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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 »

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... 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... 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 »