1945 Franklin (www.SocketSite.com)
As a plugged-in reader notes, the six bedroom home at 1945 Franklin is scheduled to hit the courthouse steps on September 16 with $5,684,086 owed as of August 2009.
Purchased in June of 2005 for $3,000,000 with a $2,350,000 first and a $790,000 construction loan second (yes, that’s over 100% LTV), the property appears to have been refinanced in December 2006.
As our reader also notes, previous owners have included “Nicholas Cage, Howard Grossman, and Patricia Arquette” while the current owner was once dubbed San Francisco’s “most naked capitalist.”
UPDATE: The $5,684,086 balance due was as of the Notice of Trustee Sale (NOTS) filing in August 2009 while the refinancing was in September 2006 in the amount of $5,000,000.
In December of 2006 a home equity line of credit was opened with a $500,000 limit.
And according to a couple of plugged-in readers, that infamous Excalibur seen about town with “ACQUIRE” license plates currently resides in the garage (alongside a Range Rover), apparently “BorrowSpendDefault” didn’t have the same ring to it.
‘Most naked capitalist’ [Austin Business Journal]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by EBGuy

    Here’s a little pent-up supply [around the corner from 1800 Gough] (and perhaps some future competition?). The home at 1945 Franklin Street appears to have been purchased for $3 million in 2005. In Dec. 2006 the home was refied with WaMu (RealtyTrac is showing $5+million owed). A NOTS was filed on Aug. 31, 2009. Owned (for now) by San Francisco’s most naked capitalist. Previous owners include Nicholas Cage, Howard Grossman, and Patricia Arquette.

  2. Posted by Conifer

    When Nicholas Cage owned it, it was black outside and peculiar and weird inside.

  3. Posted by curmudgeon

    That Austin business times article is so funny. Particularly that the writer sees the “naked capitalist” as proof positive of a “Creator” (as in G O D). There’s one difference between Texas and SF….

  4. Posted by eddy

    Speaking of courthouse steps, isn’t 311 Marina Blvd set to hit the steps tomorrow?

  5. Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

    Conifer wrote:

    When Nicholas Cage owned it, it was black outside and peculiar and weird inside.

    No doubt. When Nicholas Cage’s properties (yes, plural) in southern california were foreclosed on, here’s what the Los Angles Times had to say:

    …bidding was opened at $10.4 million, far less than the $35 million that Cage had tried unsuccessfully to sell the house for.
    To put it mildly, the house, though impressive, was not to everyone’s taste. Real estate agent Bret Parsons, who toured it most recently in October, described the interiors as “fascinating and bizarre.”
    “The design was ‘frat house bordello,’ ” Parsons said. “There must have been 300 comic book covers elaborately framed and hanging on the walls.”
    Model train sets on raised tracks a couple feet below the ceiling circled the inside of the breakfast room and two bedrooms.

    And Cage was also not above borrowing more than the house is/was worth, either, just like the current owner of this place:

    There were also no takers in the courthouse sale, and in less than a minute the auction closed, with ownership reverting to the foreclosing lender—just one of six holding a total of $18 million in loans on the property. The pattern of repeated borrowing against equity is familiar to Bob Baker, sales manager of County Records Research, a Huntington Beach-based company that supplies information about foreclosure properties.
    “This is a microcosm of what’s going on in our state,” Baker said. “We’ve seen as many as 13 loans on a house.”
    When people keep borrowing, he said, it has “a snowball effect.” The final loans often are taken out to meet expenses, he said. “It’s a survival tactic.”

    I think we’ve seen this survival tactic in operation for several properties featured on socketsite in the last few years.

  6. Posted by Mike

    Is that the “Pirates” place? He is driving around the Marina and Pac Heights all the time in a Excalibur looking car smoking a cigar and have “acquire” or something on the licence place. Funny looking guy.

  7. Posted by sfrenegade

    This guy must be a naked capitalist, because he hasn’t filed any permits that would align with a $790K construction loan. The only permit pulled since 1998 was in 2008 for a $5200 repair of the front stairs.
    The prior agent claimed this was an over 6000 sqft 6/4.5, but the tax record says 4837 sqft as a 6/4.
    But yet another $4M+ extraction is incredible.

  8. Posted by Adam

    Gotta wonder why anyone would pay money to live here. It’s perpetually in the shadow of the big place to the south, especially in fall/winter I’d bet it’s a cold place!

  9. Posted by eddy

    @Adam, All of San Fran is cold my friend.
    @Mike, I always that that guy in the excalibur was some old musician or something?

  10. Posted by curmudgeon

    Eddy, I know that was a joke, but that’s a bit flippant about exposure. Personally, I would never buy a place that is heavily shaded in SF. If you’ve got a place that has southern exposure AND is protected from the wind, you can actually enjoy the outside in SF.

