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Ideas For Transforming Market Street Identified, Prototypes In 2015

Ideas For Transforming Market Street Identified, Prototypes In 2015

Chosen based on their “creativity, sense of community, potential to make Market Street a more vibrant public space and ability to identify Market Street as uniquely San Francisco,” the fifty (50) teams which will each receive a $2,000 stipend to prototype their ideas for San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival have been selected. The selected Read More »

Six-Story SoMa Development Dubbed 99 Rausch Slated For Approval

Six-Story SoMa Development Dubbed 99 Rausch Slated For Approval

The proposed six-story building to rise on the northwest corner of Folsom and Rausch, with 112 condos over 5,600 square feet of ground-floor retail fronting Folsom Street, is slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in three weeks time. Designed BAR Architects and dubbed 99 Rausch, which is not to be confused with Read More »

Plans For Low-Slung Berkeley Shopping Center Show Potential

Plans For Low-Slung Berkeley Shopping Center Show Potential

Plans to redevelop the 30,000-square-foot Bancroft Center retail complex, across the street from the UC Berkeley campus, have been drawn and the owners of the center have engaged Colliers to market the property and potential. As designed and envisioned by Lowney Architecture, “a new owner could potentially re-develop the site into a mixed-use Read More »

All Star Cafe Doomed, New Architect For Prominent 400-Foot Tower

All Star Cafe Doomed, New Architect For Prominent 400-Foot Tower

A 400-foot tower which was tentatively dubbed “One Van Ness” is still proposed to rise on the northwest corner of Market and Van Ness, but as a plugged-in reader noted last week on our piece about an adjacent project in the works, it’s no longer Richard Meier’s design which will rise on the site. And as John Read More »

The Ultimate Swinger’s Pad On South Park Sells For $5.7M

The Ultimate Swinger’s Pad On South Park Sells For $5.7M

As plugged-in people know, there’s a rather modern home hidden behind the traditional San Francisco façade at 41 South Park, a two-unit building which was rebuilt as a single-family residence with a gourmet kitchen overlooking the dining room and a double height ceiling from which swings were hung to surround the dining room table. Originally Read More »

Former Earthquake Cottage Sells For Over $2K Per Square Foot

Former Earthquake Cottage Sells For Over $2K Per Square Foot

Purchased for $500K in 2010 having previously sold for $633K in 2005, the former earthquake cottage at 1448 Kearny Street returned to the market last month having been renovated by its artist-owner, with whitewashed floors, raised ceilings and a new sleeping loft to make the most of its 350-ish-square-foot footprint. Listed for $679,000, the sale Read More »

A Remodeled Victorian That Doesn’t Belong In Dwell

A Remodeled Victorian That Doesn’t Belong In Dwell

Designed by Samuel Newsom and built in 1889, the big Queen Anne Victorian at 2604 Pacific Avenue has since been renovated and remodeled, but it hasn’t become a modern white box inside. The contemporary kitchen does open to both the family room and dining room , but with a set of doors that can Read More »

First Peek: Plans For Modern 12-Story Condo Building On Market

First Peek: Plans For Modern 12-Story Condo Building On Market

Trumark Urban is working on plans for a modern 12-story building to rise along Market and Oak Streets, between Franklin and Van Ness, with 109 condos over three ground-floor retail spaces and a basement garage with parking for 28 cars and 110 bikes. As designed by Handel Architects, the proposed 1546-1564 Market Street project would Read More »

More (Rendering) Porn For Central SoMa Site

More (Rendering) Porn For Central SoMa Site

As we first reported last month about the boutique office building to rise at 85 Bluxome: The financing to raze one of the last original porn studios left in SoMa and construct a five-story office building on its Bluxome Street site has been secured and the official groundbreaking for the 55,000 square foot development has been scheduled Read More »

Plans For More Development Along Third Street

Plans For More Development Along Third Street

More condos are in the works to rise in Dogpatch along Third Street, with plans to demolish the two buildings on the northeast corner of Third and 19th and construct two seven-story buildings, connected by pedestrian bridges on each floor, in their place. The proposed development would rise to a height of 68 feet, with 109 Read More »

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 »