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What’s Selling Now: New Construction Condos

It can be mind numbing trying to track sales of the more than 1,000 new construction condos currently on the market. After all, there are more than 17 projects actively selling units in a variety of neighborhoods, and sales offices play things close to the vest. You’ll find a limited number of units listed on real estate Web sites; pricing is typically not public and changes continuously based on the most recent sales.

So if you’re drawn to brand new condos, where do you begin to look? With the help of my company, Zephyr Real Estate, I pulled together the vital deets on some of my favorite projects. Note: I am not on the sales teams for any of these projects, but can represent you independently. This means I can get you started with a loan preapproval and walk you through the contract and the entire process—looking out for your best interests.

So check out what’s on tap, and give me a shout if you’d like to explore your options within any of these projects:

201 Folsom (Lumina)
Neighborhood: South Beach

The Homes: 656 condos that are selling quickly
The Perks: Club lounge, private dining room, rooftop terrace, concierge, business center, children’s and game rooms, music practice room, pool, fitness center, spa, pet grooming station, screening room and market
What’s Left: Fewer than 300 units, project is 85% sold and they are now on their last release in Building B. Corner units are in short supply.
The Prices: 1BRs: $1,000,000-$1,700,000; 2BRs: $1,500,000-$3,000,000; 3BRs: $3,100,000+; penthouses: $8,000,000+
Buy If: You are looking for a luxury building with A+ amenities and views
Developer Tishman Speyer Continue Reading

Condo Market Healthy But Flat in Q1 2017

Fewer buyers cared to overbid dramatically for condos in the first quarter of 2017—with a few exceptions when it came to two-level units, or nicely renovated ones in prime locations.

The average condo price for the 524 units reported sold in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) was $1,270,736, up slightly from the $1,218,956 average in the first quarter of 2016.

Buyers paid a citywide average of $1,027 per square foot, with 24% of all sales changing hands for all cash. Continue Reading

Just Sold: New Construction Condo in Lower Pacific Heights

Just Sold: New Construction Condo in Lower Pacific Heights

My clients just closed on a beautiful two-bedroom/two bath condo in The District at Bush and Divisadero. Their unit at 2655 Bush #421 has European style kitchens with Thermador built-in refrigerators, and Bosch stainless steel appliances, Caesarstone counters with glass backsplash, and in-unit laundry with Bosch washer and dryer.

I’ve been quite impressed with The District, as it offers all the amenities. Where some new condo buildings have limited or mechanical lift parking, residents at The District have wide, independent spaces in the underground garage. There’s also the “Sky Lounge” roof deck with fire pit and outdoor kitchen, a well-appointed fitness center, landscaped courtyard, owners lounge and attended lobby. (There’s even a bathroom on the first floor by the mailboxes, and another one just inside of the Sky Lounge. Good planning.)

#421 was listed for $1,365,000 and sold at asking.

Mission’s Rowan is Chock Full of Amenities

Mission’s Rowan is Chock Full of Amenities

I visited The Rowan last weekend and was impressed with the numerous amenities offered in this nine-story building. It’s what I’d call a “good value” project for home buyers.

Situated on Potrero Avenue at 16th Street on the border of the Mission and Potrero Hill, Rowan is a ten-minute walk from the heart of the steadily developing east end of the Mission. It’s also a short distance from Potrero’s design center and Whole Foods. Rowan’s immediate area has a commercial-industrial-retail feel, with a tire store, McDonald’s, the UPS building and the Safeway shopping center in close proximity. And it should be noted that there’s a prominent homeless presence in the area at the moment.

But buyers have gone into contract on 15 units, of which eight have already closed. Rowan buyers have been exclusively San Francisco residents who work within a mile of the building, in SoMa, the financial district and Mission Bay. And they’re all owner occupiers. Continue Reading

Esprit Park Aging Well, Don’t Overlook It

There’s no shortage of new condo developments in San Francisco these days. It seems like there’s a constant supply of new units hitting the market, with each release offering properties that are shinier and newer than the last.

I toured a few condos in older but still very solid buildings this week. The takeaway? Buyers considering new construction shouldn’t overlook condos in buildings constructed five or more years ago. One shining example is at Dogpatch’s Esprit Park, which is in good shape both physically and within its HOA. Continue Reading

5 Things to Know About Negotiating New Condo Contracts

5 Things to Know About Negotiating New Condo Contracts

San Francisco continues to coast along its construction boom these days, with new developments going up in neighborhoods on a rolling basis—with many more to follow in the next several years.

There are two ways to handle contract negotiations if you’ve decided to buy a newly built—or not-quite-finished—condo. You can go directly to the sales office, or work with a local Realtor. Some buyers feel that they can handle things on their own, while others appreciate the guidance of a seasoned professional who’s negotiated contracts on other developments in the past. Continue Reading

New Construction Condo Projects Hit The Market

Buyers looking for new construction condos are in luck: A batch of new projects will be releasing units in January and February.

I’m not on the sales teams for these projects, but can represent you independently. This means I can get you started with a loan preapproval and walk you through the contract. I will also review the very thick new home package/disclosures with you; and work with the sales team to make sure things go smoothly for your move-in (among other things).

