Oscar The Park: Designs For An Acre Of Outdoor Space Downtown

Oscar The Park: Designs For An Acre Of Outdoor Space Downtown

As plugged-in people know, Oscar Park will bring over an acre of green and outdoor recreation space to the Transbay neighborhood, stretching from Howard to Harrison and extending east to west down the new Oscar Alley. If you feel like weighing in or reporting back, conceptual designs for the... Read More »

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt And An Eviction

With respect to whether or not a potential crackdown on illegal short-term rentals as facilitated by services such as Airbnb is simply FUD (“fear, uncertainty, and doubt”) or waiting in the wings, a plugged-in reader reports: There has been a case won by to oust... Read More »

Before And (Four Months) After At 936 Clayton (And $1.25M More)

Before And (Four Months) After At 936 Clayton (And $1.25M More)

Listed for $1,649,000 as pictured above with a renovated kitchen, arched doorways and an unwarranted third floor room with panoramic views, the sale of 936 Clayton closed escrow this past February with a recorded contract price of $1,594,000. It’s now four months later and 936 Clayton has returned to... Read More »

Where East Meets West: The Grand Plan For Cesar Chavez

Where East Meets West: The Grand Plan For Cesar Chavez

With the Cesar Chavez West remodeling project underway, tomorrow San Francisco’s Planning Commission will review the plan to remake Cesar Chavez East, a plan that “promotes safety, comfort and accessibility to all modes of transportation.” The Cesar Chavez East Community Design Plan area comprises approximately one mile of Cesar... Read More »

Having Merged Their Units, The Permanent Residents Are Moving On

Having Merged Their Units, The Permanent Residents Are Moving On

In May of 2008, the 1,301 square foot Infinty Tower One two-bedroom #15D was purchased for $1,204,322. A year later, the owners of #15D purchased the 808 square foot #15C for $725,000. And in 2010, the owners requested permission to merge the two units into a single 2,117 square... Read More »

Double-D’s On Market Street 2.0: Dolby Making The Move

Double-D’s On Market Street 2.0: Dolby Making The Move

Currently headquartered at 100 Potrero Avenue, Dolby Laboratories is in contract to purchase the 385,000 square foot building at 1275 Market Street (across Ninth Street from Market Square) with plans to move their people once the building’s renovation and seismic retrofitting are complete. Also underway, shoring to prevent any... Read More »

Praying For/From One Big Penthouse Atop 1601 Larkin As Proposed

Praying For/From One Big Penthouse Atop 1601 Larkin As Proposed

Having failed to earn the Planning Commission’s approval last year which resulted in pending litigation, the razing and redevelopment of 1601 Larkin Street is back on the Planning Commission’s agenda this week with the Planning Department’s recommendation to approve the development, necessary variances, and the project’s latest design. The... Read More »

The Price Was Right, The Readers Too Bullish

Listed for $2,195,000 in 2008 and $1,895,000 in 2010, the remodeled Noe home at 1430 Diamond returned to the market last month listed for $1,795,000. While priced at $619 per square foot and in contract within two weeks, the sale of the 2,900 square foot single-family home closed escrow... Read More »

A (Four) Million Dollar View And Yard

A (Four) Million Dollar View And Yard

As we first reported six months ago: Purchased for $7,000,000 in 2004, the 4,836 square foot home at 333 Belvedere Avenue across the bridge in Belvedere returned to the market in early 2009 listed for $12,900,000. The property had been been refinanced in 2008 with a first mortgage for... Read More »

Turning To China For Capital To Kick-Start Developments In SF

Seeking nearly $2 billion to kick-start the development of Hunters Point and Treasure Island in San Francisco, according to the Wall Street Journal, developer Lennar is in talks with the China Development Bank (CDB) to provide the capital with former deputy mayor of San Francisco, Kofi Bonner, leading Lennar’s... Read More »

S&P/Case-Shiller San Francisco: Home/Condo Prices Show April Gains

S&P/Case-Shiller San Francisco: Home/Condo Prices Show April Gains

According to the April 2012 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA rose 3.4% from March 2012 to April 2012, down 1.4% year-over-year, down 40.4% from a peak in May 2006. For the broader 10-City composite (CSXR), home values rose 1.2% from March to... Read More »

A $225,000 America’s Cup Settlement That’s For The Birds

A $225,000 America’s Cup Settlement That’s For The Birds

Tomorrow, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are scheduled authorize the payment of $225,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by “Waterfront Watch” over development activity related to the America’s Cup and on which former San Francisco Board of Supervisors president Aaron Peskin was a petitioner. In addition to $150,000 for... Read More »

Foreclosure Activity Falls In San Francisco, Pipeline Down 31 Percent

Having ticked up in April, pre-foreclosure activity in San Francisco has fallen 17 percent over the past two months with 397 properties in the pipeline, 39 percent of which are in District 10*, down from 480 properties in the pipeline two months ago. On a year-over-year basis, pre-foreclosure activity... Read More »

The Devilish Details For Bypassing SF’s Condo Conversion Lottery

Once again, as plugged-in people knew to expect, Supervisors Farrell and Wiener have introduced Condo Conversion Lottery Bypass legislation which would allow eligible TIC owners to condo convert for a one-time fee of $20,000 per unit. While the proposed fee amount is $20,000 per unit, said fee would be... Read More »

U.S. New Home Sales: Up 19.8% YOY In May But Well Below Average

U.S. New Home Sales: Up 19.8% YOY In May But Well Below Average

The seasonally adjusted annual pace of new single-family home sales in the U.S. rose to 369,000 in May, up 7.6 percent from a revised rate of 343,000 in April and 19.8 percent above the 308,000 pace recorded in May 2011. Preliminary U.S. new home sales (versus pace) in May... Read More »