Just Listed: View Condo at Arterra in Mission Bay

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Just down the street from all the World Series action at AT&T Park is my new two-bedroom condo listing at Arterra (300 Berry Street). This corner unit has fabulous views of Twin Peaks, The Bay, Mission Creek and more. And it has all the amenities—parking, storage, in-unit laundry, as well as 24/7 lobby attendance, a gym, guest suite, and view roof deck.

Arterra is LEED Silver certified and also has reasonable HOA dues in comparison to other buildings in the neighborhood. List price is $979,000. For more details, photos and showing schedule, please visit 300berry1010.com

Next open will be Sunday, 10/26 from 12:00-2:00. Stop in and see me. Go, Giants!

Don’t Forget About Lofts in San Francisco

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Lofts have always been one of my favorite types of homes in San Francisco. With their high ceilings, open spaces and large windows, lofts always feel bigger than they actually are. Developers went on a loft-building spree in the late 1990s-early 2000s to create live-work housing in “transitional” neighborhoods like South of Market, The Mission, South Beach, and Dogpatch. And these properties still offer good bang for the buck.

The new construction coursing through the city no longer includes lofts. But it’s important not to overlook existing loft inventory, as it provides a unique, spacious form of housing that’s near downtown, freeways, public transportation and some of the best restaurants in the city. And most lofts come with parking and modest HOA dues, which can’t be said for today’s new construction condos. [Read more...]

What You Can Buy: Smart Investments for Owner Occupiers

One of the most strategic and desirable investments you can make in San Francisco is to purchase a three- to four-unit property that has one or more units vacant, a garage, and a good neighborhood location. Let’s face it, rents in the city are high, and if your rents reflect today’s market, you’ll be ahead of the game in the long run.

It’s extremely important to be well versed in San Francisco’s rent laws before you consider such a purchase. I’ve been a successful owner-landlord for the past 16 years, and there’s definitely a list of do’s and don’ts to which you’ll want to adhere. You also will want to have a large down payment or you’ll have no cash flow. Here are three properties worth a look, particularly if you’re in this for a long-term hold:

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Neighborhood: NoPa
The Deets: Two vacant Victorian two-unit buildings on one lot with a capacity for eight-car parking. There are two 1BR/1BA units, and two 2BR/1BA flats.
List Price: $3.7M
The Scoop: NoPa’s become all the rage in the past couple years, so finding tenants for three of these nice units shouldn’t be a problem. The property was built in 1880 and has all the period details people love. You can move in to one of the larger units in the front building for your primary residence, and rent out the rest. 1031-1037 Divisadero is on a double lot and has updated kitchens/baths, and hardwood floors. The building came on the market at the end of August for $3.9M, so the current list price reflects a reduction. [Read more...]

Mission Bay is Where It’s At In October

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Just in time for the Giants and their National League playoff series comes my listing at Arterra—one block from the ball park!

My clients are selling their 2BR/1BA condo on the tenth floor, overlooking Mission Bay. This is a corner unit, so it gets great natural light. One-car parking and storage are included, and Arterra boasts amenities like a fitness room, roof deck, 24/7 concierge and more.

We’re currently painting and staging, but contact me if you’d like more details!

And Go, Giants!!

Art at Alcatraz, Latest San Francisco Sales & Market Trends

The current edition of the Zephyr Market Tracker turns the spotlight on Alcatraz and its new art installation. You have until April 2015 to see this unique exhibit by Beijing-based artist Ai Weiwei.

We also check out some hot new Bernal listings, as well as recent citywide sales and market trends.

It’s all here in the Zephyr Market Tracker!

Noe House + Income Unit = Cool Investment

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The Victorian two-unit building with an unwarranted studio at 676 San Jose in Noe Valley is the perfect choice for buyers looking for a spacious single-family home. Because not only do you get a 4BR/2BA house with fabulous Victorian detailing throughout,but you also get a legal 2BR/1BA apartment downstairs and an uwarranted studio that’s great for guests, home office or au pair. I’ll be hosting an open house at 676 San Jose this Sunday from 2:00-4:00. [Read more...]

5 Tips for Buying—And Being Happy With Your Home

The San Francisco market moves quickly, and sometimes buyers get swept away in the frenzy. They find themselves suddenly in contract on a home that they aren’t entirely sure about.

A variety of activities kicks in once you’re in contract, and you have to be completely on board in order to hit your milestones. Wiring in a hefty deposit, working with your lender on outstanding financial docs, paying for and conducting inspections—that all happens in the first week. If you’re half-heartedly proceeding, I can guarantee there’s a good chance you’ll miss deadlines, and potentially waste your and a lot of other people’s time if you decide to cancel the contract.

The key to making a confident and successful home purchase lies in being prepared and knowledgeable. Here are five tips for being successful in the residential real estate game: [Read more...]

