Siemens Gives San Francisco A Green Thumbs Up

Siemens Gives San Francisco A Green Thumbs Up

In a study commissioned by Siemens, San Francisco landed atop the “Green City Index” to be deemed the “greenest” major city in the U.S. and Canada. The Index compared 27 cities on environmental performance and policies across nine categories: CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air... Read More »

Plans For 800 New Showplace Square Units Moving Forward

Plans For 800 New Showplace Square Units Moving Forward

The plans for over 800 new housing units across 801 Brannan and One Henry Adams continue to make their way through planning with a Draft Environmental Impact Report has now been published. As we wrote last year: The proposed development of 801 Brannan and One Henry Adams (click rendering to enlarge) has been in the Read More »

Apples To Apples To Apples (And Tipster To Tipster) On Caselli

Purchased for $1,515,000 in August 2005, it was a plugged-in tipster that noted the sale of 226 Caselli for $1,420,500 back in November 2007. As our tipster wrote at the time: Ironically, as new homeowners on the block (yes, we bought within the past year), you would think that we would be dismayed, or at Read More »

Madrone: T-Minus Two Months To Official Grand Opening

Madrone: T-Minus Two Months To Official Grand Opening

The official “Grand Opening” for sales of 329 new condos in Mission Bay, a development born Radiance West but since dubbed “Madrone,” is slated for mid-September. Prices are set to start at $495,000 for a 731 square foot one-bedroom with two-bedrooms priced from $689,000 (1,040 square feet) and townhomes priced from $899,000 (1,600 square feet). Read More »

Smitten For The Smitty (And Its Incredible Shrinking Square Feet)

Smitten For The Smitty (And Its Incredible Shrinking Square Feet)

Converted in the year 2000 by Bay Area architects Abrams & Milliken, the largest of three units within the former Smitty Knitting Factory building at 75 Lansing Street hit the market in 2006 listed with 4,000 square feet for $2,995,000 and sold for $2,800,000. With Venetian plaster, windows galore, and 20 foot ceilings atop; mahogany Read More »

And Then Reduce It Too…

And Then Reduce It Too…

As a plugged-in reader moving to San Francisco and house hunting reported in March: On February 28, 716 Sanchez Street hit the market with a list of $2.45M for the 2100 sqft house. That comes to a whopping $1187/sqft which is way out of whack with both comps and listing in the neighborhood. When I Read More »

From Cala To Condos To Trader Joe’s At 1401 California

From Cala To Condos To Trader Joe’s At 1401 California

As we wrote in 2009: Clearing up some confusion with respect to the current home of Cala Foods at 1401 California, the grocery store’s lease ends on December 31, 2010 (not 2009). And if all goes as the Prado Group (think 2001 Market) plans, demolition will start soon thereafter and in its place will rise Read More »

April S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco Benefits From A “Seaonal” Kick

April S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco Benefits From A “Seaonal” Kick

According to the April 2011 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA increased 1.7% from March ’11 to April ’11, down 39.5% from a peak in May 2006 and down 5.5% year-over-year (YOY), still a steady slide from the 18.3% gain reported last May and the fifth consecutive month of Read More »

Powell Street Promenade Making Progress

Powell Street Promenade Making Progress

Construction is now underway between Ellis and Geary on the “Powell Street Promenade,” the City’s latest Pavement to Parks project. Over an average weekend, up to 100,000 pedestrians walk along this portion of Powell Street, contributing to a highly animated yet often congested sidewalk experience. The Powell Street Promenade will provide extra space for people Read More »

Candlestick Heights Hits The Market Well Under $400 Per Square

Stalled out in 2008 when targeting $600 a square foot ($600,000 to $700,000 a unit), work on Candlestick Heights restarted last year with pricing expected to be “just under $400 a square.” The first few Candlestick Heights homes at 857 Jamestown Avenue have now been listed with prices starting at $365,000 for a 1,102 square Read More »

Puttin’ The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe On The Courthouse Steps

Puttin’ The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe On The Courthouse Steps

As owners of the Ritz-Carlton Residences in San Francisco continue to struggle, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands Lake Tahoe near Northstar-at-Tahoe is scheduled to hit the courthouse steps in Roseville this afternoon with $164,717,243 in principal, interest and fees due on two loans totaling $157,000,000. From the managing partner of the development in back in April 2010: Read More »

The 85 Buena Vista Terrace Over (2000)/Under (2008)

The 85 Buena Vista Terrace Over (2000)/Under (2008)

As we wrote in January: In April 2000 the restored single-family Edwardian at 85 Buena Vista Terrace sold for $1,820,000. In September 2008 it sold for $2,200,000. And in August 2010 it returned to the market with (mis)expectations of $2,595,000, was listed for $2,295,000 in September, and then withdrawn from the market two months later Read More »

Two Years Later And The Bank Gets Its Mansion Back

Two Years Later And The Bank Gets Its Mansion Back

As we wrote about the mansion at the corner of Pacific and Divisadero back in June 2009: Commissioned by Dr. C. N. Ellinwood in 1893, 2799 Pacific was designed by Eugene Freeman and its 28 rooms, 14 fireplaces and glass domed center hallway were finished in 1894. And the Ellinwood residence is San Francisco Landmark Read More »

A Pair Of Noe Valley Apples (And One Quick Price Change)

Purchased for $1,050,000 in May 2008, the single family home at 1502 Noe hit the market this morning listed for $1,195,000. Shortly thereafter, 16 28th Street hit the market four blocks away listed for $1,095,000 having been purchased for $1,003,000 in May of 2009. The list price for 1502 Noe was quickly reduced to $1,095,000 Read More »

Alpha, Beta, And The America’s Cup

Alpha, Beta, And The America’s Cup

Twenty years ago, 611 Marina Boulevard sold for $1,250,000. Eight years later, the property sold for $1,620,000. And eight years after that, the property returned to the market listed for $3,995,000 and sold for $3,835,500 in 2007. Unfortunately the next sale will no longer be perfectly apples-to-apples as the first floor was reconfigured and remodeled Read More »