Controversial Oakland Tower Deal Likely Illegal

Controversial Oakland Tower Deal Likely Illegal

According to a confidential legal opinion written by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker and obtained by the East Bay Express, the Oakland City Council’s agreement to sell the East Lake development site at the corner of East 12th Street and 2nd Avenue for the development of a controversial 23-story... Read More »

The Next SF Gas Station To Fall (And Buildings To Rise)

The Next SF Gas Station To Fall (And Buildings To Rise)

Plans to raze the Union 76 Station on the southwest corner of California and 25th Avenue are working their way through Planning, adding to the growing list of endangered gas stations in San Francisco. And as proposed, three four-story buildings, each with three three-bedroom units, will rise up to... Read More »

Signatures For Mission District Housing Moratorium Delivered

The sponsors of the proposed ballot measure which would impose a Mission District Housing Moratorium have delivered 15,101 signatures in support of the initiative to San Francisco’s Department of Elections.  And if at least 9,700 of the signatures are valid, the measure will qualify for this November’s ballot. If adopted... Read More »

From Red Hot To In The Red For Bay Area Housing Next Year?

From Red Hot To In The Red For Bay Area Housing Next Year?

Bearish calls for the Bay Area housing market have been ticking up over the past three months with one of the latest coming from Clear Capital, a national provider of real estate valuations, data and analytics for brokers, lenders and appraisers: “Both San Francisco and San Jose have been... Read More »

East Bay Modern Fetches $3.9M

East Bay Modern Fetches $3.9M

Having undergone a $2.5 million renovation and expansion led by architect Stanley Saitowitz a decade ago, the “light-filled contemporary box” with 4,250 square feet of modern living space on a double Claremont District lot returned to the market this past April listed for $4.25 million. Yesterday, the sale of... Read More »

15,983 Signatures In Support Of Airbnb Ballot Measure

The sponsors of the proposed ballot measure to further restrict the short-term rental of any residential unit in San Francisco to a maximum of 75 days a year and prohibit hosting platforms, such as Airbnb, from ever listing a unit which hasn’t been registered with the city or has exceeded... Read More »

Scoop: New Waterfront Tower (Re)Design

Scoop: New Waterfront Tower (Re)Design

The official renderings have yet to be released but a plugged-in tipster delivers SOM’s new design for the proposed 20-story residential tower to rise at 75 Howard Street, with 133 market rate condos over 6,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space and a basement “parking vault” for 100 cars. Paramount... Read More »

San Francisco Missed Its Affordable Housing Target By A Mile

San Francisco Missed Its Affordable Housing Target By A Mile

In order to meet the long-ago forecast of increased demand for housing in the city and around the Bay Area, San Francisco was given a goal of building a minimum of 31,193 housing units between 2007 and 2014, its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).  And while developers delivered over 108... Read More »

Modern Mission District Condo Fetches $2.85M, $1,300 Per Foot

Modern Mission District Condo Fetches $2.85M, $1,300 Per Foot

Listed for $2.95 million in January, the sale of the modern Mission District condo at 145 Albion Street has closed escrow with a reported contract price of $2.85 million or roughly $1,300 per (unlisted) square foot. Designed by Owen Kennerly with parking behind the laser cut fence, the lower-level... Read More »

No Sale For Eye-Popping Cole Valley Listing (Yet)

No Sale For Eye-Popping Cole Valley Listing (Yet)

Aiming for a record-shattering $7.7 million sale, the listing for the completely re-built Cole Valley home at 150 Carmel Street has been withdrawn from the MLS after two and a half months on the market without a reported sale. Designed by Sutro Architects and built by Design Line Construction,... Read More »

Housing Proposed For Showplace Site Where OSH Was Denied

Housing Proposed For Showplace Site Where OSH Was Denied

Despite the Planning Department’s support for the project two years ago, San Francisco’s Planning Commission denied Orchard Supply Hardware’s bid to convert the Pacific Sales building at 975 Bryant Street into a 33,000 square foot OSH with a nursery on the roof, raising a number of questions as to... Read More »

One Rincon’s Second Tower In Contract, Likely Going Condo

With less than half the tower’s 298 units currently occupied despite having started leasing in early 2014, One Rincon Hill’s northwest tower is reportedly in contract to be sold for $400 million.  And while currently operating as an apartment building, the application to clear the way for the individual... Read More »

Barbeques, Beach Parties And Long Weekends On The Brain

Barbeques, Beach Parties And Long Weekends On The Brain

With barbecues, beach parties and a celebratory long weekend on the collective brain, we turn our attention to the Stinson Beach home at 13 Walla Vista. Built in 1980, the three-bedroom pad has since remodeled with walls of accordion glass doors opening the house to the inner courtyard and... Read More »

Corpse House In Contract For Over A Million Dollars

Corpse House In Contract For Over A Million Dollars

A bid of $1,029,500 has been received for the Lake District Victorian within which the mummified corpse of the homeowner was found among the items hoarded by her surviving adult daughter.  And the final sale price could go higher. As the mother’s death was never reported, the sale will... Read More »

New Caltrains Will Have Bathrooms, But No Increase For Onboard Bikes

New Caltrains Will Have Bathrooms, But No Increase For Onboard Bikes

While Caltrain’s staff had been recommending that its new electric trains not include any bathrooms, a move which could have added additional seats to each train and saved on capital and ongoing maintenance costs, the voice of (some) pissed off riders appears to have been heard. Tomorrow, Caltrain’s Board... Read More »