Jones-ing For A Late-Night Outdoor Bar?

Jones-ing For A Late-Night Outdoor Bar?

When the bar and restaurant at 620 Jones was approved to open, it was conditional upon an agreement that Jones would close its outdoor patio and bar at midnight and shuffle its patrons indoors, much to the chagrin of revelers on warm Indian summer evenings, such as tonight. And... Read More »

If Whitewashed Interiors Drive You Insane, Look Away.  Otherwise…

If Whitewashed Interiors Drive You Insane, Look Away. Otherwise…

Purchased for $1,320,000 nine months ago with an overgrown yard and “many of 1920’s details intact,” 1360 Portola Drive has since been “updated and redesigned with luxury modern day amenities throughout.” Look away if it drives you crazy to see original wood trim that’s been painted white.  Otherwise, here are a few of the Read More »

Lombardi’s Closing, Condos Planned To Rise

Lombardi’s Closing, Condos Planned To Rise

After 66 years in business, Lombardi Sports will be closing its doors at the corner of Jackson and Polk.  And to answer a reader’s question, the plan is to demolish the existing two-story building at 1600 Jackson Street and construct a six-story building, with 62 condos over ground floor retail and underground parking, on the Read More »

Polk Gulch Rising: New Development Running Unopposed

Polk Gulch Rising: New Development Running Unopposed

The latest renderings for the 1545 Pine Street project will be presented to San Francisco’s Planning Commission this week, with the Planning Department’s recommendation that the Polk Gulch development be approved as proposed. As designed by Arquitectonica for Trumark Urban, the 12-story building should rise on the south side of Pine Street between Polk and Van Ness Read More »

San Francisco Condo Values Hit Record High, House Values Slip

San Francisco Condo Values Hit Record High, House Values Slip

Single-family home values within the San Francisco MSA slipped 0.4 percent from June to July but remain 10.3 percent higher than at the same time last year, the smallest year-over-year gain since 2012, according to the latest S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index. And while still 10.7 percent below a 2006 peak, the aggregate index for Read More »

Ballot Measure Could Block Flower Mart Redevelopment

Ballot Measure Could Block Flower Mart Redevelopment

A group opposed to the redevelopment of the San Francisco Flower Mart site at Sixth and Brannan is preparing to start gathering signatures for a proposed ballot measure which would effectively block Kilroy Realty’s plans for constructing an office complex on the site. According to The Examiner, the draft language for “The San Francisco Flower Read More »

An Artistic Re-Renovation Of An Earthquake Cottage

An Artistic Re-Renovation Of An Earthquake Cottage

Purchased for $633,000 in late 2005, the Telegraph Hill cottage at 1448 Kearny Street returned to the market in 2007 having been “magically  transformed” by an interior decorator “to resemble the cottages of napa valley bed & breakfast” and was listed for $779,000. And in 2010, the former earthquake cottage resold for $500,000. Since re-renovated Read More »

Plans For Condos To Rise On Embattled Lombard Street Site

Plans For Condos To Rise On Embattled Lombard Street Site

When Pet Food Express lost their battle to occupy the former Blockbuster space on Lombard Street, a non-chain pet store (Wolf & Lion) was granted a lease, but it’s likely not for long.  For behind the scenes, plans to level the site and construct a four-story building with 53 condos over 11,000 square feet of retail Read More »

Another Barrier To Pinterest’s Move Is Being Raised

Another Barrier To Pinterest’s Move Is Being Raised

Another barrier which could prevent Pinterest from ever moving into the San Francisco Design Center is close to being raised.  And it’s a barrier which could affect plenty of other tech companies and area landlords as well. In addition to the proposed Planning Code amendment which would substantially limit the number of floors a building Read More »

Pending U.S. Home Sales Slip, Investor Activity Slowing Down

At a time of the year when seasonality should be giving it a boost, the National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index slipped 1.0 percent from July to August and is running 2.2 percent lower on a year-over-year basis.  The inventory of listed homes for sale is currently running 1.1 percent lower, year-over-year. And Read More »

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Penthouse Model Seeks Mate

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Above it all and serenely quiet, but with access to all the bustle that South Beach has to offer, the Palms Penthouse 933 is a showcase of modern architecture and minimalist design.  With sweeping views of San Francisco, this one-bedroom, one-bath home offers all the convenience of a full service building, not to mention Whole Read More »

Mission District Development Redesigned, Re-Slated For Approval

Mission District Development Redesigned, Re-Slated For Approval

Responding to comments from both the public and Planning, the design for the seven-story development with 72 condos to rise on the northwest corner of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue has been revised, as newly rendered above, and is slated to be approved next week. As the proposed development looked prior to the redesign: Read More »

Pincus Selling Pac Heights Pad For $18M With Big Plans To Renovate

Pincus Selling Pac Heights Pad For $18M With Big Plans To Renovate

Having paid $16 million for the nearly 12,000-square-foot Pacific Heights pad at 2950 Pacific Avenue in 2012, Mark and Alison Pincus have just put their distinctive Dutch Colonial mansion on the market for two million more. Designed by Albert Farr and built in 1907, plans to add a bunker below the home were never acted upon, Read More »

City Responds To “Gloomy” Outlook For Affordable Housing In SF

Responding to the Civil Grand Jury report which noted that the Mayor’s goal of creating 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes is San Francisco by 2020 “will provide some relief to the current shortage, but exactly how far it will go in addressing the affordability issue depends on many factors and the outlook tends to be gloomy,” the Read More »

Sophisticated And “Off The Market” (But Available For $14.5M)

Sophisticated And “Off The Market” (But Available For $14.5M)

Purchased for $11 million in 2007, a year-long renovation of the Presidio Heights home at 3501 Jackson Street was completed in 2008, resulting in an 8,000-square-foot home that’s “delightfully modernized and eminently sophisticated.” How sophisticated?  Well, this is “his” master bath and closet (the shower is behind the sink, and of course she has a Read More »