FOR SALE | 740 Clayton | Haight-Ashbury / Cole Valley | $2,495,000

First time on the market since the 1960’s, and currently used as a Church, 740 Clayton is a true (circa 1906) Victorian gem just waiting to be restored to its original glory, or developed to the max (zoned RH-3), situated on a massive L-shaped lot with 38 feet of frontage, and containing an additional structure / cottage in the rear.


The main level features a grand entrance, and staircase, large open area, kitchen, and half bath.
Second level has 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 fireplaces.
There is an unfinished attic with incredible views, and an unfinished basement level.
Period details abound, Hardwood floors underneath carpets, fireplaces have been covered up, and property has a fire sprinkler system.

This is a one of a kind property in an A+ location that doesn’t come around that often.

Property Details:
List Price $2,495,000
Built 1906
Large L-Shaped Lot
4652 Square Foot Lot
38 feet frontage
Zoned RH3
4 beds
1.5 baths
3 Fireplaces
Hardwood Floors
Additional Structure in Rear (approximately 400 square feet)
Unfinished Basement
Parking for many cars

Showing Schedule:
By Appointment only
Saturday & Sunday Open House 2-4pm
DO NOT DISTURB CHURCH SERVICES

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386

SOLD | 1143-45 Jackson | It’s a Good Story…

I had the pleasure of representing some repeat clients on their purchase of this well located and highly sought after two unit property at 1143-45 Jackson for $2,150,000. We had to go to battle, for sure, but in the end we beat out 11 other buyers (including one higher) to seal the deal. The story on this is very interesting…


My clients really wanted this property, despite having just recently (2 weeks prior) purchased another property in the neighborhood. Listed for $1,688,000, it was anybody’s guess where 1143-45 Jackson would go, so we guessed $1,850,000 as our original offer (cash, 7 day close, no contingencies) would “get us a seat at the table”. Well…it almost got us kicked out of the club as we were the LOWEST of 11! Laughable, but not laughable. Many agents would stop there. Not me.

I practically begged to be involved in a multiple counter, and advised the listing agents we could go higher, but simply didn’t know where to begin. So we got the counter from sellers at $2,150,000…and it was ours, because we had excellent terms and a well put together offer package. BUT! We countered at $2,125,000, which was a risky move and could backfire. It backfired. The sellers said they were accepting a higher offer than ours, because we didn’t go where we needed to go. We were devastated.

Then we got the call…the other buyer was M.I.A., and so we could again have the property at $2,150,000 if we could get it signed within 30 minutes. While cooking Salmon on the barbecue, and managing my starving children, I was able to sit down to Docusign (our electronic signature system) between grill checks, some flames, and occasional shouts of “the fish is on fire dad!” to get the counter sent to my buyer, signed, and back to the seller within 10 minutes. Fish off the grill. White wine and milk poured. Napkins in laps. Mahlzeit.

They put the other buyer in “backup” position, in case we faltered. We closed 7 days later.

That’s probably more story than you needed to hear, but that’s how you get it done for your buyers in this market.

Congratulations!

Some Epic San Francisco Homes Still Without Buyers

As you know, I put a lot of attention on the Overbids, as they are truly jaw dropping and it’s amazing they just keep happening all over the City for the better part of a decade. But something that often goes under the radar is a little something I used to call Stalefish, but now refer to as the 30+ club…properties on the market 30 days or more.

This is for you buyers that think everything that hits MLS is gone two weeks later, so don’t even bother checking back. Not true. Many a property you would think goes in a flash, sometimes sits and begs for a buyer just like you.

Take for example, 4261 23rd Street in Noe Valley:

a complete, down to the studs home renovation, including new foundation and seismic upgrades, and designed by renowned architects Dumican Mosey…still on the market after 31 days (an eternity in San Francisco). Priced at $3,795,000 that price is getting more negotiable by the day. Might be worth a second, or maybe first look.

Have a look also at 125 25th Ave:

You’ve seen this house, tucked off the street on 25th Ave just before you get to El Camino Del Mar, right on the edge of Sea Cliff. Originally built in 1916 as a carriage house, and now on the market for the first time in 40 years, this home may have come across your radar, then vanished…alas, it’s still sending a signal and that signal is “make me an offer”…now 59 days on the market.

How about one more? If you’ve ever been to Russian Hill, had to endlessly circle the blocks and look for parking, you’ve surely seen this building:

As luck would have it, this home, the Livermore Polk House II “is a magnificent four bedroom home designed by Willis Polk with exquisite Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival architectural details and gracious timelessness in every room.” A rare home indeed, and (unless MLS is not accurate) 147 days on the market.

All of these homes are easy to search and track on my page of The Goods, called 30+*. You can filter the page by clicking “Filters” to the left of the search bar, and search for all of the same properties I peruse every day.

