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Initiative to Acquire and Transform Alcatraz Is Back

Initiative to Acquire and Transform Alcatraz Is Back

Having failed back in 2008, a ballot initiative which aims to transform Alcatraz Island into a “Global Peace and Creative Art Center” has been re-drafted and is positioning to qualify for this November’s election. If adopted, the measure would make it the official, but non-binding, policy of the City... Read More »

The Most Expensive Home in San Francisco is Still Under Wraps

The Most Expensive Home in San Francisco is Still Under Wraps

The San Francisco mansion at 2901 Broadway has been listed for $55 million. Or rather, it was listed for $55 million back in 2007, prior to the market tanking. Based on our calculations, which we just double checked, that’s $10 million more than the current $45 million price tag... Read More »

Beware the Stinky Airbnb Bus/Van in San Francisco

Beware the Stinky Airbnb Bus/Van in San Francisco

According to the host’s profile on Airbnb, which has been “ID Checked,” he’s an “Interior designer for tech elite.” And while past listings for his “SF Batch Pad by bars,” or “Stationary pad…on private property,” have noted that said pad is a (shared) bus, according to a recent... Read More »

Plans to Restrict New Roof Decks in San Francisco

Plans to Restrict New Roof Decks in San Francisco

Building permits to add a new roof deck atop a single-family home or little residential building in San Francisco can currently be approved “over-the-counter,” without the need for a Residential Design Advisory Team (RDAT) review that they might have to go through roofer companies (learn more) nor requiring any... Read More »

Even More Exclusive in San Francisco

Even More Exclusive in San Francisco

While the Business Times has just broken the “exclusive” news that a 3,326-square-foot condo atop the new tower at 181 Fremont Street has sold for “$15 million or about $4,509 per square foot, setting a record as the highest price-per-square-foot condo sale in San Francisco,” it’s time for a... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Slips, Short-Term Rate Inches Up

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Slips, Short-Term Rate Inches Up

The average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage slipped 2 basis points over the past week to 4.55 percent but remains 67 basis points higher on a year-over-year basis and within 11 basis points of the seven-year high of 4.66 percent it hit last month, according to Freddie Mac’s... Read More »

A Six-Figure Salary Is NOT ‘Low Income’ in San Francisco

A Six-Figure Salary Is NOT ‘Low Income’ in San Francisco

Despite making for a shocking headline, a “six-figure salary” is not actually considered “low income” for residents of San Francisco. Yes, for a household of four in the city, a total household income below $117,400 is considered “low income” per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the... Read More »

Now Seeking a Long-Term Tenant for This Historic Garage

Now Seeking a Long-Term Tenant for This Historic Garage

As we first reported last year: While plans to convert the Mission District garage at 3140-3150 16th Street into a massive 20,000-square-foot restaurant and event space dubbed “The Albion on 16th” have been drawn, the building is now back on the market as “an excellent opportunity for an investor... Read More »

Sex Trafficking Likely Funded Eye-Popping Sale in Pacific Heights

Sex Trafficking Likely Funded Eye-Popping Sale in Pacific Heights

As we noted at the time, the buyer behind that eye-popping sale of 2755 Fillmore Street, which sold for $13.25 million or roughly $2,577 per finished square foot back in 2016, wasn’t a foreign national. In fact, the buyer was Michael Lacey, the co-founder of Backpage.com. This past Friday,... Read More »

Amazon Eliminates Bay Area from HQ2 Competition: The Final 20

Amazon Eliminates Bay Area from HQ2 Competition: The Final 20

Having received proposals from 238 suitors, including a Bay Area Council-led bid which combined Concord, Fremont, Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco, Amazon has just released its short-list of 20 cities that are still in the running to land the behemoth’s second North American headquarters, a full equal to their... Read More »