JustQuotes: SocketSite Says…The Senate Gets One Right (So Far)

“The U.S. Senate rejected legislation letting U.S. bankruptcy judges cut mortgage terms to help borrowers avoid foreclosure, a victory for banks and credit unions that said the measure would lead to higher loan costs.” ∙ Senate Defeats Mortgage ‘Cram-Down’ as Democrats Balk Read More »

2009 Decorator Showcase (2830 Pacific) Opens Its Doors And Kimono

2009 Decorator Showcase (2830 Pacific) Opens Its Doors And Kimono

San Francisco’s 2009 Decorator Showcase at 2830 Pacific simultaneously opened its doors this past weekend and hit the market this week. As a plugged-in reader noted, now listed at an official $12,900,000 and rather uniquely presented in all its design glory online. If you like what you see, go... Read More »

The Bourn Boardinghouse (A Lesser Known Sequel)

As if the Bourn Mansion wasn’t intriguing enough, a plugged-in reader reports: I met some guy in the park several weeks ago who just seemed bored and desperate for conversation. He told me he was renting a room from an eccentric older woman who lived in a gigantic house... Read More »

I’ll See Your $800 Per Square Foot And Raise Lower You $200 At 235

I’ll See Your $800 Per Square Foot And Raise Lower You $200 At 235

Purchased for $1,052,500 in February 2007, 235 Berry #416 returned to the market 34 days ago and is asking $1,295,000 ($804/sqft). Purchased for $757,000 in February 2007, 235 Berry #317 returned to the market 14 days ago and is asking $838,000 ($783/sqft). And as a plugged-in tipster notes, yesterday... Read More »

Peninsula Residents Aim To Slow Down High-Speed Development

Menlo Park and Atherton are plaintiffs, and Palo Alto is backing the lawsuit that objects to the proposed routing of high-speed rail through the Peninsula. The best case scenario for high-speed rail to San Francisco if the lawsuit is successful, a two to three year delay. ∙ High-speed rail... Read More »

Bourn To Run Party: A San Francisco Mansion Of Ex-Glory And Dreams

Bourn To Run Party: A San Francisco Mansion Of Ex-Glory And Dreams

The listing of 2525 Webster sparked a discussion about 2550 Webster (a.k.a. The Bourn Mansion). And while we could have sworn we had previously profiled the San Francisco landmark clinker brick property, alas we had not. Designed by Willis Polk (think the landmark Hallidie Building, 2820 Pacific, and Filoli... Read More »

Apples To Apples (To Un-Upgraded Apples) On Mallorca In The Marina

Apples To Apples (To Un-Upgraded Apples) On Mallorca In The Marina

Down in the heart of the Marina in May 2000 a three-bedroom and two-bath condo at 228 Mallorca Way changed hands for $1,100,000. According to a plugged-in tipster, the owner then remodeled to the tune of around $200,000. In May 2004 the upgraded condo with two parking spaces was... Read More »

1536 Pacific: From Coming To Coming Along To Six New Condos Here

1536 Pacific: From Coming To Coming Along To Six New Condos Here

Plugged-in people knew what was coming, how they were coming along, and now that they’re here. As a tipster notes, the six new condos at 1536 Pacific hit the open house circuit this afternoon yesterday with prices starting at $1,250,000 for unit #3. ∙ Listing: 1536 Pacific Avenue #3... Read More »

A Completely Renovated And Then Remodeled 2525 Webster Returns

A Completely Renovated And Then Remodeled 2525 Webster Returns

Purchased for $4,000,000 in July 2005, the 7,500-7,800 square foot 2525 Webster was completely renovated over the course of a year and then returned to the market asking $7,150,000 in August 2006. Closing escrow in January 2007 with a recorded contract price of $6,300,000, the home is back on... Read More »

SocketSite’s S&P/Case-Shiller Bonus: San Francisco’s Thin Red Line

SocketSite’s S&P/Case-Shiller Bonus: San Francisco’s Thin Red Line

It’s a SocketSite bonus chart based on February’s S&P/Case-Shiller data for the San Francisco MSA and a chance to focus the discussion on analysis and numbers. Plotted above, the percentage difference in index value compared to February 2009 for the top third of San Francisco MSA single-family home sales... Read More »

The King Debunks Seven San Francisco Architecture Myths

John King’s list of seven San Francisco architecture myths and misconceptions: 1. This is a liberal city where anything goes 2. Everything new looks old 3. San Franciscans hate everything new 4. Big-name outsiders have all the fun 5. Affordable housing = dull design 6. By law, all new... Read More »

February S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco MSA Continues Slide

February S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco MSA Continues Slide

According to the February 2009 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index (pdf), single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA fell 3.3% from January ’09 to February ’09, down 31.0% year-over-year and down 44.9% from a peak in May 2006. For the broader 10-City composite (CSXR), home values fell 2.1% from... Read More »

Nice Gold Mine Hill Neighbor (And 1960’s Design Lover) Seeks Same

Nice Gold Mine Hill Neighbor (And 1960’s Design Lover) Seeks Same

Designed by Fisher-Friedman Associates and constructed up in Diamond Heights as part of an “urban renewal” project in 1967, “Gold Mine Hill” is a collection of fifty-three units in four different styles (a duplex, two single-family houses, and a townhouse). Fom a plugged-in reader: I am a fellow homeowner... Read More »

A Relative Value Of Two High-Rise Rentals Around $12,000 Redux

In December we featured a mid-floor three bedroom, three bath at the St. Regis with a view of One Rincon asking $11,950 a month and a high-floor two bedroom, two bath at One Rincon with a view of the Bay Bridge for fifty bucks more ($12,000 a month). Today... Read More »

Catching Up On A Few Closings And Early April Apples About Town

Catching Up On A Few Closings And Early April Apples About Town

We hadn’t originally featured it as an apple but rather an interesting Noe Valley space and photography. But as a plugged-in reader points out, the sale of the contemporary 921 Elizabeth closed escrow on 4/7/09 with a recorded contract price of $1,155,000 or 14.4% under its previous sale price... Read More »