The New Heights Of Homes To Rise In Visitacion Valley

The New Heights Of Homes To Rise In Visitacion Valley

The details of Urban Paragon’s revised plans for redeveloping the former Schlage Lock site in Visitacion Valley are starting to emerge. The exact number of proposed residential units to rise is now 1,679 (up from 1,250) while the amount of retail space has dropped from 105,000 to 46,700 square... Read More »

Major Mid-Market Retail Development Set To Start Construction

Major Mid-Market Retail Development Set To Start Construction

First approved for development in 2010 but then lost to foreclosure in 2011, the mid-market retail development originally known as CityPlace but since dubbed “Market Street Place” will start construction in September. Market Street Place will be a six-level, urban retail redevelopment project featuring an exterior façade of translucent... Read More »

Index For Bay Area Luxury Home Values Hits A Record High

Index For Bay Area Luxury Home Values Hits A Record High

The First Republic Prestige Home Index for values of “San Francisco” homes worth more than $1.0 million and currently averaging $3.18 million jumped 3.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and is 12.5 percent higher on a year-over-year basis, the greatest year-over-year gain since the fourth quarter of... Read More »

Bill To Close Proposition 13 Loophole Passed By State Assembly

As the State Senate revived a bill to freeze speculative evictions in San Francisco, the State Assembly passed a bill designed to expand the definition of a “change of ownership” for properties in California in an attempt to close a Proposition 13 loophole. Passed by a vote of 57-13... Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Falling three votes short on Wednesday with only two days left to pass the bill to the State Assembly, Senator Mark Leno bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco appeared DOA but was revived when the bill was reconsidered and passed by the Senate in a... Read More »

Seawall Site And Piers Offered To Lucas, Will The Force Be With Us?

Seawall Site And Piers Offered To Lucas, Will The Force Be With Us?

As expected, Mayor Ed Lee has officially offered San Francisco’s Seawall Lot 330 to George Lucas as a site upon which to build Lucas’ Cultural Arts Museum. The Mayor has also presented the possibility of working in partnership with the City to build “educational and public open space” upon Piers... Read More »

Hope And Timing For Fire-Damaged Mission Bay Development

Hope And Timing For Fire-Damaged Mission Bay Development

All the repercussions of the fire that destroyed the six-story Mission Bay Block 5 development this past March are still unknown, including whether or not the concrete podium of the building which remains standing will need to be torn down (testing is underway). What is known, however, is that... Read More »

Pending Home Sales Barely Budge Despite Increase In Inventory

While the National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index inched up a nominal 0.4 percent from March to April, it’s now running 9.2 percent lower on a year-over-year basis versus 8.0 percent lower last month. At the same time, the inventory level of homes for sale across the... Read More »

Ballot Measure To Clampdown On Airbnb-ing Moves Ahead

The backers of the proposed ballot measure which would clampdown on illegal short-term rentals and Airbnb’s business in San Francisco by instituting the “Neighborhood Preservation and Public Revenue Recovery Ordinance” have amended the ordinance to eliminate the explicit threat of criminal prosecution and incarceration for scofflaws. The amendment, however, simply... Read More »

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1439 which seeks “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants” failed to clear the Senate Floor yesterday in a 18-19 vote.  A motion to reconsider the Bill was approved, however, and Leno... Read More »

Google Rumor Put To Rest As Chocolatiers Buy Mission Building

Google Rumor Put To Rest As Chocolatiers Buy Mission Building

Remember that Financial Times report that Google had quietly taken over an industrial building at 16th and Alabama and was planning to use the space to house a collection of recently aquired start-ups in the Mission? A report that was widely re-reported but which we quickly debunked?  Well, unless Google recently acquired Dandelion Chocolate (which they haven’t), it’s time to put that... Read More »

Largest-Ever 3D-Printed Model Of San Francisco Unveiled

Largest-Ever 3D-Printed Model Of San Francisco Unveiled

A 3D scale-model which encompasses over 115 blocks of San Francisco’s Financial and South of Market districts has been printed by Autodesk and Steelblue for real-estate developer Tishman Speyer. Based on a digital model by Steelblue which includes architectural drawings for numerous projects approved to rise and dramatically alter the skyline... Read More »

San Francisco To Lure Lucas With Alternate Waterfront Site

San Francisco To Lure Lucas With Alternate Waterfront Site

With the Presidio Trust having rejected plans for a Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to rise across from Crissy Field, Mayor Lee is preparing to offer Seawall Lot 330 along the Embarcadero to Lucas as an alternate site upon which to build his museum. Currently zoned for building up to 65 feet... Read More »

Market Street Prototyping Festival And Open Call For Ideas

Market Street Prototyping Festival And Open Call For Ideas

Armchair and professional planners, architects, designers, artists and makers take note: San Francisco’s Planning Department is partnering with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival. The Prototyping Festival will be held on two miles of Market Street from Embarcadero to 10th on October 2,... Read More »

Parties And Parking At Pier 27 Or A Loss Of Over $2M Per Year

Parties And Parking At Pier 27 Or A Loss Of Over $2M Per Year

The construction of San Francisco’s James R. Herman Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 27 is scheduled to be finished in August and the Crown Princess is slated to be the first ship to berth at the new terminal on September 18. On the agenda for Port of San Francisco this... Read More »