Flip This Mansion: The Results

Flip This Mansion: The Results

While not exactly a flop, the flip of the nearly 10,000-square-foot mansion at 3725 Washington Street doesn’t appear to have paid off quite as handsomely as initially projected. Listed for $11 million in September of 2013, the former Presidio Heights home of Diana Dollar Hickingbotham Knowles was quietly purchased... Read More »

Head Of San Francisco Tenants Union Has Died

The executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, Ted Gullicksen, was found dead in his bed today. From the Chronicle’s report: Several friends said they knew of no health problems with Mr. Gullicksen, who recently had been working vigorously for Proposition G, a ballot measure designed to deter real estate speculators from evicting tenants Read More »

Speaking To A Different San Francisco, Bay Guardian Says Goodbye

Speaking To A Different San Francisco, Bay Guardian Says Goodbye

A “leading voice for progressive San Francisco since 1966,” the San Francisco Bay Guardian is being shuttered by its parent company and the paper will circulate its final issue tomorrow.  From the publication’s farewell, all that remains on the Bay Guardian’s site: As a company, we are proud of the SF Bay Guardian’s legacy as Read More »

Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Annie Alley, off Mission between New Montgomery and Third, is now under construction and in the process of being transformed into Annie Street Plaza, a future “pedestrian-friendly enclave” in downtown San Francisco. One of 36 projects in the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District’s Street Life Plan, Annie Street Plaza is the YBCBD’s pilot effort to activate Read More »

San Francisco Home Sales And Median Price Hold Steady

San Francisco Home Sales And Median Price Hold Steady

The number of homes sold in San Francisco and the median price paid both held steady in September, with the sales volume down a nominal 1.0 percent from August and only one transaction lower versus the September before.  Keep in mind that the sales volume typically drops from August to September and has dropped an 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 2001. The Glass Half Empty: Venture Read More »

Hidden Behind An Imposing Looking Gate In The Tenderloin

Hidden Behind An Imposing Looking Gate In The Tenderloin

Hidden away behind an imposing looking gate off Post and constructed around the turn of the century, the 3,500 square foot property at 3 Meacham Place has served as a residence, as offices, and most recently as a combination of the two. A glass partition now separates the living room from the entryway, with a 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.  That being said, rents remains around Read More »

Proposed Moorish Fortress Closer To Reality?

Proposed Moorish Fortress Closer To Reality?

New renderings and details for Ken Sarachan’s proposed “El Jardin” development, the six-story Moorish fortress designed to rise on the long vacant Berkeley lot at the corner of Haste and Telegraph Avenue, have just been delivered to Berkeley’s Design Review Committee (DRC). And with Berkeley’s Planning Department recommending that the DRC “forward a favorable recommendation…with conditions Read More »

Two Million Over Asking For Esherick Designed Pac Heights House

Two Million Over Asking For Esherick Designed Pac Heights House

Designed by renowned architect Joseph Esherick and built in 1962, the Mid-Century Modern “Larsen House” at 2610 Scott Street hit the market in Pacific Heights last month listed for $9.75 million.  And after 19 days on the market, the sale of the 4,656-square-foot home has closed escrow with a reported contract price of Read More »

Project To Prioritize Public Sites For Redevelopment Is Underway

Project To Prioritize Public Sites For Redevelopment Is Underway

In response to Mayor Ed Lee’s last State of the City address, and perhaps a certain Civil Grand Jury Report, an inter-agency working group has initiated the Public Sites Portfolio project, “to help San Francisco address some of its most pressing issues such as housing, transportation, and neighborhood sustainability…through the re-utilization of selected City-owned properties.” Read More »

Dogpatch Development Could Displace Local Craftsmen

Dogpatch Development Could Displace Local Craftsmen

The two-story industrial building at 950 Tennessee Street, across the Street from Esprit Park, is currently home to Watermark Press, a printing company owned by RR Donnelley, which employs “a group of highly skilled craftsmen within the city limits of San Francisco gives clients the advantage of producing work locally with minimal time-to-market Read More »

Packing ‘Em In At 100 Van Ness, Even More Apartments Proposed

The Emerald Fund is seeking permission to add another 18 apartments to the 399 under construction at 100 Van Ness Avenue, within the old AAA building which has been re-skinned. If approved, the envelope of the building at 100 Van Ness wouldn’t be expanded, but rather the development’s planned storage areas for tenants, including a Read More »

Contemporary Fixtures With Victorian Charm?

Contemporary Fixtures With Victorian Charm?

The 4,000-square-foot Victorian at 1120 South Van Ness Avenue has been remodeled.  But as illustrated by the master bath, this isn’t your typical gut job.  And many of the home’s original details, and rooms, and remain intact. In the yard behind, the outdoor kitchen includes the modern grill and fridge.  And it isn’t a gas Read More »

The Plan To Make San Francisco More Green

The Plan To Make San Francisco More Green

While San Francisco is often considered to be one of the “greenest” cities in the world when it comes to renewable energy and zero-waste goals, San Francisco has one of the smallest tree canopies of any major city in the U.S.  And to quote the City’s Planning Department, San Francisco “suffers from a literal lack Read More »