Developer Picked For Oakland’s Shuttered Convention Center Project

Developer Picked For Oakland’s Shuttered Convention Center Project

Oakland’s City Council has picked Orton Development’s proposal for renovating and redeveloping the city’s long-shuttered 215,000-square-foot Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center across from Lake Merritt and the City will now enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement for the project. Orton’s plans include a renovation of the center’s Calvin Simmons Theatre and... Read More »

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor Building On The Market In The Mission

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor Building On The Market In The Mission

When the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor building on 24th Street in the Mission quietly traded hands for $1.85 million five months ago, the two one-bedroom flats above the restaurant were rented for $2,200 a month and the Parlor was paying $4,500 per month with a long-term lease. While the Tamale... Read More »

17,000 Square Feet Of Space And Parking For 40 Cars In Los Altos Hills

17,000 Square Feet Of Space And Parking For 40 Cars In Los Altos Hills

Built for C. Earl Dawson in 1939 on what was then a 130-acre assemblage of land purchased from the University of California in 1936, the 17,000-square-foot Rancho San Antonio estate now occupies a 5.6-acre parcel at 11627 Dawson Drive in Los Altos Hills. Purchased for $6 million in 1997,... Read More »

Seeking A New Envoy Of Beer

Seeking A New Envoy Of Beer

While reports of its imminent demise back in 2013 were well off the mark, Bistro Gambrinus at 1813 Fulton and Masonic is now on the market if you’re looking to become an envoy of beer. The asking price of $335,000 doesn’t include the building, but it does include a... Read More »

Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy Report

Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy Report

There are currently around 30 vacant retail spaces along the Castro and Upper Market retail corridor and the vacancy rate is hovering around 8 percent, nearly twice the city’s overall average. Inactive storefronts are offering refuge to an increasing number of homeless people and wearing on the area’s image,... Read More »

$10 Million Could Buy A City Block In San Francisco

$10 Million Could Buy A City Block In San Francisco

After nearly two years on the market without any movement, and despite a neighborhood campaign to secure the land for community use, the asking price for the 2.2 acre Portola District block bounded by Woolsey, Hamilton, Wayland and Bowdoin streets has just been reduced from $12 million to $10... Read More »

Upper Market Penthouse Sale Hints At Slowdown

Upper Market Penthouse Sale Hints At Slowdown

Purchased for $949,000 in April of 2014, the one-bedroom penthouse unit #504 atop The Century at 2200 Market Street has re-sold with a reported contract price of $1,025,018 having been re-listed for $999,000 this past May. On an apples-to-apples basis, that’s equal to average annual appreciation of 6.5 percent... Read More »

Entire Home Headed East For Urban School Expansion

Entire Home Headed East For Urban School Expansion

Built in 1904 and standing in the way of the Urban School’s Academic and Athletics Center expansion project, the entire 2,850-square-foot home at 1637 Oak Street has been lifted onto a temporary track and is slowly headed east. The home should come to rest upon its new foundation by... Read More »

‘Over Asking’ But $100K Less Than 5 Months Ago

‘Over Asking’ But $100K Less Than 5 Months Ago

The Park Hill penthouse unit #701W which was purchased for $1.1 million five months ago returned to the market listed for $995,000 in May. This past Friday, the sale of the renovated one-bedroom quietly closed escrow with a reported contract price of $1 million, officially ‘over asking’ according to... Read More »

Proposed Waterfront High-Rise Fully Rendered, Ready For Review

Proposed Waterfront High-Rise Fully Rendered, Ready For Review

Sporting its new ‘stacked gardens’ design by SOM, the proposed 220-foot waterfront building to rise at 75 Howard Street, with 133 market-rate condos over a restaurant, café and underground ‘parking vault’ for 100 cars could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this Thursday, July 23. Reduced in height... Read More »

San Francisco Employment Slips, East Bay Gains

San Francisco Employment Slips, East Bay Gains

The number of people living in San Francisco with a job slipped from an upwardly revised record 526,500 in May to 526,100 in June but remains 19,300 higher on a year-over year basis. At the same time, East Bay employment increased by 2,200 to a record 1,303,000, up 28,000... Read More »

Twice The Price After Two Years In Pac Heights (Again)

Twice The Price After Two Years In Pac Heights (Again)

Foreclosed upon in 2009 with nearly $3 million owed at the time, the Pacific Heights home at 2523 Steiner returned to the market listed for $1,450,000 in March of 2011, was repainted three times in quick succession, and then sold for $1,260,000 that May. A little over two years... Read More »

Waylaid Hotel Redesigned, Ready To Break Ground

Waylaid Hotel Redesigned, Ready To Break Ground

Highgate Hotels has purchased the parking lot at 72 Ellis Street and intends to break ground for an upscale 11-story hotel with 156 guest rooms “as soon as possible.” The site was first approved for development in 2001 but the project was waylaid by the dotcom collapse and decline... Read More »

Grand Jury: SF’s $25B Construction Program Needs Tech Overhaul

A Civil Grand Jury report with respect to the management of the City of San Francisco’s $25 billion City construction program has concluded that “it needs work” and a tech overhaul. The three questions which the Grand Jury aimed to answer, “problems that have been called out in... Read More »

Contemporary Living In Tiburon For $11.95M

Contemporary Living In Tiburon For $11.95M

The contemporary 5,400-square-foot home at 1925 Straits View Drive in Tiburon was designed by Sutton Suzuki Architects in 2009 “to maintain established view corridors for uphill neighbors,” while capturing the views for itself as well. Finished in stone and wood with walls of glass, a Koi pond separates... Read More »