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Plans for This Cursed Van Ness Corridor Corner Closer to Reality

Plans for This Cursed Van Ness Corridor Corner Closer to Reality

Plans to raze the Pacific Heights Auto Body shop at 1675 Pacific Avenue and the perennially cursed restaurant space at 2050 Van Ness Avenue, on the southeast corner of Pacific, across from the blessed Steakhouse of Harris, have been in the works for two years. Yesterday, the formal application... Read More »

Evolution on Market and Grove

Evolution on Market and Grove

Plans to add six new stories atop the skinny two-story building at 1236 Market Street, adjacent to Sam’s Diner at 1220 Market, have been drawn and submitted to the City for review. The proposed project and existing building on the site extend to 37 Grove Street, which was formerly... Read More »

200-Foot-Tall Mission Street Development Closer to Reality

200-Foot-Tall Mission Street Development Closer to Reality

While originally only zoned for development up to 120 feet in height, an amendment to allow a 21-story building to rise up to 200 feet on the SoMa parcel at 1270 Mission Street, which is currently occupied by the 1,200 square foot SF Pizza Café and surface parking lot... Read More »

Appraised for $1.8M but No Sale When Listed for $600K Less

Appraised for $1.8M but No Sale When Listed for $600K Less

Purchased as a Bernal Heights fixer for $580,000 in October of 2014, the 912-square-foot, one-bedroom house at 519 Nevada Street was flipped for $815,000 four months later with no improvements save plans for a major expansion. Subsequently taken down to the studs, 519 Nevada Street returned to the market... Read More »

Lake Merritt Rising: The Plans for a Grand Parking Lot Parcel with Views

Lake Merritt Rising: The Plans for a Grand Parking Lot Parcel with Views

The site of a gas station from the mid-1940s to 1991, the service station at 500 Grand Avenue was demolished in 1992, its underground storage tanks were removed, and the parcel was turned into a surface parking lot with views of Lake Merritt. But as proposed, the 500 Grand... Read More »

Foreclosed upon El Rey Theater Could Soon Be Landmarked

Foreclosed upon El Rey Theater Could Soon Be Landmarked

Designed by master architect Timothy Pflueger and opened in 1931, the 1,800-seat El Rey Theater at 1970 Ocean Avenue was shuttered and sold to Voice of Pentecost in 1977, which then converted the 35,000-square-foot building into a church and small Pentecostal school. Mortgaged to pay for upgrades to the... Read More »

Plans for Historic Tech Space on Howard

Plans for Historic Tech Space on Howard

Plans to convert the two-story warehouse building at 1076 Howard Street into 15,000 square feet of open tech space are in the works, which includes an expansion of the building’s mezzanine level and the addition of a new roof deck and stairwell. While historic designations can hinder development, in... Read More »

Nicolas Cage’s Loss Is on the Market, Priced for a $7 Million Gain

Nicolas Cage’s Loss Is on the Market, Priced for a $7 Million Gain

Purchased by Nicolas Cage by way of an anonymous trust for $9.4 million back in 2006, the Russian Hill mansion at 898 Francisco Street resold for $8.5 million in July of 2008, which included the undeveloped lot fronting Hyde Street behind, the development of which could dramatically impact the... Read More »

Lucas Picks LA over SF for Billion Dollar Museum

Lucas Picks LA over SF for Billion Dollar Museum

The billion dollar Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Los Angles rather than San Francisco. While the museum’s Board of Directors focused on the positives in their announcement yesterday, noting that LA’s Exposition Park location will best position the museum “to have the greatest impact on... Read More »

A Race to (Fore)Close in Saint Francis Wood

A Race to (Fore)Close in Saint Francis Wood

Purchased for $910,000 in 2003 having sat empty for 25 years, the St. Francis Wood home at 250 Santa Paula Avenue, which was originally designed by noted architect Angus McSweeney, returned to the market listed for $2,995,000 in 2008, following a major renovation and expansion to five floors connected... Read More »