If you find something you like, you can easily share it with your friends, get their opinions, go see it, the whole 9 yards. There are deals to be found, and there are usually many, many homes on the list you would have already expected to be sold. Check it out, and contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Monday to everyone. What a glorious San Francisco weekend that was, and continues to be for many of you fortunate enough to not be working today. My thoughts and well-wishes go out to all of those in Napa/Sonoma battling the fires. As for us San Franciscans wondering when our air will clear, according to the multitude of wind sites and apps I check daily, we should have some onshore flow this afternoon to blow it out…but then winds clock back around from the N/NE this evening, so expect smoke back in the City tonight and tomorrow morning.

*Are you a real estate agent wondering how to get this same information to your sphere? Here’s how: http://thegoods-sf.com (new version coming soon).

The Goods 30+ Club

[Data of 30+ properties is deemed accurate, but not guaranteed. Information pulled for SFAR MLS and subject to agent input, which means if the agent hasn’t updated the MLS, that information is not sent to us.]

SOLD | 1673 8th Ave | Inner Sunset / Windsor Terrace | $2,465,000

Congratulations to my wonderful client on the successful acquisition of this amazing historical San Francisco home in the coveted Windsor Terrace area of town.

This home has it all: 4 bedrooms; 3.5 bathrooms; large garage for 2 cars; 2779 square feet; charm and period details galore.

It was yet another hard fought multiple offer situation, but in the end, it was the letter to the seller that got the job done.

I am super happy for you, and greatly appreciate your business and trust!

1673 8th Ave, $2,465,000 [theGoods Property Detail Page]
Buyers look to their Childrens’ Art & Writing Sills to get offers accepted [theFrontSteps]

No Real Surprise: Homes Still Selling Way Over Asking

It’s Friday! You made it to the end of the week, and if you’re like me, you made it to the beginning of the school year. Although, I will say, entertaining those kids of mine is a helluva lot more fun than sending emails and blogging…but I’m not complaining.

Anyway, you made it to Friday, so that means Overbids…

Since it’s been nearly a month since my last post, I figured I’d give you the top 20 for the past 14 days, rather than the top 10.

No real surprises on this list. Everything selling right about where it should, and properties priced according to San Francisco tradition it seems (low). It’s the name of the game, and it works well, so you might as well play it.

That’s it. Have a great weekend. Expect our inventory to pick up dramatically in a couple weeks, so keep your eyes on all the hot new listings, and recent sales, and check back for more consistent and detailed market reports once the Summer doldrums are over.

Happy Aloha Friday.

-The Goods

It’s Official, The Avenues Have Gone Bonkers…

San Francisco’s Top 10 Overbids of the Week:

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
2658 40th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 8 $895,000 $1,350,000 50.84%
833 Head Street 3/1.25/N/A 12 $1,295,000 $1,910,000 47.49%
33 Idora Avenue 4/2.00/N/A 13 $1,095,000 $1,600,000 46.12%
231 Ney Street 3/2.00/N/A 12 $899,000 $1,280,000 42.38%
249 10th Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 11 $1,349,000 $1,905,000 41.22%
2763 40th Avenue 4/2.00/N/A 14 $995,000 $1,370,000 37.69%
979 Teresita Boulevard 2/1.00/N/A 20 $799,000 $1,100,000 37.67%
1668 48th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 13 $895,000 $1,223,000 36.65%
2211 47th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 0 $899,000 $1,225,000 36.26%
321 Page Street 2/2.00/ 5 $1,195,000 $1,600,000 33.89%

For Sale | 707 Cole St. | Cole Valley | $2,495,000

This timeless Cole Valley single family home situated in one of the most desirable locations in all of San Francisco is a circa 1896 Victorian loaded with period details and charm, and updated for today’s standards. Just two blocks to the heart of Cole Valley, the N-Judah, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, and so many more iconic San Francisco locations, this is truly a must-see property.


Carefully maintained to preserve the era in which it was built and upgraded with the finest modern amenities, 707 Cole features a formal entry/foyer and grand staircase leading upstairs to three of the four generously proportioned bedrooms (including master with it’s own fireplace), one bathroom, and conveniently located stackable washer and dryer. The entire top floor is bathed in natural light and period charm, including well preserved, beautiful original wood floors, and access to the large attic.

The main level features gorgeous, newly refinished wood floors, a formal living room with fireplace, a formal dining room, also with fireplace and wonderful French doors that open to a private outdoor deck perfect for indoor/outdoor living when San Francisco weather delights. Also on this level is the modern kitchen with bar seating, granite countertops, custom cabinets, recessed lighting, Viking Gas Range, stainless appliances, and windows looking out on the Japanese maples and large avocado tree in the professionally landscaped backyard.