What You Can Buy for Under $1M with Bay & Bridge Views

If your budget is under $1M and you want a condo with views, your best bets will be neighborhoods like South Beach and Mission Bay. Real estate is roughly around $1,000/sq foot there, so if you manage to snag a property with Bay views, you’ll really be getting the best bang for your buck.

Here’s a look at three condos with views in popular buildings that are near 280, Caltrain, BART, Muni, AT&T Park, and renowned restaurants:

260 King #1515
The Beacon (Mission Bay)

1BR/1BA, 903 sq ft
HOA dues: $762/mo + $140.40 parking/mo
List price: $799,000
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260 King #1515 in The Beacon has dead-on Bay views from every window, and that’s no exaggeration. This is the type of home where you walk in and immediately realize that the online photos don’t do the views justice. The unit features hardwood floors, a kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances, and an in-unit washer/dryer. There’s also a separate alcove if you need an office area. Constructed in 2004, The Beacon spans two buildings (250 and 260 King) and has 595 units. It’s got excellent amenities like a 24-hour doorperson, concierge services, lap pool, spa, fitness center, club house and dog park. There are currently eight condos available in the Beacon for under $1M, but #1515 offers the best views and position in the building for the money. [Read more...]

My Cole Valley Condo Listing is Going Strong

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My lovely 1BR/1BA condo at 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley has been quite popular, and we are heading into our second open house weekend before offers are due next week.

In case you haven’t heard, 286 Parnassus has a great open floor plan, gas fireplace, remodeled kitchen and bath and amenities such as an exclusive-use washer/dryer, shared garden and storage. The phenomenal location is steps away from public transportation, restaurants, shops and Golden Gate Park.

List price is $579,000, and we’ll be open on Sunday from 2:00-4:00. For more photos & details, visit 286parnassus.com

Just Sold: Mission Condo on Labor Day Weekend

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San Francisco’s competitive real estate market often demands that buyers and their agents move quickly. My client didn’t waste any time when I told her on the Friday before Labor Day weekend that a particular two-bedroom condo in the Mission was still available after a couple weeks on the market with no offers.

My client saw the condo on Saturday afternoon of the holiday weekend, and we quickly put together an offer that she signed…at the Giants game:
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The stars aligned and the seller accepted our offer on Sunday morning!

So my client is now the proud owner of a lovely 2BR/1BA with parking at 1587 15th Street #506 (list price was $769,000). She’s got downtown views and easy access to a great roof deck, along with public transportation in every direction. Much thanks to listing agent Carol Solfanelli at Pacific Union International for a smooth transaction, as well as Marco Nevarez at First Republic for getting the loan done with no drama and an excellent interest rate.

New Listing: 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley

286Parnassus LR1My new listing at 286 Parnassus has just come on the market, and it’s sure to be a hit with buyers seeking a home near everything the city has to offer.

286 Parnassus is a 1BR/1BA condo in a three-unit Edwardian building. The open floor plan features a remodeled kitchen and bath, as well as a bedroom with great natural light and partial downtown views (yes, that’s the Transamerica Building you can see). There’s a gas fireplace in the living room and a private balcony off the kitchen.

Amenities include exclusive-use washer/dryer, a shared, landscaped garden and hardwood floors.

I’m not kidding, 286 Parnassus really is in the center of it all near Golden Gate Park, public transportation, a car-sharing garage. Go a few blocks and you’re in the heart of the Cole Valley, Haight or Inner Sunset retail districts. UCSF is just down the street.

List price is $579,000. We’ll be open this Sunday, 9/21 from 2:00-4:00. Check out our Web site for more info at 286parnassus.com

Just Sold: 7 Bennington in Bernal Heights

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My seller clients just closed on the sale of their lovely home at 7 Bennington. Situated on a prime Bernal block just one block from Cortland Avenue, 7 Bennington was listed for $899,000 and featured an open living/dining floor plan, all three bedrooms on the main level and an updated kitchen and bath.

We received multiple offers and the sale price was $1,150,000. The lucky buyers are now the owners of a fabulous single-family home in an excellent neighborhood location. Congrats all around, and special thanks to buyer agent Joy Liu at Vanguard Properties, as well as to the buyers’ lender, Judy Stern at Opes Advisors.

Rooftop Pool Preview at 1875 Mission

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The gold address numbers have risen over at 1875 Mission, a former storage space that’s been transformed into 39 “L.A. chic” luxury condos. The building is situated on the same block as the Armory, between 14th and 15th Streets. [Read more...]

Big Excelsior House with In-Law Seeks Buyers

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For San Francisco home buyers looking for a lot of bedrooms and a large in-law apartment (that could potentially offset the mortgage payments) for under $1M, 648 Lisbon in the Excelsior may be a great fit. [Read more...]

My Sweet Summer is (Almost) Gone

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I’ve punched out for the week and will be back after Labor Day, in a last-ditch attempt to have a summer vacation.

Thanks for reading my blog, and I look forward to sharing more insights from the field when I return!