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St. Francis Wood homes for sale in San Francisco, CA - 03/31/11 04:29 PM
Why should you consider buying a home for sale in St. Francis Wood? If you are thinking: You would like a large home but want to stay in the city limits? You would like easy access to southbound I-280? You would like a fully detached home with a large yard ? If you’ve answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then St. Francis Wood might be the right neighborhood for you. All data is as of 3/31/2011, and is from the SF MLS. There are currently three homes for sale in St. Francis Wood, ranging from 2,916 square feet to 3,108 square (0 comments)
SOMA (South of Market Area) Loft for sale in San Francisco, CA - 03/30/11 05:22 PM
250 Clara St. #4 is a South of Market Area (SOMA) tri-level loft for sale with two bedrooms and two baths in a 15 unit boutique building. Built in 2002, the building offers garage parking, additional storage, and a shared roof deck with views of Twin Peaks. Main LevelThe living space on the main loft level is finished with stained concrete floors. In addition to the open living and dining areas, the main level has an open kitchen with granite counters and a gas range for the cooking enthusiast. There is a fireplace and sliding-glass door access to a small balcony from (0 comments)
Families (with their kids) Flee San Francisco - 03/29/11 07:13 PM
This is no surprise to anyone who lives in San Francisco, and certainly no surprise to anyone with children in San Francisco, but the just released 2010 census data shows a net decrease of about 5,000 children living in the city. The accepted narrative is that families with children leave the city because of the cost of housing and the quality of schools. And as the father of a young child, I’ll be the first to agree that housing is expensive and that public school quality is wildly inconsistent, with the application and districting process (although recently and gradually improving) so byzantine and arbitrary (2 comments)
Hayes Valley Farm: A Top Urban Park in San Francisco - 03/28/11 10:26 PM
Hayes Valley Farm is a spot in Hayes Valley that is near and dear to my heart since my daughter spends time there on a regular basis with one of her after school programs. She has brought home a few vegetables that she helped to grow at the farm, and we’ve enjoyed them as a part of our dinner. I grew up suburban – not urban – so it makes me glad to see her participate in a program that helps her understand food comes from farms, not supermarkets. Sunset Magazine recently published their list of the “Top 10 Urban Parks” in America, and (0 comments)
Real Estate Times San Francisco Deathwatch, continued… - 03/25/11 06:40 PM
The continuing irrelevance of print media advertising for real estate marketing is something that I’ve mentioned before. In particular, I give our local glossy mag a pretty hard time, so I figured I’d take a look at the most recent issue (Mar 17 – 30) to see how they are doing. By all accounts, as we are in peak real estate selling season in San Francisco (February – June, then September – October) so the magazine should be at its healthiest, heaviest fighting weight right now. Unfortunately for them, the latest issue clocks in at an underwhelming 48 pages (not including front cover, (0 comments)
Parking at the Millennium Tower in San Francisco, CA - 03/24/11 08:35 PM
Ah, the Millennium Tower. I’ve written a fair amount about it before, but I wanted to take a moment to dedicate a post to dissect Millennium Tower parking - not what you might expect at this San Francisco luxury destination. Millennium Pit by Transbay via Flickr For our fair readers who aren’t from San Francisco, or just choose to not keep up with the crazy that sometimes passes for our local governance (I knock it, but I also can’t think of any place else in America that I would like to live as much as I enjoy life here), SF has a (0 comments)
A recent post from James Altucher about why he will never own a home again has been getting plenty of interest in the blogosphere lately. The folks at On the Block have mentioned it, and I’ve seen it referenced a few times on twitter in the past day or two. It is a contrarian take on the value of home ownership in America. As a Realtor an easy argument can be made that I’m unable to address the question about the value of home ownership in a neutral way. But if Fox news can be “fair and balanced” – oh wait, I digress. Is (1 comments)
My Initial Thoughts on NAR's Realtor Party Political Survival Initiative - 03/23/11 04:23 PM
The National Association of Realtors (no, not nar.org – that goes to a rocket website, just sayin’) recently announced what they are labeling a Realtor party political survival initiative with a proposed doubling of membership dues, the $40 increase being exclusively dedicated Realtor Party political lobbying. NAR (housing NAR, not the rocket NAR) has asked for feedback on twitter with the hashtag #rppsi. To be honest, the $40 increase in dues doesn’t particularly phase me. I live in San Francisco where nothing is cheap, so I’ll just think of it as parking at a downtown garage while showing property for a few hours. The decision to dedicate the use (2 comments)
SF Schools 2011 - 2012 Assignment Data - 03/21/11 03:50 PM
