CATEGORY ARCHIVE: SocketSnaps
July 2, 2010
And When It Comes To Fireworks, It's Hard To Beat Mother Nature
As the sun sets over San Francisco we wish you a safe holiday weekend.
May 11, 2010
Don't Ignore The Subtle Signs...
You might want to avoid the intersection of Broadway and Divisadero this afternoon. The sign in the shadows above: "Sharp Crest: Trucks Not Advised." Don't ignore the signs.
December 17, 2009
Same Story, Different Day, Additional Architectural Context
∙ Hats Off To Zygmunt Arendt And "His House" At 850 Broderick | Comments [SocketSite]
October 5, 2009
The Renovation Of 3855 Washington: Before, After And Inside
While we have the before (above) and after (below) photos for 3855 Washington...
...as promised, the offering now features a few interior shots and a website as well.
∙ Listing: 3855 Washington (6/6.5) - $8,000,000 [3855washington.com] [MLS]
∙ 3855 Washington Joins The Recently Renovated "Heights" Fray [SocketSite]
July 28, 2009
A 10th And Mission Triptych In Reverse For Mercy Housing Rising
Once again, the 12-story Mercy Housing project on the northeast corner of 10th and Mission should be completed by August. Current reality above and as rendered below.
Soon to be 136 affordable apartments for families with household incomes ranging from 15% to 45% of the area's median, a 5,400 square foot youth/family center, and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor neighborhood retail space where the King Diner once stood.
July 16, 2009
700 Valencia: Topped Off And Filling Out
700 Valencia has topped off and is filling out. And based on the framing, the fourth floor facade looks to have changed ever so slightly from its original design.
July 1, 2009
Is The Captain’s House (300 Sea Cliff) Preparing For Another Voyage?
As we wrote in October of 2007:
57 months (no not days) after first hitting the market for $23,500,000, and nine months after undergoing an $8,000,000 renovation (and subsequently raising its asking price by $2,400,000), the list price on the Captain's House (300 Sea Cliff) has been reduced by $3,900,000 and it’s now listed for $22,000,000. And yes, we liked the brick better as well.
As far as we know it never sold, but with new scaffolding wrapping the exterior a couple of weeks ago perhaps it’s preparing a return. Apparently those $8,000,000 renovations just don’t last like they used to.
UPDATE: A plugged-in sleepiguy confirms: "Yes, it's coming back on the market. The remodel wasn't quite 8 million. Very, very close, but not quite."
∙ Ex-Listing: 300 Sea Cliff Avenue (5/5.5) - $22,000,000 [Sotheby's]
∙ 300 Sea Cliff: $3,900,000 Reduction (After An $8,000,000 Renovation) [SocketSite]
∙ Top Five San Francisco Trophy Homes [SocketSite]
∙ The $8,000,000
Man Renovation [SocketSite]
∙ Another Chance At (For?) The Captain's House (300 Sea Cliff Ave) [SocketSite]
∙ Checking In On 300 Sea Cliff Ave [SocketSite]
March 24, 2009
Architecture Watch: 118 Cervantes Boulevard Gone Green/Modern
It’s a rather dramatic rebuild and rebranding of 118 Cervantes Boulevard that incorporates wood, concrete and two arrays of exposed photovoltaic cells on its façade.
And of course, how it looked before:
September 26, 2008
San Francisco Rising And A Fresh Perspective On Millennium Tower
A plugged-in tipster passes along a few shots of San Francisco rising (with room to grow). And a fresh perspective on Millennium Tower (real not rendered).
September 23, 2008
Two Different Perspectives, One Marina Block And An Oasis Of Green
Two different perspectives, one Marina block. Looking west-ish from out front of 147-149 Alhambra above. Looking east-ish across 143-149 Alhambra below.
Kudos to the owners for this little oasis of neighborhood green (and our encouragement for others to follow suit).
August 15, 2008
Avalon At Mission Bay Phase III (240 Berry) Rises Up Aside Arterra
While Arterra has opened its doors, the third phase of Avalon at Mission Bay (240 Berry) rises across the street. And for those who don’t already know, the design of what’s to be (and one sweet construction cam).
∙ Arterra (300 Berry) Update: Sales Office Onsite And Models Unveiling [SocketSite]
∙ 240 Berry: No Condos For You [SocketSite]
∙ Avalon At Mission Bay Phase III (240 Berry) Starts Its Ascent [SocketSite]
August 12, 2008
The Artani (818 Van Ness) Update: From Unveiled To Unwrapped
July 8, 2008
Let’s Get It Right (And On The Record): Basic Instinct = 2930 Vallejo
∙ Trophy Home Watch On Vallejo: Next Door Neighbors Edition [SocketSite]
∙ It Might Not Have A Name, But It’s A Vallejo Mansion Nonetheless [SocketSite]
May 13, 2008
From Rendering To Reality (Although Not Quite Finality): 766 Harrison
And while our tipster also offered to send along a photo, we just couldn’t wait (but bonus points for the gesture and a gentle reminder that we always appreciate a good pic or tip).
May 2, 2008
No Real Story, It Simply Seemed Ever So San Francisco
No real story (and it's not for sale), we simply loved the craftsmanship and style of the gate (731 Buena Vista Avenue). And it somehow seems ever so San Francisco.
UPDATE (5/5): From one plugged-in reader: "[T]hat once was bobby mcferrin's house -- perhaps it is he who came up with the dough for such a fabulous custom gate." And from another: "Any info on who built the gate (artist/craftsman)?" Readers?
