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Three Schemes for Hap’s Old Mission Haunt and a New Living Alley

Three Schemes for Hap’s Old Mission Haunt and a New Living Alley

With San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission having cleared the way for Loren ‘Hap’ Jones’ former motorcycle shop at 235 Valencia Street to be razed, the formal plans for the site have now been submitted to Planning, as plugged-in readers have known to expect. As designed by Heller Manus for... Read More »

The High-Tech Conversion of Saint Joseph’s Church Is Underway

The High-Tech Conversion of Saint Joseph’s Church Is Underway

The plans to rehab Saint Joseph’s Church at 1401 Howard Street, and convert the Western SoMa building into a high-tech office space, with a restaurant and 2,500-square-foot assembly hall in its parish and rectory, were approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission early last year. The construction crew is now... Read More »

Former Summer Cottage Fetches $8.2 Million

Former Summer Cottage Fetches $8.2 Million

Built in 1892 as a honeymoon cottage at which to spend summers and weekends away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, and since remodeled for year-round use and expanded to 5,066 square feet, the Belvedere Island “Landfall” estate was purchased for $5.8 million in 2001 and the... Read More »

An Infamous Local Landlord Is Facing Foreclosure, Again

An Infamous Local Landlord Is Facing Foreclosure, Again

Having been bounced from the dilapidated Bourn Mansion, which was slated to be foreclosed upon and subsequently sold in a bankruptcy sale back in 2009, the infamous Arden Van Upp retreated to the two-unit building she owns at 2807-2809 Steiner Street, a building which is now headed for a... Read More »

One-Of-A-Kind Silicon Valley Home Fetches 44 Percent of Original Ask

One-Of-A-Kind Silicon Valley Home Fetches 44 Percent of Original Ask

On the market for $20 million in 2014 and formally listed for $17.5 million early last year, the one-of-a-kind Woodside home at 6 Quail Meadows Drive has just sold for $8.775 million. Built in 1989, the 8,660-square-foot home, with teak ceilings that reach 35-feet in height, sits on three... Read More »

Hotel to Transform Dirty Harry’s McCafe Site Closer to Reality

Hotel to Transform Dirty Harry’s McCafe Site Closer to Reality

The lease for the McDonald’s at Third and Townsend, the building for which acted as the diner from which Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character would order his daily coffee, and from inside which he uttered his infamous line, “Go ahead, make my day,” expires in January 2017. San Francisco’s... Read More »

Luxury Faraday Cage with Views Fetches $5.2M

Luxury Faraday Cage with Views Fetches $5.2M

Listed for $8.6 million a year ago last month, the sale of the full-floor Pacific Heights cooperative apartment which was turned into a luxury Faraday cage with views has closed escrow with a contract price of $5.2 million. Purchased for $2.7 million in 2007, the fourth floor unit was... Read More »

The Plans to Expand and Add Housing to an East Bay Landmark

The Plans to Expand and Add Housing to an East Bay Landmark

The detailed plans to expand, improve and add 43 condos and two single-family homes to the grounds of the landmark Claremont Hotel & Spa in the East Bay hills have been drawn and the City of Oakland’s environmental review for the proposed project is about to get underway. In... Read More »

G’s Penthouse Lair Delisted (Again)

G’s Penthouse Lair Delisted (Again)

Speaking of infamous high-end lairs on the market around San Francisco, despite an effective $4 million reduction from an asking price of $12 million last year, the listing for Gurbaksh “G” Chahal’s 3,355-square-foot penthouse atop the Infinity has once again been delisted from the MLS without a reported sale.... Read More »

Let There Be Light (and New Condos) on Potrero Hill

Let There Be Light (and New Condos) on Potrero Hill

Speaking of churches, condos and seeing the light, the proposed development to rise up to 40-feet in height at 540 De Haro Street, across the street from the Anchor Steam Brewery and adjacent to the Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, has been slightly redesigned and will try again... Read More »