Warriors’ Plan For Managing New Arena Traffic In Mission Bay

Warriors’ Plan For Managing New Arena Traffic In Mission Bay

The Golden State Warriors’ plan for managing the traffic from a projected 200+ events a year to be held at their proposed Mission Bay Arena was presented to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee last night. With the Warriors currently assuming that 55 percent of attendees for big events... Read More »

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

The ground floor plan and lobby for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on Transbay Block 5 at the corner of Howard and Beale have been completely redesigned by the building’s architects (Goettsch Partners and SCB) to make “a more positive contribution to the public realm” and “a stronger connection to its block and adjacent properties.” Read More »

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Philz Coffee, Hamburger Mary’s and SoulCycle are all angling to land on Castro Street and the one hearing which could clear the way for all three to land on the street has been scheduled for December 4. As proposed, SoulCycle will take over the iconic Bank of America building formerly occupied by Diesel at 400 Read More »

San Francisco Median Home Price Returns To Record Territory

San Francisco Median Home Price Returns To Record Territory

The number of San Francisco homes sold and the median price paid both rebounded in October, with the sales volume up 14.5 percent from September and even with the October before.  The sales volume in San Francisco typically rises from September to October but has increased has averaged 3.6 percent over the past ten years. Read More »

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

The designs for the 250-room SoMa Mission Bay Hotel to rise on the northwest corner of Third and Channel Streets have been refined and the developer is now planning to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2015. The project includes a 40-foot podium that defines the street edge along Third and Channel Streets…and a Read More »

From Carpets To Condos, Offices Or A New Mid-Market Hotel?

From Carpets To Condos, Offices Or A New Mid-Market Hotel?

Zoned for a tower to rise up to 250 feet in height and the development of high-density residential, offices, retail or a hotel, the three corner parcels at the intersection of Otis and 12th Streets, including the two-story A&M Carpets building at 98 12th Street and the three-story building at 14 Otis next door, have just Read More »

A Master Bathroom Suite That Lives Up To Its Billing

A Master Bathroom Suite That Lives Up To Its Billing

According to architect Mark English, the design of the bathroom suite on the third level of the Glen Park home at 42 Chenery is all about “the bathing experience as an integral part of the private world of the bedroom,” enabling desires of “comfort, sensuality, theater and beauty” and inspiring contemplation.  Check. Technically a five-bedroom condo Read More »

Flips, Flops And A Downward Trend

Flips, Flops And A Downward Trend

Two months ago, a two-bedroom condo at Linea, the listing for which boasted “perhaps the best floor plan” in the building along Market at Buchanan was flipped for $120,500 more than had been paid for the unit five months earlier, a price that was equal to $1,266 per square foot. Last month, another two-bedroom, the Read More »

Salesforce Paying $640 Million For 50 Fremont Street Tower

Considering that Salesforce.com signed an 18-year lease for over half the 817,000-square-foot building they currently occupy at 50 Fremont in 2012, a lease which includes the right to buy the building in 2017, it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the company is reportedly in contract to buy the 43-story building. Read More »

New Designs For Dogpatch Development Along Third

New Designs For Dogpatch Development Along Third

Built in 1917, the former bank building which last housed ProCamera on the northwest corner of Third and 20th Streets is slated to be razed to make way for a six-story building with around 70 apartments over parking for 49 cars and 1,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Purchased by Portland-based Read More »

Office Rents In S.F. Forecast To Climb, But Not As Fast As In Boston

Office Rents In S.F. Forecast To Climb, But Not As Fast As In Boston

With demand for office space in San Francisco at an all-time high and office rents having increased 15 percent over the past year and nearly doubling since the first quarter of 2010, Cushman & Wakefield is forecasting that office rents in the city will increase by another 6 percent a year in 2015 and 2016. If the forecast Read More »

From Horror Show Hotel To Housing For Homeless Veterans

From Horror Show Hotel To Housing For Homeless Veterans

The renovation of the former “horror show hotel,” above the Rickhouse bar at 250 Kearny Street, is nearly complete and the first of 130 formerly homeless veterans who will be renting rooms in the 136-room building on the edge of the Financial District are slated to start moving in within the next couple of weeks. Read More »

18-Story Downtown Berkeley Development Back On Track

18-Story Downtown Berkeley Development Back On Track

With Berkeley’s Measure R having been soundly defeated at the ballot box, a measure which would have required tall buildings to have met higher environmental building standards (LEED Platinum versus LEED Gold as is currently required), the plans for the proposed 18-story “Residences at Berkeley Plaza” development to rise behind the Shattuck Hotel are back Read More »

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

The Commonwealth Club’s proposed renovation and expansion of the vacant two-story building adjacent to the Audiffred Building (aka “Boulevard”) was only a few days away from being permitted when the Rincon Point Neighbors Association requested a hearing to challenge the plan. From the hearing request: “This building is one of the most historic in San Read More »

Oh Laidley Lay!

Oh Laidley Lay!

Designed by Michael Hennessey Architecture and built by Design Line Construction, the modern four-bedroom Glen Park home at 233 Laidley Street has just hit the market listed for $4.2 million. With functional walls of glass at either end, cross ventilation isn’t an issue.  And the views are rather sublime. On the main floor, a wall Read More »