate Park, the N-Judah line, UCSF, the Castro, and USF to name a few.

Come take a look and tell your friends…

Property Details:
List Price: $1,245,000
3 bedroom
1 updated/modern bathroom with radiant floor heating
Great kitchen
Blue Star Range
Dining room w/ Box beam ceilings
Nest Thermostat
Hardwood and Softwood floors
2 decorative fireplaces
Washer & Dryer
Parking in building (for one year, then rolls to 1/3 share)
Extra Storage
Low HOAs $145/mo
Direct access to yard
Approximately 1250 Square feet
AAA Cole Valley Location
Close to shops, restaurants, public transportation

Showing Schedule:
Sundays from 2-4pm
Tuesday 12-1:30pm
Private Showings by Appointment

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

NOPA Is Calling You!

Another amazing off market opportunity for my dear readers…not going on MLS for a few weeks, but definitely available for immediate purchase and viewing.

Like some of my other listings at the moment, this is off market, so we don’t have pictures to share. You gotta see it in person.

Property Details:
215 Cole St
Condominium
Price: $TBD, but likely around $1.5ish
3 bedroom
2 bath
Master Suite w/ built in closets and en suite bath
Hickory Wood Floors
Open Living/Dining/Kitchen area
Bay Windows
Bar Counter with Seating
High Ceilings
Gas Fireplace
1 car parking
Storage
Shared Yard

Great Location close to NOPA, Haight, GG Park, USF, Koret Center, Whole Foods, De Young Museum, and easy commute to N,S,E and W locations

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

SOLD! | Haight Ashbury Victorian | $1,500,000

This is one of those properties that took me for a whirl. We spent 5 weeks of marketing and open houses before getting an offer. I had countless calls and showings, but ultimately the property did not sell where we expected ($1,650,000 or more). In the end, sellers are happy and moving on, and buyers are thrilled. Did the market hiccup right around the time we listed, or did the “Summer Doldrums” come early? Time will tell…stay tuned by following theFrontSteps.

This turn of the century Top Floor two plus bedroom, two bathroom, south facing Victorian Condominium checks all the boxes in the most ideal Upper Haight/Ashbury location.

SOLD! | 27 Alta Mar Way | Outer Richmond / Sutro Heights | $1,750,000

Even during a typically quiet Summer market, we got this done, and we got it done right. Congratulations to everyone involved. What a great house, and thank you to my client for this great testimonial.

Situated at the western end of the city, and steps from the wonderful natural environments that only coastal Northern California can provide, 27 Alta Mar is perfect for those of us that want to live in the City, yet be totally connected to nature.


Enter the home and be delighted with a large, open formal living room with high coved ceilings, wood burning fireplace, and wood floors. Entertain guests with a wonderful open kitchen complete with modern appliances, granite countertops and high end glass stovetop. The kitchen is immediately next to a large dining area. This main level also contains two bedrooms (both with ocean views), one large bathroom with shower over tub, as well as a large office area.

Downstairs you will find a delightful garden level bedroom and large great room, full bathroom, extra space, and a delightfully large laundry room. Ample parking for one car as well as additional storage / work area in the garage.

This home has been well maintained and shows true pride of ownership. It has been recently painted inside and out, and is available for immediate occupancy and enjoyment.

Enjoy all of the best parks, running trails, surfing, cycling, kiting, beach walks, dog runs, golf courses, and outdoor activities this part of town affords. In addition to ease of your escape to nature, you can easily commute North, South, and East.

Property details:
27 Alta Mar
$1,595,000
SOLD $1,750,000
Stone’s throw from Lands end, Sutro Baths/Park, Lincoln Golf Course, Ocean Beach
3 bedroom
2.5 bathroom
Approx 2305 sqft (per tax records)
Hardwood & Bamboo Floors
Fireplace
Office
1 car parking
Formal Living Room
Great room downstairs
Bonus Room
Large Laundry area
Washer & Dryer
Deck
Landscaped backyard
Ocean Views (You can see the Farallon Islands)

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.

SOLD! 2695 43rd Ave | Outer Parkside | $1,710,000

I’ll get back to blogging about our exciting, confusing, astounding, basically mind-boggling real estate market soon enough, but for now I’m pleased to have represented the buyers of this really incredible Outer Parkside home (not like any you’ve seen out that way) at 2695 43rd Ave.

The Pacific Ocean greets you every day: smell the salt air and soak in the sun! Open, updated and filled with natural light!


Approaching this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom corner-lot in the Outer Parkside, you will take in the simple, clean, and streamlined Art Deco lines. On the main level the ultimate chef’s kitchen is fully equipped with Thermador and Bosch appliances; a U-Line wine cooler; a counter-depth built-in refrigerator; and a pot filler wall faucet. Intelligently selected tech systems give you the custom home edge with Nest 3 thermostats; a Ring Pro video doorbell; Schlage keyless entry; solar panel system and more! Exceptionally efficient floor plan, 6 skylights, hardwood flooring and very high ceilings, deck, firepit and garden.

We closed a couple weeks ago now, and my clients couldn’t be happier.

For Sale | Outer Richmond / Sutro Heights Single Family | Ocean View Home | $1,595,000

You had your chance to snag this off market, and now it’s out to everyone else. If it’s not for you, maybe it’s perfect for a friend. Sharing is caring…

Situated at the western end of the city, and steps from the wonderful natural environments that only coastal Northern California can provide, 27 Alta Mar is perfect for those of us that want to live in the City, yet be totally connected to nature.


Enter the home and be delighted with a large, open formal living room with high coved ceilings, wood burning fireplace, and wood floors. Entertain guests with a wonderful open kitchen complete with modern appliances, granite countertops and high end glass stovetop. The kitchen is immediately next to a large dining area. This main level also contains two bedrooms (both with ocean views), one large bathroom with shower over tub, as well as a large office area.

Downstairs you will find a delightful garden level bedroom and large great room, full bathroom, extra space, and a delightfully large laundry room. Ample parking for one car as well as additional storage / work area in the garage.

This home has been well maintained and shows true pride of ownership. It has been recently painted inside and out, and is available for immediate occupancy and enjoyment.

Enjoy all of the best parks, running trails, surfing, cycling, kiting, beach walks, dog runs, golf courses, and outdoor activities this part of town affords. In addition to ease of your escape to nature, you can easily commute North, South, and East.

Property details:
27 Alta Mar
$1,595,000
Stone’s throw from Lands end, Sutro Baths/Park, Lincoln Golf Course, Ocean Beach
3 bedroom
2.5 bathroom
Approx 2305 sqft (per tax records)
Hardwood & Bamboo Floors
Fireplace
Office
1 car parking
Formal Living Room
Great room downstairs
Bonus Room
Large Laundry area
Washer & Dryer
Deck
Landscaped backyard
Ocean Views (You can see the Farallon Islands)

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
DRE#01339386
For more information, a private tour, or to chat about your property, you can contact me via the info above, or try the contact form below.