Those Amazing Medians Versus An Actual San Francisco Home

Those Amazing Medians Versus An Actual San Francisco Home

Having been listed for $1,495,000, the remodeled single-family Forest Hill home at 14 Ventura Avenue was purchased for $1,680,000 a year ago. Since then, the oft-quoted “median price” for single-family homes in San Francisco has increased 36 percent! The median price in Forrest Hill’s District 4 is up nearly... Read More »

Unconstitutional Takings Closer To Home(s)?

Overshadowed by the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, this week the Supreme Court also handed down a big land-use decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, ruling that the District’s denial of Koontz’s application to build a shopping center upon three acres of wetlands... Read More »

Rising Shoreline Tides (And Barbeques) Down In South Beach?

Rising Shoreline Tides (And Barbeques) Down In South Beach?

At 1,617 square feet, #23 is the largest of nine condos in the boutique South Beach building at 41 Federal named Shoreline. Purchased for $1,495,000 in 2007, with three bedrooms, two terraces, and one parking spot, 41 Federal #23 is back on the market and listed for $1,495,000 again.... Read More »

The Shoreline Of South Beach: How High Has The Tide Risen?

The Shoreline Of South Beach: How High Has The Tide Risen?

At 1,617 square feet, number 23 is the largest of nine condos in the boutique South Beach building at 41 Federal named Shoreline. Purchased for $1,495,000 six years ago, with three bedrooms, two terraces, and one parking spot, 41 Federal #23 is back on the market and listed for... Read More »

One Picture, A Thousand Words, And A Greater Number Of New Rights

One Picture, A Thousand Words, And A Greater Number Of New Rights

San Francisco’s City Hall was illuminated in honor of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, captured by David Yu (click image to enlarge). It’s one picture, a thousand words, and an even greater number of recognized rights for married same-sex couples, including a full... Read More »

LINEA’s Floor Plans Online, Sales “Gallery” Opening Next Month

LINEA’s Floor Plans Online, Sales “Gallery” Opening Next Month

Ranging in size from 450 to 1,198 square feet, the floor plans for all 115 condos coming to the market at 8 Buchanan (aka “LINEA” or 1998 Market Street) are now online with the sales office “gallery” slated to open at the end of July. As plugged-in people know,... Read More »

Another 400-Foot Rincon Hill Tower Is Ready To Break Ground

Another 400-Foot Rincon Hill Tower Is Ready To Break Ground

Building permits for the redesigned 400-foot residential tower to rise at 399 Fremont Street have been approved and issued, redesigned to hit the market as smaller rental units rather than condos. As we first reported last year, the 42-story Rincon Hill tower and podium to rise on the corner... Read More »

LUMINA (The Development Heretofore Known As 201 Folsom)

LUMINA (The Development Heretofore Known As 201 Folsom)

The name for the development heretofore known as 201 Folsom Street has been revealed. Presenting LUMINA, a joint venture between Tishman Speyer and China Vanke. LUMINA’s 655 condos, studios to three-bedrooms, will average 1,275 square feet and should be ready for occupancy by summer of 2015. The building’s sales... Read More »

Planning’s Assessment Of Apple’s Union Square Plans: Concerns And Considerations

Planning’s Assessment Of Apple’s Union Square Plans: Concerns And Considerations

With Mayor Ed Lee having prematurely deemed the design and plans for Apple’s proposed retail store on Union Square as being “quite simply incredible,” San Francisco’s Planning Department is now on the record with their preliminary assessment of Apple’s plans, including concerns about “the proposed building’s energy performance, particularly... Read More »

Hiding Behind The Façade Of A Historic Resource

Hiding Behind The Façade Of A Historic Resource

Deemed a historic resource, the façade of 421 Arguello Boulevard was saved while the building behind was razed to make room for 8 new housing units to rise (click image to enlarge). It’s the same approach that’s being proposed for the six story project at 1335 Larkin Street. We’ll... Read More »

The Development Known As 201 Folsom To Be Named This Afternoon

The Development Known As 201 Folsom To Be Named This Afternoon

Having physically broken ground last week, the ceremonial groundbreaking for Tishman Speyer’s 655-unit development at 201 Folsom Street takes place this afternoon. As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, the name for the Bernardo Fort-Brescia designed development will be announced. With Tishman’s Infinity across the street, we’re wondering if they... Read More »

Bay Commission Votes To Oppose Warriors Arena Bill Without Delay

Bay Commission Votes To Oppose Warriors Arena Bill Without Delay

Having passed in the State Assembly by a vote of 59-10, Phil Ting’s Assembly Bill 1273 which would revise the existing authorization to develop San Francisco’s Pier 30-32 for use as a cruise ship terminal and authorize the Port to approve the building of the proposed Warriors Arena without... Read More »

San Francisco Posts Record Monthly Home Price Gain

San Francisco Posts Record Monthly Home Price Gain

San Francisco home and condo values continue to build upon their big first quarter gains. According to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, single-family home prices in the San Francisco MSA rose 4.9% from March to April 2013. Up 24.0% year-over-year, the San Francisco Index remains 26.1% below a... Read More »

Sitting Pretty Atop The Brannan Down In South Beach

Sitting Pretty Atop The Brannan Down In South Beach

As we wrote about the sale of 219 Brannan’s penultimate penthouse #17D last month: If the Warriors’ plans for Pier 30-32 and penthouses aren’t your cup of tea, you might want to look elsewhere. But if they are, you might take a peek at 219 Brannan #17D. The 2,005... Read More »

Facing Foreclosure Having Cash Out For A Gain

Facing Foreclosure Having Cash Out For A Gain

Purchased for $1,080,000 in November of 2006 with 20 percent down, eight months later the Lower Pacific Heights property at 1611 Broderick was refinanced with a $1,330,000 loan. And four months later, the property was put on the market for $1,995,000 but failed to sell. No building permits were... Read More »