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Noe Valley “Penthouse” Battle: Neighbors Say No, Planning Says…

Noe Valley “Penthouse” Battle: Neighbors Say No, Planning Says…

With neighbors having organized to “just say no to the penthouse,” complete with an eleven page Powerpoint presentation prepared by someone at Cisco and a website dedicated to their cause, the fight over the proposed modern home to rise at 437 Duncan Street will be refereed by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon. As designed Read More »

50 First Street Wow Factor Extends Beyond Its Height

50 First Street Wow Factor Extends Beyond Its Height

If the sheer height of the 910-foot tower that’s proposed to rise at 50 First Street doesn’t wow you, the tower’s elevated first floor and open-air plaza beneath surely will.  From John King with respect to the “gasp-inducing” design: The lead architect for the project is Foster + Partners, the celebrated English firm doing the doughnut-shaped Read More »

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

The preliminary designs for two towers designed by Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects which could rise up to 910 feet in height at the corner of First and Mission have been submitted to Planning for Environmental Review. As we first reported last year, TMG Partners’ proposed 50 First Street development includes over 1 million Read More »

Approved East Bay Parker Place Development Seeks More Parking

Approved East Bay Parker Place Development Seeks More Parking

Lennar’s 155-unit “Parker Place” development was approved to rise on the west side of Shattuck Avenue at Parker Street, about one-half mile south of the Downtown Berkeley BART station, replacing the existing Honda dealership, garage and lot on the site. As approved by Berkeley’s City Council in January of 2012, in addition to the residential Read More »

Inside The Cathedral Building’s Penthouse And Hidden Lair

Inside The Cathedral Building’s Penthouse And Hidden Lair

As we first wrote about Oakland’s Cathedral Building at 1615 Broadway when it went condo in early 2008: It’s across the bay, but we do love the building. Built in 1913 and designed by Benjamin Geer McDougall, the 14-story Oakland Federal Building is a shining example of the Gothic Revival movement. Renamed the Cathedral Building Read More »

Award Winning Potrero Hill “Flip House” Hits The Market For $3.5M

Award Winning Potrero Hill “Flip House” Hits The Market For $3.5M

The Anne Fougeron designed “Flip House,” an award winning modern renovation of a 1930s Potrero Hill rowhouse on Wisconsin Street, has just hit the market listed for $3,495,000. From Fougeron Architecture with respect to the 2012 project which cost $850,000 and why 664 Wisconsin was dubbed the “Flip House”: The Challenge: To reconnect an erratic Read More »

Before And After: A Designer Remodel And Meld

Before And After: A Designer Remodel And Meld

Purchased as a vacant two-unit building for $1,700,000 in May of 2013, the Cow Hollow property at 3218 Buchanan Street was “completely renovated in 2014″ under the direction of designer Jean-Pierre Berthy and has returned to the market configured as a single-family home for $2,995,000. The kitchen before and after: The new master bath with Porcelanosa tile Read More »

Alexandria Theater Sold, Redevelopment Plans Ramping Up

Alexandria Theater Sold, Redevelopment Plans Ramping Up

The dilapidated Alexandria Theater at 5400 Geary Boulevard which was approved for redevelopment over a year ago has been sold.  And according to Jessica Zhao, a representative for the new ownership group, the buyers are focused on getting the residential component of the development underway. As plugged-in people know, the approved plans for the project called Read More »

Ocean Avenue Rising: Designs For Four-Story Infill Development

Ocean Avenue Rising: Designs For Four-Story Infill Development

A 45-foot-tall building has been designed to rise on the corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues, across the street from the Ocean Avenue Whole Foods Market.  And as proposed, the 270 Brighton Avenue development will produce 28 dwelling units over two ground-floor commercial spaces and a garage for 10 cars and 28 bikes. In order Read More »

Designer Mint Plaza Penthouse On The Market For $4.5M

Designer Mint Plaza Penthouse On The Market For $4.5M

The 3,221 square foot penthouse atop the Silver Building, which fronts Mint Plaza at 424 Jessie Street, has hit the market listed for $4,500,000. The high-end kitchen is outfitted with Anigre wood cabinets, granite counter tops, and a cast glass eating counter which is mounted to a cast-in-place concrete kitchen island which includes a second sink. Read More »

Designs For A New Cafe And More At 7th And Brannan

Designs For A New Cafe And More At 7th And Brannan

Susie’s Café has closed.  Ed’s Auto Service was boarded up.  And as proposed and permitted, a 40-foot building with 5 little commercial spaces will be built on the southeast corner of 7th and Brannan. Designed by Levy Design Partners, the 603 7th Street project will yield 4,125 square feet of space, with roll-up doors along Read More »

Rincon Hill Tower Slated For Approval This Week

Rincon Hill Tower Slated For Approval This Week

San Francisco’s Planning Commission is slated to approve Crescent Heights’ plan to construct a 250-foot tower with 118 dwelling units at 325 Fremont Street this week. The plans to build a 200-foot tower with 51 units on the Rincon Hill site were first approved over a decade ago, plans which were revised in 2004 to yield Read More »

Jeanne Gang’s Design For 400-Foot Transbay District Tower Unveiled

Jeanne Gang’s Design For 400-Foot Transbay District Tower Unveiled

Jeanne Gang’s designs for a proposed 40-story tower and mid-rise project to rise on the northwest corner of Folsom and Spear Street have been unveiled. A “reinterpretation of the city’s fabled bay windows,” the 400-foot tower would be “clad in masonry tiles, with stacks of 45-degree-angle bays and balconies snaking back and forth” and include 250 market-rate condos.  An Read More »

Plans For Twelve-Story Tenderloin Development Move Ahead

Plans For Twelve-Story Tenderloin Development Move Ahead

While SB Architects appears to have replaced Heller Manus as the architects of record, the plans for a 12-story building with a mix of market-rate residential units over ground floor retail to rise on either side of the Metropolis Hotel on the corner of Mason and Turk in the Tenderloin are moving ahead. Currently the Read More »

Modern Cow Hollow Home On The Market For $10.5M

Modern Cow Hollow Home On The Market For $10.5M

Gutted and remodeled by Sheinholtz Associates in the 1990’s and then rebuilt in concrete, steel, aluminum and glass by Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects in 2006, the modern Cow Hollow home at 2555 Union Street was purchased for $7,950,000 in November of 2012 having been listed for $9,250,000 the year before. Measuring roughly 6,000 square feet across Read More »