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State Bar Seeking To Cash Out In San Francisco

State Bar Seeking To Cash Out In San Francisco

According to a plugged-in tipster, the State Bar of California is planning put their 13-story building at 180 Howard Street on the market.  While the building will be offered without a price, apparently the State Bar has been counseled to expect bids well north of $100 million for the 200,000 square foot building. Any sale Read More »

Designs For Prominent SoMa Corner Development

Designs For Prominent SoMa Corner Development

A plugged-in tipster provides our first peek at a rendering for the proposed five-story development to rise on the corner of 9th and Howard, replacing the existing Chevron, Burger King and Starbucks on the West SoMa site. Designed by Levy Design Partners, the development includes 123 condo-mapped units; 13,000 square feet of commercial space; and Read More »

Razing The Roof For Condos To Rise

Razing The Roof For Condos To Rise

With the Nob Hill Neighbors’ appeal to block the development of 1601 Larkin Street denied and the project’s permits reinstated, the dilapidated First St. John’s United Methodist Church at the corner of Larkin and Clay has been getting ready to meet its maker in order for a five-floor building with 27 condos to rise.  And as captured by a plugged-in Read More »

Primed To Break The “Two Million Dollars Over Asking” Mark

Primed To Break The “Two Million Dollars Over Asking” Mark

What happens when you list a big Pacific Heights property that’s in good condition, and with even better bones, for $687 a square foot while other homes in the neighborhood have been selling for north of $1,000 a foot? Yes, it sells for “way over asking!” How far over asking? While the sale of 2224 Read More »

Nob Hill Development Unwrapped, Unexpected Detailing Revealed

Nob Hill Development Unwrapped, Unexpected Detailing Revealed

The top floors of the six-story, mixed-use development rising at 1645 Pacific Avenue have been unwrapped, unveiling a bit of unexpected detail work, as captured by a tipster: Read More »

Going, Going, And…Gone On Cathedral Hill

Going, Going, And…Gone On Cathedral Hill

From going, going, to gone, the old Jack Tar Hotel on Cathedral Hill has been razed and it’s on to months of digging for the foundation and parking garage of CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital to rise. Read More »

Ballot Measure To Further Limit Or Ban Short-Term Rentals In SF

According to an email from David Owen, Airbnb’s Regional Head of Public Policy, to a number of hosts, “a ballot initiative being drafted by opponents of home sharing that will be introduced tomorrow that would severely limit — and possibly ban — short-term rentals in San Francisco.” While details for the proposed initiative have yet Read More »

A Voyeur’s Dream Condo, Post-Bubble Buyer’s Dream Outcome

A Voyeur’s Dream Condo, Post-Bubble Buyer’s Dream Outcome

Purchased for $2,250,000 in 2007, remodeled with a wall of glass between a bedroom and living room to provide more light, and then listed for sale asking $2,595,000 in 2008, the rather voyeurlicious™ two-bedroom St. Regis condo #23F sold in a short sale for $1,588,000 in 2012. While never listed for sale, according to a Read More »

Going, Going, And Nearly Gone On Cathedral Hill

Going, Going, And Nearly Gone On Cathedral Hill

As a plugged-in reader reports, there’s not much left of the old Jack Tar/Cathedral Hill Hotel and the block should be cleared by the end of the month (click image to enlarge), making room for CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital to rise. Read More »

Cranespotting In Mission Bay: Kaiser Permanente’s MOB To Rise

Cranespotting In Mission Bay: Kaiser Permanente’s MOB To Rise

With foundation work underway, the crane for Kaiser Permanente’s modern nine-story medical office building to rise at 1600 Owens is now in place. Construction of the Mission Bay building is slated to be finished in late 2015 with Kaiser making their move in early 2016. Read More »

The Bernal Heights “Blast Zone”

The Bernal Heights “Blast Zone”

From the “BERNAL PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT!” flyer making the rounds, with a “PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PUTS LUXURY HOUSING AHEAD OF PUBLIC SAFETY” sub-header and the not so subtle graphic above, all emphasis as printed: “If you live, walk, run, garden, ride your bike, push your stroller, or fly your kite around Bernal Heights, you may have Read More »

Former Facebook Couple Design A 5,600-Foot Dolores Heights Home

Former Facebook Couple Design A 5,600-Foot Dolores Heights Home

The purchase of the 950-square-foot Dolores Heights cottage at 323 Cumberland Street along with its adjacent undeveloped lot for $3,550,000 in November of 2012 raised an eyebrow or two. The property had been listed for $2,400,000. Plans to raze the cottage, merge the lots and build a 5,600-square-foot home designed by architect John Maniscalo for Read More »

Falun Gong Buys Boys & Girls Club Building On Page For $6.9M

Falun Gong Buys Boys & Girls Club Building On Page For $6.9M

According to a plugged-in tipster, members of the Falun Gong have just paid $6.9 million for the Boys & Girls Club building at 1950 Page Street. The 32,000 square foot recreation center is one block from Haight Street and a building away from Golden Gate Park. As we first reported last year, the property is Read More »

The Plans To Raze A Hill And Build A Modern Mansion

The Plans To Raze A Hill And Build A Modern Mansion

Much to the chagrin of a number of neighbors and fans of the modernist movement, permits to raze the 1,700-square-foot, Henry Hill designed house at 65 Villa Terrace and construct a contemporary 6,000-square-foot home on the Clarendon Heights lot have been triaged and are making their way through Planning. Having traded for $1,620,000 in 2005, Read More »

Cathedral Hill Demolition Watch: No Rooms At The Inn, Offices Next

Cathedral Hill Demolition Watch: No Rooms At The Inn, Offices Next

Our plugged-in photographer reports the old Jack Tar Hotel’s event spaces, garage and hotel rooms have mostly been razed and the wrecking crew is staring to work on the remaining office section of the block (click photo to enlarge). As the Cathedral Hill site looked last month and two months before that. And of course, Read More »