Rachel Norton, a member of the San Francisco Public School board writes an interesting blog about public education in San Francisco. If you have school age children, and/or have an interest in the politics and policy of public education her blog always makes for a fascinating read. Over the weekend letters went out to parents informing them of the school they have been assigned for the 2011 - 2012 school year. For a little background on how public school application and assignment works in San Francisco, I suggest you read this post from her blog.She has some really interesting statistics and graphics on her blog (0 comments)
Sweet Inner Sunset Condo for Sale in San Francisco, CA - 03/20/11 02:57 PM
The Inner Sunset in San Francisco is a wonderful neighborhood with an eclectic mix of single-family homes, condos, and unit buildings. It is home to a diverse population of students, blue-collar workers, and professionals, many of whom work with or for the UCSF medical campuses that are in the neighborhood, tucked underneath Sutro tower and hill. A fellow Zephyr agent, Gary Small, has an Inner Sunset condo for sale that is just steps from the Big Rec fields of Golden Gate Park, a spot that is incredibly popular with kids, families, ball players, dog walkers, and any urban dweller looking for a little escape in the middle of the (1 comments)
Got neighbors? Associate with them. - 03/18/11 08:35 PM
Lots of people in San Francisco seem to have some pretty fierce neighborhood pride — people in Potrero might scoff at the Richmond (“all that fog!” they exclaim), while the Mission hipsters mock the Marina and vice versa. So it’s no surprise that dozens of San Francisco neighborhoods have their own neighborhood associations. Neighborhood associations are about more than claiming bragging rights to the coolest, best, most restaurant-saturated, or most dog- or kid-friendly patch of San Francisco. Some of them are quite politically powerful — theTelegraph Hill Dwellers, for example, had a large hand in killing the proposed condo tower at 555 Washington St. (Former president of (0 comments)
A great app for house hunters - 03/18/11 02:18 PM
Pixelate released version 2 of their iPhone app today, and it has some pretty cool effects for people that are house hunting. The coolest feature for house hunters is the ability to paint a wall virtually. Realtors work hard to make sure a property shows as well as it can before listing it on the market (well, good Realtors do, but that is an entirely different topic). That said, sometimes a property has a paint job that the seller doesn’t want to part with, or it is a probate sale or has other issues that make it difficult or impossible to present (2 comments)
CAR launches pilot Realtor Ratings program… - 03/17/11 11:55 AM
The California Association of Realtors has launched a pilot “Realtor Ratings” program, which they are touting as a way to provide consistency and accuracy to the variety of websites that currently offer Realtor review ratings, like Yelp andZillow to name just a few. CAR Realtor Review Pilot Review Process While I’m personally thrilled to see an organization like CAR recognize the need to get involved and offer a Realtor ratings program, I’m concerned that the model they’ve set up may be pretty pointless and will quickly be discarded by consumers and most agents. As I understand it, a survey will be sent to clients at the (0 comments)
Only in San Francisco: The Stairways of SF - 03/16/11 04:43 PM
San Francisco is a city known for our hills, so an appropriate corollary might be "San Francisco, the city of Stairs." stairs by nahlinse, on Flickr Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, unless you happen to be training for a marathon or other long distance event and are looking for some intense calorie-burning workout spots. Over the weekend, Carl Nolte wrote a great column at sfgate about the stairways of San Francisco. His column focuses on Adah Bakalinsky, who he describes as the Poet Laureate of San Francisco's stairway streets. One of my favorite pieces from the article is below: (2 comments)
San Francisco Earthquake Preparedness - 03/15/11 06:36 PM
The recent events in Japan have brought safety and preparedness for an earthquake back to the forefront of public consciousness. as the world knows, San Francisco is situated near several major faults and earthquake experts are always reminding us that the next major quake is not a question of if, but when. With that in mind, here are seven basic steps that you can easily take so that you will be more prepared for the next earthquake in San Francisco. STEP 1. Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them.STEP 2. Create a disaster-preparedness plan.STEP 3. Create disaster kits.STEP (0 comments)
The Hayes floorplans in San Francisco, CA - 03/15/11 12:47 AM
Located at 55 Page St., The Hayes is an eight story building with 128 condominium homes in the heart of Hayes Valley. The development is centrally located, within an easy walk to Muni and BART stations as well as relatively painless access to Highway 101 and I-80. Floorplans for The Hayes: The building has a collection of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom floorplans, with the mix weighted towards one bedrooms and one bedrooms with dens. Studio homes average about 430 square feet, with one bedrooms averaging 766 square feet and two bedroom homes averaging 1,059 square feet in size. Ceiling height is usually about (4 comments)
Clients often ask about where they can find a “deal” in San Francisco real estate. Some people believe that REOs are an excellent value, others focus on probate sales. My experience is that the number one detractor from the value of a property in San Francisco is a property being sold with tenants that will be in occupancy at the close of escrow. Whether or not that decrease in value makes for a “deal” is an open question. That introduction probably makes me sound like a horrible person, so I’d like to preface this by saying that I was once a tenant in San Francisco, (0 comments)
