611 Marina Boulevard: Living Room
In the early 1990’s 611 Marina Boulevard and 755 Marina Boulevard each sold for $1,250,000 (1991 and 1992 respectively). And in 1999 both properties changed hands again with 611 fetching $1,620,000 and 755 fetching slightly less ($1,580,000).
Today, both properties are once again on the market. This time, however, expectations appear to have diverged. The list price for 611 Marina Boulevard: $3,995,000. The list price for 755 Marina Boulevard: $5,597,000.
∙ Listing: 611 Marina Blvd (5/3.5) – $3,995,000 [Ritchie Hallanan] [MLS]
∙ Listing: 755 Marina Blvd (5/4) – $5,597,000 [MLS]

41 thoughts on “The $1,500,000 Half Bath On Marina Boulevard”
  1. You have got to be kidding. The owners of 755 Marina are clearly under the impression that it is 2005. If ever there was a house that needed to be staged, this is it, and even then it would not justify this inflated price.
    I cannot see any reason why this house should be priced so much higher than 611, which is clearly the nicer of the two, extra half bath or not. Have people completely forgotten about fundamentals, or do they really believe that they can slap any price tag onto a “Marina” location and people will be beating down the door to bid on their underwhelming home? Ridiculous. It will be interesting to see how long this sits on the market, or if there are people ignorant enough to pay this price for location only, as clearly the house is not worthy.

  2. I saw the property at 611 Marina, and based on other properties available and on the market, it sure looks like a bargain.

  3. Seems as though prices in the Marina haven’t wavered in the past year. Several new listings of condo flats have appeared in the last week at $1.3 million and higher. I guess there’s too much demand down there…

  4. the bathroom in 755 has got some ugly ass tiles. hmm…come buddy, spend a little. and the tiles in the kitchen arent any better.
    outta curiosity, what wld the MONTHLY earthqake insurance be on a 5M $ house like this in the marina?

  5. 755 Marina promotes “Best Views in San Francisco on this waterfront luxury home” and not one single picture of the “view” and “waterfront”. Come on, the agent needs a lesson or two about marketing….
    And the kitchen? Looks like an 80’s kitchen to me. This property should be priced a million below 611 Marina, not 1.5M above!

  6. Wow, it’s in foreclosure!
    Did someone take out a funny loan on a property like this and now they can’t repay it or even sell it for the remaining principal on the loan? Obviously, that’s the reason for the preposterous price. I wonder who appraised it for that price, though maybe it was an option arm or other such thing where only the minimum payments were being made.
    Who knew it would start in SF on a property like this! I thought the mortgage problems were only a problem in rust belt states, not SF.
    This can’t be good for the real estate market in SF!

  7. Another vote for 611. I checked it out during open. House looks great and they’ve got $500k in the foundation.

  8. 755 is just all wrong. It’s a disaster.
    I couldn’t find info on the loan myself (subscribe to foreclosures.com) so I’m unsure if these folks are upside down. But, given the price of the home and also the fact that it’s on the chopping block, I would say they probably are. They probably purchased and then maxed out the equity during high times and then were unable to refinance their adjustable rate mortgage.

  9. My data service doesn’t show the loan amounts, but it shows 6 refis since the 1999 purchase – or one refi every year through 2005, with one of the last ones marked “high liability.” I’d suggest that buyers look at a preliminary title report to give you an idea of the outstanding debt on the property (and also to see if there are an easements/encroachments/unusual title conditions).

  10. In the picture, it says LIVING ROOM above the fireplace of 611 Marina Boulevard. Is that phrase really emblazoned above the fireplace, or is that just a caption added to the photo?
    [Editor’s Note: Photo caption.]

  11. A refi every year?! So they bought the place, made the payments for one year, then refi’d every year after that to get money to make the next year’s payments?! Wow!
    Move aside, One Ricon Marketing Team: THESE PEOPLE ARE MY HEROES!!!!
    I had been looking at this Ponzi scheme only from the demand side: too many idiots chasing houses. What I hadn’t seen was that the free and easy money enabled people to keep living in homes they couldn’t afford, keeping the supply artificially low when they held, rather than sold, their houses.
    So not only was the demand artificially high, the supply was artificially low. Wow!!
    I think I just increased my estimate of how much prices will fall in the next few years. And right in the Marina! Go figure.

