Noe Valley “Penthouse” Battle: Neighbors Say No, Planning Says…

Noe Valley “Penthouse” Battle: Neighbors Say No, Planning Says…

With neighbors having organized to “just say no to the penthouse,” complete with an eleven page Powerpoint presentation prepared by someone at Cisco and a website dedicated to their cause, the fight over the proposed modern home to rise at 437 Duncan Street will be refereed by San Francisco’s... Read More »

From Car Wash To Condos And Upscale Architecture On Potrero Ave

From Car Wash To Condos And Upscale Architecture On Potrero Ave

Plans for a modern nine-story building with 70 condos to rise at 346 Potrero Avenue are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon.  The development would replace the current car wash and billboard which are sandwiched between the Shell station and McDonald’s at the intersection of 16th Street. In addition to Read More »

Landlords Suing To Overturn Payout For Evicted Tenants In S.F.

The San Francisco Apartment Association and Coalition for Better Housing are preparing to file a federal lawsuit today which seeks to overturn the newly adopted and accelerated city law which requires landlords in San Francisco who evoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent Read More »

New U.S. Home Sales Suddenly Drops Despite More Inventory

New U.S. Home Sales Suddenly Drops Despite More Inventory

Despite a 12.3 percent downward revision to the estimated number of new U.S. homes sold in May, the largest downward revision on record, the seasonally adjusted annual pace of new single-family home sales in the U.S. fell to 406,000 in June, down 8.1 percent from May’s revised pace of 442,000 and 11.5 percent lower versus Read More »

San Francisco Will Miss Its Affordable Housing Allocation By A Mile

San Francisco Will Miss Its Affordable Housing Allocation By A Mile

As was long ago determined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the regional Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), in order to meet the growing demand for housing in San Francisco, the City was given a goal of building 31,193 housing units between 2007 and 2014, its Regional Housing Needs Read More »

Golden Gate Park Turf Battle Headed To The Ballot Box

The proposed ordinance which would block the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park and has qualified for the November ballot and will go head-to-head with the mayor’s “Children’s Playgrounds, Walking Trails and Athletic Fields Act,” a counter measure which would allow the conversion of the Beach Chalet’s four grass fields to synthetic turf and Read More »

50 First Street Wow Factor Extends Beyond Its Height

50 First Street Wow Factor Extends Beyond Its Height

If the sheer height of the 910-foot tower that’s proposed to rise at 50 First Street doesn’t wow you, the tower’s elevated first floor and open-air plaza beneath surely will.  From John King with respect to the “gasp-inducing” design: The lead architect for the project is Foster + Partners, the celebrated English firm doing the doughnut-shaped Read More »

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

The preliminary designs for two towers designed by Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects which could rise up to 910 feet in height at the corner of First and Mission have been submitted to Planning for Environmental Review. As we first reported last year, TMG Partners’ proposed 50 First Street development includes over 1 million Read More »

Flower Mart Foreshadowing Coming To Fruition, Site To Be Sold

Flower Mart Foreshadowing Coming To Fruition, Site To Be Sold

Kilroy Realty Corporation has agreed to purchase all the outstanding shares of the San Francisco Flowers Growers’ Association for $27 million. If the acquisition seems a bit odd, consider this: the only material asset of the Growers’ Association at the closing of the transaction is anticipated to be an 1.9 acre site upon which the Read More »

Office Rents In San Francisco Up 81% Since 2010, And Climbing

Office Rents In San Francisco Up 81% Since 2010, And Climbing

There is over 4 million square feet of office space under development in San Francisco, the largest pipeline of commercial space in over thirty years.  That being said, the majority of that pipeline won’t be ready for occupancy until post-2015 and over half has already been speculatively pre-leased by companies such as Salesforce and LinkedIn. Read More »

Former Sharks Captain Owen Nolan Asks $4.9M For San Jose Home

Former Sharks Captain Owen Nolan Asks $4.9M For San Jose Home

Owen Nolan, the retired NHL all-star and former San Jose Sharks captain, has listed his 9,500 square foot San Jose home in the foothills of Almaden Valley for $4.9 million. Built in 2010 on a little over 3 acres overlooking Silicon Valley, the “Mediterranean-inspired” home at 6971 Hollow Lake Way includes five bedrooms and seven Read More »

Approved East Bay Parker Place Development Seeks More Parking

Approved East Bay Parker Place Development Seeks More Parking

Lennar’s 155-unit “Parker Place” development was approved to rise on the west side of Shattuck Avenue at Parker Street, about one-half mile south of the Downtown Berkeley BART station, replacing the existing Honda dealership, garage and lot on the site. As approved by Berkeley’s City Council in January of 2012, in addition to the residential Read More »

McDonald’s Site Near AT&T Park Slated For 10-Story Hotel

McDonald’s Site Near AT&T Park Slated For 10-Story Hotel

The plans for the SoMa parcel upon which McDonald’s sits on the southeast corner of Third and Townsend near AT&T Park have been revealed: Stonebridge Companies, a Colorado-based hotel development and management company, plans to build a 10-story, 225-room hotel on the 701 Third Street site which is zoned for development up to 105-feet in height. In terms Read More »

Existing U.S. Home Sales Tick Up But Remain Lower Than Last Year

The seasonally adjusted pace of existing-home sales in the U.S. increased 2.6 percent from May to June and reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013. That being said, the pace of existing-home sales remains 2.6 percent lower on a year-over-year basis while the inventory of unsold homes is Read More »

Auspicious Plans, But Were The Occupiers On To Something?

Auspicious Plans, But Were The Occupiers On To Something?

The Chinese American International School will soon begin renovating the two vacant buildings at 888 Turk and 930 Gough to create an auspiciously numbered “888 Campus” for their middle school students, assuming the school’s plans are approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in two week. Owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the proposed renovation Read More »