So check out what’s on tap, and give me a shout if you’d like to explore your options within any of these projects:

2655 Bush / The District
Neighborhood: Lower Pacific Heights
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The Homes: 81 one- and two-bedroom condos in the $1200/sq foot range. HOA fees range from $650-$850/month, depending on the size of the unit. Parking for all units. 3,800 square feet of retail.
The Perks: Fitness center, full-time front desk, greenhouse, roof deck, residents’ lounge
Buy If: You’d like to be near the restaurants, cafes and bus lines along Divisadero and Fillmore, as well proximity to NoPa and Laurel Village. You’ll also have quick access to medical care; 2655 Bush is in the midst of UCSF and Kaiser campuses.
Who’s Behind It: KTGY Group, KB Homes
Sales Begin: Sales office has just released the first twelve units, including eight 1BRs and four 2BRs. Continue Reading

SoMa’s Sapphire Slashes Prices

SoMa’s Sapphire Slashes Prices

The sales team at 252 9th Street in SoMa, known as Sapphire, has been marketing its 15 well-appointed new condos since September. Though some of the units are in contract, there are still plenty available. And prices are about to be slashed significantly.

Savvy buyers, take note: Sapphire offers one- and two-bedroom condos that feature European oak hardwood floors, high ceilings, kitchens with Bertazzoni gas ranges, and washer/dryer hookups. Amenities include patios or balconies in select units, a fantastic roof deck with amazing city views, bike parking, storage lockers, and elevator service to all levels. HOA dues are in the $400-$500 range. Continue Reading

The Scoop on South Beach’s 72 Townsend

The Scoop on South Beach’s 72 Townsend

I took my clients on a hard hat tour last weekend of South Beach’s newest condo development, 72 Townsend. Boasting a prime neighborhood location and city/water views from many of the balconies, 72 Townsend is currently under construction with no actual finished units just yet.

The building sits at the corner of Townsend and Colin P. Kelly Jr. Street, and the lobby entrance will be on Colin P. Kelly Jr. It was formerly a historic grain warehouse that survived the 1906 earthquake, and part of the original facade remains. There will be about 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level.

72 Townsend is a block from the Embarcadero, two blocks to the Giants’ ballpark, and many restaurants, cafes and major San Francisco employers are scattered within easy walking distance. Caltrain is a few blocks west on Townsend, and the 280 entrance is also a quick drive away. The bottom line is that this is a great location for buyers looking for a modern home with all the conveniences. Continue Reading

What’s Happening in the San Francisco Market?

I was interviewed for a story last week that will be running in Yahoo! Homes. They’ve been noticing some crazy, million-dollar-over-asking sales in San Francisco, and were looking for some idea about why this is happening—and what’s going on with our market in general.

Here’s the upshot: It’s all about tech and foreign money. Continue Reading

Summit 800 Takes Buyers To New Heights in Stonestown

Summit 800 Takes Buyers To New Heights in Stonestown

I checked in on progress at the new residential development called Summit 800 this week in the Stonestown area. Construction is fully under way, transforming a once barren hillside into San Francisco’s newest neighborhood.

Buyers for Summit 800 will appreciate the airy locale up on the hill, as well as the luxurious, almost opulent finishes in the townhomes and single-family houses. Developers Maracor and Comstock Homes have paid more attention to design and finishes than I’ve seen in the more cookie-cutter condo projects that have hit the city in the past couple years. There are no plain, white walls or minimal kitchen finishes here, and you also get a lot of square feet for the money. Think giant master suites with bathrooms the size of a San Francisco studio. Continue Reading

The 411 on CA’s Construction Defect Law

The 411 on CA’s Construction Defect Law

New construction single-family homes and condos are being built and sold at a rapid-fire pace in San Francisco. If you’re considering buying this type of property, it’s important to know what to expect when it comes to consumer protection and your rights in the event you discover a construction defect.

Construction defects are unfortunately pretty common in new buildings—everything from water intrusion (the most common one) to inadequate ventilation or faulty sewer systems. Dealing with defects isn’t fun, but there’s a way to handle them thanks to legislation called SB 800. Continue Reading

Grand SoMa Development Takes Leap Forward

The four-acre development planned for Fifth and Mission in SoMa has grand plans—1,200 new residences and 150,000 square feet of retail, for starters. But there are renderings online now, and the project could break ground in 2016 if approved.

Moving north west across town, we take a look at what’s on the market in uber-hot Hayes Valley, from a loft to a Victorian condo.

Plus, news on Coit Tower’s murals and the most current San Francisco sales and stats.

It’s all here in the Zephyr MarketTracker!

SF Construction Boom Boosts Tire Industry

Construction in San Francisco is going gangbusters these days. No matter where you walk, drive or bike, there’s a building rising or a home being extensively renovated.

One byproduct of all this construction is what I experienced last week. I headed to my garage en route to an appointment and discovered that I had a flat tire. An hour later, AAA diagnosed the cause of the flat—a nail. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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