The recent, down to the studs, remodeled ground floor is a perfect space for extra guests, playroom, home office, or your teenager that wants his/her privacy. Complete with wood floors, open flow, custom wood closets and cabinetry, a modern bathroom addition, and amazing floor to ceiling pivot door that brings the outside in and truly makes the transition from indoor to outdoor living seamless, this fourth bedroom is a wonderful addition to the already amazing home. Also on this level is garage parking for two cars, and interior access to the mudroom with custom wood cabinets and heaps of additional storage for all of your toys, bikes, skis, boots and shoes.

The backyard was professionally designed and maintained with seating areas, lush plantings, excellent flow, and low maintenance artificial turf for year-round enjoyment.

Property Details:
List Price $2,495,000
Year Built 1896
4 bedrooms
3 baths
2 Car parking
Formal Dining
Formal Living Room
Formal Entryway
Grand Staircase
High Ceilings
3 Fireplaces (decorative)
Wood Floors
Designer Lighting
Modern Kitchen
Gas Range
Landscaped Backyard
Artificial Turf
Solar Panels
Seismic Upgrades
Large Attic
Washer & Dryer
Nest Thermostat
New Double Paned Windows
High Efficiency Furnace
Tankless Water Heater
A+ Cole Valley Location

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 6/17 1-4pm
Sunday 6/18 1-4pm
Tuesday 6/20 12-1:30
Saturday 6/24 1-4pm
Sunday 6/25 1-4pm
Offer Date TBD after first weekend open houses

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

For Sale | 2154 A Market St. | Duboce Triangle | $1,295,000

Don’t let the address fool you…this property is a slice of heaven in one of San Francisco’s most hip, lively, and sought after neighborhoods, literally on the borders of Duboce Triangle, Upper Market/Castro, and Mission Dolores neighborhoods.


[Interior images are from prior listing.]

Situated at the rear of the property, and not fronting the street, amongst towering trees and urban gardens, 2154 A Market Street is a beautiful oasis in the heart of the action. This top floor, late 1800’s Victorian with amazing period details features soaring ~12 foot ceilings, triple crown molding, original wood floors, a large open living room with wood burning fireplace, two generously sized bedrooms, a formal dining room with tons of natural light, an open and bright kitchen with modern appliances, Fisher Paykal refrigerator, ceasarstone countertops, and breakfast nook, stackable washer & dryer, shared outdoor space, additional storage, and parking for one car.

The variety of entertainment, dining, public transportation, bike routes, and city life immediately out your front door is astounding. Make this your home, and be the envy of all your friends.

Property Details:
List price: $1,295,000
2 bed
1 bath
1 car parking
Condominium
High Ceilings
Original Wood Floors
Victorian Details
~12′ Ceilings
Fireplace
Washer & Dryer
Cottage is in Rear of Lot
Common Area Outdoor Space
HOA Dues: $317.32/mo includes water, garbage, gardener, and accountant

Showing Schedule:
Saturday 6/10 1-4pm
Sunday 6/11 1-4pm
Tuesday 6/13 12-1:30

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351

San Francisco Median Home Price Hits All Time High

San Francisco’s continued hot housing market reflects the incredibly strong full-employment economy that the Bay Area and the U.S. is experiencing. Not only is unemployment in San Francisco historically low (3.3%), but also the number of employees who are involuntarily part-time is falling and older workers are remaining in the work force longer.

The impact of all of this very healthy jobs data is twofold: continued strong demand for our high-priced San Francisco housing; and fewer older workers retiring and moving out of the city. In fact, the number of new homes for sale year-to-date is 15.9% lower than in 2016, and the lowest number in the last 13 years. That combination of strong demand and fewer homes coming on the market led to the median sold price for single family homes rising to its highest level on record, $1,407,000, in April. That’s 1.99% higher than April, 2016.

The resale condo/loft/TIC market is competitive, but not quite as much. Prices have bounced around a bit, up one month and down the next. April’s median sold price, $1,100,000, was down a bit from February and March, and down 3.3% from April, 2016.

The number of new condo/loft/TIC listings coming on the market in April declined even more sharply, 33.5%, than March’s 25.8% drop. Inventory stands at 2.3 months, down from last April’s 3.0.

Competition among buyers is fierce, with most properties still receiving multiple offers. For single family homes, the median percentage overbid was 114%, up from April 2016’s 111.7%. Condo/loft/TIC buyers dropped their overbids a tiny amount, 102.3% of list price, versus 102.4% last April.

To say it another way…San Francisco real estate continues to roar on at a blistering pace, especially for single family homes, and especially if those homes are still under $1.5M. If you’re considering a move/sale, now is a great time.