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Development Could Transform Oakland’s Pill Hill And Auto Row

Development Could Transform Oakland’s Pill Hill And Auto Row

Plans to demolish the majority of the Oakland Auto Center at 3093 Broadway and build a seven-story development across the 3.5 acre Auto Row parcel have been filed with the city and could result in over 400 residential units and 24,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space rising on the site. As proposed, the existing Read More »

550-Foot Block 5 Tower And Terraces In Context

550-Foot Block 5 Tower And Terraces In Context

As we first revealed last week, the designs for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on the northeast corner of Howard and Beale, also known as Transbay Block 5, have been revised and now include a series of large terraces on both the northwest and southeast corners of the building. And we now have Read More »

Foreclosed Upon SF Mansion Flipped For A Few Million More

Foreclosed Upon SF Mansion Flipped For A Few Million More

Purchased for $3,875,000 at the end of 2007, the nearly 8,000-square-foot Victorian at 21 Buena Vista Avenue East, which features 22 remodeled rooms, 1,700 square feet of private gallery space, and a cellar for 3,000 bottles of wine, returned to the market last year listed for $6,500,000, was reduced to $5,900,000 and briefly marketed as a potential “Tech Incubator” Read More »

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Designed by Swedish-born master architect August Nordin and built in 1907, the Swedish American Hall at 2168 Market Street is on its way to becoming an official San Francisco landmark. From the Planning Department’s Draft Landmark Designation report for the building, the renovation of which is nearing completion and includes a new Basque-inspired restaurant (“Aatxe”) Read More »

West SoMa Development Watch: 99 Rausch Refined

West SoMa Development Watch: 99 Rausch Refined

The cement plaster lattice which was originally intended to frame a phantom sixth floor on the corner of the proposed building to rise at Folsom and Rausch has been removed from the project’s final design, but otherwise the architecture for the development dubbed 99 Rausch remains fundamentally the same and is slated to be approved Read More »

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Philz Coffee, Hamburger Mary’s and SoulCycle are all angling to land on Castro Street and the one hearing which could clear the way for all three to land on the street has been scheduled for December 4. As proposed, SoulCycle will take over the iconic Bank of America building formerly occupied by Diesel at 400 Read More »

From Carpets To Condos, Offices Or A New Mid-Market Hotel?

From Carpets To Condos, Offices Or A New Mid-Market Hotel?

Zoned for a tower to rise up to 250 feet in height and the development of high-density residential, offices, retail or a hotel, the three corner parcels at the intersection of Otis and 12th Streets, including the two-story A&M Carpets building at 98 12th Street and the three-story building at 14 Otis next door, have just Read More »

Flips, Flops And A Downward Trend

Flips, Flops And A Downward Trend

Two months ago, a two-bedroom condo at Linea, the listing for which boasted “perhaps the best floor plan” in the building along Market at Buchanan was flipped for $120,500 more than had been paid for the unit five months earlier, a price that was equal to $1,266 per square foot. Last month, another two-bedroom, the Read More »

Salesforce Paying $640 Million For 50 Fremont Street Tower

Considering that Salesforce.com signed an 18-year lease for over half the 817,000-square-foot building they currently occupy at 50 Fremont in 2012, a lease which includes the right to buy the building in 2017, it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the company is reportedly in contract to buy the 43-story building. Read More »

New Designs For Dogpatch Development Along Third

New Designs For Dogpatch Development Along Third

Built in 1917, the former bank building which last housed ProCamera on the northwest corner of Third and 20th Streets is slated to be razed to make way for a six-story building with around 70 apartments over parking for 49 cars and 1,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Purchased by Portland-based Read More »

From Horror Show Hotel To Housing For Homeless Veterans

From Horror Show Hotel To Housing For Homeless Veterans

The renovation of the former “horror show hotel,” above the Rickhouse bar at 250 Kearny Street, is nearly complete and the first of 130 formerly homeless veterans who will be renting rooms in the 136-room building on the edge of the Financial District are slated to start moving in within the next couple of weeks. Read More »

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

The Commonwealth Club’s proposed renovation and expansion of the vacant two-story building adjacent to the Audiffred Building (aka “Boulevard”) was only a few days away from being permitted when the Rincon Point Neighbors Association requested a hearing to challenge the plan. From the hearing request: “This building is one of the most historic in San Read More »

Another Mid-Market Tower Site About To Hit The Market

Another Mid-Market Tower Site About To Hit The Market

Zoned for a 400-foot tower to rise on its Mid-Market parcel and large enough to support the development of over 500 units of housing, the City of San Francisco is preparing to sell its 5-story building at 30 Van Ness Avenue, between Market and Fell and across the street from another prominent 400-foot tower that’s Read More »

The Future Of Potrero Hill’s South Slope

The Future Of Potrero Hill’s South Slope

As we first reported earlier this week, the master plan for redeveloping the 33-acre public housing development atop Potrero Hill is ready for its first public review.  And now, it’s time to take a peek at the latest renderings for the project which will completely transform the southeast slope of Potrero Hill (and beyond). As Read More »

A $325K Price Cut For The Princess Diaries Firehouse

A $325K Price Cut For The Princess Diaries Firehouse

Listed for $2.6 million last month, the asking price for the Excelsior District firehouse which served as the setting for Mia’s house in the Princess Diaries has just been reduced by $325,000. Built in 1911 for the horse-drawn Engine Company 43, the firehouse at 724 Brazil Avenue includes over 4,500 square feet of building space Read More »