An Excelsior District Cottage With Style

An Excelsior District Cottage With Style

Rebuilt by architect Ian Murray in 2005, then sold for $565,000 in 2007, the setback cottage at 247 Ney Street features a double-height trussed ceiling in the dining room, with French doors opening to the garden, and a living room clad in reclaimed paneling. A steel staircase leads to... Read More »

Redesigned Market Street Development Moving Forward

Redesigned Market Street Development Moving Forward

Originally proposed to be developed as an upscale “group housing” project, with a shared kitchen and gathering area in order to circumvent the Market-Octavia Neighborhood Plan (which requires 40 percent of new non-group housing developments in the area to be two-bedrooms), the proposed 1700 Market Street project has been redesigned... Read More »

Another Million Budgeted For Delayed Folsom Street Off-Ramp Project

Another Million Budgeted For Delayed Folsom Street Off-Ramp Project

Having already increased the budget for the realignment of the Folsom Street off-ramp from $2,883,900 to $3,479,541, the City is now slated to add another $1.2 million, for a total project cost of $4,679,541 and counting, 62 percent over the project’s original budget. As we first reported last month,... Read More »

Draft Design For Building To Replace Historic Market Street Bar

Draft Design For Building To Replace Historic Market Street Bar

As we first reported earlier this week, a new set of plans have been submitted to Planning for a proposed five-story residential building to rise across the Market Street site which includes the Lucky 13 bar and adjacent patio and parking lot. In order to make way for the... Read More »

New Plans For Another 330 Apartments Near Jack London Square

New Plans For Another 330 Apartments Near Jack London Square

With Ellis Partners already working on plans for two residential towers, with over 600 units combined, to rise over 20 stories on either side of Oakland’s Jack London Square, San Francisco-based Carmel Partners is in contract to purchase the two parcels at 200 4th Street and 431 Madison and plans... Read More »

First 88 Shipyard Homes In Contract, Second Wave Coming Soon

First 88 Shipyard Homes In Contract, Second Wave Coming Soon

The first 88 homes of Lennar’s San Francisco Shipyard development are in contract with prices ranging from mid-$400k to $900K, and the first closings and move-ins are slated for next month. The construction of the second wave of units, which includes 159 units in four buildings, is underway and should... Read More »

Mortgage Rates Resume Their Climb

Mortgage Rates Resume Their Climb

Following a slight one-week dip, mortgage rates continued to climb over the past week, with the rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage now averaging 3.86 percent, up 27 basis points over the past five weeks. At this time last year, the 30-year rate averaged 4.37 percent. The 30-year rate,... Read More »

$42 Million For Serenity Now

$42 Million For Serenity Now

If you’re in the market for nearly 27,000 square feet of space, including a 13,000-square-foot main home, a designer 12,000-square-foot “car barn” with office and staff quarters, and a 1,600-square-foot pool house with a one-bedroom apartment, the 101-acre East Bay estate at 10 Serenity Lane in Alamo has been... Read More »

A Conceptual Modern Design With A Contextual Inner Court

At this point, both the development and design are conceptual, with no plans having been filed nor permissions sought.  But as Buzz Buzz Home discovers, Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects has developed a speculative design for a mixed-use building to rise along Van Ness, between Grove and Ivy. The concept... Read More »

Bidding For 120 Below Market Rate Transbay Units Underway

Bidding For 120 Below Market Rate Transbay Units Underway

Bidding for the construction of 120 below market rate (BMR) units to rise up to 8-stories on Transbay Block 7, Stretching from Fremont to Beale along Clementina Alley, behind Golub’s 32-story, market-rate tower dubbed “Solaire” rising at the corner of Fremont and Folsom on Transbay Block 6, is underway.... Read More »

Legislation To Halt Development Of “Monster Homes” Passed

Supervisor Wiener’s proposed legislation to halt the development, or expansion, of homes exceeding 3,000 gross square feet in size within San Francisco’s Corona Heights neighborhood was passed by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors yesterday. The legislation could effectively put an 18-month hold on any such projects where a final... Read More »

Mexican Museum Tower Slated To Break Ground, Lawsuits Be Damned

Mexican Museum Tower Slated To Break Ground, Lawsuits Be Damned

Despite a couple of lingering lawsuits over the tower’s height and design, Millennium Partners is preparing to break ground on their 706 Mission Street tower project this summer and plan for it to rise a full 510-feet, with San Francisco’s new Mexican Museum designed by Ten Arquitectos at its base. From... Read More »

Lucky 13 Likely To Be Razed For 31 Condos To Rise

Lucky 13 Likely To Be Razed For 31 Condos To Rise

Plans to raze the iconic little building currently occupied by the Lucky 13 bar at 2140 Market Street, and its adjacent patio and parking lot, have been submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department. And as proposed, a five-story building with 31 condos over 1,200 square feet of ground floor... Read More »

Employment In San Francisco Way Higher Than Previously Thought

Employment In San Francisco Way Higher Than Previously Thought

Following a once-a-year benchmarking, a revision to the data which incorporates additional inputs and refined estimation techniques, the unemployment rate in San Francisco is back above 4 percent. But the estimated number of people living in San Francisco who have a job now measures 516,700. That’s 33,900 higher than... Read More »

Tech Space On Former Cemetery And UCSF Campus Site?

Tech Space On Former Cemetery And UCSF Campus Site?

Up until the early 1940s, the parcel upon which UCSF’s current 10-acre Laurel Heights campus was built was part of the Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Transferred to the San Francisco Unified School District, the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company purchased the property from the SFUSD in 1953 and built its corporate... Read More »