A Noe Valley Victorian Aims To Be SF’s Eighth LEED Platinum Home

A Noe Valley Victorian Aims To Be SF’s Eighth LEED Platinum Home

Built in 1903 and having recently sat vacant for half a decade, the three-story Noe Valley Victorian at 1436 Sanchez Street was purchased for $880,000 in 2009 and has since been rebuilt as a contemporary home targeting LEED Platinum certification, the eighth single-family LEED Platinum home in San Francisco... Read More »

More Modern On Mullen: Number 347 On The Market For $1,695,000

More Modern On Mullen: Number 347 On The Market For $1,695,000

The vacant Bernal Lot at 347 Mullen Avenue was purchased for $399,000 in June of 2008 and returned to the market for $599,000 in 2009 with fully approved plans for the 3,000 square foot contemporary home pictured above and inside below: Read More »

Selling Short For $74,000 More Than Was Paid

Selling Short For $74,000 More Than Was Paid

Purchased for $525,000 in April of 2003 with one percent down and loans totaling $520,000 (ah, the good old days), 610 Illinois Street #203 was refinanced at the end of 2006 with $594,000 in debt. Having just been listed as a “short-sale” for $599,000, five thousand more than was borrowed and $74,000 more than was Read More »

The Two Towers And Building Heights For Mission Rock As Proposed

The Two Towers And Building Heights For Mission Rock As Proposed

The proposed building heights for the Giants’ massive Mission Rock development range from 90 to 380 feet with two “signature residential towers” to rise on Parcels A and F at the northern end of the site topping the range. Click the image above with the proposed block-by-block heights to enlarge. Replacement parking for AT&T Park, Read More »

Fox Plaza And Approved Plans For Expansion Have Changed Hands

Fox Plaza And Approved Plans For Expansion Have Changed Hands

Last week a plugged-in reader and resident of Fox Plaza at 1390 Market Street received notice that Archstone Fox Plaza had been bought by Essex Residential Property Trust. The complex will now be known as Essex Fox Plaza. The sale included the 443-residential units on the top 16 floors of the 29-story tower, the 407-car Read More »

Masonic Auditorium Plans Back On Track And Nob Hill In Harmony

Masonic Auditorium Plans Back On Track And Nob Hill In Harmony

Over the objections of Nob Hill neighbors who feared that the project would lead to an increase in noise, traffic, loitering, and litter, plans to renovate and expand the Masonic Auditorium were approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in 2010. A lawsuit filed by the Nob Hill neighbors challenging the project Read More »

Plans For 120 New Condos Where Café Cocomo Stands (Or Shakes)

Plans For 120 New Condos Where Café Cocomo Stands (Or Shakes)

As we first reported a few weeks ago, Café Cocomo’s dancing days at 650 Indiana are numbered as a proposal to develop the site on which the club stands has been quietly pitched to San Francisco’s Planning Department. We now have the details for what is being proposed, including 120 residential units, a new public Read More »

The Undisclosed Address And History For This $24.8M Bachelor Pad

The Undisclosed Address And History For This $24.8M Bachelor Pad

While listed with its “Address Withheld By Seller,” or “Undisclosed,” plugged-in people should recognize the seven bedroom Pacific Heights Italianate mansion that has just returned to the MLS at $24,800,000 as 2820 Scott Street, the 2008 Decorator Showcase. A boarding house prior to being purchased by the Paige family (think Paige Glass) in December 2005 Read More »

Successfully Upzoned, Plans For The Castro’s Fitness SF Take Shape

Successfully Upzoned, Plans For The Castro’s Fitness SF Take Shape

With the southwestern corner of Market and Noe having been successfully upzoned from 50 to 65 feet (and Café Flore’s off-site kitchen protected), plans to add three stories to the building that currently houses Fitness SF at 2301 Market Street are taking shape. First proposed in 2011, the plans call for another full-floor (9,500 square Read More »

Should Our Planning Commission Dictate Which Businesses Survive?

As we first reported, while San Francisco’s Planning Department backs the proposal to convert the Pacific Sales building at 975 Bryant into a Orchard Supply Hardware store, noting that the project “is desirable for, and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,” would “ the pedestrian experience along Bryant Street” and “meets all applicable requirements of the Read More »

“San Francisco” Home Prices End 2012 Up 14.4%, Condos Up 21.3%

“San Francisco” Home Prices End 2012 Up 14.4%, Condos Up 21.3%

According to the December 2012 S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA rose 0.7% from November to December 2012 and ended the year up 14.4% but remain 32.6% below a May 2006 peak. For the broader 10-City composite (CSXR), home values gained a nominal 0.1% from November to December, up Read More »

The Proposed Park, Plaza, And Mission Rock Square

The Proposed Park, Plaza, And Mission Rock Square

As part of the Giants’ proposed Mission Rock Development, a new park, plaza and public square at the heart of the development will be built on eight of the area’s 27-acres. Originally constructed as part of the AT&T Park project, China Basin Park will be expanded to 5-acres with a waterfront great lawn and special Read More »

San Francisco Prestige Index Stalled In Q4 But Ends 2012 Up 8.4%

San Francisco Prestige Index Stalled In Q4 But Ends 2012 Up 8.4%

The First Republic Prestige Home Index for “San Francisco” homes valued at more than $1 million and currently averaging $2.73 million fell a nominal 0.1 percent from the third to fourth quarter of 2012 but ended 2012 up 8.4 percent on a year-over-year basis. The index remains down 11.3 percent from a third quarter 2007 Read More »

Planning For A Projected 190,000 New Jobs In San Francisco By 2040

Planning For A Projected 190,000 New Jobs In San Francisco By 2040

With the population of the Bay Area expected to increase from roughly 7 million to 9 million people over the next 30 years, an integrated long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan for the San Francisco Bay Area by Plan Bay Area projects San Francisco will add 190,000 new jobs by 2040. With an eye on high Read More »

No Valentine’s Day Love For Orchard Supply Hardware In SF

No Valentine’s Day Love For Orchard Supply Hardware In SF

As we first reported two weeks ago with respect to the proposal to convert the Pacific Sales building at 975 Bryant into a 33,000 square foot Orchard Supply Hardware store: While it took over a decade to get a new home improvement store out on Bayshore Boulevard, with the backing of the Planning Department, Orchard Read More »