Van Ness Corridor Rising: Planning For Another Tower

Van Ness Corridor Rising: Planning For Another Tower

The owners of the five-story Opal Hotel at Van Ness and Geary are working on plans to raze the two-story “Motel Opal” addition, which sits behind the hotel along Geary, and build a 13-story tower on the Van Ness Corridor lot, a lot which is zoned for development up... Read More »

The Un-Holey Redesign Of Trinity Place

The Un-Holey Redesign Of Trinity Place

As originally designed, rendered and approved, the 1,900-unit Trinity Place development, which will front Mission, Eighth, and Market Streets, included two big “holes” in the building’s façade along 8th and a massive open archway along Market Street as well. The holes along Eighth Street, however, were “value engineered” away, along with... Read More »

Princess Diaries Firehouse Sells For $1.85 Million

Princess Diaries Firehouse Sells For $1.85 Million

Originally listed for $2.6 million, the Excelsior District firehouse at 724 Brazil Avenue which served as the setting for “Mia’s house” in the Princess Diaries has sold for $1,850,000, a sale which will be considered to have been “at asking” according to industry reports as the list price was... Read More »

Modern Mission Condo Fetches Over $1,500 Per Square Foot

Modern Mission Condo Fetches Over $1,500 Per Square Foot

Listed for $2.195 million with 1,603 square feet, the garden unit at 147 Albion, between 16th and 17th Streets in the Mission, has closed escrow with a reported contract price of $2.45 million ($1,528 per square foot). As we first reported earlier this year, 147 Albion is one of... Read More »

First Peek At The Public Art And Plaza To Adorn Trinity Place

First Peek At The Public Art And Plaza To Adorn Trinity Place

With construction of the third phase of the massive “Trinity Place” development underway, a four-phase development which will total over 1,900 apartments, 60,000 square feet of commercial space, and two acres of open space across its Mid-Market site, the development team is preparing to unveil the details of its... Read More »

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 »