Plans For San Francisco’s Central Subway Chinatown Station Revealed

Plans For San Francisco’s Central Subway Chinatown Station Revealed

While the site has long been secured, and the demolition of the two-story building which sits upon the site of San Francisco’s future Central Subway Chinatown Station authorized, the design for the station has yet to be approved and is scheduled to be presented to San Francisco’s Planning Commission... Read More »

Dolores Park NIMBY’s Suddenly Abandon Their “Historic” Concerns

Dolores Park NIMBY’s Suddenly Abandon Their “Historic” Concerns

Citing concerns that the Children’s Day School’s proposed changes to 601 Dolores would “substantially impact historical significance and its qualifications as a historical resource,” the historic stewards at 629 Dolores filed a legal appeal to block the proposed renovations at 601 Dolores, including the addition of a roof deck, over which the neighbors’ Read More »

Twenty Million Reasons For Quickly Clearing A Lot

As we first reported yesterday, the development plans for the verdant vacant lot at 1000 Broadway have recently been dusted off having lain relatively dormant for the past six years. While development of the lot was first formally proposed in 2006 it was never approved yet a $15 million mortgage was secured against the property Read More »

Calling All Developers To SF’s Central Waterfront: Mirant Site In Play

Calling All Developers To SF’s Central Waterfront: Mirant Site In Play

Having been shuttered on January 1, 2011, a request for qualifications (RFQ) has just been issued to “at least 50 national and local developers” that might be interested in acquiring and developing the 22-acre central waterfront site upon which “Mirant’s” old Potrero power plant sits bounded by the Bay, Illinois, 22nd and 23rd Streets. While Read More »

Modern Tales Of The City From A Contemporary Perch On Napier Lane

Modern Tales Of The City From A Contemporary Perch On Napier Lane

Napier Lane holds a special place in our hearts. It is quintessential San Francisco: an enclave of quirky homes that are perched along a wooden byway on the side of Telegraph Hill, can only be reached by way of the Filbert Steps, and offer sweeping views of the bay. In 1999, the 1,800 square foot Read More »

Building Plans For The Point One Percent On Broadway And Taylor

Building Plans For The Point One Percent On Broadway And Taylor

Upon the verdant vacant lot at the corner of Broadway and Taylor, three new buildings with four homes and parking for 16 cars are proposed to rise and moving through Planning. The proposed project would subdivide the corner parcel into three new lots and construct a new residential building on each, resulting in two new Read More »

1050 Valencia Street Scoop: The Design (And Liberty Hill’s Opposition)

1050 Valencia Street Scoop: The Design (And Liberty Hill’s Opposition)

A plugged-in tipster delivers the latest renderings and an update on the five-story building that’s slated to rise on the site of Sugoi Sushi (the old Spork) at 1050/8 Valencia Street. Current development plans call for the existing twelve-foot building at 1050 Valencia Street to be razed and a five-story building with 12 dwelling units Read More »

1600 Market Street’s (De)Construction Command Center In Place

1600 Market Street’s (De)Construction Command Center In Place

With a demolition permit in-hand which was issued in March, the command center for the deconstruction and reconstruction of 1600 Market Street as a five-story, mixed-use project without any parking (except for 14 bikes) has finally been moved into place. Being built to deliver the mandated affordable housing component (BMR) for the market rate development Read More »

San Francisco Prestige Index Up 2.9% In Q2 2012, Up 6.6% YOY

San Francisco Prestige Index Up 2.9% In Q2 2012, Up 6.6% YOY

The First Republic Prestige Home Index for “San Francisco” homes valued at more than $1 million, and currently averaging $2.67 million, gained 2.9 percent from the first to second quarter of 2012, up 6.6 percent year-over-year. The index remains down 13.4 percent from a third quarter 2007 peak but is back to first quarter 2005 Read More »

The Case For A Shorter (Or Perhaps Taller) Tower At 706 Mission?

The Case For A Shorter (Or Perhaps Taller) Tower At 706 Mission?

As we reported when we first published the details and renderings for the proposed 550-foot tower to rise at 706 Mission last month: Currently zoned for 400-feet, the project will require a zoning map amendment to see its full potential versus being cut short. Assuming an amendment, a determination that new shadows cast on Union Read More »

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

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

According to the June 2012 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA gained 2.8% from May 2012 to June 2012, up 3.0% year-over-year (YOY) but remains 36.3% below a May 2006 peak. For the broader 10-City composite (CSXR), home values gained 2.2% from May to June, up 0.1% year-over-year, the Read More »

Tech Jobs Up By A Third In San Francisco, Filled Mostly By Commuters

From the Examiner, to SFAppeal, to TechCrunch, news sites across the country have been misreporting that the number of tech jobs in San Francisco has tripled from January through June of this year, from 13,000 to 44,000. The actual increase was 13,000, up a third from 31,000 to 44,000. Directly from San Francisco’s Center for Read More »

The Tale Of Armistead Maupin’s “37 Percent Over Asking” Sale

The Tale Of Armistead Maupin’s “37 Percent Over Asking” Sale

Last month we first reported Armistead Maupin’s 1,606 square foot home was about to hit the market at 27 Belmont Avenue As we noted at the time, the property had been priced by Bernie “Fifty Offer” Katzmann at $1,198,000, under $750 per square foot for the Parnassus Heights property with views. As a plugged-in reader Read More »

Golden State Warriors Snag Snøhetta For Piers 30-32 Stadium Design

Golden State Warriors Snag Snøhetta For Piers 30-32 Stadium Design

While Facebook has tapped Frank Gehry, the Golden State Warriors have snagged Snøhetta, the architecture firm behind SFMOMA’s expansion and the waterfront Norwegian National Opera and Ballet building pictured above, to design the Warriors’ proposed stadium upon Piers 30-32 and the development of Seawall (SWL) 330 across the street. Snøhetta will be paired with AECOM’s Read More »

Frank Gehry Engaged To Design Facebook’s Menlo Park Expansion

Frank Gehry Engaged To Design Facebook’s Menlo Park Expansion

While Apple has their iCon, Facebook has engaged the iconic Frank Gehry to design their Menlo Park campus expansion with plans to break ground in early 2013. From Facebook’s Environmental Design Manager, Everett Katigbak on the design: It will be a large, one room building that somewhat resembles a warehouse. Just like we do now, Read More »