Redfin is Coming Here

Four months ago we let you know that Redfin was coming to San Francisco. Today, ReyEstate announced that they’re here (albeit a bit confused). ∙ QuickLinks: Power To The People ∙ So Much For Doing Your Homework Read More »

Noe Valley Bunny House For Sale

Noe Valley Bunny House For Sale

That’s right, the infamous (at least to some) Noe Valley Bunny House is for sale (although not yet listed on the MLS). Having often admired the bunny trim from the outside, we’re looking forward to getting our first peek inside this weekend (June 4). Read More »

The Italian Riviera By The Bay

The Italian Riviera By The Bay

Four blocks from Jack London Square in Oakland, the 100-unit Aqua Via (125 Second Street) seems to be upping the amenity ante for luxury rental properties with its private 29’ Back Cove water taxi (at the beck and call of residents) and a lighted bocce ball court. If you invite us over for a game, Read More »

The Art Of The Listing

The Art Of The Listing

Don’t get us wrong, we’re intrigued by 355 Bryant #102 (then again, perhaps it’s just the art), but we have to admit that we’re still struggling a bit with the description: “The kitchen and two sumptuous bathrooms are in total harmony with the bedroom areas with no sense of compartmental afterthought. Indeed, this magnificent space Read More »

No Pop (But No Appreciation?)

While it’s an “old” speech (February ’06), it’s still a good one. Christopher Thornburg, senior economist at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, offers his perspective on whether the recent cooling trend in residential real estate indicates an imminent bubble burst or just a lull in California’s otherwise booming housing market in this edition of the Read More »

Families Are Fleeing

Families Are Fleeing

While babies are booming in San Francisco, “school enrollment is slipping, and the city’s school-age population is sliding.” Why? Families are fleeing the city in search of larger abodes, yards, and “affordable” housing. Go figure. ∙ Lots of toddlers, fewer school-age kids in S.F. Read More »

We’ve Added “Fantastic” To The List

We’ve Added “Fantastic” To The List

Not “Dramatic”, “Drastic”, “Big”, “Major”, or “Huge”; but rather a “FANTASTIC PRICE REDUCTION!” for 65 Saint Germain (reduced by $625,000 (11.1%) and now listed at an even $5,000,000). Update: A day after we noted the “FANTASTIC” $625,000 reduction, Hill & Co. dropped the price by another $500,000 (now listed at $4,500,000). And as Curbed SF Read More »

Victorian By Definition

Victorian By Definition

A reader almost reaches the end of his rope while pursuing the listing for 39 Chattanooga (“a historic Victorian fixer”) and writes, “Whatever is Victorian about this…BOX…escapes me !!” We feel your pain. As it turns out, however, the house was built in 1900 (according to Zillow) and anything built during the reign of Queen Read More »

SFLuxe Catches The Quote

“You need to have $800 million to see it,” says David Barrett . . . “And at least once a week, we get a prospective buyer who has that.” (“It” being the $65M house atop Pacific Heights.) We’re guessing there just might be a bit of hyperbole in that boast. And that someone with a Read More »

Rincon Towers Going Condo

Not so much a rumor as a confirmation – it appears that the Rincon Towers apartment building at 88 Howard has finally been sold (but to Beacon Capital out of Boston and not Crescent Heights out of Miami) and is going condo. And although the 320 unit building is not very highly rated, the majority Read More »

A Classic Case Of Tower Envy?

A Classic Case Of Tower Envy?

All of a sudden the Rincon Hill towers (400/350 feet) just don’t seem quite so tall (or towering). “A 1,000-foot tower, as well as two 800-foot towers, were proposed Thursday for the area around the Transbay Terminal, as The City moves forward with the rebuilding of the aging bus station at First and Mission streets Read More »

C.A.R. Reports For April ‘06

According to the California Association of Realtors, the median price of a single-family detached home in the San Francisco Bay area is up 2.9% year-over-year while the pace of sales is down 20.2%. No real surprises when compared to the DataQuick report. ∙ Median price of a home in California at $562,380 in April Read More »

Build It Green

Build It Green

Build It Green is a “professional non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy and resource-efficient buildings in California.” The organization offers workshops, green home tours (next tour on June 4th), and general information about green building. ∙ Build It Green: Workshops for Homeowners ∙ Build It Green: Green Home Tours Read More »

From Bull To Bear?

You could actually hear the collective nodding of heads when Christopher Mayer, an economics professor at Columbia University, referred to San Francisco as a “superstar” city and argued that “land shortages and rising populations would translate into ever-rising prices.” Well, now Mr. Mayer is changing his tune. Yes, we’re still the a superstar city, but Read More »

Speaking Of The Need To Differentiate

There are now 495,000 licensed real estate agents in the state of California (up 14% last year, and up 57% from five years ago). That equates to almost one agent for every 52 adults in the state. Yet another reason to diversify and differentiate… ∙ Real Estate Licensee Numbers Hit Record Levels and Continue to Read More »