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Magnificent Villa de Martini Joins The Million Dollar Price Cut Club

Magnificent Villa de Martini Joins The Million Dollar Price Cut Club

Built on triple-wide Telegraph Hill lot in 1929, the Mediterranean-styled “Villa de Martini,” complete with arched doorways and hand-painted palazzo and silver leaf ceilings, has been on the market for about five months. Originally listed for $16 million, last month the list price was increased to $16.8 million.  And then this morning, the price was Read More »

Platinum Rated Home Fails To Attract The Green

Platinum Rated Home Fails To Attract The Green

Purchased as a “fixer” for $3,100,000 in 2010, the Cow Hollow home at 2680 Green Street was gutted and renovated as a masterwork in sustainability and design and then hit the market listed for $13,000,000 this past June. And after 132 days on the market without a reported sale or reduction, the listing for the LEED Platinum Read More »

New Heights In Fireplace Creep

New Heights In Fireplace Creep

We’ve seen plenty of examples of creep with respect to the number of new fireplaces and even fire pits, but we’re now starting to see it in terms of placement. And as the fireplaces get higher, outlets for hanging televisions are creeping up the wall as well. In addition to the two above, the classic treatment of Read More »

A Contemporary Home Within An Iconic Beaux-Arts Building

A Contemporary Home Within An Iconic Beaux-Arts Building

One of two multi-level condos which replaced the perennially plagued restaurant space at the base of the iconic Beaux-Arts Building at 1001 California Street, the building from which Vincent Friia once ruled over real estate in San Francisco, “Townhouse No. 2″ has been on the market, but unlisted, seeking $4,750,000. Last week, the 4,318 square Read More »

Grand Plans For Geneva Car Barn And Powerhouse Rebirth

Grand Plans For Geneva Car Barn And Powerhouse Rebirth

Designed by the Reid Brothers and built in 1901 at the corner of San Jose and Geneva Avenues for the San Mateo Electric Railway Company, the landmark Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse complex has sat abandoned since 1989 when damaged in the Loma Prieta Earthquake, twenty-five years ago today. Slated to be demolished by the Read More »

New Details And Designs For Massive ‘5M Project’ In SoMa

New Details And Designs For Massive ‘5M Project’ In SoMa

Forest City’s proposed 5M Project spans a 4-acre site roughly bounded by Mission, Fifth, Howard and Mary Streets in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district and includes the renovation and construction of nearly two million square feet of space, with up to 1,200 new residences and 150,000 square feet of ground floor retail, educational Read More »

Noe Valley Oasis With Five-Car Garage Listed For $4.9 Million

Noe Valley Oasis With Five-Car Garage Listed For $4.9 Million

Purchased as a 1,050-square-foot, two-bedroom home without a garage for $850,0000 in 2011, the now five-bedroom home with parking for five cars at 90 Jersey Street has just returned to the market listed for $4,895,000 as a “private oasis amidst exciting and energetic urban environment” that is Noe Valley. Boasting “clean contemporary lines Read More »

Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Annie Alley, off Mission between New Montgomery and Third, is now under construction and in the process of being transformed into Annie Street Plaza, a future “pedestrian-friendly enclave” in downtown San Francisco. One of 36 projects in the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District’s Street Life Plan, Annie Street Plaza is the YBCBD’s pilot effort to activate Read More »

Proposed Moorish Fortress Closer To Reality?

Proposed Moorish Fortress Closer To Reality?

New renderings and details for Ken Sarachan’s proposed “El Jardin” development, the six-story Moorish fortress designed to rise on the long vacant Berkeley lot at the corner of Haste and Telegraph Avenue, have just been delivered to Berkeley’s Design Review Committee (DRC). And with Berkeley’s Planning Department recommending that the DRC “forward a favorable recommendation…with conditions Read More »

Two Million Over Asking For Esherick Designed Pac Heights House

Two Million Over Asking For Esherick Designed Pac Heights House

Designed by renowned architect Joseph Esherick and built in 1962, the Mid-Century Modern “Larsen House” at 2610 Scott Street hit the market in Pacific Heights last month listed for $9.75 million.  And after 19 days on the market, the sale of the 4,656-square-foot home has closed escrow with a reported contract price of Read More »

Contemporary Fixtures With Victorian Charm?

Contemporary Fixtures With Victorian Charm?

The 4,000-square-foot Victorian at 1120 South Van Ness Avenue has been remodeled.  But as illustrated by the master bath, this isn’t your typical gut job.  And many of the home’s original details, and rooms, and remain intact. In the yard behind, the outdoor kitchen includes the modern grill and fridge.  And it isn’t a gas Read More »

Infamous Dogpatch Party Pad Sells For $2.2M

Infamous Dogpatch Party Pad Sells For $2.2M

Greg Bronstein’s former Dogpatch party pad at 1200 Indiana Street, complete with a cantilevered hot tub overlooking the living room island and a temple to showering behind, was foreclosed upon and sold for $2.179 million on the courthouse steps in San Francisco yesterday afternoon. On the market for a little over two million in 2006, Read More »

$250K Shaved From Award-Winning “Flip House” Price

$250K Shaved From Award-Winning “Flip House” Price

Originally listed for $3.495 million in July, the list price for the Anne Fougeron designed “Flip House” at 664 Wisconsin Street has just been reduced by $250K, now asking $3.245 million for the modern Potrero Hill home. Read More »

Modern Finishes And Big Views Behind A Craftsman Facade

Modern Finishes And Big Views Behind A Craftsman Facade

Taken down to the studs, expanded and re-built in 2010, with open rooms and modern finishes behind a Craftsman façade, the four-bedroom Noe Valley home at 21 Fountain Street sold for $2.78 million that November. All three levels of the home now feature walls of sliding glass doors, with decks overlooking the city and across Read More »

An Outrageous Assemblage Of Units Atop Fontana West For $5.9M

An Outrageous Assemblage Of Units Atop Fontana West For $5.9M

If the combined two units don’t offer enough space for you, the sale of “1050 North Point #1502″ includes another two-bedroom unit across the hall (1050 North Point #1501).  And the views from that unit aren’t too shabby either. All remodeled with high-end finishes, including floating walls, slabs of marble, custom LED light installations, and Read More »