  11. Posted by Lori

    @Mike and @Eddy: yep, it’s the guy in the Excalibur car smokin’ his cigars. I always thought he was an aging 80s heavy metal guy because he never leaves the house unless he’s in full regalia — big hair, leather pants, black leather boots, black leather jacket. Not my vision of a capitalist at all. Sometimes I walk my dog early in the morning on the weekends and he is just pulling into his driveway, presumably looking like he’s been out all night.
    His wife also fits the part of aging rocker’s spouse with big blonde hair that’s also a little out of date. I often see her driving their uniformed daughter to school in her Range Rover.

  12. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: The $5,684,086 balance due was as of the Notice of Trustee Sale (NOTS) filing in August 2009, the refinancing was in September 2006 in the amount of $5,000,000. In December 2006 a home equity line of credit was opened with a $500,000 limit.

  13. Posted by sfrenegade

    The good news for the bank is that only $2.35M at most could be non-recourse. I don’t believe a construction loan counts as purchase money. Maybe they can attach a bunch of his ACQUIREd stuff.

  14. Posted by joerealtor

    Wonder if the “Dragon Fireplace” is still breathing a warm fire into the living room?

  15. Posted by rolfsf

    I was told a number of years ago, just after Nicholas Cage bought it, that it had previously been owned by Anton LaVey – and hence the formerly black exterior and strange interior

  16. Posted by Khaki

    @rolfsf: Anton LaVey’s black house was located on California at about 24th Ave. It has since been torn down and replaced with condos.

  17. Posted by EBGuy

    Well, this is exciting; it looks like they’re suing to stop the foreclosure. As Neil likes to say… Got popcorn?

  18. Posted by Huh?

    “His wife also fits the part of aging rocker’s spouse with big blonde hair that’s also a little out of date. I often see her driving their uniformed daughter to school in her Range Rover”
    I thought Nicholas Cage’s wife was Asian??

  19. Posted by inclinejj

    311 Marina Blvd SF
    Tuesday
    10/12/2010 2:00:00 PM Address: 311 MARINA BOULEVARD
    City: SAN FRANCISCO
    State: CA
    Zip: 94123
    County: San Francisco
    APN: 0419A-002
    Sale Status: Postponed to 10/12/2010
    (Bankruptcy)
    TS Number: 241901CA
    ASAP Number: 3653482
    Notice of Sale Amt: $2,874,389.19
    Opening Bid Amt: 0
    Sold Amt: 0
    Sale Location: At the Van Ness Avenue entrance to City Hall, 400 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94101
    Trustee: California Reconveyance Company
    Trustee Phone#: (800)892-6902

  20. Posted by sfrenegade

    “Well, this is exciting; it looks like they’re suing to stop the foreclosure. As Neil likes to say… Got popcorn?”
    From the trial record, it looks like they lost as to Chase. Chase demurred and the demurrer was sustained. This is the state court equivalent to a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted (12(b)(6)), i.e. they essentially had no legal case under the facts.
    It looks like the case is still active against the loan servicer, however.

  21. Posted by sfrenegade

    Looks like 311 Marina got another routine 1 month postponement due to the bankruptcy case. I didn’t realize this has been in some stage of foreclosure since 2006, but I just found an old thread when searching for the prior thread on 311 Marina. What’s funny is that it’s a 2006 thread about Property Shark adding SF foreclosure listings.
    What’s odd is that there’s a 2007 sale listed at $3.69M, but there’s no way in hell that that 2007 sale was arms-length, as Redfin points out.

  22. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    I wonder whether these contra foreclosure lawsuits are just a delaying tactic to obtain more “free rent” before being evicted. If the legal costs are less than what it would cost to rent during the delay, it makes financial sense.

  23. Posted by EBGuy

    The good news for the bank is that only $2.35M at most could be non-recourse.
    Let’s get serious. When is the last time you’ve seen a judicial foreclosure on a SFH. They’ll get nothing and like it! IANAL…

  24. Posted by sfrenegade

    “When is the last time you’ve seen a judicial foreclosure on a SFH.”
    That’s a fair point, but doesn’t it become worth it at some point? At least $2.65M is recourse for the first mortgagee. If you think you could collect more than the cost of foreclosing from this guy, it would be rational to seek a judicial foreclosure. Maybe he bought a boat, you know? When someone pisses away that much money, it’s entirely possible they have some assets. Some of these $4M+ deadbeats, like Mr. Ferrari Guy at 3346 Clay have to be worth pursuing.

  25. Posted by Lori

    @Huh? — Nick Cage no longer lives in this house.

  26. Posted by SJnative

    Anyone old enough to recall if this is the Franklin Street manse published in Architectural Digest circa 1978/1979?

  27. Posted by katheen

    EST est est est house…. I am suprised it has any bathrooms at all.

  28. Posted by pacific

    Funny, I just saw the ACQUIRE guy smoking in that car outside of Nick’s Crispy Tacos. Must not be feeling so flush these days.

  29. Posted by alpha1

    The Acquire guy is actually a parent of [Removed by Editor].
    [Editor’s Note: Let’s leave the kids out of this.]

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