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A Modern Atherton Estate Inspired By A Japanese Palace

A Modern Atherton Estate Inspired By A Japanese Palace

Inspired by a Japanese palace in Kyoto, designed by Olson Sundberg Architects, and built by Van Acker on 2.6 acres in 1998, the nearly 9,000-square-foot west Atherton home at 80 Reservoir Road is woven into the gardens across the grounds, with retractable walls of glass opening the home to... Read More »

Waterfront High-Rise Approved, But An Epic Battle Looms

Waterfront High-Rise Approved, But An Epic Battle Looms

San Francisco’s Planning Commission has approved the plans for a 220-foot building to rise at 75 Howard Street, with 133 market rate condos over a restaurant, café and underground ‘parking vault’ for 100 cars. While reduced in height to fit within the principal zoning for the site, which allows... Read More »

From Nondescript To A Little Less Discreet, At Least For Now

From Nondescript To A Little Less Discreet, At Least For Now

The old Vortex Room was tucked away in a nondescript building without any signs and barely an address at 1082 Howard Street. But the proposed nine-story building to rise on the site, with eight full-floor condos designed by Natoma Architects, would be a little less discreet and easier to... Read More »

400-Square-Foot Two-Bedrooms Proposed, Planning Has Concerns

400-Square-Foot Two-Bedrooms Proposed, Planning Has Concerns

Panoramic Interests plans to raze the single-story industrial building at 333 12th Street and build up to seven stories and 274 apartments on the parcel and adjacent parking lot between Folsom and Harrison. As currently zoned, the Western SoMa site could support around 200 units of housing in buildings... Read More »

SoMa Mega-Project Preview, Key Votes In Two Weeks Time

SoMa Mega-Project Preview, Key Votes In Two Weeks Time

With the key Planning Commission votes and public hearing for the massive 5M Project scheduled for September 17, the project sponsors are slated to prep the Commission tomorrow with a preview of what’s to come, both in terms of the formal presentation and a possible clash between proponents and... Read More »

Refined Designs And Closer To Reality For Condos And A Church

Refined Designs And Closer To Reality For Condos And A Church

The designs for the proposed eight-story building to rise on the southeast corner of Gough and Eddy, now with 87 condos over a 10,000-square-foot church, have been refined and newly rendered. And as a plugged-in tipster reports, the City’s Recreation and Park Commission has determined that the development’s future... Read More »

Reports Of Mission Development’s Indefinite Pause Are Overblown

Reports Of Mission Development’s Indefinite Pause Are Overblown

Reports that the proposed 274-unit development to rise across the majority of the 2000 block of Bryant Street in the Mission “has been put on hold indefinitely” are being overblown. While it is true that the project team is pausing its push to secure approvals, and doing so in... Read More »

Near Record Stinson Beach Sale At Over $3K Per Square Foot

Near Record Stinson Beach Sale At Over $3K Per Square Foot

While it sold for under asking, the $5.3 million contract price for the 1,688-square-foot Stinson Beach house at 13 Walla Vista Road was still a near record-setting sale at $3,139 per square foot. Built in 1980, the three-bedroom pad has since been completely remodeled, with walls of accordion glass... Read More »

Tenderloin Development Challenged (Again)

Tenderloin Development Challenged (Again)

The limited-service post office at 101 Hyde and Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin, which primarily provides post office boxes and package services to low-income neighborhood residents without a permanent address, is slated to be razed. And as approved, an eight‐story building with 85 apartments over 5,000 square feet... Read More »

Designs For A Modern Central Waterfront Plaza

Designs For A Modern Central Waterfront Plaza

As with the new PG&E substation on Folsom, the Central Waterfront substation which will rise 30-feet in height along 23rd Street at Illinois will be set back 30 feet from the sidewalk in order to accommodate a new public plaza designed by Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects. In a nod to... Read More »