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Revised Designs And Timing For 18-Story Berkeley High-Rise

Revised Designs And Timing For 18-Story Berkeley High-Rise

The revised plans for a less-bulky, 18-story building that’s proposed to rise in Downtown Berkeley were presented to the community last night. As proposed, the 2129 Shattuck development, which would raze the existing Bank of America building on the site, includes a replacement Bank of America and 8,000-square-feet of... Read More »

Uber Campus Kerfuffle And Rendering Scoop

Uber Campus Kerfuffle And Rendering Scoop

The design of Uber’s worldwide headquarters to rise in San Francisco’s Mission Bay is off to a rocky start. According to a plugged-in insider who delivered the rendering and behind the scenes scoop, a conflict between Uber’s team and a Principal at Gensler has caused a shake-up within the... Read More »

Inner Mission Development Racing To Beat Building Moratorium

Inner Mission Development Racing To Beat Building Moratorium

A permit to raze the shuttered Western Plywood warehouse at Harrison and 22nd Streets in the Mission has been requested, and in its place, a four-story residential building is planned to rise, with the old Southern Pacific Railroad Right of Way right behind and Parque Ninos Unidos a block... Read More »

Rosewood Napa Valley?

Rosewood Napa Valley?

The Hong Kong-based family which owns the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, a favorite haunt of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and the cougars that hunt them, has been identified as the buyers of the Calistoga Hills Resort property, an 88-acre parcel of land upon which a 110-room luxury hotel, 20... Read More »

Record Setting Bernal Sale Didn’t Include A Parking Spot

Record Setting Bernal Sale Didn’t Include A Parking Spot

Newly constructed upon a previously vacant Bernal Heights parcel, the contemporary four-level home at 152 Elise Street features an open floor plan on the main level, two bedrooms on the level above, another two bedrooms on the level below, and a media/family room on the lowest level. What the... Read More »

Think You Know Noe? Now’s The Time To Tell

Think You Know Noe? Now’s The Time To Tell

The Noe Valley home at 56 Clipper hit the market two weeks ago listed for $859,000. And in the words of a plugged-in reader: “No doubt more of the same tired strategy of ‘list low, generate a lot of traffic and bids, break the hearts of many who thought... Read More »

Chinese Real Estate Giant Buys Site For Second-Tallest Tower In SF

Chinese Real Estate Giant Buys Site For Second-Tallest Tower In SF

Beijing-based Oceanwide Holdings has inked a deal to purchase the 50 First Street development site and plans for the second-tallest tower to rise over 900 feet in San Francisco for $296 million, nearly 150 percent more than the $122 million that local developer TMG Partners and Northwood Investors paid... Read More »

Apparently Housing Is Now The Mayor’s Only Priority

Apparently Housing Is Now The Mayor’s Only Priority

We’re not sure if it’s subtle positioning, posturing, or simply a work in progress, but as a plugged-in tipster notes, “Job Creation” and “Public Safety” have just been removed from the list of “Priorities” on the Office of the Mayor’s website and only “Housing” remains under the tab. Read More »

Storied Spreckels Mansion Quietly Sells For $10M

Storied Spreckels Mansion Quietly Sells For $10M

Both Jack London and Danny Glover have called the former Spreckels Mansion home.  And at one point in the 1960’s, the ballroom atop the 8,400-square-foot pad at 737 Buena Vista Avenue West had been converted into “Buena Vista Studios,” a studio in which the Grateful Dead recorded a few... Read More »

Milestone Day For CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital Project

Milestone Day For CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital Project

For those wondering how much deeper the massive hole being dug for CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital project will go, the answer is: not much.  In fact, the end of the project’s excavation phase was officially marked this afternoon with a “bottoming out” celebration to commemorate the milestone. In a... Read More »

Tech Couple Planning First Eight-Figure Noe Valley Estate

Tech Couple Planning First Eight-Figure Noe Valley Estate

When the young tech couple “who like to entertain” purchased the 6,000-square-foot home at 625 Duncan Street for $7 million earlier this year, it became the most expensive home to have ever traded hands in Noe Valley.  And that was just their starting point. Hidden behind an LLC, the couple... 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... Read More »

Forget Flip This House, It’s Time For Flip This Mansion!

Forget Flip This House, It’s Time For Flip This Mansion!

Listed for $11 million last September, the nearly 10,000-square-foot mansion at 3725 Washington Street and former Presidio Heights home of Diana Dollar Hickingbotham Knowles quietly sold for $8,400,000 four months ago. From the listing at the time: “This remarkable property was reinvented by the well-known designer, Michael Taylor, and has extraordinary... Read More »

Portola District Nano Brewery Plans Fermenting

Portola District Nano Brewery Plans Fermenting

Fresh off a successful CrowdBrewed campaign to fund the purchase of a 100 gallon nano brewing system and four fermentors, the founders of Ferment Drink Repeat, a start-up “Nano Brewery, Homebrew Supply Shop, and Brewery Incubator,” have signed a lease for a retail space on San Bruno Avenue in... Read More »

The Renoir Hotel’s Storied History

The Renoir Hotel’s Storied History

A plugged-in reader and former employee of the Renoir Hotel provides a fantastic breakdown of the Mid-Market building’s storied history and transformation over time: The origins of the Renoir Hotel go actually back to the years 1900-1904 when famous San Francisco architect Albert Pissis designed and built the Callaghan... Read More »