Just Quotes: Permit Hell In San Francisco

Just Quotes: Permit Hell In San Francisco

From the Chronicle: “A full 588 days since the permits were first submitted Engelbrecht is still waiting to receive permission to demolish the water-damaged, ramshackle 1960s house that stands on the site of their dream house . In mid-December they learned that after being on the verge of... Read More »

A SocketSite Smackdown: Gas Versus Electric In The Kitchen

A SocketSite Smackdown: Gas Versus Electric In The Kitchen

We’ll admit it. When perusing properties, an electric range in the kitchen can stop us in our tracks (and not in a good way). And while it’s not such a big deal when it’s a matter of choice (and can be changed), it gives us pause when it’s a... Read More »

High Rise Living And Neighborhood Development In San Francisco

Our recent post on the proposed Renzo Piano towers at First and Mission further fueled the discussion of nearby neighborhood development in general, and sparked some interesting comments with regard to high rise living in specific. Or as one reader commented, it’s not simply a “mine will be taller…mine... Read More »

New Homes In The New Year (1587 15th Street)

New Homes In The New Year (1587 15th Street)

1587 15th Street (at Mission) is a collection of 24 new condominiums (one and two bedrooms) that are expected to hit the market in January (pricing “from the $500,00’s”). Floor plans available online, but other than that, not a whole lot we can report. ∙ 1587 15th Street Read More »

Freeway Pollution: Conjecture Or Consideration?

A reader wonders, “ould it be possible to start a topic to gather opinions from people WHO LIVE near the freeway to give their input on the pollution?” In short, yes. Read More »

It’s Not Only The Leaves That Appear To Be Falling In San Francisco

It’s Not Only The Leaves That Appear To Be Falling In San Francisco

A “plugged in” tipster forwards an autumn to autumn comparison of listed (MLS) condo/coop/TIC/loft sales in San Francisco. Yes, they’re averages. Yes, seasonality is in full effect. And no, the majority of new construction isn’t included. That being said, we do find the year-over-year drops in average sales price... Read More »

They Just Keep Getting Bigger, And Bigger, And Bigger…

They Just Keep Getting Bigger, And Bigger, And Bigger…

J.K. Dineen at the San Francisco Business Times has the scoop on a proposed “1,200-foot tower at First and Mission streets, part of a quartet of astoundingly ambitious buildings being designed by superstar architect Renzo Piano.” The proposed building, which would dwarf any existing buildings on the West Coast,... Read More »

Ask And Ye Shall Receive?

Ask And Ye Shall Receive?

From the listing for 221 Danvers: “Property is still on the market. Sellers are motivated and would like to receive an offer.” We’re guessing there might be some wiggle room on the price. And damn it, we’re still fixated on that cottage out back. ∙ Listing: 221 Danvers (3/3)... Read More »

Did You Say No Heat?

Did You Say No Heat?

Well, the list price on 1374 Fulton has been reduced twice again (now $1,599,000 or $296,000 (15.6%) off the original list). And as a couple of readers note, it’s probably not the paint job that’s making this one a tough sell. Especially this week. (Somebody cue the Snow Miser…)... Read More »

Just Quotes: Bayview-Hunters Point Redevelopment

“Opponents of a move to place 1,400 acres in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point area under the city Redevelopment Agency have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to revive a push for a referendum on the issue.” (Suit filed to revive vote on Bayview redevelopment plans) Read More »

A New New Policy Change For The MLS

According to a tipster, another New Year policy change is in the works for the San Francisco MLS: “Effective January 1st, the waiting period to relist a property as “new” after withdrawal will be extended from the current 14 days to 30 days.” We have no doubt many will... Read More »

What’s Up With The Watermark “G”s?

What’s Up With The Watermark “G”s?

A reader wonders, “What’s the scoop on unit 15g? Tax records show that it was sold by Watermark for $830,000. It’s a 1295 sq ft corner unit. 12g sold for $975,000; 17g sold for $1,650,000; 20g sold for $1,400,000. Now 15g just entered into contract for $969,000 as... Read More »

Millennium Tower San Francisco (301 Mission): Interest List

Millennium Tower San Francisco (301 Mission): Interest List

A tipster forwards an updated rendering from the placeholder website (interest list) for the 60-story Millennium Tower San Francisco that’s currently under construction at 301 Mission. “In addition to the 60-story tower, there is a shorter, 125 foot (38 m) 11-story tower on the north end of the complex... Read More »

Not For The Faint Of Heart (Or Wallet)

Not For The Faint Of Heart (Or Wallet)

The “Italianate Victorian Fixer” at 1232 Treat is not for the faint of heart (or wallet). Seriously. We’re talking about a single family house that’s been carved up into five units with two additional units over the carriage house out back (think commercial financing), two protected tenants and two... Read More »

Just Ignore The Word “Bust”

“Bust” or not, we think Fortune’s “6 strategies” are generally sound advice: 1. Lower your expectations 2. Drive a hard bargain 3. Consider renting 4. Step away from the exotic mortgage 5. Shop for a rate drop 6. Keep an eye on your equity ∙ 6 strategies to survive... Read More »