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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 »

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... 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... 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. ... 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... 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 »