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San Francisco, CA 94127
San Francisco isn't known for being an easy parking city. Though plenty of neighborhoods don't have parking challenges, plenty still do---particularly those with popular retail areas. Combine that factor with the reality that many homes in the city were constructed before automobiles existed, and you have a bit of a conundrum.
Enter a new company that intends to help city drivers find parking spaces. Park
It used to be that most buyers would meet with their agent and communicate that they'd be ready, willing and able to take on a fixer so they wouldn't pay for someone else's renovation. This trend is declining, if the activity over at 3719 Folsom Street in Bernal Heights has any say in the matter.
Sold only a few months ago in September 2010 as a fixer in a cash sale for $590,000, the property is back on the market for $895,000 and fully renovated.
There are still three
For urban dwellers who want to be right in the middle of everything, Hayes Valley has an awful lot to offer. It's one of the go-to neighborhoods I recommend when meeting with new buyer clients who tell me they need to be in close proximity to public transportation, restaurants, services, and parks.
Hayes Valley is bordered by a laundry list of similarly desirable neighborhoods: Alamo Square; Western Addition; the theatre and cultural district, South of Market;
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
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
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...
Posted On: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 6:00am
Topics: Buyers and Sellers
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.
Posted On: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 6:00am
Topics: Market Statistics
Sixteen properties sold for more than $5M in San Francisco in 2010. Here's a look at the most expensive ones:
1. 2342 Broadway
List price: $14M
Now that we've slammed the lid on 2010, it's time to look at the year ahead. I thought I'd gaze into my Realtor's crystal ball---the black one with the "8" on it---and let loose:
1. Inventory will remain high all year. Loans still aren't easy to obtain with less than 20% down, so the buyer pool is still narrower than it once was. And many sellers are having a difficult time adjusting to market realities when it comes to price (as the more than 3200
Posted On: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 6:00am
Topics: Buyers and Sellers
The San Francisco housing market had its major ups and downs in 2010. The good news is that interest rates remained low and sales volumes increased over 2009. In many cases, buyers were pleased with the values they were getting, and sellers were happy to complete a sale and move on.
But there were also plenty of homes that went unsold, or managed to get in contract and then fall out. I'm hard pressed to find an agent who hasn't had to cancel at least one escrow this year. "BOM"