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Just Quotes: Permit Hell In San Francisco

Just Quotes: Permit Hell In San Francisco

From the Chronicle: “A full 588 days since the permits were first submitted Engelbrecht is still waiting to receive permission to demolish the water-damaged, ramshackle 1960s house that stands on the site of their dream house . In mid-December they learned that after being on the verge of... Read More »

A SocketSite Smackdown: Gas Versus Electric In The Kitchen

A SocketSite Smackdown: Gas Versus Electric In The Kitchen

We’ll admit it. When perusing properties, an electric range in the kitchen can stop us in our tracks (and not in a good way). And while it’s not such a big deal when it’s a matter of choice (and can be changed), it gives us pause when it’s a... Read More »

Two Interesting SFGov Offerings

Two great catches from the SFHomeBlog (and two interesting offerings from SFGov): 1. With topics including Condo Conversion, Hi-Rises and the Changing San Francisco Skyline, and Tenants-Landlords’ Responsibilities & Realities, “The Department of Building Inspection is offering a FREE all-day slate of seminars on Wednesday, October 25th geared at... Read More »

Fun With Building Permits (And Complaints)

Fun With Building Permits (And Complaints)

Our thanks to “jimmy” for pointing out San Francisco’s Online Permit and Complaint Tracking system. Pulling permits can help you figure out what’s really going on with that “renovation” down the street, the apartment building in which you live, or that home that you’ve got your eye on. Pulling... Read More »

Curb Appeal: The Sunny Steps Of 2813 Buchanan

Curb Appeal: The Sunny Steps Of 2813 Buchanan

On this sunny San Francisco day we pay homage to the recently unveiled mosaic steps (full view) of 2813 Buchanan. These steps definitely set the tone for the rest of the house (and could brighten the foggiest summer day). ∙ Never Underestimate Curb Appeal Read More »

Tip Of The Day II

Tip Of The Day II

Since our first Tip Of The Day seemed to work quite well, we’re offering up our second handy hint: If you’re actively trying to hide obscure the address of a listing on the MLS, then don’t include it on the ‘Virtual Media’ to which the listing links. This could... Read More »

Kiss That Deposit Goodbye

Kiss That Deposit Goodbye

At first glance, it’s just another move. Upon closer inspection, however, it’s poignant commentary on the springtime rush to renovate and the heightened demand for construction dumpsters (and perhaps lack thereof) in San Francisco. On a much smaller scale, perhaps not too dissimilar from the shortage of labor and... Read More »

An Exhibitionist At Heart (And Rightfully So)

An Exhibitionist At Heart (And Rightfully So)

Big windows, ocean views, an open floor plan, Wolf stove, Sub-Zero fridge, radiant heat, and decks…yep, we’re definitely digging the “to the studs remodel” of 2127 29th Ave (but not the parquet floors in the living/dining area). Want to see it? You’re in luck. A “Preview Open” on the... Read More »

Now That’s How To Flip Renovate!

Now That’s How To Flip Renovate!

Purchase a Presidio Heights Beaux Arts mansion (3701 Washington) in need of renovation for $8 million; spend a “couple of million” updating the plumbing, roof, and parking; entice 25 top-tier decorators to ‘volunteer’ their time; and voila! We give you the 29th annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase property. (And... Read More »