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Menlo Park House of Light Fetches $5.5 Million

Menlo Park House of Light Fetches $5.5 Million

Designed by the late modernist architect John Thodos and built on a wooded Menlo Park lot eight years ago, the award-winning “House of Light” at 625 Hobart Street, which first hit the market in 2016 priced at $8.5 million, has sold for $5,537,500 or roughly $1,099 per square foot.... Read More »

Plans to Convert Historic Mini Dealership Building Progress

Plans to Convert Historic Mini Dealership Building Progress

As we first reported earlier this year: While currently leased to Mini of San Francisco, plans to renovate and repurpose the historic Willis Polk and Co. designed building on the southwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and Eddy are in the works. And as envisioned, the 45,000-square-foot building, which... Read More »

Plans to Permit Illegal Remodel of Scofflaw’s Property

Plans to Permit Illegal Remodel of Scofflaw’s Property

Having secured a permit to simply conduct an “exploratory demo to determine sheetrock and termite damage,” the new owner of the Bernal Heights home at 310 Moncalm Street, which was purchased for $925,000 in November of 2015, began a full remodel and expansion of the property. Flagged by neighbors... Read More »

Sidelined Excelsior District Development Closer to Reality

Sidelined Excelsior District Development Closer to Reality

Sidelined by the economy in 2006, not to mention ongoing concerns about the density of the proposed redevelopment and its impact on the neighborhood, the formal application to level the former Excelsior District Woolworth’s turned Dollar Store at 4550 Mission Street and construct a five-story building upon the site... Read More »

Third Street Project Redesigned, Permitted and on the Market

Third Street Project Redesigned, Permitted and on the Market

As originally envisioned and proposed, the vacant “3rd Street Village” building at 4712-4729 3rd Street, in the heart of Bayview, was to be razed in order for a three-story residential care facility with 24 rooms for the elderly to rise on the site. Instead, permits for a four-story development,... Read More »

Plans to Raze The Phoenix for SRO Units to Rise

Plans to Raze The Phoenix for SRO Units to Rise

Plans to level the Phoenix Irish Bar & Gathering House at 811 Valencia Street are in the works. And as currently envisioned, a six-story building would rise up to 55 feet in height upon on the Mission District site, with 20 single-room occupancy (SRO) units over a little ground... Read More »

East Bay Compound Fetches $10M under Original List

East Bay Compound Fetches $10M under Original List

Priced at $22.5 million in 2015 and then reduced to $16.5 million last year, the massive East Bay estate at 10 Winding Lane in Orinda has just traded hands with a $12.25 million contract price. Previously owned by the CEO of McKesson, the buildings on the gated 8.6-acre estate... Read More »

Commission Slated to Condemn Plans for Oakland Tower

Commission Slated to Condemn Plans for Oakland Tower

Having previously directed Oakland’s Planning Department to return with findings to support a denial of the proposed 460-foot-tall tower to rise at 1261 Harrison Street, on the historic King Block in Downtown Oakland, the City’s Planning Commission is expected to formally deny the development’s application to proceed on Wednesday.... Read More »

No Housing for Long-Shuttered Real Food Location Indeed

No Housing for Long-Shuttered Real Food Location Indeed

As we first reported last year: “The former Real Food building at 3939 24th Street, in the heart of Noe Valley, has been vacant since 2003 when the grocery was suddenly shuttered. Two months ago it was reported that HGGC, the private equity group co-founded by former 49ers quarterback... Read More »

Battle over Newly Approved Rincon Hill Development Rages On

Battle over Newly Approved Rincon Hill Development Rages On

The waylaid plans for a modern residential building to rise up to 84 feet in height at 430 Main/429 Beale Street were, in fact, approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission at the end of May. The Commission’s approval, however, was conditioned upon a the inclusion of a 45-foot-wide, mid-block... Read More »