UPDATE (5/5): Still no word on the artist, but some additional detail on the original patron of the gates: "Yes, that is Graham Nash's place (long time ago) and i believe it was he who commissioned the gates....After McFarrin moved in he had the gates refurbished. They were taken down and sent somewhere...the neighborhood assumed he removed them and there was a mini uproar."
April 16, 2008
Arterra (300 Berry) Sheds A Little More (In More Ways Than One)
The latest Arterra incentive: 4.875% 5-year fixed rate (i.e., 5/1 ARM) financing plus a $20,000 flex incentive on two-bedroom units. And a bit of the fine print: "Based on loan amount of $417,000 and $700,000 purchase price."
March 19, 2008
Arterra (300 Berry) Selectively Starts To Shed Its Bovis Blue Wrapper
As a number of plugged-in readers have noted, Arterra has selectively started to shed its Bovis blue wrapper (which we really think should have been green). And while they were aiming for a spring opening last July, at this point we have more than just a feeling that summer might be the new new target.
February 12, 2008
A Little Extra Perspective On The Listing: 2243 Greenwich
The tightly cropped photo from the listing:
A bit broader perspective from SocketSite:
And the close-up for those who might be more interested in renting:
UPDATE (2/22): From a plugged-in tipster: "Price was just reduced to 1,995,000 - agent remarks say it is now a 'bank short sell'."
∙ Listing: 2243 Greenwich (6/5) - $2,200,000 [MLS]
February 8, 2008
Four Views From Atop San Francisco’s Topped-Off Millennium Tower
The ceremonial last concrete bucket and traditional topping-off tree have been hoisted 645 feet atop San Francisco’s Millennium Tower. And from there, we head straight to the views. First up and appropriately enough (as it's from the very first Millennium condo to go into contract), a view from what will be Unit B on the 58th floor (a.k.a. PH1B):
One of the neighbor's views from PH1C to the southeast:
One of their neighbor's views from PH1D to the south:
And rounding out the 58th floor, a view from PH1A to the west:
February 6, 2008
No Story, Simply A Fresh SocketSite Perspective On One Rincon Hill
July 30, 2007
Arterra (300 Berry) Tops Off At 16 And Aims For A Spring '08 Opening
According to Intracorp, Arterra has topped off at 16 floors and should be completed and closing escrows next Spring (2008). As best we can tell they’re still running under 50% in contract. And no, we can’t explain why they wrapped the building in Bovis blue (rather than Arterra "green").
∙ Rooms With An 11th Floor View (From The Arterra): 300 Berry [SocketSite]
∙ Out With The HOAs (For Now) In With The Sub-Zero (And Plasmas) [SocketSite]
∙ The Arterra: “Clean Design, Pure Living” At 300 Berry Street [SocketSite]
July 24, 2007
Those Amazing Automated Aluminum Louvers On 1234 Howard
A reader notices the individually operated (unit-by-unit that is) aluminum louvers being installed on the south face of 1234 Howard (and notes floor plans on the updated property website). And in the interests of our readers (okay, and of ourselves), we immediately dispatched a photographer.
And of course, a few more photos from the inside (a week before the rumored sneak peeks for a select few):
UPDATE: According to sfnewdevelopments: two (2) studios in the mid $400’s (one BMR); eight (8) "one-bedrooms" in the mid $600’s (one BMR); and six "two-bedrooms" around $800K to $900K. Oh, and “there were originally eight 2BR units but Mr. Saitowitz himself will be living in 2 of them.” Let's just say we're not too surprised (notice the walkway connecting the top two south facing units) and it doesn't suck to be Saitowitz.
∙ New Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Condos: 1234 Howard [SocketSite]
July 20, 2007
A Few Picture Postcard Views From The 59th Floor Of One Rincon Hill
You can argue the architecture all you want (over here), but it’s hard to argue with the views (from the 59th Floor of One Rincon Hill tower one). And no, we weren’t kidding about the time capsule (which was blessed today and will be retrieved in 50 years).
And speaking of underutilized surface parking lots (and at least one new development):
∙ One Rincon Hill: Another Fontana Or Transamerica In The Making? [SocketSite]
∙ One Rincon Hill “Rumors”: Construction, Closings and Time Capsule [SocketSite]
∙ More 'Manhattanization' Of San Francisco: Paying More For Parking [SocketSite]
April 25, 2006
Kiss That Deposit Goodbye
At first glance, it’s just another move. Upon closer inspection, however, it’s poignant commentary on the springtime rush to renovate and the heightened demand for construction dumpsters (and perhaps lack thereof) in San Francisco.
On a much smaller scale, perhaps not too dissimilar from the shortage of labor and materials that Jeff Hutchinson of Monahan Pacific recently cited as their reason for canceling plans to build a condominium tower at 535 Mission.
"With all the residential that is being built, it's tough to get a crew," said Hutchinson. "We would have been fighting for a tower crane reservation. There is a waiting list for man lifts. Given that type of environment and given that it was going to get worse before it would get better, it was not readily apparent that the costs would settle."
Wonder if Penske rents anything that could double as a tower crane or man lift...
∙ Developer drops plans for condo tower [bizjournals]
February 8, 2006
Renovation Sighting: 3536 Sacramento
Numerous hopeful NIMBYs have asked us if we could provide any insight into the renovation of the beautiful old building located at 3536 Sacramento which used to the home of an “unsightly garage and body shop”. That we can.
The new tenant will be...the same old garage and body shop. We can hear the collective sighs from here. And know where we’re going the next time we need an oil change...
December 3, 2005
SocketSnaps: Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party 2005
Hopefully you made it to the Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party. It was perfect holiday weather, shopping, and cheer.