77 Van Ness Floorplans in Civic Center neighborhood of San Francisco - 03/11/11 05:38 PM
Floorplans for 77 Van Ness, located in the heart of the Civic Center neighborhood, a bustling and busy urban neighborhood that is centrally located. 77 Van Ness is steps away from the Civic Center Muni and BART station, numerous bus lines, and is within easy walking distance of an incredible selection of stores, restaurants, and cultural centers including the San Francisco symphony, ballet, and opera. The building features studio, one, and two-bedroom homes with nicely sized floor plans with many homes offering floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is 8 stories high and has 50 homes and was designed by architect Forum Design, who is also (0 comments)
Good morning dear readers. While it is tempting to abandon my computers to head down to the beach, I stay dutifully planted on high ground to bring you the latest and greatest in San Francisco real estate news. With 89 new listings in the past week (as defined by me), today’s edition has plenty of fascinating news for all of you diehard MLS watchers. Coming in at the low end this week we have a fractional interest for sale at the Ritz Carlton Club and Residences at690 Market St. Listed for sale at $150,000 this is a 1/12 fractional ownership of a (0 comments)
Always Read the Minutes! - 03/09/11 01:25 PM
Condominiums are very popular in San Francisco, with some buyers preferring them to single family homes because they can require much less from an owner in terms of maintenance. Instead of having to worry about keeping the landscaping groomed, the gutters cleared and the trim painted, you just write a monthly check for you homeowner’s association (HOA) dues and that (should) cover maintenance, management, and reserves. The key word being should! A well run condo association will have planned for future replacements by building a reserve account, and will also take appropriate steps to ensure that on-going regular maintenance is taken care of, making (2 comments)
February 2011 San Francisco Sales Volume - 03/09/11 01:23 PM
We are into the final month of the first quarter of the year, so how is the real estate market in San Francisco looking so far? There were 273 deals recorded in the San Francisco multiple listing service in the month of February, which is up just ever-so-slightly from February 2010 when 270 were recorded. There are some interesting trends in the mix, though. Single family home sales are down about 8%, while condominium sales are up by almost 25%. I would suggest that the increase in condo closings is due most likely to a small bit of easing in the condominium financing (0 comments)
High/Low: What’s new in San Francisco this past week - 03/04/11 11:54 AM
The Friday high/low game has been rather rudely interruped lately by all sorts of other important posts that just couldn’t wait. Luckily for you, we’ve got time to squeeze the cheapest and most expensive homes for sale in San Francisco this week on the production calendar. This week the for sale extremes are both single-family houses, although they couldn’t be more different. Answering the question of “What’s a lot in the Bayview worth?” we have 1321 Revere Ave., which is tenant occupied although described by the listing agent as “This home is a tear down.” Wonder if the tenants have gotten the news? No rent (0 comments)
Not a Firehouse in Dogpatch District of San Francisco - 03/03/11 05:03 PM
The dogpatch firehouse at 909 Tennessee St continues to receive an incredible amount of interest. This week on broker’s tour I took a look at an equally interesting space, although it is not a firehouse. But the warehouse that comes with it is large enough that I suppose if you really wanted to, you could build yourself a nice little firehouse inside of it. 690 18th St. @ Tennessee listed by Lynne Brei of Vanguard Real Estate Above is a picture of one of the two bathrooms in the not-a-firehouse-but-a-mixed-use-building-with-a-warehouse at 690 18th St. Of all the warehouses I have ever seen, I (0 comments)
Pick the Zephyr 2012 Calendar Theme - 03/02/11 10:19 PM
Each year Zephyr publishes a calendar with a San Francisco theme. A certain member of the JacksonFuller team plays an important role in the calendar with regard to commas, miscellaneous punctuation, spelling, and stuff like that. And if you've read enough of my blog posts, you should be able to fairly easily discern which team member gets asked to help with the proofing :-) Click to vote for the Zephyr 2012 Calendar Theme There are three themes you can vote for: 1) Hidden POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces) - the city requires developers of large commercial buildings to create publicly accessible spaces. They are (0 comments)
Two Tales Told by Two Glen Park Homes for Sale Now - 03/02/11 01:21 AM
Wow, what a long and crazy day. Today was broker’s tour, so I’ve been touring and previewing properties since 9am in the northeast section of San Francisco (district . While I could go on and and on with three word sentences about the dozens of homes for sale I saw today, I figured instead I would focus it in on one particular neighborhood. While I saw a lot of great property (and not some great) all across the city, this evening I’m going to focus in on Glen Park. Glen Park makes up the southern-most part of District 5, and if you’d like to (0 comments)
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