Foreclosed Upon SF Mansion Flipped For A Few Million More

Foreclosed Upon SF Mansion Flipped For A Few Million More

Purchased for $3,875,000 at the end of 2007, the nearly 8,000-square-foot Victorian at 21 Buena Vista Avenue East, which features 22 remodeled rooms, 1,700 square feet of private gallery space, and a cellar for 3,000 bottles of wine, returned to the market last year listed for $6,500,000, was reduced to $5,900,000 and briefly... Read More »

U.S. Housing Starts Slip But Permit Activity Hits Six-Year High

The annual pace of housing starts in the U.S. fell 2.8 percent from September to October but remains 7.8 percent higher versus the same time last year as the pace of construction for structures with five or more units slumped 15.5 percent in October (down 6.8 percent year-over-year) but single-family home starts increased 4.2 percent (up 15.4 percent Read More »

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Designed by Swedish-born master architect August Nordin and built in 1907, the Swedish American Hall at 2168 Market Street is on its way to becoming an official San Francisco landmark. From the Planning Department’s Draft Landmark Designation report for the building, the renovation of which is nearing completion and includes a new Basque-inspired restaurant (“Aatxe”) Read More »

Four New Policy Papers To Shape SF’s Central SoMa Plan

Four New Policy Papers To Shape SF’s Central SoMa Plan

San Francisco’s Central SoMa Plan will define the City’s vision and strategies, and the overall potential, for developing the area bounded by Market, Sixth, Second and Townsend Streets, 260 acres of prime urban space bisected by the Central Subway project and an emergent Fourth Street transit spine. En route to publishing the plan’s Draft Environmental Read More »

A High Tech Home Hidden Behind A Classic Façade

A High Tech Home Hidden Behind A Classic Façade

Purchased as a two-unit building for $1,350,000 two years ago, the “stunning rebuilt Pacific Heights residence” at 3083 California Street has just returned to the market listed as a “Modern/High Tech” single-family home for $4,895,000. The 4,658-square-foot home’s listed four bedrooms include the new “media room/guest bedroom” with a “wet-bar” on the lower level. The Read More »

West SoMa Development Watch: 99 Rausch Refined

West SoMa Development Watch: 99 Rausch Refined

The cement plaster lattice which was originally intended to frame a phantom sixth floor on the corner of the proposed building to rise at Folsom and Rausch has been removed from the project’s final design, but otherwise the architecture for the development dubbed 99 Rausch remains fundamentally the same and is slated to be approved Read More »

European Food Market Razed For Condos To Rise

European Food Market Razed For Condos To Rise

As plugged-in readers knew to expect and a tipster reports, the former European Food market at 3038 Clement Street has been razed to make way for a six-unit condominium development to rise, with three two-bedrooms and three three-bedrooms along with parking for ten bikes and six cars over a smaller ground-floor retail space. Read More »

“Urban Outlet” Retail Center To Rise On Candlestick Point

“Urban Outlet” Retail Center To Rise On Candlestick Point

An agreement to develop a 500,000-square-foot “urban outlet” retail center on the site of the soon-to-be-former Candlestick Park has been signed and the shopping center is slated to open in 2017, developed in partnership between Lennar, the neighborhood’s master developer, and retail developer Macerich, the developer of The Village at Corte Madera and Broadway Plaza in Read More »

Redesigned To Blow You Away, But Hopefully Not Off A Balcony

Redesigned To Blow You Away, But Hopefully Not Off A Balcony

As you might have guessed, it’s not only the ground floor of the proposed Transbay Block 5 office tower to rise on the northeast corner of Howard and Beale which has been refined and redesigned, but the entire 550-foot building. Large outdoor terraces still step-up the side of the tower, a central element of the design Read More »

Warriors’ Plan For Managing New Arena Traffic In Mission Bay

Warriors’ Plan For Managing New Arena Traffic In Mission Bay

The Golden State Warriors’ plan for managing the traffic from a projected 200+ events a year to be held at their proposed Mission Bay Arena was presented to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee last night. With the Warriors currently assuming that 55 percent of attendees for big events will be arriving in their own Read More »

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

The ground floor plan and lobby for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on Transbay Block 5 at the corner of Howard and Beale have been completely redesigned by the building’s architects (Goettsch Partners and SCB) to make “a more positive contribution to the public realm” and “a stronger connection to its block and adjacent properties.” Read More »

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Philz Coffee, Hamburger Mary’s and SoulCycle are all angling to land on Castro Street and the one hearing which could clear the way for all three to land on the street has been scheduled for December 4. As proposed, SoulCycle will take over the iconic Bank of America building formerly occupied by Diesel at 400 Read More »

San Francisco Median Home Price Returns To Record Territory

San Francisco Median Home Price Returns To Record Territory

The number of San Francisco homes sold and the median price paid both rebounded in October, with the sales volume up 14.5 percent from September and even with the October before.  The sales volume in San Francisco typically rises from September to October but has increased has averaged 3.6 percent over the past ten years. Read More »

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

The designs for the 250-room SoMa Mission Bay Hotel to rise on the northwest corner of Third and Channel Streets have been refined and the developer is now planning to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2015. The project includes a 40-foot podium that defines the street edge along Third and Channel Streets…and a Read More »

From Carpets To Condos, Offices Or A New Mid-Market Hotel?

From Carpets To Condos, Offices Or A New Mid-Market Hotel?

Zoned for a tower to rise up to 250 feet in height and the development of high-density residential, offices, retail or a hotel, the three corner parcels at the intersection of Otis and 12th Streets, including the two-story A&M Carpets building at 98 12th Street and the three-story building at 14 Otis next door, have just Read More »