181 Fremont Tower Fully Rendered, Animated, And Ready To Rise

Having acquired the Transbay parcel and approved plans to build a 52-story tower with 14 floors of condos over 400,000 square feet of office space and a spire reaching 800 feet, Silicon Valley builder Jay Paul plans to break ground on 181 Fremont as soon as possible. While many... Read More »

Disapproved For Development In 2010, Another Plan Is Pitched

Disapproved For Development In 2010, Another Plan Is Pitched

Permits to demolish the one-story warehouse on the northwest corner of 15th and Shotwell and construct a four story building with ten apartments on the site were disapproved in 2010, at which point the development plans for the parcel were cancelled. Purchased for $1,450,000 this past October, a new... Read More »

A Liberty Hill Parcel Sells With Big Plans For An Übermodern Haus

A Liberty Hill Parcel Sells With Big Plans For An Übermodern Haus

One of three “Block 3900″ parcels which was being marketed as a yet to be constructed Übermodern home and guest house for $5,995,000 a year ago, 3931 19th Street has just sold for $2,000,000 which includes the existing 1,800 square foot house atop the lot and approved plans to... Read More »

Facebook’s Proposed West Campus Liked By Menlo’s City Council

Facebook’s Proposed West Campus Liked By Menlo’s City Council

Menlo Park’s City Council has approved the construction of Facebook’s proposed 22-acre West Campus with one big 433,555-square-foot building designed by Frank Gehry to be built on Constitution Drive across the street from Facebook’s existing East Campus. Rising up to 73 feet in height but averaging closer to 45,... Read More »

Modernist Design And A Deconstructed Fireplace For $2,271 Per Foot

Modernist Design And A Deconstructed Fireplace For $2,271 Per Foot

Originally designed by William Wurster and purchased in great shape for $4,700,000 in November of 2011, the Pacific Heights home at 2666 Broadway has been rebuilt over the past sixteen months and has just returned to the market touting “Modernist Design with Distinctive Artisan Finishes,” priced at $11,250,000 ($2,271... Read More »

Diamond Heights Year-Over-Year And Decade-Over-Decade

Having traded for $840,000 in October of 2002, the Mid-Century Diamond Heights home at 5587 Diamond Heights Boulevard returned to the market early last year listed for $799,000 and closed escrow with a reported contract price of $830,000 in March of 2012. Having since been spruced up a bit,... Read More »

Plans To Double The Square Footage By Way Of A Two Foot Rise

Plans To Double The Square Footage By Way Of A Two Foot Rise

Speaking of variances and plans to raise the roof, the buyer of the 1,170 square foot two-bedroom house at 105 Hoffman over is seeking permission to raise the Noe Valley property two feet and build an all-new first floor with garage underneath. In addition to the garage for one... Read More »

Transbay Tower Site Transferred And Ceremonially Breaks Ground

Transbay Tower Site Transferred And Ceremonially Breaks Ground

With a past due check for $191,816,196.57 delivered yesterday, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has officially sold and transferred the 101 First Street site upon which the 1,070-foot Transbay Tower will rise at the corner of First and Mission to the development team. The competition to develop the site... Read More »

Trying To Raise The Roof And Make Room For A Restaurant To Rise

Trying To Raise The Roof And Make Room For A Restaurant To Rise

Purchased for $600,000 in 2003 with three bedrooms spread across two units and one story at the corner of Capp and 17th Streets, the plan is to add three floors with three units above the building at 3249 17th Street and convert the first floor into a restaurant, a... Read More »

Landmarked Doelger Building Is Going To The Cats, Not The Dogs

Landmarked Doelger Building Is Going To The Cats, Not The Dogs

Having been recommended for Landmark Status by San Francisco’s Planning Department last year, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors just unanimously approved the landmarking of the Art Deco Doelger Building at 320 Judah Street out in the Sunset, soon to be San Francisco Historic Landmark No. 265. Purchased out of... Read More »

Following A Strong 2012, SF Home Prices Moderate Entering 2013

Following A Strong 2012, SF Home Prices Moderate Entering 2013

Following a year of strong gains, San Francisco home prices moderated in January according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to the Index, single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA rose 0.1% from December 2012 to January 2013. Up 17.5% year-over-year, the SF Index remains 32.5%... Read More »

Contemporary Bernal Heights: An Architect’s Efficient New Home

Contemporary Bernal Heights: An Architect’s Efficient New Home

Technically a “renovation” per the permits but practically all new construction including two new floors, 285 Nevada was constructed in 2010. From Studio S Squared, the architects of the contemporary Bernal Heights home which was built for the president of the firm: Read More »

Expectations For Superior Architecture Adjacent To A Simple Store

Expectations For Superior Architecture Adjacent To A Simple Store

With the minimalist Muji having moved in next door and a Trader Joe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Nordstrom Rack across the street (at least for now), the vacant lot at 520 9th Street which is currently used for parking was sold in January for $795,000. According to a... Read More »

Another View From The Heights Of The Heights And Ex-Mayor’s Home

Another View From The Heights Of The Heights And Ex-Mayor’s Home

As we wrote this past September: Custom built for former San Francisco Mayor Elmer E. Robinson in 1953, the Mid-Century home at 100 Palo Alto Avenue hit the market in March 2008 listed for $4,000,000 and closed escrow that April with a recorded contract price of $5,625,000. Returned to... Read More »

March Mansion Madness: Minor’s Major Price Cut

March Mansion Madness: Minor’s Major Price Cut

Halsey Minor paid $20,000,000 for the 18,000 square foot mansion at 3800 Washington, the adjacent 2,618 square foot guesthouse, and the undeveloped lot behind back in 2007. Having been deemed “abandoned” by the city in 2011 with an order of abatement issued for failing to comply with San Francisco’s... Read More »