Van Ness McDonald’s Closed, Zoned For 13-Story Development

Van Ness McDonald’s Closed, Zoned For 13-Story Development

The long-standing McDonald’s at 600 Van Ness Avenue which was built in 1978 has been abruptly boarded up and stripped of its original signage.  While the plan for the parcel has yet to be filed with Planning, the site is zoned for development up to 130-feet in height. Plans... Read More »

San Francisco’s Unemployment Rate Under 4%, Lowest In 9 Years

San Francisco’s Unemployment Rate Under 4%, Lowest In 9 Years

Employment in San Francisco hit a new all-time high in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, the first time the unemployment rate in the city has been under 4 percent since 2007 and the lowest rate in nine years. The drop in San Francisco’s unemployment rate... Read More »

Inside A Late Architect’s Distinctive Telegraph Hill Home

Inside A Late Architect’s Distinctive Telegraph Hill Home

Designed by Herbert Kosovitz in 1971 and the late architect’s residence until last year, behind the unassuming façade at 340 Chestnut is a distinctive interior, finished from the floor to 18-foot ceiling in all-natural wood. A wall of north facing windows frame the bay and skylights illuminate the upper... Read More »

Existing-Home Sales In The U.S. Slipped In 2014

While the seasonally adjusted pace of existing-home sales in the U.S. increased 2.4 percent in December to an annualized rate of 5.04 million homes, 3.5 percent higher than at the same time in 2013, total existing home sales in 2014 (4.93 million) were 3.1 percent lower than the year... Read More »

Princess Diaries Firehouse Price Dropped Another $425K

Princess Diaries Firehouse Price Dropped Another $425K

Listed for $2.6 million this past October and then reduced to $2.275 million in November, the list price for the Excelsior District firehouse which served as the setting for Mia’s house in the Princess Diaries has just been reduced another $425,000, now asking $1,850,000. Or to quote the listing: “Seller... Read More »

Million Dollar Price Cut For Modern Atherton Estate

Million Dollar Price Cut For Modern Atherton Estate

Speaking of homes in Atherton, the nearly 11,000-square-foot “Modern Transitional Estate” at 33 Emilie Avenue has just been listed anew for $13.65 million having first been listed for $14.6 million four months ago. Sitting on a .85-acre lot, the home features 7 bedrooms, 8.5 baths and a modern/contemporary interior.... Read More »

The Twenty Priciest Silicon Valley Zip Codes

The Twenty Priciest Silicon Valley Zip Codes

The median sale price for a home in Atherton (94027) was $3.9 million last year, up 4 percent from 2013, making it the priciest zip code in Silicon Valley. Behind Atherton and Los Altos Hills’ 94022 at $2.45 million, Palo Alto’s 94301 tied for third at $2.2 million with... Read More »

Oh Laidley Lay: The Refrain

Oh Laidley Lay: The Refrain

Designed by Michael Hennessey Architecture and built by Design Line Construction, the modern four-bedroom Glen Park home at 233 Laidley Street hit the market two months ago listed for $4.2 million. Delisted three weeks later, the 3,400 square-foot home with a wall of rift-sawn oak veneer cabinetry that runs the length of the... Read More »

Little-Known Public Open Spaces Could Be Made Private

Little-Known Public Open Spaces Could Be Made Private

While not widely publicized, over 12,000 square feet of public open space was constructed in the form of two sunny terraces off the fourth and sixth floors of the 31-story Intercontinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street, a condition of the development’s approval and the result of a 1980s-era city... Read More »

Proposed SF Innovation Campus Slated For Approval

Proposed SF Innovation Campus Slated For Approval

The plan for a proposed 427,000-square-foot ‘innovation campus’ to rise at the base of Potrero Hill – the Hundred Hooper development we first revealed a few weeks ago – is slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission tomorrow.  And it’s a development which could not have been approved just seven... Read More »

Rent Hunter Pence’s Loft For $4K Per Month

Rent Hunter Pence’s Loft For $4K Per Month

Hunter Pence’s 2,318-square-foot loft is back on the market as a rental and available for $3,998 a month.  Pence was trying to sell the 8th floor condo with two bedrooms, two baths and two assigned parking spaces for $524,900 in 2012. And in case you haven’t already connected the dots,... Read More »

Dramatic English Tudor Back On The Market In St. Francis Wood

Dramatic English Tudor Back On The Market In St. Francis Wood

Purchased for $1.9 million ten months ago having already been renovated and retrofitted, the rather dramatic English Tudor home at 141 San Pablo Avenue has just returned to the market listed for $2.475 million or 30 percent more than last March. Built in 1926, the Tudor’s original two-story living room... Read More »

Save Two Facades, Site Cleared For Pine Street Towers To Rise

Save Two Facades, Site Cleared For Pine Street Towers To Rise

Left standing like a Hollywood set, two thin brick facades are all that remain of a pair of historic buildings on the north side of Pine between Franklin and Van Ness, clearing the way for two 13-story towers to rise on the 1634 Pine Street site. Dubbed “Rockwell,” the development... Read More »

Hearings For 2,000 Units Of Housing This Week

Hearings For 2,000 Units Of Housing This Week

The public hearings to review the Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for the proposed 320-unit development to rise up to 4-stories at 1601 Mariposa Street, at the base of Potrero Hill, and the master plan for redeveloping the 49-acre Sunnydale public housing complex in Visitacion Valley, the largest public housing... Read More »

Quiet $500K Price Cut For Rebuilt Pac Heights Home

Quiet $500K Price Cut For Rebuilt Pac Heights Home

Listed for $6,495,000 two months ago and quietly withdrawn from the MLS after a month on the market without a sale, the completely rebuilt Pacific Heights home at 2807 Clay Street has been listed anew for $5,995,000. A Nova Designs + Builds project, the home features five bedrooms, four... Read More »