Zephyr Blog

Can I Turn Two Units into a Single-Family Home?

By Eileen Bermingham

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 6:00am

How easy it may be to convert a two-unit building into a single-family home with permits was a topic of discussion among my colleagues last week. As I've pondered this question for my own two-unit property, I thought there might be homeowners out there who are also curious about the possibilities.

The short answer: It's a real challenge to get permission from the city for this sort of transformation. This is because the city ultimately does not want to lose housing

Get Out – Bernal Heights

By Kevin Koerner

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 6:40am


Sellers Take Hits in the Heights

By Eileen Bermingham

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 6:00am

Two big sales closed last week, both for substantially less than their original asking prices. Though the sellers of these Cole Valley/Parnassus Heights and Buena Vista/Ashbury Heights properties were probably a bit deflated, I'm sure the homes' buyers ended up feeling pretty snappy. Here's how things went down:

226 Edgewood (right) is a 4BR/4BA home that hit the market at the end of October 2010 for $3.5M. The sellers did a price reduction in early December, resulting in a

3 Great Things about Houses in Glen Park

By Matthew Fuller, GRI

Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 9:56am

Trade-offs Key for House Hunters in Trying Times

By Eileen Bermingham

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 6:00am

I came across this toilet in what's known as a "split bath" in San Francisco recently. For those of you who aren't familiar with our Victorian- and Edwardian-era architecture, the floor plan often features a bathroom where the shower/tub and sink are located in one room, and the toilet is situated on the other side of a wall, in its own closet. A drawback to this arrangement is that you can't wash your hands in that closet...

Economic Forecast for 2011

By Zephyr Test

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 2:11pm

Will continued tax cuts, low capital gains rates, payroll tax breaks, higher GDP, lower unemployment, low inflation, and other factors finally spell relief for our economy this year?

The Best of Potrero Hill

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 3:22pm

Here is some of the best of Potrero Hill!

The Best of Noe Valley

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 3:06pm

Some of the best of Noe Valley!

Richmond Buyers Bag Holiday Deal

By Eileen Bermingham

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 6:00am

The sale during Christmas week at 747 14th Avenue in the Richmond proves that it's sometimes worth persisting in your house hunt through the holidays. Originally listed in June 2010 for $1,625,000, the 4BR/3.5BA home overlooking the Park Presidio greenery found no immediate buyers.