  12. I moved to SF from Chicago in 2005. When I see values like these two, I want to return to Chicago despite the coldest of Winters.
    SF prices are a joke by almost any measure, definitely when compared to renting, and will eventually price SF out of competition with other cities. IMO, a crash will probably come!

  13. There is nothing special, unique or interesting about either one of these two places. And, at these prices, neither one is worth it either, located in the Marina or elsewhere. What a JOKE. Good LUCK trying to sell at these laughable price tags. They’re about to lose what they couldn’t afford in the first place. How sadly short-sighted and/or greedy the buyers were.

  14. Duh,
    I’m not sure if your comment was in response to mine but to clarify: I’m not predicting an imminent collapse of SF prices. What I am suggesting that is the rent equivalent of 755 Marina is at least $23,000 a month. Judging from the pictures I saw, it isn’t worth half that! When the ONLY financial incentive for buying is future appreciation you are taking on additional risk. IMO the risk for SFH ownership is very high and when compared to other cities with similar profiles (Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, Denver, ect) it will become incresingly difficult to atract labor and business.
    I love SF but ….there is a price!

  15. I’m with you, Cary. I’ve heard so many people talk about Chicago in that respect. I don’t know Chicago at all, but a quick look at Craigslist amazed me. For what I’d need for a 20% down payment here in SF, I could buy an equivalent condo for cash there. No joke.

  16. Sign me up for the Chicago fan club also. Clean streets, amazing architecture, great restaurants, Wrigley Field, the CSO and Opera. You can buy a 2bd in the Meis designed 910 Lake Shore Drive for about $400,000! With parking! A national modernist landmark, next to the shops and museums of Michigan Avenue for about $375 a square foot!

  17. Most of the people commenting here have probably profited, to some degree, from the absurdity of the San Francisco real estate market – myself included. It is undeniably absurd and this site (socket site) does offer a rational perspective to the swinging fabulous wrongness of it all. It is great that we can vent and yet all this banter sounds like a group of kids at the end of a year long purge at an amusement park. Regardless – it is a unique place to reside or reside by. And with global warming at our heels, it may just be the new Madrid.
    But the immediate issue at hand may be one of marketing. 611 Marina has priced itself fairly and done great marketing – given that from time to time one sells context more than content. All of this in contrast to 755 Marina – terrible marketing and an insane price. It’s called a nice twist of fate.

  18. Prices definitely continue to be going up in The Marina. There is absolutely NOTHING reasonable under $2 million dollars in The MArina. There is one place for $1.4 but it’s only about 1,400 sqft and in an alley with no parking.
    2707 Laguna St. was a clear example of how hot the market is, with 5 bids and 500K over asking to $4 million, from a $1.89 purchase price in 11/05!
    Seriously, go to any open house in The Marina or Pac Heights, it is crazy. No inventory for high-end ‘affordable housing $1.8-$3 mil.

  19. Duh is the poster otherwise known as PrimeProperty, a realtor on another forum who frequently selectively cites the facts to support his proposition that the Marina always goes up. It’s been a game on that forum to “out” his facts and the property he references has already been outed on other forums. His facts are always “outed” in this manner.
    The 2707 Laguna property he cites was practically a teardown, with a new foundation and significant new square footage added by the new owner. Yet Prime trots this place out on every forum he can, in order to make people believe that every place in the marina has more than doubled in the last year.
    He’s been referencing busy open houses in the Marina. But similar to the movie “The last days of disco”, where, after the disco craze was over, the NYC disco owners paid people to stand outside their discos to continue to have long lines to try to lead the unhip to believe that the disco craze was still on so that they would continue to pay the $200 (2007 equivalent) cover prices and $50 drink prices, no one believes him this time either.

  20. 6 refis since 1999? That is genius. You’re right, they either did that to pay for the mortgage payments for the upcoming year or spent the money in other places (business or pleasure). I wish I had thought of that.
    Well, we’ll see if it goes on the block and is successfully sold or if the bank takes it over. They are running out of time if the auction is in April. My guess is that they won’t sell it on the open market in time.

  21. I don’t know what the refi amounts are, or if they have a HELOC loan of some sort, but here’s a comparison of the two homes on purchase price: 755 paid $1.58mm in November of 1999, with a loan of $1.1mm, making their down-payment amount $480k. Conversely, 611 paid $1.62 in March of 1999, with a loan of $500k, making their down-payment amount $1,120,000.
    611, while having the more expensive of the two homes, only borrowed about the same amount as 755 put down. They will make a very nice profit on their home, even while now having the lower price of the two.
    It should be no surprise that the one with the risky financing is now in foreclosure. Knowing that 755 has refied every year, I’d say they are beyond under water…they’re drowning.
    Yes, this is only one example. But I have read so many people’s posts about how SF is different, especially in the higher end market, and yet, here is a perfect example of how some people bit off more than they could chew. I guarantee you they were not the only ones.

