Buyers And Agents Beware (Of Open Houses)

SFGate reports today on two intrepid individuls who have found yet another way to make money on real estate. After showing up at open houses around the Bay Area, the couple proceeded to relieve both clients and agents of their wallets and purses. With the collapse of the sub-prime... Read More »

Looking for Bargains Around One Million Dollars?

Looking for Bargains Around One Million Dollars?

Here’s what we found for right around $1 million. Three bed, Three bath, 1973 sq ft. That’s $532.13 per sq. ft. Views and centrally located. Oh yeah, and it is in Chicago. Curious about all the talk of Chicago being a real estate paradise sent us searching. What did we find? Well for one, while Read More »

National Inventory Numbers Out – Highest In 15 Years

The National Association of Realtors reported on Monday that the national supply of previously owned homes with respect to sales has reached a 15-year high. The last time the inventory numbers were this high was in 1992 at the end of the last big real estate bust. While median prices have declined somewhat over the Read More »

It’s Not The Garden Of Earthly Delights But It Is A Garden

It’s Not The Garden Of Earthly Delights But It Is A Garden

Maybe it’s just that time of year, but sitting in your own quiet condo-garden after a hard day at the office sounds appealing right now. We can’t tell if the garden is private or shared. If private, this has oasis of tranquility written all over it. If shared, prepare to get curtains…or some fencing materials. Read More »

Summertime And The Living Is Easy (At Least At SocketSite)

Just a reminder that for the next two weeks we’re going to be operating under “summer hours.” And while we’re not completely closing up shop, please don’t be surprised by a relatively light volume of posts and a slightly slower response time (to tips and inquiries). And for those who simply need a bigger fix, Read More »

Out With The HOAs (For Now) In With The Sub-Zero (And Plasmas)

Out With The HOAs (For Now) In With The Sub-Zero (And Plasmas)

The latest limited time offer from Arterra: “For a limited time, receive a sleek Sub-Zero refrigerator and handsome bamboo hardwood flooring in all living areas when you purchase a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home on floors 9 and above. Or, receive a 42″ flat-panel television on any 2-bedroom, 1-bath home on floors eight and below (installation not Read More »

It’s Not Always Fun And Games At The Top (166-68 Yerba Buena)

It’s probably not going to shock too many of our plugged-in readers, but both 166 (“Solaria”) and 168 Yerba Buena have been withdrawn from the market. And according to a seriously plugged-in tipster, rumor has it that “the developer ran out of money and construction halted a few months ago,” and notices of default Read More »

The Average SocketSite Reader (Is Anything But)

Some are going to be surprised, others (including us) not at all. But based on almost 500 responses (okay, so 469) to our most recent reader survey, the average SocketSite reader is anything but (and you’re in good company). In fact, the average household income of a SocketSite reader – 74% of whom live in Read More »

Monday Morning Modern In Mill Valley (366 Lovell Avenue)

Monday Morning Modern In Mill Valley (366 Lovell Avenue)

It’s been over two years in the making (for one reason or another), the finishes are mighty fine, and it honestly offers one of the best damn (modern) font doors we’ve gotten our grubby little hands on in quite a while (think scale, weight and precision). Oh, and the panoramic valley views aren’t too shabby Read More »

610 Rhode Island From The Inside (Literally And Figuratively)

610 Rhode Island From The Inside (Literally And Figuratively)

So here’s the inside scoop on 610 Rhode Island. Designed by Daniel Solomon, the home was built in 1989 for Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (one of the bedrooms was originally her rehearsal studio) and her husband, recording artist and producer Pat Gleeson (one of the bedrooms was originally his recording studio). The current owners/sellers Read More »

Plugged-In Readers Ask, Plugged-In Readers Answer (We Hope)

Plugged-In Readers Ask, Plugged-In Readers Answer (We Hope)

1. “Anybody know what’s up at 13th & Harrison (across from the esteemed Eagle)? The ramshackle building on the corner (part of the whole block complex that’s been fenced off for years) was finally demolished this weekend. Including all the defunct buildings on the site (the only functioning business on the block is the U-Haul Read More »

A Frenetic Few Weeks For Properties We’ve Pointed Out

It’s been a frenetic few weeks for a whole host of properties we’ve pointed out on SocketSite. Four properties closed escrow, including 355 Bryant #409 (contract price of $1,400,000 or $5,000 over asking) after just 18 days on the market (DOM), and 3460 Baker after nearly 165 (contract price not disclosed). Also closing: 1447 Funston Read More »

The Montgomery (74 New Montgomery): Pricing And Reservations

The Montgomery (74 New Montgomery): Pricing And Reservations

Apparently it was “lamb lollipops” and potent cocktails for the “Grand Opening” of The Montgomery (74 New Montgomery). And while nary a price list was to be found (tipsters?), here’s some guidance and the inside scoop: ∙ So far only 17 of the 107 condos have been released (none of which are two bedrooms) and Read More »

Out With The Old: 45 Lansing And The Lot Around Watermark

Out With The Old: 45 Lansing And The Lot Around Watermark

Paul Hwang of Skybox Realty captures the demolition of 45 Lansing. Cater-corner to One Rincon Hill, 45 Lansing is slated to become 305 uberluxury condominiums (“the most upscale development the new neighborhood has seen, with “exotic” marble baths, Italian Snaidero cabinetry, Gaggenau cooking appliances, Jacuzzi hydrotherapy tubs with built-in TVs, individual security systems, and 12-foot Read More »

A Neighborhood Comp, And So On, And So Forth (48 Cayuga)

A Neighborhood Comp, And So On, And So Forth (48 Cayuga)

After two weeks on the market, the list price on 48 Cayuga Avenue in Mission Terrace was dropped by $100,000 (12.5%). And it’s now listed at $699,000. It’s not the “Major price reduction!” that caught our attention, however, but rather the “Please note purchase may be a short sale and subject to lender approval.” It’s Read More »