It’s Not San Francisco (But It Is A Diller Scofidio + Renfro Design)

It’s Not San Francisco (But It Is A Diller Scofidio + Renfro Design)

While Mark Dziewulski might have been the only one to submit a design, three other firms remain on the short-list for San Francisco’s Museum of Performance & Design. And as such, over the next week or so we’ll at least take a look a snippet of the other three’s... Read More »

Three Things That Caught Our Attention About 741 Natoma Number 3

Three Things That Caught Our Attention About 741 Natoma Number 3

It’s the top floor (which was the first thing to catch our attention). We have reason to believe there’s a closet behind that door (which was the second). And we couldn’t resist the funky little roof deck (which was the third). Okay, and we rather liked the wooden floors as well. UPDATE: Another thing that Read More »

Have We Had Our “Cathartic Event” Or Are We Simply Late Bloomers?

The relatively good news for California: Across the state, sales rose for three consecutive months starting in April after 30 straight months of declines, the California Association of Realtors said. About 40 percent of those transactions were foreclosure sales, DataQuick Information Systems reported. “California is having a wrenching decline in wealth, but this is a Read More »

Millennium (301 Mission) Hits The MLS And City Residences Are “Cool”

Millennium (301 Mission) Hits The MLS And City Residences Are “Cool”

While it’s a plugged-in tipster that notes four units at Millennium (301 Mission) have hit the MLS with prices ranging from $1,445,000 ($1,160/sqft) to $5,090,000 ($1,805/sqft), the word on the street is that sales activity has recently been “heating up.” Also noted, construction inside the midrise City Residences is coming along nicely and the units Read More »

The View From The First Listed Resale At Soma Grand (1160 Mission)

The View From The First Listed Resale At Soma Grand (1160 Mission)

As far as we know it’s the first listed resale at Soma Grand (1160 Mission). And while we don’t know the original acquisition price for 1160 Mission Street #1206, we do know that its list price ($1,088,000) is $12,000 less than what the sales office is currently asking for 1160 Mission Street #1006 two floors Read More »

Is The Wind Of Change Blowing Through San Francisco?

The number of San Francisco based wind-energy companies (four) currently outnumbers the residential turbine installations (three), but the wind of change appears to be blowing. Earlier this month, Newsom eliminated one of The City’s biggest barriers to residential wind energy by sending out directives asking planning and building-inspection departments to “expedite permitting and minimize costs” Read More »

A Less Than Smooth Closing Of Their Own: Financial Title Shuts Down

A Less Than Smooth Closing Of Their Own: Financial Title Shuts Down

According to a plugged-in tipster, Financial Title received a cease and desist order courtesy of the Insurance Commissioner a few hours ago. And while escrows were to be transferred to other title companies for closing, apparently some files have been confiscated which is making it difficult for some parties (like our tipster’s client) to locate Read More »

Quick Tease: No Museum Of Performance & Design For Mr. Dziewulski?

From a plugged-in reader with regard to the Mark Dziewulski design for a new Museum of Performance & Design in San Francisco: “It won’t be built. Diller Scofidio & Renfro won the competition.” UPDATE: Stop the presses rumor mill! According to a conversation with D. Donald Spradlin, Director of External Affairs for the Museum of Read More »

Bank Owned In Miraloma Park And Asking Under Four Hundred A Foot

Bank Owned In Miraloma Park And Asking Under Four Hundred A Foot

We don’t know what the previous buyer had paid, or perhaps how much cash they had withdrawn, but we do know the bank appears to have bought this Miraloma Park home back for $656,000 four months ago. It’s now on the market for just – as in roughly five cents – under four hundred a Read More »

No Longer Just A Bill Sitting On Capitol Hill: Foreclosure Prevention Act

The House passed the bill last week, the Senate in a special session last weekend, and this morning President Bush signed the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 into law. As we pointed out last week, while the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 temporarily raised the conforming loan limit in San Francisco (and other high-cost areas) Read More »

Museum of Performance & Design: Familiarity With The Corner/Design

Museum of Performance & Design: Familiarity With The Corner/Design

If the corner of Third and Folsom sounds familiar, it should (and plugged-in people know it’s changing). And if the proposed Mark Dziewulski design for a new Museum of Performance & Design on that corner looks familiar, it should. Of course that’s assuming you’re familiar with Mark Dziewulski Architect’s proposal for the Triangle Performing Arts Read More »

Another Mid-Century Modern Casualty: A Shift In Tastes Or Appetites?

Another Mid-Century Modern Casualty: A Shift In Tastes Or Appetites?

While the list price on the Henry Hill designed mid-century modern home at 2245 9th Avenue was reduced $100,000 last week, the listing for the Henry Hill designed mid-century modern home at 2209 9th Avenue has simply been withdrawn from the market. Shifting buyer tastes or appetites? ∙ Mid-Century Modern That’s Been Remodeled: 2209 9th Read More »

The 690 Stanyan Project Recap: Today And Tomorrow As Proposed

The 690 Stanyan Project Recap: Today And Tomorrow As Proposed

Of course plugged-in people have known about The 690 Stanyan Project and its proposed 62 residential units and Whole Foods Market for at least five months, but the battle over its development appears to be picking up steam. Our past overview, the project website, and the entire Environmental Impact Report (think floor plans, a plethora Read More »

When Life Gives Us Apples, We Make Apple Pie: 88 Hoff Street #206

While purchased two years ago for $637,500, it’s a plugged-in reader that notes 88 Hoff Street #206 in the Mission closed escrow earlier this month with a reported contract price of $580,000. That represents average annual depreciation of 4.8% over the past two years. And while we never explicitly featured the listing, it was at Read More »

May S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco MSA Declines (But Rate Slows)

May S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco MSA Declines (But Rate Slows)

According to the May 2008 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index (pdf), single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA fell 1.2% from April ’08 to May ’08 (the slowest rate of decline in eight months) and are down 22.9% year-over-year (a record low). For the broader 10-City composite (CSXR), year-over-year price growth is down 16.9% (having Read More »