  22. I don’t get the Marina.
    Sure it’s beautiful and very clean, but built on landfill. Why not just go over the bridge and move to Marin County?

  23. Warning on 755 Marina Blvd. READ THE DISCLOSURES. This property has been involved in a bitter lawsuit that was still unresolved back in October 2008.
    Alain Pinel is a solid, respectable real estate agency so I would think the listing agent is going to be upfront about this with potential buyers, but just incase.

  24. It appears 755 Marina ended up as a foreclosure on May 1, 2009 for $1,513,298. Looks like the owner played the Chapter 11 gambit and “invoked the protection of the automatic stay of the Beneficiaries’ foreclosures.” See the sordid details here for the continuing civil action.

  25. “Stuff happens homey.”
    The complaint linked by EBGuy is pretty entertaining reading. Looks like someone’s ponzi dreams went up in smoke. I hope she stashed some money before she went BK!

  26. 4/2/2010 2:00:00 PM Address: 755 MARINA BLVD
    State: CA
    Zip: 94123
    County: San Francisco
    APN: 0910-017-01
    Sale Status: Sold 04/02/2010
    TS Number: CA08142006NF
    ASAP Number: 3427903
    Notice of Sale Amt: $2,657,956.34
    Opening Bid Amt: $1,997,500.00
    Sold Amt: $1,997,500.01
    Sale Location: At the Van Ness Avenue entrance to City Hall, 400 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94101
    Trustee: Quality Loan Service Corporation
    Trustee Phone#: (619)685-4800

  27. 1. Someone who refused to pay $5.6M in 2007 can now buy the same place for $2M. Nice.
    2. Someone who got in trouble in 2007 is JUST NOW getting to foreclosure.
    3. More importantly, if 611 and 755 Marina Blvd are worth about the same, this $2M sale tells the complete idiot who bought 611 Marina Blvd because it “looked cheap”, just how much his property is now worth. How much did he pay in 2007?
    Sale Date 5/9/2007
    Sale price $3,835,500
    It cost him around $60,000 per month to live at 611 Marina, $2,000 per day. Hope he’s had a very nice time!

  28. ^^^”Someone who got in trouble in 2007 is JUST NOW getting to foreclosure. ”
    And this is what drives me crazy about the economic period we are living in. For those of us who never missed a payment, and work to keep excellent credit, watching how financial institutions turn a blind eye to millions and millions who are “in trouble” is astonishing.

  29. The post that cracks me up most:
    I saw the property at 611 Marina, and based on other properties available and on the market, it sure looks like a bargain.
    Posted by: Roger Hornsby at March 26, 2007 9:01 AM

    Good thing a Realtor is NOT my financial adviser. They can only give you advice on the “now”, not the future or any kind of economic context. Otherwise they would be closing shop during down years.
    Another thing to keep in mind when you are told a place is a “bargain”.
    I have a feeling SF buyers today are SS’s juicy stories of 2012.

  30. never missed a payment, Yes, financial institutions are giving homeowners a pass or are being lenient at the urging of the government; However, 755 Marina Blvd was not an example of a lax lender. They have been trying to foreclose for years, but the owner held them up in a bitter lawsuit.

  31. I fail to see how “Someone who got in trouble in 2007 is JUST NOW getting to foreclosure.” was incorrect or misleading.
    Someone DID just now get into foreclosure. And this is being repeated thousands of times all over the bay area on a smaller scale: people who get into trouble can not pay their mortgage for a year, go through all sorts of “trial” BS programs, only to stop paying their mortgage for ANOTHER year before anything really happens.
    And the guy who bought 611 Marina Blvd has lost $60K per month. And someone who refused to pay 5.6M is now 3.6M better off.
    So the rest of it wasn’t incorrect or misleading either.

  32. Was 755 Marina really sold for $2.6M in July after its foreclosure in April at $1.9975M? That’s a pretty good flip.

  33. This is a confusing one, but it certainly does appear that 755 Marina sold for $2.6M. No idea what the acquisition costs. But hey, +600k. The Marina is up 30% since April. LOL.

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