Fighting To Preserve The ‘Economic Diversity’ Of Presidio Heights

Fighting To Preserve The ‘Economic Diversity’ Of Presidio Heights

Jason and Ilysa Goldblatt are planning to tear down the 3,400-square-foot Presidio Heights house at 3591 Jackson Street and build a “modest” 6,000-square-foot home (not including the 1,000 square foot garage) designed by Butler Armsden Architects in its place. Actively opposing the plans, however, are their neighbors in the... Read More »

Hoarder’s Home In Which Corpse Was Found Listed For $928K

Hoarder’s Home In Which Corpse Was Found Listed For $928K

The Lake District Victorian within which the mummified corpse of the homeowner was found is now on the market for $928,000 as a “major-fixer” with “Vintage Charm/Details” and touting “a real News Worthy History,” the unfortunate story of which we first reported earlier this year. While the listing doesn’t... Read More »

Opposition To Potential Tenant As Rent Increase Claims Cole Garage

Opposition To Potential Tenant As Rent Increase Claims Cole Garage

A rent increase has claimed the iconic Cole Garage, the most recent operators of which had been there for 25 years.  And while a new lease for the nearly 10,000-square-foot space adjacent to Cole Hardware has yet to be inked, the building owners have been in talks with a... Read More »

From An L.A. Pool House To Mid-Market Art

From An L.A. Pool House To Mid-Market Art

Originally conceived and drawn on a pool house in Los Angeles thirteen years ago, Wall Drawing #1012 by artist Sol Lewitt will be adapted and installed at the corner of 10th and Jessie Streets to fulfill the 1% for Public Art requirement for the new fifteen-story building at 1400... Read More »

Pace Of Existing U.S. Home Sales Highest Since 2009

Having slipped in April, the seasonally adjusted pace of existing-home sales in the U.S. increased to 5.35 million in May, up 5.1 percent from the month before and the highest annual pace since November 2009. The current pace is 9.2 percent higher versus the same time last year. And... Read More »

No Buyer For Former Mayor’s View Home Despite Sub-2008 Price

No Buyer For Former Mayor’s View Home Despite Sub-2008 Price

As we wrote about the Clarendon Heights home at 100 Palo Alto Avenue two months ago: Built for former San Francisco Mayor Elmer E. Robinson in 1953, the 4,800-square-foot Mid-Century home with “breathtaking views” at 100 Palo Alto Avenue was purchased for $5.625 million in April of 2008, resold... Read More »

San Francisco Employment Continues Its Record Run

San Francisco Employment Continues Its Record Run

The number of people living in San Francisco with a job reached a record 525,600 in May, an increase of 1,700 as compared to the month before and 19,900 more employed than at the same time last year. There are now 60,100 more people living in San Francisco with... Read More »

An End To ‘Confidential’ Sales In San Francisco

An End To ‘Confidential’ Sales In San Francisco

In an attempt to hide the sale price for a property in San Francisco, sellers or their agents have been able to request that the computed transfer tax to be paid for a property, from which the sale price could be calculated, be recorded separately from the deed and... Read More »

Massive SoMa Tennis Club In Contract, Site To Be Seriously Upzoned

Massive SoMa Tennis Club In Contract, Site To Be Seriously Upzoned

As we first wrote and ruffled some feathers with respect to the half-block San Francisco Tennis Club at 645 Fifth and Brannan when the (Bay) Club was sold to York Capital Management and San Francisco-based JMA Ventures last year: While plans for the Bay Club’s clubs have yet to... Read More »

Spokesperson For Proposed Waterfront Tower Speaks Up

Spokesperson For Proposed Waterfront Tower Speaks Up

While the opposition to an up-zoning for either the proposed twisty tower to rise at the corner of Folsom and Spear or the development at 75 Howard is organizing, the latest proposal from the 75 Howard team wouldn’t actually require any increase in the parcel’s zoned height, a point... Read More »

For The Love Of An Awesome Loggia Or Two

For The Love Of An Awesome Loggia Or Two

Speaking of resort-style living, the 24-acre Calistoga estate at 3145 State Highway 128 is on the market for $8.75 million. Purchased for $2.8 million in 2009 and overhauled in 2010, the heated front and back loggias are standouts, with multiple grills, full outdoor kitchens and a pizza oven, not... Read More »

Land Deal For Controversial Oakland Tower Approved

Land Deal For Controversial Oakland Tower Approved

Oakland’s City Council has approved the sale of the East Lake development site at the corner of East 12th Street and 2nd Avenue which overlooks Lake Merritt and its estuary, clearing the way for a controversial 23-story building with 298 apartments to rise. UrbanCore will pay the city $5.1... Read More »

MoFo Estate Fetches $6.8M

MoFo Estate Fetches $6.8M

Listed for $9.75 million in 2012, a price which was reduced to $8.95 million in 2013 and then to $7.95 million later that year, the recently remodeled and rather spectacular Morrison Estate at 117 Laurel Grove Avenue in Ross has sold for $6.8 million. Built for Alexander Morrison, the... Read More »

Team Preparing To Break Ground For 400-Foot Transbay Tower

Team Preparing To Break Ground For 400-Foot Transbay Tower

Essex Property Trust and TMG Partners are preparing to break ground earlier than expected for the 400-foot tower to rise at the corner of Folsom and First on Transbay Block 9. As we first reported last year, while the winning proposal for the Block 9 development had included 563... Read More »

Fed Expected To Raise Interest Rates By The End Of The Year

With employment on the rise and an uptick in economic activity, the Fed appears to be on track for a half-point increase in interest rates by the end of the year with expectations of another full point being added in 2016. The increases should continue to drive mortgage rates, which... Read More »