We Simply Can’t Resist Heated European Towels Racks

We Simply Can’t Resist Heated European Towels Racks

We haven’t been inside (and ceiling height might be an issue on the upper floor), but we do like what we see (especially the built-ins, skylights, and kitchen). It reads like a comprehensive renovation, and seriously, we can’t resist “heated European towels racks.” ∙ Listing: 303 Montcalm (3/2.5) –... Read More »

The SocketSite Scoop On “Solaria” (166 Yerba Buena Ave)

The SocketSite Scoop On “Solaria” (166 Yerba Buena Ave)

According to a “plugged-in” tipster, a number of San Francisco’s power agents pased on this listing for a “French Chateau inspired” home that’s nearing completion in the self-proclaimed “Yerba Buena Heights” (otherwise know as the edge of St. Francis Wood). The home is centered around its solarium, a stunning,... Read More »

Think Of It As Only $29,000 For The House

And at the other end of the spectrum, we have 1951 Oakdale. It’s a single family residence in Silver Terrace/Bayview that’s listed at $379,000 and described as a “Real Fixer.” For perspective, the vacant lot next door is listed for $350,000. ∙ Listing: 1951 Oakdale Avenue (1/1) – $379,000... Read More »

Another Way To “Plug In” (And Never Be Off Topic Again)

We still haven’t worked out all the kinks, and we aren’t “officially” launching until Monday, but we wanted our readers to be the first to know: www.forums.socketsite.com Read More »

A Building, Coffee and Movement That We Love In Hayes Valley

A Building, Coffee and Movement That We Love In Hayes Valley

The New York Times provides a peek inside, and some back ground on, Loring Sagan’s office (Sagan Piechota Architecture and Build Inc.), loft (for those late nights), and coffee bar (Blue Bottle Coffee) in Hayes Valley. When Loring Sagan bought a decrepit building on Linden Street here in 2002,... Read More »

Reader’s Questions: How To Structure/Negotiate A Discount

A “plugged-in” reader butters us up (“I’ve gone from clueless to rather informed in a brief period of time thanks in big part to Socketsite”) and then hits us with a question: I recently bought at one of the new developments and was able to negotiate $X (lets say... Read More »

On (And Perhaps Straight Out Of) Moscow

On (And Perhaps Straight Out Of) Moscow

The listing describes it as “Must See!” A reader writes that it left her “speechless.” And we…well, we’re just going with “original condition!” ∙ Listing: 708 Moscow (4/4) – $999,000 Read More »

More Apples In Hayes Valley (525 Gough)

More Apples In Hayes Valley (525 Gough)

In July 2005, 525 Gough #105 sold for $881,000. Early last month, the Hayes Valley condo was listed for $929,000. And yesterday, it was reduced to $899,000. In related activity, 525 Gough #405 appears to have fallen out of contract and is now back on the market. Is it... Read More »

SocketSite Reader’s Report: Living In North Mission Bay (For Real)

SocketSite Reader’s Report: Living In North Mission Bay (For Real)

Last October we solicited feedback from “past, current, or prospective inhabitants” of the ClockTower Lofts in order to “shed some light on the development in general, and the impact of the Bay Bridge in specific.” We limited comments to those with first-hand knowledge rather than simply conjecture, and... Read More »

JustQuotes: Is Higher Actually Smarter In San Francisco?

“There’s no question that home prices and test scores are linked,” said Linda Strean, managing editor at greatschools.net in San Francisco, a nonprofit that provides information on schools nationwide. “Anyone who is buying a home had better be clear what the school district’s attendance policies are before they make... Read More »

Weekend Incentives (And A New Release) At The Potrero

Weekend Incentives (And A New Release) At The Potrero

Rumor has it that The Potrero will be offering condo buyers a free GE Profile refrigerator and Washer/Dryer this weekend (3/31 – 4/1) in conjunction with a “special release” of new units. Some unofficial pricing from a “plugged in” tipster: ∙ The Potrero #278 (1/1) 700 sqft – $545,880... Read More »

Trinity Plaza One Big Step Closer To Reality (And Condos?)

The fate of Trinity Plaza now rests in the hands of the full Board of Supervisors as the proposal for 1,900 new housing units unanimously passed yesterday’s Land Use Committee meeting after four years of political wrangling. After Supervisor Chris Daly announced that the developer (Angelo Sangiacamo) has agreed... Read More »

January S&P/Case-Shiller Index Down For San Francisco MSA

January S&P/Case-Shiller Index Down For San Francisco MSA

According to the January 2007 S&P/Case-Shiller index (pdf), single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA dropped a nominal 0.17% from December ’06 to January ’07 but slipped 1.4% year-over-year. For the broader 10-City composite (CSXR), year-over-year price growth is down 0.7% (a thirteen year low). As previously noted:... Read More »

JustQuotes: The Redevelopment Of Hunters/Candlestick Point

JustQuotes: The Redevelopment Of Hunters/Candlestick Point

“The plan includes at least 8,500 housing units, 2 million square feet of office space, an 8,000- to 12,000-seat arena and 700,000 square feet for retail and entertainment uses, including a large grocery store near Highway 101 at Candlestick and a smaller one at Hunters Point.”... Read More »

The $1,500,000 Half Bath On Marina Boulevard

The $1,500,000 Half Bath On Marina Boulevard

In the early 1990’s 611 Marina Boulevard and 755 Marina Boulevard each sold for $1,250,000 (1991 and 1992 respectively). And in 1999 both properties changed hands again with 611 fetching $1,620,000 and 755 fetching slightly less ($1,580,000). Today, both properties are once again on the market. This time, however,... Read More »