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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 »

Is $5 Million The New $3 Million Near Mission Dolores Park?

Is $5 Million The New $3 Million Near Mission Dolores Park?

Following a down to the studs renovation, expansion and opening up, the five-bedroom home at 41 Cumberland Street sold for $3.15 million in February of 2010 having been listed for $3.395 million at the time. While there have been a couple of changes to the interior design of the home since 2010, such as those 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 »

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 »

Noe Valley Oasis With Five-Car Garage Listed For $4.9 Million

Noe Valley Oasis With Five-Car Garage Listed For $4.9 Million

Purchased as a 1,050-square-foot, two-bedroom home without a garage for $850,0000 in 2011, the now five-bedroom home with parking for five cars at 90 Jersey Street has just returned to the market listed for $4,895,000 as a “private oasis amidst exciting and energetic urban environment” that is Noe Valley. Boasting “clean contemporary lines Read More »

Contemporary Fixtures With Victorian Charm?

Contemporary Fixtures With Victorian Charm?

The 4,000-square-foot Victorian at 1120 South Van Ness Avenue has been remodeled.  But as illustrated by the master bath, this isn’t your typical gut job.  And many of the home’s original details, and rooms, and remain intact. In the yard behind, the outdoor kitchen includes the modern grill and fridge.  And it isn’t a gas Read More »

Twitter Won’t Be Expanding Into “1 Tenth”

Twitter Won’t Be Expanding Into “1 Tenth”

The ten-story building at 875 Stevenson Street was constructed as an expansion of the San Francisco Mart and Western Merchandise Exchange building at 1355 Market Street in 1975. Recently re-skinned and redeveloped as part of Shorenstein’s Market Square development, and with plans for a 35-foot skybridge to be built between the upper floors of the Read More »

Renovated, Restored And Reduced $500K

Renovated, Restored And Reduced $500K

Designed by Albert Pissis and built in 1894, the Alamo Square Victorian at 860 Fell Street has been “meticulously renovated and restored” over the past twenty years by its current owners.  Think grand chandeliers, imported French drapery, and woodwork which was painstakingly stripped with dental tools to restore it to its original state. Listed for Read More »

Plans To Gut Zynga Founder’s Stunning $18M Home

Plans To Gut Zynga Founder’s Stunning $18M Home

As we wrote when we first reported the listing of Mark Pincus’ Pacific Heights pad for $18 million last week, while the Albert Farr-designed Gold Coast home currently remains in its original condition and is rather well-kept, with period woodwork and detailing throughout, plans to renovate the entire home were quietly filed a few weeks Read More »

If Whitewashed Interiors Drive You Insane, Look Away.  Otherwise…

If Whitewashed Interiors Drive You Insane, Look Away. Otherwise…

Purchased for $1,320,000 nine months ago with an overgrown yard and “many of 1920’s details intact,” 1360 Portola Drive has since been “updated and redesigned with luxury modern day amenities throughout.” Look away if it drives you crazy to see original wood trim that’s been painted white.  Otherwise, here are a few of the Read More »

An Artistic Re-Renovation Of An Earthquake Cottage

An Artistic Re-Renovation Of An Earthquake Cottage

Purchased for $633,000 in late 2005, the Telegraph Hill cottage at 1448 Kearny Street returned to the market in 2007 having been “magically  transformed” by an interior decorator “to resemble the cottages of napa valley bed & breakfast” and was listed for $779,000. And in 2010, the former earthquake cottage resold for $500,000. Since re-renovated Read More »

Pincus Selling Pac Heights Pad For $18M

Pincus Selling Pac Heights Pad For $18M

Having paid $16 million for the nearly 12,000-square-foot Pacific Heights pad at 2950 Pacific Avenue in 2012, Mark and Alison Pincus, the respective co-founders of Zynga and One Kings Lane, have just put their distinctive Dutch Colonial mansion on the market for two million more. Designed by Albert Farr and built in 1907, plans to Read More »

Sophisticated And “Off The Market” (But Available For $14.5M)

Sophisticated And “Off The Market” (But Available For $14.5M)

Purchased for $11 million in 2007, a year-long renovation of the Presidio Heights home at 3501 Jackson Street was completed in 2008, resulting in an 8,000-square-foot home that’s “delightfully modernized and eminently sophisticated.” How sophisticated?  Well, this is “his” master bath and closet (the shower is behind the sink, and of course she has a Read More »

Meticulously Restored, Renovated And On The Market For $6.9M

Meticulously Restored, Renovated And On The Market For $6.9M

Managing to restore and preserve its original architecture while “bringing the home into the 21 century,” the current owners of the 5,900-square-foot Spanish Mediterranean home at 3560 Baker Street have meticulously and extensively remodeled the property. The home’s new kitchen is contemporary and clean.  And it fits right in. And the lower-level “recreation room” is Read More »