July 2, 2010

And When It Comes To Fireworks, It's Hard To Beat Mother Nature

The sun sets over Golden Gate Bridge (

As the sun sets over San Francisco we wish you a safe holiday weekend.

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May 11, 2010

Don't Ignore The Subtle Signs...

Divisadero and Broadway: 5/11/10 (

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.

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December 17, 2009

Same Story, Different Day, Additional Architectural Context

850 Broderick (

Hats Off To Zygmunt Arendt And "His House" At 850 Broderick | Comments [SocketSite]

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October 5, 2009

The Renovation Of 3855 Washington: Before, After And Inside

3855 Washington Before (Image Source:

While we have the before (above) and after (below) photos for 3855 Washington...

3855%20Washington.jpg promised, the offering now features a few interior shots and a website as well.

3855 Washington: Inside

∙ Listing: 3855 Washington (6/6.5) - $8,000,000 [] [MLS]
3855 Washington Joins The Recently Renovated "Heights" Fray [SocketSite]

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July 28, 2009

A 10th And Mission Triptych In Reverse For Mercy Housing Rising

10th and Mission: 7/27/09 (

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.

10th and Mission Mercy Housing Rendering

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.

10th and Mission: Before (Image Source:

Affordable Family Housing Rising (And Rendered) At 10th And Mission [SocketSite]

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July 16, 2009

700 Valencia: Topped Off And Filling Out

700 Valencia: 7/15/09 (

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.

700 Valencia Street: The Details And Designs For Moving Forward [SocketSite]

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July 1, 2009

Is The Captain’s House (300 Sea Cliff) Preparing For Another Voyage?

300 Sea Cliff (

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]

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March 24, 2009

Architecture Watch: 118 Cervantes Boulevard Gone Green/Modern

118 Cervantes Boulevard (

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.

118 Cervantes Boulevard: Detail (

And of course, how it looked before:

118 Cervantes Boulevard: Before (Image Source:

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September 26, 2008

San Francisco Rising And A Fresh Perspective On Millennium Tower

San Francisco Cityscape: 9/26/08 (

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).

Millennium Tower Aerial: 9/26/08 (

Four Views From Atop San Francisco’s Topped-Off Millennium Tower [SocketSite]

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September 23, 2008

Two Different Perspectives, One Marina Block And An Oasis Of Green

On Alhambra Looking West (

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.

143-149 Alhambra (

Kudos to the owners for this little oasis of neighborhood green (and our encouragement for others to follow suit).

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August 15, 2008

Avalon At Mission Bay Phase III (240 Berry) Rises Up Aside Arterra

Avalon at Mission Bay III Rising Up Across The Creek (

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]

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August 12, 2008

The Artani (818 Van Ness) Update: From Unveiled To Unwrapped

818 Van Ness: 8/11/08 (

The Artani has been unwrapped. Feel free to compare and contrast (and spill the scoop).

818 Van Ness: 8/11/08 (

818 Van Ness: Building Still Wrapped, Name Unveiled (“The Artani”) [SocketSite]
The SocketSite Scoop On The 52 Condos Rising At 818 Van Ness Ave [SocketSite]

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July 8, 2008

Let’s Get It Right (And On The Record): Basic Instinct = 2930 Vallejo

2930 Vallejo: Landing (

If you’re thinking 'Basic Instinct,' this is the house (2930 Vallejo). Not 2950 Vallejo (which is right next door) nor 2100 Vallejo (which is not).

2930 Vallejo: The 'Basic Instinct' House (

Simply consider this a “sleepiguy” inspired public service announcement of the week. And should the question ever again arise, you now know where to link...

Trophy Home Watch On Vallejo: Next Door Neighbors Edition [SocketSite]
It Might Not Have A Name, But It’s A Vallejo Mansion Nonetheless [SocketSite]

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May 13, 2008

From Rendering To Reality (Although Not Quite Finality): 766 Harrison

766 Harrison: 5/13/08 (

A plugged-in tipster notes that the scaffolding has been stripped from 766 Harrison and what’s rising rings true to the rendering (with the exception of that two-way street).

766 Harrison: 5/13/08 (

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).

The 98 “Sophisticated/Stylish” Studio Apartments Of 766 Harrison [SocketSite]

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May 2, 2008

No Real Story, It Simply Seemed Ever So San Francisco

731 Buena Vista Avenue: Gate (

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."

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April 16, 2008

Arterra (300 Berry) Sheds A Little More (In More Ways Than One)

Arterra 4/16/08 (

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."

Arterra (300 Berry) Selectively Starts To Shed Its Bovis Blue Wrapper [SocketSite]

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March 19, 2008

Arterra (300 Berry) Selectively Starts To Shed Its Bovis Blue Wrapper

Arterra (300 Berry): 3/18/08 (

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.

Arterra (300 Berry) Tops Off At 16 And Aims For A Spring '08 Opening [SocketSite]

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February 12, 2008

A Little Extra Perspective On The Listing: 2243 Greenwich

The tightly cropped photo from the listing:

2243 Greenwich: Listing Photo

A bit broader perspective from SocketSite:

2243 Greenwich (

And the close-up for those who might be more interested in renting:

2243 Greenwich For Rent (

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]

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February 8, 2008

Four Views From Atop San Francisco’s Topped-Off Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower's topping-off bucket and tree (

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):

Millennium Tower: View from PH1B on the 58th floor (

One of the neighbor's views from PH1C to the southeast:

Millennium Tower: View from PH1C

One of their neighbor's views from PH1D to the south:

Millennium Tower: View from PH1D

And rounding out the 58th floor, a view from PH1A to the west:

Millennium Tower: View from PH1A

Millennium Tower (301 Mission) Update: Construction And Topping-Off [SocketSite]

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February 6, 2008

No Story, Simply A Fresh SocketSite Perspective On One Rincon Hill

One Rincon Hill (

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July 30, 2007

Arterra (300 Berry) Tops Off At 16 And Aims For A Spring '08 Opening

Arterra under construction: 07/29/07 (

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]

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July 24, 2007

Those Amazing Automated Aluminum Louvers On 1234 Howard

1234 Howard: Aluminum Louvers (

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.

1234 Howard: Aluminum Louvers (

And of course, a few more photos from the inside (a week before the rumored sneak peeks for a select few):

1234 Howard: Looking out to the south east (

1234 Howard: Looking out to the north (

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]

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July 20, 2007

A Few Picture Postcard Views From The 59th Floor Of One Rincon Hill

A view of San Francisco 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).

Looking East from the 59th floor of One Rincon Hill (

And speaking of underutilized surface parking lots (and at least one new development):

San Francisco parking lots (and at least one new development) from the 59th floor of One Rincon Hill (

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]

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April 25, 2006

Kiss That Deposit Goodbye

The Penske Moving Dumpster

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]

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February 8, 2006

Renovation Sighting: 3536 Sacramento

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...

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December 3, 2005

SocketSnaps: Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party 2005

Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party.jpg

Hopefully you made it to the Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party. It was perfect holiday weather, shopping, and cheer.

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