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Barbeques, Beach Parties And Long Weekends On The Brain

Barbeques, Beach Parties And Long Weekends On The Brain

With barbecues, beach parties and a celebratory long weekend on the collective brain, we turn our attention to the Stinson Beach home at 13 Walla Vista. Built in 1980, the three-bedroom pad has since remodeled with walls of accordion glass doors opening the house to the inner courtyard and... Read More »

SRO Units To Replace Shuttered Suriya Thai Space In SoMa

SRO Units To Replace Shuttered Suriya Thai Space In SoMa

Shuttered three years ago this month, the former Suriya Thai restaurant space at 1532 Howard Street has been vacant since. But plans to raze the restaurant and construct a six-story building which would rise 55-feet in height and include 15 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units (i.e., studios with kitchenettes)... Read More »

Developer Suddenly Selling A Pair Of ‘Unparalleled’ Opportunities

Developer Suddenly Selling A Pair Of ‘Unparalleled’ Opportunities

While Artthaus made headlines earlier this month for filing plans to construct a seven-story building with 131 Group Housing Units and shared kitchens at 1798 Bryant Street in the Mission, and another 36 Group Housing Units at 45 Dore in SoMa, it doesn’t appear that the developer actually plans... Read More »

The Pink House Returns For $4M Less

The Pink House Returns For $4M Less

Designed by legendary architect John Mead Howells, built in 1912, and listed for $11.75 million in 2012, the asking price for “The Pink House” on Belvedere Island was reduced four times before the property was withdrawn from the market in 2013. The formal living room on the main floor... Read More »

Planning Balks At Proposed Height For Central SoMa Tower(s)

Planning Balks At Proposed Height For Central SoMa Tower(s)

San Francisco’s Planning Department has just finished its review of the preliminary plans for a 37-story tower to rise at 636 4th Street.  And it doesn’t support what has been proposed and rendered below. As proposed, the current K&L Wine Merchants building and adjacent Latte Express would be razed... Read More »

Sixth Street Rising: Nine Stories And The Circle Of Life

Sixth Street Rising: Nine Stories And The Circle Of Life

Plans to raze the former City Life Church at 363 6th Street and construct a nine-story building, with 104 residential units over 700 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a basement garage for 45 cars (and 109 bikes), could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in three... Read More »

A Gold Coast Home For $2.85 Million, In Alameda

A Gold Coast Home For $2.85 Million, In Alameda

We’d be willing to bet this isn’t what most people picture when they hear Alameda, especially if they’ve never been. Sitting on a half-acre lot in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the four-bedroom home at 1208 Saint Charles Street measures over 4,500 square feet, with a blend of original architectural... Read More »

Plans For A 265-Unit Building Near Oakland’s Auto Row

Plans For A 265-Unit Building Near Oakland’s Auto Row

The plans for a seven-story building with 265 residential units over parking for 350 cars and 18,000 square feet of retail space to rise across a 1.4-acre site composed of the two parking lot parcels at 2315 Valdez and 2330 Webster near Oakland’s Broadway Auto Row are working their... Read More »

From $1.4M In 2011 To $2M In Bernal Today

From $1.4M In 2011 To $2M In Bernal Today

Purchased as new for $1,375,000 in January of 2011, the contemporary Bernal Heights home at 1755 Alabama Street, which roughly measures 2,100-square-feet, returned to the market in September of 2012 and sold for $1,605,000 that October. Today, the three-bedroom home is back on the market and listed for $1,995,000... Read More »

Fighting To Preserve The ‘Economic Diversity’ Of Presidio Heights

Fighting To Preserve The ‘Economic Diversity’ Of Presidio Heights

Jason and Ilysa Goldblatt are planning to tear down the 3,400-square-foot Presidio Heights house at 3591 Jackson Street and build a “modest” 6,000-square-foot home (not including the 1,000 square foot garage) designed by Butler Armsden Architects in its place. Actively opposing the plans, however, are their neighbors in the... Read More »

From An L.A. Pool House To Mid-Market Art

From An L.A. Pool House To Mid-Market Art

Originally conceived and drawn on a pool house in Los Angeles thirteen years ago, Wall Drawing #1012 by artist Sol Lewitt will be adapted and installed at the corner of 10th and Jessie Streets to fulfill the 1% for Public Art requirement for the new fifteen-story building at 1400... Read More »

For The Love Of An Awesome Loggia Or Two

For The Love Of An Awesome Loggia Or Two

Speaking of resort-style living, the 24-acre Calistoga estate at 3145 State Highway 128 is on the market for $8.75 million. Purchased for $2.8 million in 2009 and overhauled in 2010, the heated front and back loggias are standouts, with multiple grills, full outdoor kitchens and a pizza oven, not... Read More »

MoFo Estate Fetches $6.8M

MoFo Estate Fetches $6.8M

Listed for $9.75 million in 2012, a price which was reduced to $8.95 million in 2013 and then to $7.95 million later that year, the recently remodeled and rather spectacular Morrison Estate at 117 Laurel Grove Avenue in Ross has sold for $6.8 million. Built for Alexander Morrison, the... Read More »

Team Preparing To Break Ground For 400-Foot Transbay Tower

Team Preparing To Break Ground For 400-Foot Transbay Tower

Essex Property Trust and TMG Partners are preparing to break ground earlier than expected for the 400-foot tower to rise at the corner of Folsom and First on Transbay Block 9. As we first reported last year, while the winning proposal for the Block 9 development had included 563... Read More »

Noe Valley’s New Second Most Expensive Home

Noe Valley’s New Second Most Expensive Home

Purchased as a “pride-of-ownership” Mid-Century home for $1.51 million in late 2012, the Noe Valley three-bedroom at 471 Hoffman was gutted, expanded, and returned to the market a month ago as a contemporary five-bedroom, with four levels, an abundance of stairs (and no elevator), and a list price of... Read More »