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Analyst’s Airbnb Findings And Recommendations For San Francisco

Analyst’s Airbnb Findings And Recommendations For San Francisco

According to a new Legislative Analyst’s report, an estimated 25 to 50 percent of all Airbnb listings in San Francisco are for “commercially hosted” units, units which are continuously rented on a short-term basis and never occupied by their owners, “removing housing units that would otherwise be available for... Read More »

Google’s High-Tech Campus And Expansion Plans Cut Short

Google’s High-Tech Campus And Expansion Plans Cut Short

If approved, Google’s big plans for a new high-tech Mountain View campus would have effectively blocked LinkedIn’s plans for expansion. Instead, Google was only awarded 515,000 of the 2.2 million square feet of development rights for the North Bayshore area to be allocated last night, less than a quarter... Read More »

510 Townsend As Envisioned And Pre-Leased To Stripe

510 Townsend As Envisioned And Pre-Leased To Stripe

While not yet approved for development but working its way through Planning, Alexandria Real Estate Equities has pre-leased its proposed 299,160-square-foot building to rise up to seven stories at 510 Townsend Street to payments startup Stripe. Assuming all goes as both sides plan, Stripe will be able to make... Read More »

The Infamous “G” Unloading Infinity Penthouse, Asking $12M

The Infamous “G” Unloading Infinity Penthouse, Asking $12M

The infamous Gurbaksh Chahal (a.k.a. “G”) purchased the penthouse unit #37B atop the first tower of The Infinity at 301 Main Street for $6.925 million in early 2008 and spent a million dollars upgrading the 3,355 square foot condo, a budget which included a reported $250K in marble flooring... Read More »

Battles Over EV Charging Stations Brewing

Battles Over EV Charging Stations Brewing

Powertree, a local electric vehicle (EV) charging station startup, has lined up over 100 apartment buildings in San Francisco, Berkeley and Emeryville into which it plans to install solar-powered charging stations for residents, the first installation of which is slated for testing in the Mission in about a week.... Read More »

A High-Tech Conversion Of Saint Joseph’s Church

A High-Tech Conversion Of Saint Joseph’s Church

Vacant since damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, the plans to rehab the Saint Joseph’s Church, parish hall and rectory at 1401 Howard Street, and convert the church, so to speak, into an 18,000-square-foot office space with 1,300 square feet of retail and a 2,500-square-foot assembly hall... Read More »

Listings For Over 6,000 Illegal Rentals In S.F. On Airbnb Alone

As of noon today, there are roughly 6,500 listings for illegal short-term rentals in San Francisco on Airbnb alone. For as of February 1, 2015, unless a residential unit in San Francisco has been registered with the city and received a unique registration number from the Planning Department, it’s... Read More »

San Francisco’s Tech Sector Nearly Doubles In Four Years, But…

According to the Planning Department’s latest Commerce and Industry Inventory report for San Francisco, employment within the city’s tech sector has grown by almost 91% since 2009 – up from 19,700 to 37,600 jobs in 2013 – but still represents a fairly small proportion (6 percent) of total employment... Read More »

VC Funding In The U.S. Dropped 30% Last Quarter

The Glass Half Full: Venture capital investment in the U.S. was 59% higher in the first three quarters of 2014 versus the first three quarters of 2013, with $13.9 billion invested in second quarter of 2014 alone, the second highest quarter for venture funding since the first quarter of... Read More »

San Francisco Rents Pushing Professional Firms Out Of The City

San Francisco Rents Pushing Professional Firms Out Of The City

With demand for office space in San Francisco having reached an all-time high, the average asking rent for space in the city has increased 15 percent over the past year and nearly doubled since the first quarter of 2010, up 88 percent to just under $60 per square foot.... Read More »

San Francisco’s Flawed Airbnb Law Ready For Board Vote

Supervisor Chiu’s proposed ordinance which would legalize, but theoretically limit, short-term rental activity in San Francisco could be adopted by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors this afternoon.  And neither the hosts who have been heretofore illegally renting their units, nor the housing advocates and neighbors who have been lobbying for... Read More »

Redfin Rolls Out 3D Home Tours, Gimmick Or Game Changer?

While not yet available in San Francisco but coming soon, Redfin has started rolling out interactive 3D tours of homes listed by the brokerage in Seattle.  Powered by Matterport, the virtual walkthroughs are akin to “Google Street View, but for inside the home.” For an example of the Redfin... Read More »

SF’s Record Employment Run Continues, Hiring Jumps In July

SF’s Record Employment Run Continues, Hiring Jumps In July

While the unemployment rate in San Francisco ticked up from 4.6 percent to 4.9 percent in July due to a sharp increase in the size of the city’s labor force, the largest increase in over four years, the number of San Francisco residents with jobs increased by 3,600 last... Read More »

A Sugar Free Holiday Tweet For Staying Plugged-In

If you’re looking for another way to stay plugged-in to a selection of our featured stories, highlights and breaking news, our twitter feed is now up and running @socketsite. Read More »

Now Trending In Noe Valley

Now Trending In Noe Valley

Speaking of Noe Valley and Duncan Street, the sale of 313 Duncan which Twitter’s co-founder Evan Williams and his wife purchased for $2,400,000 in April of 2009 has closed escrow with a reported contract price of $3,200,000. Having been remodeled a bit since its purchase in 2009 the pair... Read More »