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Modern Mansion Will Rise but Penthouse Could Get Cut

Modern Mansion Will Rise but Penthouse Could Get Cut

San Francisco’s Board of Appeals has upheld the approval of a permit to start demolishing the existing 3,835-square-foot home at 255 Sea Cliff Avenue in order to make way for a modern mansion to rise. But the fate of the mansion’s previously approved design remains in flux. While a... Read More »

Renovated Loft in an Iconic Building Returns to 2014 Price

Renovated Loft in an Iconic Building Returns to 2014 Price

Listed for $1.395 million in July of 2014, reduced to $1.295 million that August and then re-listed anew for “$995,000” the next month, the 1,229-square-foot unit #310 in the iconic Heublein Building at 601 4th Street officially sold with “multiple offers!” and an “over asking” contract price of $1,095,000... Read More »

Fear of Millennial Revelry Results in Hotel Rebranding and Redesign

Fear of Millennial Revelry Results in Hotel Rebranding and Redesign

Facing pushback from a number of Planning Commissioners who echoed the fears of neighbors that the proposed Moxy Hotel, a Marriott brand which targets the millennial traveler, “who understands that style can be delivered at attractive prices,” could attract “late-night activity that is incompatible with the adjacent residential development,”... Read More »

Ironic Decor and Reduction for a Remodeled ‘Penthouse’ Loft

Ironic Decor and Reduction for a Remodeled ‘Penthouse’ Loft

Purchased for $1.65 million in May of 2016, the 2,000-ish-square-foot unit #403 on the fourth floor of 767 Bryant Street returned to the market listed for $1.75 million this past June having been completed remodeled “from the studs up,” with high-end and custom finishes throughout and the phrase, “Success... Read More »

Major NoPa Development Redesigned, Plans Formalized

Major NoPa Development Redesigned, Plans Formalized

Plans to demolish the Divisadero Touchless Carwash and Roy’s Shell station on the northeast corner of Divisadero and Oak and construct a six-story development with 177 apartments over 8,000 square feet of retail space and a stacked garage for 75 cars have been redesigned by WDG Architecture (versus SCB)... Read More »

Building Up Berkeley: Five Steel-Skinned Stories as Proposed

Building Up Berkeley: Five Steel-Skinned Stories as Proposed

Plans to level the former Northwest Berkeley service station turned abandoned tax office at 1740 San Pablo Avenue are in the works. And as proposed, a five-story building with 48 apartments over 4 street level live/work units and a stacked garage for 53 cars will rise up to 59... Read More »

Contentious Development on the Market Touting Opposed Luxury

Contentious Development on the Market Touting Opposed Luxury

While opposed by the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), which raised concerns that the “luxurious project comprised of large, high-end units would be occupied by wealthy residents that will negatively impact the character of this working-class neighborhood and directly and indirectly contribute to displacement impacts that threaten the community’s... Read More »

Approved Plans for Modern Mansion Rankles its Neighbors

Approved Plans for Modern Mansion Rankles its Neighbors

Purchased as a meticulously maintained Sea Cliff home for $3.15 million in March of 2012, plans to raze the 3,835-square-foot house at 255 Sea Cliff Avenue soon emerged as did plans for a modern 6,100-square-foot home designed by Butler Armsden Architects to rise up to four stories in height... Read More »

Impact of Another Mega-Development about to Be Assessed

Impact of Another Mega-Development about to Be Assessed

With the adjacent Pier 70 project having been approved, the preparation of the required Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the even larger Potrero Power Plant site project, the preliminary plans for which we first revealed a couple months ago, is about to get underway. As envisioned by the development... Read More »

Mid-Market Hotel Closer to Reality and Planning Has a Concern

Mid-Market Hotel Closer to Reality and Planning Has a Concern

Having received an exemption from having to complete a resource intensive environmental impact report, and with some confusion as to the historic merits of the existing, versus previous, Kaplan’s Surplus store building on the Mid-Market site having been resolved, the plans for a 10-story hotel to rise at 1055... Read More »